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Fear of ‘Another Benghazi’ Drove White House to Airstrikes in Iraq
New York Slimes ^ | 8/8/2014 | MARK LANDLER, ALISSA J. RUBIN, MARK MAZZETTI and HELENE COOPER

Posted on 08/09/2014 10:30:16 AM PDT by mojito

On Wednesday evening, moments after finishing a summit meeting with African leaders at the State Department, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff delivered a stark message to President Obama as they rode back to the White House in Mr. Obama’s limousine.

The Kurdish capital, Erbil, once an island of pro-American tranquillity, was in the path of rampaging Sunni militants, the chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told the president. And to the west, the militants had trapped thousands of members of Iraqi minority groups on a barren mountaintop, with dwindling supplies, raising concerns about a potential genocide.

With American diplomats and business people in Erbil suddenly at risk, at the American Consulate and elsewhere, Mr. Obama began a series of intensive deliberations that resulted, only a day later, in his authorizing airstrikes on the militants, as well as humanitarian airdrops of food and water to the besieged Iraqis.

Looming over that discussion, and the decision to return the United States to a war Mr. Obama had built his political career disparaging, was the specter of an earlier tragedy: the September 2012 attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; benghazi; erbil; fearfuldems; iran; iraq; irbil; isis; kurdistan; kurds; lebanon; newyork; newyorkcity; newyorkslimes; newyorktimes; obama; usembassy; waronterror
More bad news, Barry?
1 posted on 08/09/2014 10:30:16 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

I’m shocked! I thought he would have learned about it in the newspaper!


2 posted on 08/09/2014 10:34:50 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: mojito
More bad news, Barry?

Is there any other kind for Obama?

When an administration is this incompetent the only good news is no news.

3 posted on 08/09/2014 10:36:26 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: mojito

Riiiiiiiight.

They’re just protecting their phoney-baloney jobs........Bomb a few aspirin factories then declare victory.


4 posted on 08/09/2014 10:37:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mojito

Oh, BS!!

He could care less who dies in the sand ..

as long as he gets a good lie in the sand traps.


5 posted on 08/09/2014 10:39:14 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: mojito

Ebama is completely responsible for this.


6 posted on 08/09/2014 10:40:28 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.")
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To: All

I tripped over the phrase “summit meeting with African leaders” — what exactly could bring about such a curious cessation of the normal laws of political reality?

Oh right, now I see it.


7 posted on 08/09/2014 10:41:15 AM PDT by Peter ODonnell (Heilery Clinton v Jeb Bush -- just shoot me now)
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To: mojito

Do we know if Obama is actually bombing the militants or just dropping bombs in empty fields?


8 posted on 08/09/2014 10:42:17 AM PDT by DannyTN (I)
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To: mojito

9 posted on 08/09/2014 10:43:14 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: leapfrog0202

I suspect the Emir learned about the airstrikes already in progress from the Joint Chiefs Chairman and was given the option to own them or to essentially publicly condemn the Yazidis to extermination, something he would surely like to do, but politically very dangerous.


10 posted on 08/09/2014 10:44:51 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: mojito

They’re spinning like a top on ice. They greatly underestimated and ignored ISIS. Now, they’re trying to imply they’re on top of the problem. This what happens when you don’t pay attention and you do not lead in this world, Obama.


11 posted on 08/09/2014 10:47:55 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: mojito

BULL sperm... Benghazi was ON PURPOSE..
It just went sideways when the Democrat media lost control..

Still don’t have control.. and are trying to live it down..
Bully’s just do not know how to do aggressive correctly..
An aggressive bully appears like RAPEING something... and it usually is..

WHY?...... because they are cowards..


12 posted on 08/09/2014 10:51:31 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: mojito

Wow ebama hasn’t mentioned a video yet, which one upset IS?


13 posted on 08/09/2014 10:52:11 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: mojito

Was Obama going to send four dead Americans in by parachute or did he want ISIS to kill them?


14 posted on 08/09/2014 10:52:27 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: elhombrelibre
“In January President Obama told The New Yorker magazine that ISIS, the militant group which has taken control of parts of western and northern Iraq, was like a junior varsity basketball team.

“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said.”

http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2014/08/08/white-house-isis-jv/

15 posted on 08/09/2014 11:03:50 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: 1010RD
He was going to let ValJar decide. From the link:

“About 8 p.m., the meeting broke up and Mr. Obama again left the White House, an hour late, for a dinner date with his wife and a close confidante, Valerie Jarrett, at an Italian restaurant in Georgetown.”

16 posted on 08/09/2014 11:07:01 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: elhombrelibre
The US has been so busy destabilizing and toppling legitimate governments, since Clinton and maybe even include George 1 in Iraq that this is what happens. If saving people from genocide doesn't make Putin look bad or be something global oil (and other) interests lust for, it's unimportant.

It seems the DC mentality has stooped so low that they don't know how to respond to true evil. They're probably still trying to figure out what's in it for them and for their corporate globalist sponsors. The rest of the "civilized world" is no better.

JMHO

17 posted on 08/09/2014 11:11:53 AM PDT by grania
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To: mojito

The title...
Why would he fear another Benghazi? Or Fast and Furious? Or IRS scandal? Or NSA scandal?
NONE of these have resulted in “bad things” (real justice) even for those directly responsible/involved, much less him.


18 posted on 08/09/2014 11:18:18 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark
even for those directly responsible/involved, much less him.

According to Harry Truman, Obama is directly responsible.

19 posted on 08/09/2014 11:20:05 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Pontiac

Too many people still blame this administration with incompetence but not enough consider its very actions to be deliberately planned.


20 posted on 08/09/2014 11:30:45 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: mojito

Wait, what? Why should they be afraid of something that Hill said didn’t matter?


21 posted on 08/09/2014 11:32:16 AM PDT by bgill
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To: mojito

What a scum. He’s eating a hearty dinner in a safe cozy restaurant while our heroes are fighting off madmen.

How did he get reelected?


22 posted on 08/09/2014 11:43:04 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: mojito

That and Burry wanted to test his ISIS troops with their new weapons from Libya.


23 posted on 08/09/2014 11:45:16 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: mojito

Obummer is once again doing as little s possible to appear to do something while in reality being ineffective.


24 posted on 08/09/2014 11:46:05 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: mojito
Putting on Lakers uniforms on Jayvee teams does make them Kobe Bryant.

Sending Jihadi radicals to American run training camps in Jordan, training them with American special forces and CIA advisers, providing them advanced weapons, ammo, organizational and financial support helps makes them pretty effective killers.

Equipping them with plundered Libyan military weapons and hardware, makes them even more effective killers

Allowing then to run wild in Iraq with impunity , seizing American weapons given to Iraqi Army and hundreds of millions of dollars in cash turns them into a pretty effective Army.

Obama making them into a pretty effective army has allowed then to seize enough territory from Syria and Iraq to make themselves their own little country they call the Caliphate of the Levant.

To use the kind of analogy that Obama sometimes uses and understands, having your own country is like having very own basket ball league, lets call them the Jihadi NBA where Obama gave them the basket ball court, the basket, the basket balls, the coaches and of course the all important uniforms.

Obama gave Al Qaeda a league of their own and when you have a league of your own YOU get to decide the rules, including deciding yourself who is jay eve, varsity or pro.

FWIW, ISIL may not be able sink 1 free shot in 10 on the B-Ball court, but they sure seem to make the Al Qaeda Jihadi Maniac's All Star Team for Conquest, Plunder, Torture , War Crimes, Beheading and Crucifixion.

Based on recent progress, they make a hell of a traveling team and despite the ignominy of being very low seeded in Obama’s rating system, they are doing great in their brackets and so far remain undefeated.

It's hard to tell if ISIL is the real deal or not and just how far ISIL can make it to the final four because up until now , Obama has seeded Team ISIL so they have had to face virtually virtually no serious opposition in the game they are playing

When it comes B-Ball ISIL may not be able to hit the rimshot from the free throw line, but sure they do mean full court press, flooding the zone with severed heads of innocent women and children mounted on sticks.

Ordinarily, such bad bracket work would be a big problem but there is one place where Obama has the NBA beat hands down and that's with his cheerleading team in the media.

Any one who has watched the NBA cheerleaders has to admit that is quite an achievement.

25 posted on 08/09/2014 11:55:09 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: mojito

Another benghazi? They better be worrying about another holocaust.


26 posted on 08/09/2014 12:20:13 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: rdcbn

If only you were a WH foreign policy adviser, you could then explain things in those ESPN terms that Barry can understand.


27 posted on 08/09/2014 12:21:42 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: 1010RD

“How did he get reelected?”

I blame Chris Christie.

I will never forget waking up in my dark house, we still didn’t have power after Hurricane Sandy (but we did vote, no problem with that) and looking at Ace of Spades blog and seeing “Romney Concedes”. My heart just sank.

It remains the darkest moment of a very dark time and quite frankly it’s been downhill since then.

Do I think things would be better for me, personally, if Romney had won, yes I do. That might be delusional on my part, but I least I wouldn’t have to be worrying about a “Caliphate” of Maniacs on top of everything else.

And the despicable, anti-white racist Eric Holder would be gone.


28 posted on 08/09/2014 12:25:31 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: mojito

I thought Benghazi was just a conspiracy theory...


29 posted on 08/09/2014 1:19:15 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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30 posted on 08/09/2014 1:24:00 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: mojito
Several fighters who had fought ISIS said they were daunted when they discovered the militants were traveling in bulletproof vehicles that left the pesh merga’s bullets doing little more than pockmarking the metal.

I wonder where ISIS got those bulletproof vehicles? Obama is the gift to terrorists that keeps on giving.

31 posted on 08/09/2014 2:02:45 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: mojito

His policy failed to make him look good. So now he reacts to the failure by flailing around and doing things he’s philosophically opposed to, rather than formulating a new policy consistent with his philosophy. THANK G-D!


32 posted on 08/09/2014 3:17:03 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: mojito

Like I just commented on another post, Obama (aka the wrecking ball) is being forced to protect Christians and it’s probably causing him to go into a tizzy. Faith can move mountains (or so it is said). Those of us that have that faith know that good will overcome evil and that Obama’s term will expire and he can spend all day on the golf course (sure as hell can’t bowl or throw a baseball). The Great OZ has spoken.


33 posted on 08/09/2014 3:44:15 PM PDT by WyCoKsRepublican
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To: WyCoKsRepublican

I tend to believe that if and when Obama leaves office his true identity/history will become public. Such will show that the USA was hoodwinked into having a POTUSA who was not and is not a USA citizen. Obama will have millions of USA citizen dollars to afford him life in his real origin of SE Asia.


34 posted on 08/09/2014 4:13:56 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: mojito

I thought Obama wanted to bomb Syria last Aug. to help the Rebels who now seem to have turned into the isis.


35 posted on 08/09/2014 7:02:00 PM PDT by jacob allen
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To: dfwgator

I didn’t get a ‘ha-rumpth’ outta that ‘reporter’

And the ~40%+ play the fools for the party over the Country/Constitution with the most ‘hostile’ question of the regime being ‘what’s your favorite color?’


36 posted on 08/09/2014 8:42:36 PM PDT by i_robot73 (Give me one example and I will show where gov't is the root of the problem(s).)
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To: mojito

Look at this. Making the American people think they learn from their mistakes. Benghazi was not a mistake, it was intentional, Iraq was not a mistake, it is intentional.

These scumbags either have damaging info on Obama, or one of his close pals. Perhaps Jarret, or maybe they have info on Benghazi.


37 posted on 08/09/2014 9:26:25 PM PDT by FreedomStar3028 (Evil must be punished.)
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To: FreedomStar3028

It is going to be Obama’s Berlin Airlift. Obama is a dangerous, clueless man who is only interested in his political legacy.....and he even has a distorted analysis of what that will be.


38 posted on 08/09/2014 9:50:17 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: mojito

Oh, but that can’t be true! I’ve been assured that the House panel said they did nothing wrong. It couldn’t be possible that they know better!...Could it?

And what difference, at this point, does it make?


39 posted on 08/09/2014 10:00:19 PM PDT by RichInOC (Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Ty Woods and Glen Doherty could not be reached for comment.)
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To: mojito

That’s priceless- reminds me of Wesley Clark’s op ed just before 9/11 of how terrorism was overrated.


40 posted on 08/09/2014 10:06:28 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

IOW, no it wasn't. This is strictly a PR/agitprop piece.


41 posted on 08/09/2014 10:57:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: mojito

Sure. Sure it did.


42 posted on 08/10/2014 11:22:03 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: mojito

Obama’s ‘soft power’ = the heads of murdered children on sticks.


43 posted on 08/10/2014 11:31:06 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: grania

The key word is “legitimate.” What makes a government legitimate in your opinion or within your values?


44 posted on 08/10/2014 2:25:57 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: elhombrelibre
What makes a government legitimate?

Official recognition by civilized nations.

45 posted on 08/10/2014 2:32:20 PM PDT by grania
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