Can you guess who is doing the jaw flapping? Let me help…..after Obama siad at a press conference…”we don’t have a strategy yet”…..I expected the media and the GOP to jump all over the statement…..and I did not have to wait long…….the usual loud mouth suspects were there right on time….yep, the idiots of foreign policy…..McCain and Graham………
Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham say they’re appalled that President Obama’s response to threat posed by the Islamic State is to say, “We don’t have have a strategy yet.” He needs to get one fast, they write in the New York Times. Putting a dent in ISIS’s finances would be great, and political progress in Iraq and Syria would surely help, “but ultimately, ISIS is a military force, and it must be confronted militarily,” they write. For starters, we must get more arms and intelligence to groups such as the Kurds who are fighting ISIS. Let them and other allies be our “boots on the ground.”
But the US should also embed “special forces and advisers with our partners on the ground—not to engage in combat, but to help our partners fight ISIS and direct airstrikes against it,” they write. This isn’t about nation-building, they insist. The White House should look to the model of “Afghanistan in 2001, where limited numbers of advisers helped local forces, with airstrikes and military aid, to rout an extremist army.” It’s time for Obama to adopt a strategy and make his case to Congress and the American people, say the senators. “If he does, he deserves bipartisan support. If he does not, ISIS will continue to grow into an even graver danger to our allies and to us.” Click for their full column.
This just what I would expect from a former jet jockey……you might want to know why I seem to not care for pilots too much and it is a fair question……..jet jockeys get to fly around drop their load then return to base for a shower and a hot meal…….whereas the grunt is there all the time and without a good shower or a hot meal……lmy point is that McCain is so quick to send troops to do our bidding is because he has never had to look the enemy in the eye to dispatch them….he gets to do it from 10,000 feet……makes a world of difference in your attitude when you have to live with the horrors every day…..okay, someone is going to jump down my throat about him being s POW…..he survived and probably has some residual scars….but that does not give him the mortal fiber to order troops to their deaths.
Their piece, their op-ed, was NOTHING but the GOP talking as much advantage as they can from Obama’s statement. I would not trust either of them to watch my pet snake…….they are opportunists not statesmen.
Have a great Labor Day everyone!
I have been watching and analyzing the Middle East for a long time……and there has never been a time, when we were involved in the region, that I could ever see a clear cut victory….sadly I am NOT seeing one with our newest enemy….ISIS…..
A well thought out article that my readers need to see and understand…..
Obama’s No-Win War on ISIS by Shamus Cooke — Antiwar.com.
This came to me via Twitter this morning and it is the most logical statement ever made by one of our politicians……..
Thoughts from an empty room……
For weeks we have heard about the thousands upon thousands of people trapped on the top of the mountains in Iraq…..we have been dropping humanitarian supplies to them like water, MREs and such……..and these people were used to get the US to return to Iraq in a military way…..and then………
The only good news coming out of Iraq, so far, is that there are way less people trapped in the Sinjar Mountains by IS….the US was considering sending in the special forces to help these people be rescued and now that is been scrapped because the need is just not there.
The news say that people made their way off the mountain in darkness so there are far fewer than had been reported. The question that has not been asked is….if they were trapped and made their way off the mountain….where did they go? There has been no reports of more Yazidis showing up….so where did they go? Or while distributing supplies NO one noticed the lack of massive amounts of refugees? Or why there has been no reports of an influx of Yazidi refugees…seems that would have been a story that needed filing.
Now if they are not there is it possible that there were NEVER as many as 20,000 people trapped on the mountain? If they were never there where did this story originate? The Kurds seem to be the biggest beneficiaries of the aid to the region….could they have blown this out to gain even more?
The situation with IS has the world on edge and the Kurds are looking like the saviors of the region….makes a great narrative for what they really want….succession.
Now I have other questions….is the US being played by the Kurds? Or is the US just looking for a fight? What will the next “crisis” be that the US will be needed to solve?
This country is being played or it is possible that we want to return to Iraq and are just manufacturing crises to justify that return?
The prez has called our efforts to help the besieged people on the mountain a success……he is taking credit for all the ‘success’……he has stated that NO further operation will be needed………sounds like propaganda to me.
So I ask again….was this a fabricated humanitarian crisis? If so, by whom?
To me it sounds like a con job……a con job like so many others….think Gulf of Tonkin and WMDs……..
Saw this one on Twitter and it goes well with the op-ed I had today…..
The ‘bomb bomb Iran dude and his little buddy Graham are always out there with a criticism of Obama on foreign policy especially if he does not use military might on a problem….first, do they get paid by the M-IC every time they dash out and condemn for NOT using military force?
Let’s review…..when the ISIS thing reared its ugly head McCain and the little guy started their BS about airstrikes and blaming it all on Obama for leaving Iraq……now guess what?
The president has authorized humanitarian air lifts and airstrikes on ISIS positions….and McCain/Graham are at it again….
You can add Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to the list of hawkishRepublicans who have found a reason to be unhappy about President Barack Obama’s authorization of military airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq. In an interview Friday with The Daily Beast, McCain said Obama’s plan of action is “almost worse than nothing” and the “weakest possible response.”
“This is a pinprick,” McCain said of the operation, in which two F-18 fighter jets dropped 500-pound bombs onto ISIS artillery outside of the Kurdish city of Erbil. “It’s almost worse than nothing because I fear the president is threatening and then he won’t follow through. It’s the weakest possible response and we cannot allow them to take Erbil. What [the administration has] done so far is almost meaningless.”
War Hawks are such a fickle lot…….they will do and say anything that keeps their paychecks rolling in from the Complex…….it’s amazing that a person who supposedly suffered greatly would be such a cheerleader about sending in troops to suffer….apparently he learned NOTHING from his ordeal…..he is a SAD person!
By now every red blooded neocon is sitting in the corner and jerking off on his iPhone and by now we all know that we will return to Iraq….at least from the air….now now.
So much has happened in Iraq in the last couple of months….the rise of ISIS, all the sectarian bloodshed and the Kurds moving loser to independence…..with all that occurring….why did Obama pick this moment to re-start the air war in Iraq?
Good question, right?
Newser) – President Obama gave the green light last night for the US military to launch airstrikes in Iraq, but why now? Some explanations:
- Two-fold mission: The US has already dropped food and supplies to Iraqis trapped on Mount Sinjar by extremist fighters from the Islamic State, or ISIS, and it may drop more. As for the airstrikes, targeted ones may be necessary near the mountain to “break the siege” there, says Obama, and allow more help to arrive and avert a “genocide.” The bigger reason for the possible airstrikes, however, seems to be to halt the advance of the extremist fighters in the north.
- ‘Line in the sand': Though the US did not intervene as the Islamic State swept across much of Iraq in recent weeks, the city of Irbil in northern Iraq “appears to be a line in the sand,” writes Dan Lamothe in the Washington Post. It’s the Kurdish capital, and the US has diplomats and military advisers stationed there among the American allies. (The Islamic State also reportedly controls the country’s largest dam, in the northern city of Mosul.)
- How far? “The question arises: How far is Mr. Obama willing to go?” writes Peter Baker in the New York Times. Obama said “there is ‘no American military solution’ to the Iraqi insurgency, pointing again to the need for a new politically inclusive government in Baghdad. What he might do if that fails he did not say. And while aides stressed this is a narrow mission, they acknowledged scenarios in which it could expand.”
- Reversal: “The return to military engagement in Iraq is a reversal for Mr. Obama, whose early opposition to the war that toppled Saddam Hussein, and his promise to end it, fueled his long-shot campaign for the White House,” write Carol E. Lee and Felicia Schwartz at the Wall Street Journal. “It also puts a spotlight on what has become a familiar feature of the Obama presidency, in which the leader of the most powerful military in the world has become defined by his reluctance to use it.”
- Unity after all? “Ironically, ISIS’s campaign against the Kurds may end up helping unify the Iraqi state,” writes Joshua Keating at Slate. The Kurds have long been at odds with Nouri al-Maliki’s government, but now he’s ordering his air force to help them. “Iraq’s various factions, as well as Baghdad’s odd-couple patrons, Iran and the United States, may be forced to work together to confront the most serious threat the country has faced since the worst days of the Iraq war.”
- Full text: Read the president’s statement here.
Is this the beginning of a whole new chapter in the continuing story of America: Between Iraq and a Hard Place?