Skip to comments.U.S. Drops Aid to Iraqis; Militants Are Hit by Air Strikes
Posted on 08/07/2014 6:51:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
President Obama said Thursday that United States military aircraft had dropped food and water to thousands of Iraqis besieged by Islamic militants on a mountaintop in northern Iraq.
Speaking Thursday night from the State Dining Room at the White House, the president said he had directed the United States military forces to conduct targeted airstrikes on the militants if they moved to take Erbil, threatening the American citizens and military personnel there.
And he said that at the request of the Iraqi government, he had authorized the military to use airstrikes to help provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi citizens, many of them religious minorities, who are trapped on the mountain.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Does anyone honestly believe Obama isn’t in league with ISIS?
Good hunting, guys.
Use cluster bombs on the ISIS columns.
Obama is responsible for every death in the Middle East!!!
Will the generals run the operation, or will the bureaucrats in Washington?
How many had to die or be displaced from their homeland before Obama took action? How could he have not known about this crisis?
Better late than never, but not much better.
The Leftist cabal that usurped the WH would be my guess.
I suspect some attorneys in DC will be picking the targets.
All ISIS has to do now is run like hell and mix their fighters with the defenseless people on that mountain and they will have captured supplies and human shields.
Better late than never, but not much better.
Yep. And Obama didn’t really have any choices in this matter.
Then Hussein’s promise of no ground troops will go out the window.
But he is used to that.
From the article, it sounds like they were only planning on providing defensive air strikes for the C130’s making the air drops and maybe to protect the supplies from the militants. It didn’t sound like there were any offensive strikes planned.
At a minimum, they should be providing better arms and adequate ammunition for the Kurds to defend against ISIS who have our weapons and ammo. But they probably won’t.
umm . . . obama doesn't know what ISIS is. He's the only person in America who refers to them as ISIL. More evidence he's one of them, I guess.
Obama will get a bump in the polls.
And he will smile at this.
And general war will come to the Middle East and America.
Why should he send ground troops?
He can say that he did do his best trying to help defenseless civilians but that the situation is such that it is now out of his hands.
I second that!
Indeed. I also noticed how Obama made a point of letting ISIS know the U.S. would not be getting too serious about fighting anyone in Iraq. How nice of Hussein, huh?
Brilliant, the NYT told them where our Americans are.
That's Just great.
Sounds like cowboy Bush? What a hypocrite.
Pray America wakes up
“... he had directed the United States military forces to conduct targeted airstrikes on the militants if they moved to take Erbil,....”
Note that airstrikes are made ONLY if the militants move to take Erbil ... so all you Christians and other minorities are up sh!t creek.
Hussein also reminded ISIS where U.S. military personnel were located. What NORMAL president would do this?
Recognize, arm, and supply the Kurds.
Actually it's Communist think. It's how they do things.
Do you really think any intervention into this country will save them?
Bush gave them an opportunity for freedom. We trained their solders
and years of support. It was up to them to defend the freedom we helped
Apparently they do not love freedom enough to defend it.
They seem to prefer an iron hand.
Personally, I would defend Christians being slaughtered.
These people were protected under Saddam Hussein. They need to be protected after we overthrew their government.
The Zero finally found something to do with all the food that Moochie’s subjects wouldn’t touch - bomb starving people with it.
Let me give you a little history for perspective.
Half a century ago, the UN and the US Foreign Policy Community had a positive mania for forcing the British and French to give up their empires in Africa, all in the belief that democracy would spring up overnight. (You can make the same arguments for the Middle East.)
The one man who saw clearly that it wouldn't happen that way was Barry Goldwater. He excoriated the idea, said it was a fool's errand and that it would merely create a playground for the CIA and KGB. He summed it up with a statement that has rung through the decades -- and I'm paraphrasing here.
"There are people that are not ready for democracy, and for religious and cultural reasons may never be ready for democracy. The best that can be hoped for is a benevolent dictator who is loyal to the US, not the Soviets."
The press and the Foreign Policy Community tore him apart for that statement, but he was right. Whether it's the Middle East or Russia, there are people whose lack of experience with English Common Law have made them unsuitable for self-government.
The azz had to read about it in the late edition news paper and then have someone explain it to him.
Personally, I don’t think he cares. He doesn’t want to support anyone against Muslims. When Muslims are fighting each other, he is torn.
He is the worst president or politician to ever disgrace our lands. I am sick of him and his posse.
I am glad we are helping the Christians and the Kurds. It should have been done weeks ago.
We should have been performing air strikes against ISIS months ago. Instead, we were giving them arms.
We would have never needed to put a boot on the ground if Obama had been taking care of business. Hopefully we never have to do so.
He waits until death and murder are at the doorsteps of Iraqi cities with Christians slaughtered. This bastard should be tried for aiding and abetting war crimes and playing politics with US foreign relations.
And guess who got all of it?
I am glad he’s doing something for these people.
test that new cluster bomb, with 72 sub-munitions.... the 72 Virgins bomb.
Ironically, I did a report on the Belgian Congo when I was in 6th grade. Seemed beautiful. Boats on the lake by the waterfall, tourism, industry, peaceful, etc.....since it was the 70s I am pretty sure I only had access to left wing sources. My kid did a report on Zaire in the 6th grade I read it out of curiosity to see what happened to the nation I read about 30 odd years ago. It broke my heart.
“Will the generals run the operation, or will the bureaucrats in Washington?”
Today, there isn’t much difference between the two.
Of course Obozo’s perfumed princes and princesses who shave pretending to be Generals and Admirals, will be controlled by Obozo’s White House Sunnis and of course the Sunni in charge of our CIA.
He finally read about the crises in the newspaper.
Even after that, he knows his policies had nothing to do with the crises.
These targeted-for-genocide folks accidentally ended up like this for no apparent reason.
O read about it now that they are fleeing, trapped and dying.
Shazzam! How did that happen?
Oh well, today I feel like helping them out a little but that’s all.
I hope their executioners don’t get hurt TOO much...
I was watching an NBC clip today about Obama dropping bombs.
It was like he really didn’t have a choice. Bombing is the last option to him. He is such the humanitarian. Yada yada yada ............ more excuses for him ... yada .... yada .... yada
The kind working with ISIS.
While I am glad that the Lyin’ King is helping the Hazidis, he has allowed Christians in Egypt, Syria, and Iraq to be tormented for MONTHS.
Heck, I think he’s ENCOURAGED it.
Finally, when it’s a tiny religious minority with its roots in Zoroastrianism and Islam...finally he does something.
How many people had to be slaughter, how many children had to have their heads cut off by ISIS before now?
Wasn’t this the same guy who told us if he could save just one more child he would makes firearms illegal for citizens to own.
And NOW on the US border he says if we can save the children the we must make them citizens and provide care for them and all of their family forever?
But he allows Kurdish and Christian women and children to be genocidally murdered in Iraq and does noting until scores, thousands, and more have been slaughtered.
Well here is one place I will partially agree with Holder on, the US does have cowards in it.
They reside in the White House.
When it’s the Israelis attacking hospitals, Obama is all over it.
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