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News Analysis: Obama in tough spot amid worsening Iraqi chaos
Xinhua China News ^ | June 15, 2014 | By Matthew Rusling

Posted on 06/15/2014 7:31:43 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is in a tough spot as Islamic militants sweep across northern Iraq, overtaking two major cities as tens of thousands of Iraqi government troops reportedly abandon their posts.

Fighters from the Sunni group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are reportedly beheading victims in a bid to instill fear as they sweep through the country's north, and have vowed to attack the national capital city of Baghdad.

The mayhem puts Obama in a sticky position. After more than a decade of wars in the Middle East, trillions of taxpayer dollars spent and the deaths of nearly 5,000 U.S. troops, war-weary Americans are wary of more involvement in the volatile region.

But at the same time, foreign policy circles fret that Islamic radicals could gain a foothold in a country they could use as a base to launch terror strikes against the U.S., as al-Qaeda did when it used Afghanistan as a launching pad to strike New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.xinhuanet.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: golf; iraq; obama; vacation
By "tough spot" they must mean Obama is in a fairway bunker in Palm Springs.
1 posted on 06/15/2014 7:31:43 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So, um, the Chinese get this and the American press is, um, what....hoping there’s an award show of some kind tonight?


3 posted on 06/15/2014 7:34:34 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Uh-huh….

4 posted on 06/15/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Due to Obama’s cut and run Foreign Policy of Surrender, Obam’s only honorable option now is to RESIGN, this week.


5 posted on 06/15/2014 7:36:49 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: F15Eagle

Yeppers...“The Audacity of Hope,” page 261 (paperback edition): “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”


6 posted on 06/15/2014 7:37:06 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Or that Golf Cart One got a flat tire rolling over some glsas trying to get out of the sand trap.


8 posted on 06/15/2014 7:40:08 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
But at the same time, foreign policy circles fret that Islamic radicals could gain a foothold in a country they could use as a base to launch terror strikes against the U.S...

The Chinese press is calling them what they are - "Islamic radicals" rather than the New York Times favored 'extremist' which is intentionally designed to confuse with 'Tea Party' members... Is every press in the world better than ours?

9 posted on 06/15/2014 7:41:32 PM PDT by GOPJ (#2 reply spot RESERVED for Tokyo Rose comments: "nothing works - give up - it's all hopeless".)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Time to face hard inconvenient facts. Our great ally Saudi Arabia, the country that fifteen of nineteen of the 9/11 terrorists called home, is directly and indirectly funding these barbaric “Islamists”.


10 posted on 06/15/2014 7:42:00 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Do liberals do anything except abandon our allies? 4 countries fell to communism in Carter’s term, but when did liberals start complaining? When Reagan came along and actually freed countries from communism. That’s what they called being a tyrant.


11 posted on 06/15/2014 7:42:15 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

How is this playing out on TV and the news shows?


12 posted on 06/15/2014 7:43:11 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
“Tough spot” could also mean that the teleprompter operator is on vacation.
13 posted on 06/15/2014 7:43:26 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: ansel12
How is this playing out on TV and the news shows?

Just got back from tube, and none of this is being covered by CNN, Fox, or MSNBC. Very strange.

14 posted on 06/15/2014 7:44:59 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: All

I don’t believe it. How can he be in a tough spot when it’s Bush’s fault. obama has no blame, so there fore has no need to “fix” the problem.


15 posted on 06/15/2014 7:46:24 PM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: catfish1957

Maybe they can’t confirm any of this.


16 posted on 06/15/2014 7:46:35 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is bull$hit. Great Leader with his NSA can monitor the United States citizens but is taken by surprise by an attempted takeover of Iraq?! These things take a little planning and anyone with a brain and half an intelligence organization could monitor events prior to their unfolding. Great Leader knew this was coming and did nothing to stop it. His ‘tough spot’ is with worsening approval numbers, and nothing more. It is becoming more and more difficult for the average (i.e. head-in-the-sand) American to not notice how the world is going to hell in a hand-basket and how the President is doing Jack-squat (apologies to Jack) for American interests both domestic and foreign.


17 posted on 06/15/2014 7:47:52 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: catfish1957

It wouldn’t take much TV video of cities falling , mass executions, and captured troops being marched down the road by the thousands, hundreds of thousands of refugees, and desperate American evacuations, to put Obama into LBJ declining to run territory.


18 posted on 06/15/2014 7:49:26 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Ted Grant
Maybe they can’t confirm any of this.

May be, but even without social media, there should be plenty of phone reports, etc.

19 posted on 06/15/2014 7:50:14 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: catfish1957

Inconsistent reports may be coming in


20 posted on 06/15/2014 7:51:23 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: ansel12

Of course by law he can’t anyway, but wouldn’t it be rather symbolic if he revealed that he didn’t know that? Or had changed his mind? Of course, there’s always President of Assyria.


21 posted on 06/15/2014 7:52:43 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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To: Ted Grant
Inconsistent reports may be coming in

Well, if you remember the '03 invasion there was plenty of that going on, with all angles including inconsistent reports being covered. Why is this different?

22 posted on 06/15/2014 7:53:54 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: catfish1957

FOX is so lame on the weekends. Just reruns at night from the previous week. They need to have all the weeknight shows start on Sunday.


23 posted on 06/15/2014 7:58:01 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: dandiegirl

Clown Prince nobama is in a “tough spot”. He is the president of a country he loathes.


24 posted on 06/15/2014 7:59:40 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Leaning Right
“Tough spot” could also mean that the teleprompter operator is on vacation

True, or that there's another arugula shortage, or that Obama couldn't get good TV reception for tonight's NBA game, or ....


25 posted on 06/15/2014 8:00:13 PM PDT by canuck_conservative (Congrats Spurs, #5 !!)
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To: Peter ODonnell

I just meant being in the place of LBJ in the public’s eyes that led him to not run again, a unique situation indicating the level that a sitting president can fall to during war.

A few weeks of TV coverage, and Obama would be finished politically, a republican could be driven out of office with it.


26 posted on 06/15/2014 8:02:41 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: AD from SpringBay

Betcha the militants taking over Iraq are still upset with that same video that caused the Benghazi attack? Meanwhile, as Ms Clinton prepares to take over the Whitehouse, she proclaims once again, “What difference does it make? These Iraqi humans are only pawns? Who are they to stand in my way to become the MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN THE WORLD?”


27 posted on 06/15/2014 8:08:00 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: Graewoulf

Eleven Ways in which Obama could be removed from office:

By being declared a foe of the Constitution, and therefore an enemy of the people;

By being declared gravely mentally, physically, or morally unfit;

By being put on a sabatical, whereas another permanently takes his position;

By being persuaded by his Party, family, friends, polls, etc, that he should resign;

By Impeachment;

By being declared Persona non Grata, man without a country, by Congress;

By being declared too dangerous to continue; By being judged mentally unable to understand the duties of the presidency;

By declaring obsequiousness to another sovereign being Islam, Marxism, or another;

By being disappeared, and relocated on a foreign Island, like Napoleon. 

Obama could be sued by state or individual claiming he is risking American lives by refusing to protect the citizens from dangerous outside forces.

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/63803

I VOTE FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE!


28 posted on 06/15/2014 9:13:40 PM PDT by matthew fuller (We should swap twenty million Mexican illegal aliens for Marine SGT Andrew Tahmooressi.)
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To: matthew fuller

Obama’s in a tough spot. Nothing like all the people trapped in the Green Zone with no way out. This has all the earmarks of a tragedy in waiting.


29 posted on 06/15/2014 9:18:39 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Americans have to read foreign sources to find out what's going on in their country. The U.S. MSM has circled the wagons to protected their Dear Leader at all costs. Barry makes it so hard for them to love him though. The MSM keep coming back to Barry like abused spouses because they know Barry will love them this time. Idiots . . . as if a narcissist sociopath could love anyone by himself.
30 posted on 06/15/2014 9:29:24 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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Obam’s only honorable option now is to RESIGN, this week.

He has no honor, so it might be difficult for him to do the honorable thing.

31 posted on 06/15/2014 9:35:44 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: gaijin
http://moonbattery.com/obama-golf-punk.jpg
32 posted on 06/15/2014 9:39:03 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The reality of the situation is this:

We are in over his head.


33 posted on 06/15/2014 10:02:29 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: hal ogen
"He is the president of a country he loathes."

And more than half of the country loathes him.

34 posted on 06/15/2014 10:43:25 PM PDT by matthew fuller (We should swap twenty million Mexican illegal aliens for Marine SGT Andrew Tahmooressi.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

BUT IT'S ALL BUSH'S FAULT!


35 posted on 06/16/2014 12:12:40 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: ansel12
It wouldn’t take much TV video of cities falling , mass executions, and captured troops being marched down the road by the thousands, hundreds of thousands of refugees, and desperate American evacuations, to put Obama into LBJ declining to run territory.

I believe the 22nd has already placed him into that territory securely.

36 posted on 06/16/2014 12:27:58 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

His “tough spot” should be a long jail term for treason.


37 posted on 06/16/2014 5:56:50 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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