Illegal? Irrational? Irrelevant? Obama’s Isis address falls down on every front | World news | theguardian.com

The speech has been made…..and a number of people like me see it as a nice little speech with very little substance…….

This is a take down of the speech line by line….an interesting read…….

War has come and now is the time for Americans to realize just what they are getting themselves into before it is too late….if it is not already.

 

Illegal? Irrational? Irrelevant? Obama’s Isis address falls down on every front | World news | theguardian.com.

Congrats! We Are Going To War! (Again)

First, today is Patriot Day a remembrance of the 9/11 attacks…take a minute out of your day to remember those who lost their lives on that day.

Today on IST is going to be a day where I will post and press numerous articles about the decision for the US to return to a war footing…..the neocons should be jerking off in the corner….at last the country is listening to their constant war drumming…..there will be lots in the media today…lots of whys and whens and what ifs…..just tune in here and avoid all the research…….

Before the Prez could give his speech the morons in Congress were out posturing….doing what they do best…NOTHING but talk!

First, the narrative for the last couple weeks has worked…….the MSM and the war hawks have been seasoning the American public to accept a return to war…….

Some six in 10 Americans say they would support a strike against ISIS, as President Obama appears to be moving toward such a hit. The figure comes from an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that also finds Americans feeling unsafe: Some 47% of the country now feels the US is less secure than it was before the 9/11 attacks. Just a year after those attacks, NBC notes, only 20% shared that feeling; last year, it was 28%. One news item fueling the fear: US journalists’ beheadings, which 94% of Americans are aware of. That’s the highest level of awareness of any story in the past five years, according to the poll.

A day before the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Obama is preparing for a tough speech. Tonight in prime time, he’ll discuss the US plan against the group, an initiative that will start small and expand; eventual airstrikes in Syria are possible, Politico reports, while the AP notes that major troop action on the ground is unlikely. Meanwhile, a generation has come of age as the post-9/11 conflict has continued, the AP notes. In an earlier vision of the future, Iraq was supposed to be fending for itself by this point, with US troops largely leaving Afghanistan combat behind; instead, we’re preparing for further action in the region. “The Cold War took 45 years,” says a former George W. Bush adviser. “It’s harder to see how this ends.”

Now as promised….the Prez went on TV in prime time to explain what the US is about to do……I promised an analysis……

President Obama tonight laid out the US strategy to “degrade” and “destroy” ISIS in a prime-time address, and he made clear that he’s ready to expand US airstrikes from Iraq into Syria. The president says a US-led coalition will go after militants from the Islamic State “wherever they exist,” adding that he “won’t hesitate” to order strikes in Syria if necessary. Here are excerpts, in which he refers to the group by the alternate name of ISIL, via CNN and the Washington Post:

  • “So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat. Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”
  • “If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”
  • ISIS “is not Islamic. … It is a terrorist organization pure and simple.”
  • The US is meeting the threats posed by the group “with strength and resolve.”
  • “I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”
  • He said 475 more US service members will go to Iraq, but “they will not have a combat mission.” (He also noted that John Kerry is already in the country to work with the new government on the anti-ISIS coalition.)

Based on recent polls, the president won’t have a hard sell in convincing Americans that military action against ISIS is necessary.

Are you happy?  Now that it is official there are a few points I would like to throw in…….1) “ultimately destroy”….you cannot do that from the air.  Ground troops will be necessary.  2) “No safe haven”–stating the obvious–every bad guy knows that already, drones have hit it home.  3) “with strength and resolve”–now that is conveniently vague…what does it mean?  4) Here’s a thought do not use Somalia or Yemen, both are bloody messes with NO end in sight.  Guess what?  The ISIS thing is end in sight.  5) “no combat mission”–you do realize that if they carry weapons the mission is combat related, right?  6) He also mentioned “America’s core interests”–what are those exactly?

What I did not hear was….1) who will be that force on the ground?  2) what to do about the countries that are financing ISIS?  3) Just how we will convince the by standers in the Middle East to get involved?  Those questions would go a long way to pointing the way forward in Iraq.and shine a light on how we will get ourselves out as soon as possible. But wait!  There is more.   4) Why now?  There has been a humanitarian crisis going on for at least a couple of years so…..why now?   5) Tell the American people why ISIS is a pressing threat to the homeland?  6) How to make the Iraqi army more dependable–right now it is as worthless as tits on a boar.

Congrats America….you have a new war to cheer then bitch about……The Prez has done exactly what I thought he would do…..sugar coated the information to make returning to Iraq more palatable to the American people…..he threw in every talking point that had been reported in the media….GOD!  I love propaganda!

All in all a nice little speech….seeking support for something that will be done without it……made me feel warm and fuzzy.

Note:  Watch the media!

I smell another Middle East folly in the making.  Or is it the whiff of oil I smell?

McCain offered his analysis and he is still an old worthless wind bag who will do whatever it takes to get more American soldiers killed….typical posturing from an old jet jockey……..(sorry off topic)

Happy Patriot Day!

Now I return you to the only story you truly care about…….the NFL story!  Or is it a Tyler Perry sit-com?

This is the speech Obama would give on ISIS if he were brutally honest – Vox

The GOP is demanding the prez come up with a strategy…..not out of any genuine concern but rather to be used during the upcoming election……this is so much silly political game they, GOP, is playing………..

The prez will be addressing the nation today with his new plan to fight and ultimately destroy ISIS…..my views on this are well documented here on IST…..to me his speech will be nothing but a feel good collection of words…….the American people deserve honesty.

This is the speech that Obama should give to the American people…….but will not.

 

This is the speech Obama would give on ISIS if he were brutally honest – Vox.

 

The prez will address the nation at 9pm eastern….read this then listen to the prez and then tell me which one is more appropriate.

But never fear chuq the opinionated SOB and all around good guy will be on the job tomorrow with his critique of the Prez’s speech and his stated strategy……

“If It Walks Like A Duck And………”

Opinion from the desk of the Editor:

 

Yes, I admit it….I am a news geek!  I watch even press conferences to see if there may be something to post about in the future……and the one that the prez had yesterday did not disappoint…  until the rest of the social media I will not write about the color of his suit…to me that is just petty and shallow….

The prez covered a wide array of international subjects…of course there was the inevitable Ukraine statement….Russia be bad….yada yada….after that condemnation he turned to the 800 lb gorilla in the room….Iraq.

On another major foreign-policy front, Obama played down the prospect of imminent US military action in Syria, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. He said he has asked the Pentagon to develop a “range of options.” And in blunt terms, the president said it was time for Middle Eastern nations to “stop being ambivalent” about the aims of extremist groups like the Islamic State. “They have no ideology beyond violence and chaos and the slaughter of innocent people.” You can read a full transcript here.

After the presser the press sec was out in forced explaining what the prez had said…..especially the “we don’t have a strategy yet” comment……he made most of the major outlets to explain……and then he was on All In With Chris Hayes on MSNBC and finally someone asked the question that needs to be asked…..Hayes asked point blank…”Is the US at war with ISIL”?

And the press sec said “No”…..and then went about giving all the day’s talking points……the usual crap.

This is where I want to interject my feelings here……if one would ask a member of ISIL he would give you a definite YES!

You see if you have rockets and bombs flying up your nose it is kinda impossible to see it any other way…..he would sharply disagree with the press sec………

In case you might be interested………..U.S. military operations in Iraq, including airstrikes and surveillance flights, have cost about $560 million since mid-June, the Pentagon said Friday.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the average daily cost has been $7.5 million. He said it began at a much lower rate in June and has escalated as the airstrikes in northern Iraq intensified this month.

A Helluva price tag for something that is NOT a war!

If it walks like a duck and sounds like a duck…it probably is a duck……so yes we are at war with ISIL and any other answer to that question is so disingenuous that it is almost unbelievable….

 

 

Should We Go Or Should We Stay?

I can hear the tune by the Clash playing in my head…love Combat rock!  But in this case I am referring to our return to action in Iraq…….there are lots of opinions on the Hill….some pro, some con…..

There is a growing cause that we should let the prez handle this in his way……Congress is waiting and watching….

The bipartisan consensus emerging among leadership on the Hill is that the President has leeway to act in Iraq as long as the mission remains narrowly defined.

It’s a hands-off approach that has afforded the White House a bit more flexibility when it comes to making strategic decisions. On Monday, the administration announced that it would be sending an additional 200 troops to Baghdad to protect the airport and American Embassy there. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told The Huffington Post that the administration continued to believe that it did not need a new congressional authorization even in light of that new troop movement.

That a little piece was reported in the HufPo.  But is it up to the prez to make that decision?  Well, if the truth be known….it is NOT up to him to make that decision…….

As the US debates its future in Iraq, all eyes are on President Obama—but where we should be looking is Capitol Hill. Yes, congressional leaders recently said Obama needed no new authorization for further military action in Iraq. “But they’re wrong,” writes Rachel Maddow in the Washington Post. The Founding Fathers gave “the responsibility for war and peace to the clamorous Congress.” The War Powers Act puts power in Obama’s hands for 60 days; after that, it’s up to lawmakers to decide whether to authorize additional troops.

The Constitution puts Congress in charge “so that decisions about war and peace would be made not on one person’s say-so but only after vigorous national debate,” and we need that debate on Iraq. There is a precedent here: A year and a half after the US departure from Vietnam, North Vietnam planned a new offensive, and President Ford sought $700 million “to stabilize the military situation.” Lawmakers’ views on the matter were clear: “Congress knew that it was in its power to say no, and it said no. There would be no second coming of America’s war in Vietnam.” Click for Maddow’s full piece.

So which is it?  Keep in mind that an election is only months away and the biggie in 2016….so of course the Congress wants someone else to make that decision so they cannot be held responsible when the next election rolls around……

As I have said before…..my opinion is watch but stay out……the region will sort this out without our interference….we may not like it but it is their region to control….any action by the US will only make more enemies…..something this country does NOT need.

With that said….I may be a dreamer…..in the end the US may have no other choice but to act.  It is going to be a balancing act something the US has NEVER been any good at doing.