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U.S. Drops Aid to Iraqis; Militants Are Hit by Air Strikes
New York Times ^ | 08/07/2014 | By HELENE COOPER, MARK LANDLER and ALISSA J. RUBIN

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 ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aid; airstrikes; iraq; iraqichristians; isis

1 posted on 08/07/2014 6:51:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Does anyone honestly believe Obama isn’t in league with ISIS?


2 posted on 08/07/2014 6:52:47 PM PDT by Viennacon (Liberals are like vomit in a lot of ways)
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To: SeekAndFind
Convoys. Highway of Death redo?

Good hunting, guys.

3 posted on 08/07/2014 6:53:43 PM PDT by stboz
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To: SeekAndFind

Cluster bombs.

Use cluster bombs on the ISIS columns.


4 posted on 08/07/2014 6:53:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama is responsible for every death in the Middle East!!!


5 posted on 08/07/2014 6:55:02 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: BenLurkin

Will the generals run the operation, or will the bureaucrats in Washington?


6 posted on 08/07/2014 6:55:53 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: SeekAndFind

How many had to die or be displaced from their homeland before Obama took action? How could he have not known about this crisis?


7 posted on 08/07/2014 6:55:54 PM PDT by boycott
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To: boycott

Better late than never, but not much better.


8 posted on 08/07/2014 6:57:22 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

The Leftist cabal that usurped the WH would be my guess.


9 posted on 08/07/2014 6:57:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

I suspect some attorneys in DC will be picking the targets.


10 posted on 08/07/2014 7:01:34 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


11 posted on 08/07/2014 7:01:38 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: lightman

Better late than never, but not much better.


Yep. And Obama didn’t really have any choices in this matter.


12 posted on 08/07/2014 7:01:57 PM PDT by boycott
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To: 353FMG

Then Hussein’s promise of no ground troops will go out the window.

But he is used to that.


13 posted on 08/07/2014 7:02:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: stboz

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.


14 posted on 08/07/2014 7:03:18 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey NSA!)
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To: Viennacon
Does anyone honestly believe Obama isn’t in league with ISIS?

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.

15 posted on 08/07/2014 7:05:43 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


16 posted on 08/07/2014 7:06:45 PM PDT by JT Hatter (Who is Barack Obama? And What is He Really Up To?)
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To: BenLurkin

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.


17 posted on 08/07/2014 7:08:52 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
Obama is responsible for every death in the Middle East!!!

I second that!

18 posted on 08/07/2014 7:17:46 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Viennacon

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?


19 posted on 08/07/2014 7:49:26 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: SeekAndFind
airstrikes on the militants if they moved to take Erbil,
threatening the American citizens and military personnel there.

Brilliant, the NYT told them where our Americans are.
That's Just great.

20 posted on 08/07/2014 7:54:35 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sounds like cowboy Bush? What a hypocrite.

Pray America wakes up


21 posted on 08/07/2014 7:56:01 PM PDT by bray (Palin/Bibi 2016)
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To: SeekAndFind

“... 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.


22 posted on 08/07/2014 7:56:14 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (His Arrogance would love to replace John Kerry-Heinz but all the trained monkeys turned him down.)
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To: MaxMax

Hussein also reminded ISIS where U.S. military personnel were located. What NORMAL president would do this?


23 posted on 08/07/2014 7:57:16 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: SeekAndFind

Recognize, arm, and supply the Kurds.


24 posted on 08/07/2014 8:04:13 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing
Nothing is done by the Gov on accident. Who knows what the intentions are.
It's all looney tunes on steroids.

Actually it's Communist think. It's how they do things.

25 posted on 08/07/2014 8:05:04 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: boycott

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
give them.

Apparently they do not love freedom enough to defend it.
They seem to prefer an iron hand.


26 posted on 08/07/2014 8:32:48 PM PDT by tennmountainman (True conservatives don't like being rained on by their own party!)
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To: tennmountainman

Personally, I would defend Christians being slaughtered.

These people were protected under Saddam Hussein. They need to be protected after we overthrew their government.


27 posted on 08/07/2014 8:37:25 PM PDT by boycott
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To: SeekAndFind

The Zero finally found something to do with all the food that Moochie’s subjects wouldn’t touch - bomb starving people with it.


28 posted on 08/07/2014 8:38:57 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: tennmountainman
They seem to prefer an iron hand.

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.

29 posted on 08/07/2014 8:41:07 PM PDT by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: boycott

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.


30 posted on 08/07/2014 8:44:27 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

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.


31 posted on 08/07/2014 9:01:52 PM PDT by boycott
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Yes!

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.


32 posted on 08/07/2014 9:04:33 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: 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.

And guess who got all of it?

33 posted on 08/07/2014 9:06:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

I am glad he’s doing something for these people.


34 posted on 08/07/2014 9:30:05 PM PDT by Floratina
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To: BenLurkin

test that new cluster bomb, with 72 sub-munitions.... the 72 Virgins bomb.


35 posted on 08/07/2014 9:45:49 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Publius

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.


36 posted on 08/08/2014 5:28:58 AM PDT by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

“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.


37 posted on 08/08/2014 6:37:13 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Obama's Storm of Illegal immigrants, aka, new democRat voters and his 2016 FDR 3rd term attempt!)
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To: boycott
"How many had to die or be displaced from their homeland before Obama took action? How could he have not known about this crisis?"


38 posted on 08/08/2014 6:39:43 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Obama's Storm of Illegal immigrants, aka, new democRat voters and his 2016 FDR 3rd term attempt!)
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To: boycott

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...


39 posted on 08/08/2014 8:07:22 AM PDT by txrangerette (("...hold to the TRUTH; speak without fear". - Glenn Beck))
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To: txrangerette

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


40 posted on 08/08/2014 9:06:12 AM PDT by boycott
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To: CivilWarBrewing

The kind working with ISIS.


41 posted on 08/08/2014 12:44:16 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


42 posted on 08/08/2014 2:31:56 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


43 posted on 08/08/2014 3:17:41 PM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: R0CK3T

When it’s the Israelis attacking hospitals, Obama is all over it.


44 posted on 08/08/2014 3:19:50 PM PDT by dfwgator
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