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Iraq crisis: Did Obama's foreign policy blunders sow seeds of disaster? (by Cal Thomas)
Fox News ^ | June 14, 2014 | Cal Thomas

Posted on 06/15/2014 8:08:27 PM PDT by Innovative

After the U.S. military battled heroically to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and to eliminate the possibility that it might become a staging area for terrorist attacks, the Obama administration has created a vacuum now being filled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an Al Qaeda affiliate, which has overrun Mosul and Fallujah, cities liberated by American soldiers. ISIS now threatens Baghdad.

The administration and much of the media try to separate “fanatical Muslims” from “peaceful” ones, but the distinction is meaningless when the fanatics have the weapons and are willing to die for their cause.

Withdrawal from this war is a policy of surrender. What we need is a unified approach to fighting Islamic extremism by us and other allied nations. What we need is a policy that works.

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


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaedaspring; iraq; jimmycarterredux; muslims; obama; obamadoctrine; obamaforeignpolicy; obamalegacy; proislamist; terrorism; waronterror
I am sure that privately Obama considers his policies a success... this is exactly what he wanted to achieve.
1 posted on 06/15/2014 8:08:27 PM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

Is a bear Catholic?


2 posted on 06/15/2014 8:10:19 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: Innovative

OBAMA: RESIGN OR BE IMPEACHED!


3 posted on 06/15/2014 8:12:12 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Innovative

More that is not given sufficient publicity:

Extortion, bank robbery fuel ISIS bloody drive to establish Sharia caliphate

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/06/14/extortion-bank-robbery-fuel-isis-bloody-drive-to-establish-sharia-caliphate/

“The latest payday — gained when the jihadist group led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi overran Iraq’s second largest city and emptied the vaults of cash and gold bullion — swelled already healthy coffers and made ISIS, by some estimations, the world’s richest terrorist organization. The group also seized U.S.-made tanks, Blackhawk helicopters, cargo planes and an unknown quantity of guns, all part of a $14 billion arsenal the U.S. sold or donated to the beleaguered Iraqi security forces.”

If the US had stayed, they wouldn’t have let all our high tech military equipment fall into the hands of terrorists...

More confirmation that my post 1 is indeed correct.


4 posted on 06/15/2014 8:15:00 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

Yes, Mullah Baraq must be pleased tonight. His dream of a caliphate will soon be realized.


5 posted on 06/15/2014 8:16:29 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: Innovative
The whole problem was Malarkey made a move on the Sunnis. Did anyone think that they WOULD NOT push back? I think that he thought that with us out of the way, he would have a free hand. Death to Shias.
6 posted on 06/15/2014 8:16:47 PM PDT by Domangart (Tho I walk Through the valley of Wal-Mart, I fear no man.)
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To: Innovative

Sowed and fertilized with miracle grow. Won’t be long till harvest, but that’s for another article


7 posted on 06/15/2014 8:17:35 PM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: Innovative

He has made it painfully clear that he is NOT on our side. The release of those Taliban terrorists proved it. There was even a Tabloid at the grocery store that showed an angry Mooch yelling at him saying “whose side are you on??” May make the low info voters use the one brain cell they have.


8 posted on 06/15/2014 8:17:43 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: Innovative

Remember who Obama/Hillary backed in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood. He purposely pulled the U.S. out of Iraq so the Islamists would fill the void.


9 posted on 06/15/2014 8:26:51 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Innovative

Maybe he is in on the caliphate conspiracy and did it all on purpose


10 posted on 06/15/2014 8:28:34 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: NonValueAdded
"Is a bear Catholic?"

Pope Benedict's coat of arms...


12 posted on 06/15/2014 8:33:36 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Innovative

Actually, it’s obama’s (and Hillary’s, Samantha World Power’s, etc., etc.) mucking around in Syria that made the ISIS takeover in Iraq possible!!!!


13 posted on 06/15/2014 8:35:00 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Innovative

Can’t help but hear this in my mind when I think of what’s going on:

‘Cause fire is the devil’s only friend

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan’s spell

And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

He was singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie


14 posted on 06/15/2014 8:37:01 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: matthew fuller

We cannot edit comments, we can only remove them.


15 posted on 06/15/2014 8:41:42 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Innovative

Obama has no foreign policy. His policy is to remove the US from the world as a superpower, degrade our military as an effective fighting force, weaken our economy so we cannot rebuild the military, and destroy the moral fabtic of our society prepping it to receive Marxism. In doing so, he has lost the trust and faith of our allies and emboldened our enemies and possible adversaries. And now the worst of the worst rush to fill the vacuum. The entire world is about to explode into flames. And where is Obama? Golf date?


16 posted on 06/15/2014 9:02:37 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Exactly — he is executing according to plan...


17 posted on 06/15/2014 9:19:29 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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Iraq crisis: ISIS battles for Baghdad - live

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10899712/Iraq-crisis-ISIS-battles-for-Baghdad-live.html

Key events as they happen — in this article in the UK Telegraph.


18 posted on 06/15/2014 9:21:43 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Jim Robinson
Nailed it on all points, Jim, including the 'golf date': He had a date at Larry Ellison's Porcupine Creek Estate today (with whom, no idea). He was pushing global warming yesterday at commencement at UC Irvine.

Gotta love those priorities. </sarc>

19 posted on 06/15/2014 9:22:17 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Jim Robinson; All

ISIS Terrorist/Al Qaeda Group Leader WAS RELEASED from US custody in 2009 in Iraq.

‘I’ll see you guys in New York,’ ISIS terror leader told U.S. troops in 2009

“The current leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) had some chilling words upon his release from a U.S. detention camp in Iraq in 2009.

“I’ll see you guys in New York,” said Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, Army Col. Kenneth King told reporters at the Daily Beast Saturday.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/14/ill-see-you-guys-new-york-abu-bakr-al-baghdadis-pa/

This is also mentioned in the NYT:

Rebels’ Fast Strike in Iraq Was Years in the Making

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/world/middleeast/rebels-fast-strike-in-iraq-was-years-in-the-making.html?_r=0

“Under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who spent time in an American detention facility, the group has shown itself to be unrelentingly violent...”


20 posted on 06/15/2014 9:36:18 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Does the Pope poop in the woods?


21 posted on 06/15/2014 9:38:23 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Innovative

Well truly Obama screws up evrything he stouches but the seeds of disaster were sown by the Mohammed.....


22 posted on 06/16/2014 4:30:43 AM PDT by 48th SPS
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To: All

23 posted on 06/16/2014 4:52:40 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (‘You can avoid reality, but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.’)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Wallaby damned, there IS a bear in there





yes, that's intentional
24 posted on 06/16/2014 10:51:13 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: Innovative

Same results Code Pink and the other Commie led “peace” movements wanted, an Islamic empire allied against the West.

There are no peace marches or condemnations of war crimes for the usual parties this week.


25 posted on 06/17/2014 6:40:08 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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