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Obama Authorizes Limited Airstrikes in Iraq
New York Times ^ | 07 August 2014 | Helen Cooper, Mark Landler, Alissa J. Rubinaug

Posted on 08/07/2014 7:13:13 PM PDT by Lorianne

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 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.

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: airstrikeonisis; arabspring; bloodforoil; codepink; election2008; election2012; haliburton; humanitarianairdrop; iraq; iraqichristians; isisiraq; leadingfrombehind; quagmire
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1 posted on 08/07/2014 7:13:13 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

once again he voted “present”

He said he would strike “if necessary”

They are laughing at him


3 posted on 08/07/2014 7:14:19 PM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: Lorianne

I predict that we will be ‘at war’ before the election.


4 posted on 08/07/2014 7:18:41 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: Lorianne

A-10s should be shootin’ up the supply lines.


5 posted on 08/07/2014 7:22:59 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: CMailBag

Did he get a vote from Congress, as Bush did?


6 posted on 08/07/2014 7:23:15 PM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: Lorianne

Well, that was timely. ... Not! That kind of timberline might have worked in WW I, maybe II. But now? Too little, far too late. I’m sure that is bammy’s intention.


7 posted on 08/07/2014 7:37:49 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Lorianne

Talk about a few days late and a few dollars short


8 posted on 08/07/2014 7:39:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: angry elephant
Nope. Obama ordered the withdrawal and now is going to kill Women and Children.

Waiting for Democrat/liberal outrage over the Warmonger Obama, killing for oil.

9 posted on 08/07/2014 7:43:35 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Lorianne

After having supplied food and water to the defenseless people on that mountain (very laudable) what will happen to them after our planes leave and they are defenseless again?

Will it merely be a stay of execution?


10 posted on 08/07/2014 7:57:17 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Lorianne

Recognize, arm, and supply Kurdistan.


11 posted on 08/07/2014 8:06:09 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Mr. K

Yeah, the word “limited” hardly covers it.


12 posted on 08/07/2014 8:06:35 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: Lorianne

Isn’t Isis the same wackos that we armed and funded when they were trying to take down the Assad regime? Now were going to bomb them, this govt of ours is nucking futz.


13 posted on 08/07/2014 8:07:24 PM PDT by eak3
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To: Lorianne

Kurdish media apparently reported air missions had already happened in mid afternoon, and the Pentagon immediately issued a statement denying it.

Seems like the military didn’t want to announce anything until after it was over with.


14 posted on 08/07/2014 8:13:40 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: Lorianne

Stupid boob of a move. It will motivate the ISIS mob to join Iran’s Shiites.


15 posted on 08/07/2014 8:14:15 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: 353FMG

Hasn’t ISIL taken weapons, major weapons away from other fighters and Iraq. I am sure they will be glad to get food and water too. Obama is not going to help the situation.


16 posted on 08/07/2014 8:15:00 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: Lorianne
From the end of the article:Perfect MANPADS bait.
17 posted on 08/07/2014 8:22:15 PM PDT by upchuck (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care.)
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To: GeronL

Really.

You cut them up while they’re advancing. Not after they’ve purged an area of opposition.

He has to be doing this just for the optics of looking tough.


18 posted on 08/07/2014 8:24:42 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: Lorianne

How many aspirin factories will he bomb?


19 posted on 08/07/2014 8:24:44 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Lorianne

Hey!! How ‘bout that Nobel peace prize???


20 posted on 08/07/2014 8:34:54 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: eak3
Isn’t Isis the same wackos that we armed and funded when they were trying to take down the Assad regime?

They were part of Al Qeada in Iraq which was receiving aid from the US in Syria as a blanket group of rebel factions. Then the US got caught. So Obama and Hillary had to declare Al Nusrah (Al Qeada in Iraq) a terrorist organization and they stopped giving aid. But then Qatar continued the aid. Eventually ISIS split off from Al Nusrah and that is when things went really bad. The new ISIS group started attacking the other rebels and then the US and Qatar realized they had a problem potentially just as bad as Assad.

And if Al Nusra/ISIS had actually succeeded in toppling Assad, they would have had access to all his Chemical WMD. And that believe it or not was the best case scenario if the US/Qatar plan had actually worked. So as bad as it is now, if the original US/Qatar plan had worked, it would have been much worse. That is the case with everything Obama gets involved with. Best play is to throw a monkey wrench into the works.

21 posted on 08/07/2014 8:36:15 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: 353FMG; MinuteGal

“After having supplied food and water to the defenseless people on that mountain (very laudable) what will happen to them after our planes leave and they are defenseless again?”

What the people on the mountain don’t know is this was their last supper.


22 posted on 08/07/2014 8:54:23 PM PDT by flaglady47 (The useful idiots always go first)
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To: Lorianne

What aspirin factory are they targeting.


23 posted on 08/07/2014 8:55:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Lorianne; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


24 posted on 08/07/2014 8:58:21 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: flaglady47

The article said they dropped 5300 gallons of water and 8,000 MRE’s. I thought there were at least 40,000 stranded on this mountain? That’s not much of a last supper.


25 posted on 08/07/2014 9:09:51 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey NSA!)
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To: Girlene

Gee, ISIS is really going to appreciate getting all that food and water.


26 posted on 08/07/2014 9:12:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TBP
Recognize, arm, and supply Kurdistan.

Absolutely. The peshmerga have old weapons and very little ammo....they may have an old tank or two. ISIS has advanced American weapons and tons of ammo.
27 posted on 08/07/2014 9:13:41 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey NSA!)
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To: upchuck
Perfect MANPADS bait.

First, they're over a mountaintop without adversary in that location, and second, a missile fired from a lower elevation is not going to find the target over the ridgeline and third, no surface-to-air missiles in that area anyway.

28 posted on 08/07/2014 9:15:26 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: mass55th
How many aspirin factories will he bomb?

I wonder if Peter Arnett would be interested in covering the aspirin factory bombings?

29 posted on 08/07/2014 9:44:44 PM PDT by Mark17 (Obama & Nero? Both Emperors. The difference is Nero played a fiddle, while Obama plays a "flute")
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To: Mark17

Let’s not forget the baby formula factories, either.


30 posted on 08/07/2014 9:47:03 PM PDT by gogeo (If you are Tea Party, the Republican Party does not want you.)
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To: angry elephant

Yea but Bush wasn’t an Emperor


31 posted on 08/07/2014 10:06:29 PM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: Lorianne

Christians have been slaughtered for the last 3 months...Not a peep.

But when Yazidis, purported devil worshipers, are threatened....Start dropping bombs!


32 posted on 08/07/2014 10:26:56 PM PDT by PanzerKardinal (Some things are so idiotic only an intellectual would believe it.)
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To: PanzerKardinal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazidi


33 posted on 08/07/2014 10:37:10 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: angry elephant

Did he get a vote from Congress, as Bush did?

Nope the king don’t need Permission!


34 posted on 08/07/2014 10:38:07 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: Mark17
"I wonder if Peter Arnett would be interested in covering the aspirin factory bombings?"

Or baby milk factories.

35 posted on 08/07/2014 10:46:05 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Lorianne

...which side are they gonna be shooting at?


36 posted on 08/07/2014 11:10:42 PM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: Lorianne

too little, too late?

Where’s the snake & nape?


37 posted on 08/07/2014 11:13:57 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Kerry, as Obama's plenipotentiary, is a paradox - the physical presence of a geopolitical absence")
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To: Cap Huff

Another player enters the barroom.


38 posted on 08/07/2014 11:17:36 PM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Lorianne
the president said he had directed the United States military forces

He's such a clueless foreigner he thinks he's a "Director".

The POTUS as CIC gives orders to the armed forces.

39 posted on 08/08/2014 1:36:14 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Elimination of the Federal Judiciary other than the SCOTUS is but a Pen and Phone away)
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To: Lorianne

“where tens of thousands of Yazidis, a religious minority group closely allied with the Kurds, have sought refuge.”

“dropped a total of 5,300 gallons of fresh drinking water and 8,000 meals ready to eat.”

Well, that out to get them through a day, or two.


40 posted on 08/08/2014 2:10:48 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: Lorianne

That’s because we have a “limited” president.


41 posted on 08/08/2014 2:26:46 AM PDT by McGruff (Under construction)
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To: Lorianne

Quoth Obonbon:

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”


42 posted on 08/08/2014 2:28:31 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: familyop
It will motivate the ISIS mob to join Iran’s Shiites.

Not going to happen. Even shiites are not that nuts.

43 posted on 08/08/2014 3:04:54 AM PDT by palmer (This comment is not approved or cleared by FDA)
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To: eak3

That is a fact hidden by the fog of war by the MSM to protect its king.


44 posted on 08/08/2014 3:10:42 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Add in a few ark light missions too.


45 posted on 08/08/2014 3:13:36 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: angry elephant

Congress? “Present” also.


46 posted on 08/08/2014 3:27:45 AM PDT by Bobby_Taxpayer
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To: Lorianne

And so, another Democrat gets us into a war on the installment plan. Will he be personally selecting targets from the White House (sorry, from the golf course) the way that LBJ did?

}:-)4


47 posted on 08/08/2014 3:49:59 AM PDT by Moose4 (Sufficiently feisty.)
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To: 353FMG

he’s feeding the beseiged so they can be well fed before they’re beheaded.


48 posted on 08/08/2014 3:54:48 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: GeronL

That Obama, as decisive as ever.


49 posted on 08/08/2014 4:07:52 AM PDT by corlorde (forWARD of the state.)
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To: eak3

Yes these are the people we shuttled arms to thru Benghazi where 30 cia operatves were at work when Steven and 3 other brave men were killed.

We helped to created this monster with our taxpayers dollars.

Of the many weapons we gave them there were also stinger missiles and I would bet that one of those were use when 30 special forces were killed when Extortion 17 was shot down. Maybe this is why the Government has made that investigattion so clouded.

Your Goverment at work, Obamas Transformative Foreign Policy.

And you cant ever be allowed to tell the truth because thr Regime and the New Ameican Pravda will not tolerate any misalignment to their political ideology, facts be damned.


50 posted on 08/08/2014 4:48:58 AM PDT by R0CK3T
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