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Fear of ‘Another Benghazi’ Drove
White House to Airstrikes in Iraq

New York Times, by Mark Landler, Alissa J. Rubin*

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/9/2014 5:10:11 AM

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday evening, moments after finishing a summit meeting with African leaders at the State Department, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff delivered a stark message to President Obama as they rode back to the White House in Mr. Obama’s limousine. The Kurdish capital, Erbil, once an island of pro-American tranquillity, was in the path of rampaging Sunni militants, the chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told the president. And to the west, the militants had trapped thousands of members of Iraqi minority groups on a barren mountaintop, with dwindling supplies, raising concerns about a potential genocide.

*Mark Mazzetti & Helene Cooper


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/9/2014 5:28:48 AM     (No. 9958850)

This is a perfect demonstration of how illogical the thought processes in this Admn are.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: provide, 8/9/2014 5:54:44 AM     (No. 9958863)

There will have to be an evacuation soon since these savages have a blood lust for infidels with a side order of plunder.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: grace1798, 8/9/2014 7:18:16 AM     (No. 9958935)

Liberals:::::: "We´re against war," "NO, well now we´re for This war for now..>" "AAAAAA We don´t know what we´re doing, but we´ll keep pretending so it LOOKS as if We do know what we´re doing." Says the sick Liberals.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/9/2014 7:18:42 AM     (No. 9958936)

Incredible. What we are witnessing is the direct result of a feckless president who only sees through a political lens. His actions have caused nothing but chaos and suffering. He could not or would not see what we all knew would happen in Iraq when he decided to pull out our troops. He failed to make decisions that were prudent and now he continues to flop around looking for a strategy. This is the result of a man who is driven by ideology and is unable to rise above it. He is not a big picture thinker. He is a small man, a dangerous man, and a man completely out of his league. What is most disturbing is that most Leftists are just like him, confident in their ignorance. God save us from these people. They create nothing but chaos and call it progress.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/9/2014 7:49:24 AM     (No. 9958959)

Calling Code Pink! There´s an $18 million house on Martha´s Vineyard you need to go protest in front of. It would be a lovely place to camp out along the road this time of year. What? It´s a leftist president waging war? Never mind.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Midnight Rambler, 8/9/2014 7:57:24 AM     (No. 9958970)

Worried about another Benghazi? Is there another film on the internet causing all of this? Warning to all film makers mass arrests possible.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dmjr, 8/9/2014 7:58:43 AM     (No. 9958976)

Now that ISIS has nearly wiped the Christian population in northern Iraq, BO decides he can do air strikes.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: valinva, 8/9/2014 8:02:20 AM     (No. 9958983)

The Kurds have begged for arms and equipment so they can fight the terrorists of ISIS. Obama ignored them. Now he makes a small effort after thousands have been killed and ISIS has half of Iraq.Why? Because he doesn;t want to face a political embarrassment with the election coming up in November. Obama is the embarrassment.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pearson365, 8/9/2014 8:52:09 AM     (No. 9959054)

Obama is more concerned with Trey Gowdy´s investigation of Benghazi than any American stationed in Erbil or Baghdad. Safe bet that Obama is assembling a series of personal attacks on Gowdy and Repubs on his committee. Elijah Cummings will serve as the F-18 that delivers these strikes on Gowdy.

As Iraq crumbles, Obama will do his "How dare you question me about protecting Americans" act, just as he did in the debate with Romney. It´s all an act with Obomba.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: stevendm, 8/9/2014 9:08:13 AM     (No. 9959071)

Jeez. What a warmonger.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Jobe, 8/9/2014 9:55:43 AM     (No. 9959135)

Obama is a small, incompetent, self aggrandizing politician with delusions of grandeur. He is a fish flopping around in the bottom of the boat. Thank you America for 8 years of this.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: georgia peach, 8/9/2014 10:15:58 AM     (No. 9959169)

I HAVE A DREAM: The President ascends the podium and says this:"I was wrong to blame all our ills on George Bush.Being President is very difficult.I should have worked harder to arrange for troops to stay in Iraq and help the people there.All of the bloodshed since then is on me.
I should have been president of all the people not just the Travons.I should have let Republicans help me with Health Care and together we could have brought a good product to America.In my arrogance,I did not do this.
My number one goal should have been to keep America safe and secure and to enforce the laws that the people´s representatives passed.That is my job and I have failed.It worries me deeply that people who wish to harm Americans may be getting into this country illegally.Therefore, I pray my successor seals the borders of this great land before it is too late.Hereby, I resign for the good of this country which gave me a home and great wealth and I ask forgiveness of my fellow citizens."

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 8/9/2014 11:09:42 AM     (No. 9959274)

#12, that is all a dream.

Obama has never openly admitted a mistake and it is unlikely he ever will.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: T-Bubba, 8/9/2014 11:12:29 AM     (No. 9959285)

President Boko Obola has earned his new moniker.

He identifies with the beliefs and aspirations of the jihadist savage kidnappers of Black Christian schoolgirls much more than with the beliefs and aspirations of the schoolgirls (whose genitals are being mutilated and who are being converted into human bombs).

And of course, he has decided that bringing a fatal, incurable virus into the USA is a peachy idea.

President Boko Obola. Whatta guy!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: pigop, 8/9/2014 11:16:12 AM     (No. 9959296)

I wonder if the situation´s reverse. Christian´s crusade rampaging through Northern Iraq killing Muslims by the thousands? What a pathetic little man incapable of strategic thinking. This WH is 100 percent reactive, no sense of forward thinking whatsoever. We are in deep deep doo doo.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mc squared, 8/9/2014 11:19:38 AM     (No. 9959305)

I´m reminded of Van Johnson on the bridge insisting the ship would founder unless Capt Queeg turned it around.

But in the movie the Captain was removed and the ship was saved.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: subal, 8/9/2014 11:20:30 AM     (No. 9959308)

But, but he is a community organizater!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/9/2014 11:55:02 AM     (No. 9959373)

Actually, I think Valerie Jarrett made this call. It´s meant to show that Clouseau is doing something.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 8/9/2014 12:26:59 PM     (No. 9959434)

Forget Obama for a moment (nice, huh!) and look at this noise from NYT, mostly the headline as it is not really supported in the article (that I actually clicked on and read), ´Another Benghazi´, what does that even mean? Another do-nothing administration? Another few Americans killed (and the rest formally silenced by CIA threats!)? How about the capital city of the Kurds falling - to rebels using US equipment, captured or otherwise acquired? Or is it really just about White House optics?

The Pesh Murga seem unimpressive after all, just more guys with AK-47s. This is unfortunate. Must we really arm them sufficiently and teach them to defeat US armor and artillery? Ugh.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/9/2014 4:11:17 PM     (No. 9959668)

"Fear" is what best describes Obie these days. He may seem to be swaggering through this morass he has created, doing a "whistling past the graveyard" bit, but he has to know that his legacy is rubbish and impeachment - even if it failed in the Senate - would be a very black blot on his copybook. And it is looming out there.

It´s my guess that he is self-medicating like mad these days...

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Reply 21 - Posted by: a man over thirty, 8/9/2014 4:47:03 PM     (No. 9959699)

You presume Obama lives in reality, # 20. I don´t think he does. I think he is a sociopath/narcissist who is incapable of introspection or accepting any kind of blame for anything.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 8/9/2014 6:07:26 PM     (No. 9959760)

Yeah, right.....and if it turns out badly, he´ll say Bush made him do it!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: tobias, 8/9/2014 9:41:58 PM     (No. 9959882)

With all the information being uncovered in regards to the "phony scandals" Obama must toss out a very huge Oh Look Squirrel. Expect him to bomb an aspirin factory.

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