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On Iraq, It Is Amazing What This White House Does Not Know
Time.com ^ | June 12, 2014 | Walter Russell Mead

Posted on 06/12/2014 6:20:09 PM PDT by Timber Rattler

There is a big harvest of bad news from the country formerly known as Iraq this June 12. The country’s armed forces have collapsed in the north and ISIS fighters are streaming south from Mosul. A vicious band of terrorists and thugs whose leaders were too bloodthirsty and unscrupulous for al-Qaeda now controls a significant swath of territory from the middle of Syria through the center of Iraq. The Kurds meanwhile have seized the moment to take Kirkuk, and they are unlikely to leave it voluntarily. A dramatically weakened government in Baghdad will now be more dependent than ever on Iran, and Jordan is now exposed to attacks from radicals along its long and poorly guarded eastern frontier. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in terror for their lives, and gruesome executions and attacks are already being reported from the cities that have fallen to the terrorists. The foreign fighters with them, including, apparently, many Westerners, are acquiring expertise that will make them significantly more dangerous when they return to their home countries.

Yet none of that, grim as it is, is the worst news in the papers today. The worst news about Iraq comes from Washington, where we learn in the pages of the Wall Street Journal that senior White House officials acknowledge that these events have surprised them. They apparently had no idea that the Iraqi army was a hollow shell, that ISIS was planning something, and that the sectarian war was about to take a dramatic lurch for the worse.

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; isis; jihad; mosul
From liberal Time no less...someone has finally shouted that the Emperor has no clothes on!
1 posted on 06/12/2014 6:20:09 PM PDT by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

Sickening.


2 posted on 06/12/2014 6:23:39 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Timber Rattler

This is what happens when you put a bunch of incompetent college kids in charge of the government.


3 posted on 06/12/2014 6:23:51 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Perhaps Obama first learned of the existence of Iraq by reading about it in newspaper reports...?

Maybe he was busy speaking Austrian with Corpsemen in all 57 American states...?


4 posted on 06/12/2014 6:24:26 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: FlingWingFlyer

This is what happens when you allow a bunch of incompetent people to vote.


5 posted on 06/12/2014 6:33:33 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: VerySadAmerican

And it’s only going to get worse when the GOP awards everyone in Mexico, Central and South America with amnesty.


6 posted on 06/12/2014 6:34:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Not to worry...our leader has a phone and a pen. Might even have a twitter account!


7 posted on 06/12/2014 6:41:41 PM PDT by parmamenian
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To: FlingWingFlyer
This is what happens when you put a bunch of incompetent college kids in charge of the government.

I think Velerie Jarrett is something worse than an incompetent college kid. So is Barry.

8 posted on 06/12/2014 6:44:07 PM PDT by MileHi
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To: Timber Rattler

Time? Word.


9 posted on 06/12/2014 6:44:45 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Timber Rattler

You have to wonder to what extent the forces now attacking Iraq were armed by US aid to the Syrian rebels.


10 posted on 06/12/2014 6:45:22 PM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: VerySadAmerican

....And put radical, experimental academics in charge with NO life experience.


11 posted on 06/12/2014 6:46:40 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Timber Rattler

Yeah, but they all know Obama’s golf score.

The man has, what, 172 golf days since he took office? Bush had three golf days and the press started insinuating that he was lazy. Obama takes 172 golf days, and the press is wondering why the White House folks don’t really know what’s going on in Iraq.

What could it be? What could it be? Here’s a news flash for the American press. The jackass has been playing golf and going to fundraisers and high school graduations and NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO HIS JOB! And neither has the American press.


12 posted on 06/12/2014 6:47:37 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Chewbarkah

My bet??? FULLY armed by us.


13 posted on 06/12/2014 6:47:38 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Timber Rattler

Let’s give Jarrett and the Muslim Brotherhood the benefit of the doubt and reveal who they are really supporting.


14 posted on 06/12/2014 6:49:03 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: MileHi

Not incompetent. This is a tacit agreement to blow up the Middle East, see the jihadist as the de facto power, for which they have come to a comfortable alliance.


15 posted on 06/12/2014 6:50:06 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: blueunicorn6

He’s spent too much time on the job of destroying America. The man never takes a break to even enjoy his destruction.


16 posted on 06/12/2014 6:50:57 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: lulu16

Aren’t many bof Clown Prince nobama’s homeland-security and foreign policy people moozlums. Sure...they don’t know anything.


17 posted on 06/12/2014 7:00:44 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Timber Rattler

Not amazing at all.

Obama learns everything by hearing it on the news the same time as us!


18 posted on 06/12/2014 7:03:28 PM PDT by airborne (My heroes don't wear capes - My heroes wear dog tags!)
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To: airborne

What does it take for Boehner to begin Articles of Impeachment for the Democrat’s Obama?


19 posted on 06/12/2014 7:07:32 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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20 posted on 06/12/2014 7:08:15 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: gaijin
Maybe he was busy speaking Austrian with Corpsemen in all 57 American states...?

Nah, he was taking a trip on the intercontinental railroad.

21 posted on 06/12/2014 7:16:45 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Timber Rattler
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22 posted on 06/12/2014 7:20:00 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: Chode

Press Secretary Josh Earnest: The President is currently watching television. We should have an update soon.


23 posted on 06/12/2014 7:24:05 PM PDT by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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To: Graewoulf

It won’t happen.

Boehner is just going to play nice with the Dems until we either throw him out or the country implodes.


24 posted on 06/12/2014 7:29:45 PM PDT by airborne (My heroes don't wear capes - My heroes wear dog tags!)
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To: airborne
Obama learns everything by hearing it on the news the same time as us!

And it's not the least embarrassing to them. They openly admit they have no clue.

25 posted on 06/12/2014 7:33:17 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Graewoulf
Boehner is the Cowardly lion. He even cries like the Cowardly lion.

26 posted on 06/12/2014 7:36:04 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: parmamenian

Have no fear! #hashtags will save the day!


27 posted on 06/12/2014 7:37:51 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun" - Obama, setting RoE with his opposition)
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To: joshua c
LOLOL, i hope it's FOX or he'll never find out...
28 posted on 06/12/2014 7:47:59 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: gaijin

“speaking Austrian” — well... I don’t think he knew about it, but Austrian is a distinct dialect of German. But I doubt Obama knew that..


29 posted on 06/12/2014 11:04:45 PM PDT by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Incompetent children with communist’ backgrounds. In other words, Harvard educated fools with no common sense.


30 posted on 06/13/2014 7:52:05 AM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: Timber Rattler

31 posted on 06/13/2014 9:23:59 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obozo, the WonDoer, will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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