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Posted on 06/18/2014 5:13:43 PM PDT by Kaslin
WASHINGTON - While al-Qaeda renegade armies were seizing Iraqi territory over the weekend and closing in on Baghdad, President Obama was jetting into Palm Springs, Calif. for 18 holes of golf.
The blood-soaked, terrorist rampage across Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was drawing close enough to the Iraqi capital to force the administration to begin withdrawing some of our U.S. embassy staff there.
While Obama was lining up his shot on the green, our country was in a full blown, foreign policy-national security crisis, one of many that confronts his failed presidency.
Russian tanks, ordered by Vladimir Putin, were rolling across Ukraine, further threatening that shaky democratic nation, while pro-Russian separatists were shooting down a Ukraine military transport, killing all 49 soldiers onboard.
At the same time, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who never paid a price for using poison gas on his own people, continues to bomb civilian populations with impunity, as the administration looks the other way.
Meanwhile, Obama was in Rancho Mirage playing a round of golf Saturday at Sunnylands, the well-manicured former estate of media tycoon Walter Annenberg.
Then, on Sunday, he was on the links again at the vast estate owned by multi-billionaire Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle.
Earlier in the weekend, he had some party business to attend to, appearing at a political fundraiser in Laguna Beach, Calif. Fundraising comes first when polls show that the Democrats may lose control of the Senate this fall.
White House officials said the president was being kept fully apprised of events abroad, while his national security advisers were struggling to come up with a plan on how to respond to the fierce offensive in Iraq.
But by the weekend, two things were clear -- there was deep division in the White House over how to deal with the crisis, and Obama was taking his sweet time, hoping the situation would resolve itself without any intervention on his part.
In a justifiably war-weary America, few of us want to send troops back into Iraq, though many want the U.S. to offer Iraq's government some assistance to help it repulse the terrorist onslaught.
Yet, by Sunday, citing "ongoing instability and violence in certain areas," the message from the administration was that it will strengthen security at its embassy in Iraq, while pulling out some of its personnel.
A separate Pentagon statement, that must have elicited cheers from the ISIS high command, said only "a small number" of military personnel were being sent to beef up security at the compound.
Where does it say in the war manual that we should tell the enemy how much security we will add to defend a U.S. embassy?
ISIS terrorists were on the brink of attacking the capital, with the sole aim of toppling its government. That raised concerns here and in Baghdad that they could penetrate the fortress-like Green Zone, and kill U.S. personnel, as al-Qaeda terrorists did in Benghazi, Libya.
These are murderous, cut-throat terrorists who take no prisoners and who have cut a wide swath of slaughtered bodies across Iraq in recent months.
Gruesome photos on Twitter last week showed a line of bound civilian men lying face down in a ditch, their hands tied behind their back, being shot by masked killers. ISIS tweeted that 1,700 Iraqi men have been executed over the course of their war, though that claim hasn't been verified.
It wasn't too long ago when Obama was campaigning for re-election, naively telling us that al-Qaeda terrorists were "on the run" and their command structure had been "decimated."
But now we know that never happened. Al-Qaeda has split and morphed into different armies across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, more powerful and deadlier than ever.
We struck back after 9/11 in the only way we could have, but since 2009, this administration has mounted a policy of retreat and retrenchment, even to the point of dropping the term "war on terrorism."
"U.S. foreign policy is failing," writes economist Peter Morici. "Russia is pushing into the Ukraine and threatening Eastern Europe, China is bullying Japan... in the East and South China seas, and terrorist groups" were "displaced in one place only to multiply and create more lethal threats in others."
So much so that "U.S. counterterrorism officials worry about what one calls a 'potential competitive dynamic' in which different factions, including [ISIS]... seek to bolster their credibility by attacking the United States," national security analyst David Ignatius writes in a recent blog.
We are not going to send troops back into Iraq under any foreseeable circumstances. But as the world's most powerful nation, we cannot turn a blind eye to a deadlier brand of terrorism that may be close to seizing Iraq's oil fields that would put wealth and power into their hands to conduct another assault on our homeland.
Defeating the terrorist threat will take moral leadership, presidential credibility and cunning foreign policy skills, none of which Obama possesses.
This is reflected in his latest job approval polls which have sunk to 41 percent, with a disapproval rating of 53 percent, according to a recent Gallup poll.
But now we learn that Obama's favorability rating, or what is considered his likability, has dropped to "an all-time low," according three polls by CNN, Bloomberg and Gallup.
Bloomberg news service, for example, found that just 44 percent of Americans express positive attitudes about the president.
"This marks the first time in a CNN poll that a majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of Obama," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
In a little more than four months, voters go to the polls to elect a new Congress, but for many Americans, it will be a vote against Obama.
White House Honors Young Adults Who Came to US Illegally
They know we have no leaders right now..
We’re looking at the early stages of WWIII.
Russia and China are going to flare out. We just as well get used to the idea.
We’ve pulled our fleet off the ocean. Look at the results.
We look like a paper tiger. Our enemies aren’t resting up, now that we’ve taken the pressure off folks. They’re advancing while we retreat.
The world will pay for this.
“”This marks the first time in a CNN poll that a majority of Americans have an unfavorable view of Obama”
For the first time, the usual oversampling of democrats failed to work for CNN
Hey, obama. The 1980s called. It would like to loan you the use of its foreign policies.
“The world will pay for this.”
For generations to come.
The New York Times cites eyewitness reports telling just the opposite:
Reports from Bayji sharply contradicted that assessment [the Iraq military’s claim that it repelled the assault]. A refinery worker who gave only his first name, Mohammad, reached by telephone, said that the refinery had been attacked at 4 a.m. and that workers had taken refuge in underground bunkers. In the course of the fighting, 17 gas storage tanks were set ablaze, although it was not clear by which side. After taking heavy losses, the troops guarding the facility surrendered and at least 70 were taken prisoner, he said.
Refinery workers were sent home unharmed by the extremists, Mohammad said.
A lieutenant from the battalion guarding Bayji, also reached by telephone and speaking on condition of anonymity, said he had fled his unit when it became clear that it would not be able to hold out against ISIS forces.
Eyewitnesses in the area also reported seeing ISIS checkpoints controlling access to the sprawling refinery area, and smoke rising over the complex from numerous fires.
Management at the refinery shut down operations earlier in order to minimize potential damage during fighting for the complex, and evacuated foreign staff. The ISIS had seized control of the 600-megawatt power generation station at Bayji when it took over the city last week.
The ISIS’ speedy southward advance from Mosul all the way to the outskirts of Samarra as well as Baqubah has slowed a bit over the past week as Iraqi reinforcements have arrived in the current battleground cities and towns just north of Baghdad. But ISIS has managed to keep most of its gains in Ninewa, Salahaddin, and Diyala provinces. And Iraqi military efforts to retake the Bayji refinery or the western Ninewa town of Tal Afar have so far been unsuccessful.
Your NYT article sounds like the Iraqi army is using the same “parade and then panic when the first shot is fired” tactics they used to perfection under Saddam. At this rate, Bagdad will fall within two weeks.
It’s a good thing Obama told the ISIS just how many Marines he was willing to sacrifice in defending the embassy.
Yeah, well, obammy has a golf game to organize for this weekend so... too bad for Baghdad and Ukraine, the President of the United States is busy!
Where are the UN, EU, World Court and other European keepers of the world’s morality when it comes to the beheadings, slaughter of Christians, and random killing by Allah’s army of demons? You hear of them running their mouths off about the legal execution of a scumbag in Texas but nothing about the tens of thousands in the current butchery.
Thanks for the link. BTTT!
“Wars and rumors of wars ... “
Democrats must be sooooooo proud.
Beat the war drums, calling all neocons.
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