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  • Bill Clinton: If not for the U.S. invasion, none of what’s in Iraq right now would be happening

    06/26/2014 5:24:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/26/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, an easy lay-up here for a guy who (a) warned the world about Saddam’s WMD threat more than once as president, (b) cautiously declined to take a firm position against the war at the time, and (c) is of course married to someone who cast a vote in the Senate to invade.But never mind that. This is an interesting counterfactual: What would have happened to Iraq during the Arab Spring and Syrian uprising if Saddam had endured? Clinton implicitly assumes that ISIS advancing on Baghdad is the worst possible outcome of the past 10 years, which is...
  • Obama: It Wasn’t My Decision to Pull Troops Out of Iraq; 'That was a decision made by the Iraqi

    06/19/2014 4:06:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/19/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Asked if he had any “regrets” about not leaving a residual force in Iraq, Obama advised reporters to “Keep in mind, that wasn’t a decision made by me. That was a decision made by the Iraqi government.” Back in 2011, Obama proudly touted the small number of troops remaining in Iraq as one of his foremost accomplishments. “When I came into office,” he boasted at the time, “I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. As Commander in Chief, I ended our combat mission last year and pledged to keep our commitment to remove all our...
  • Blackwater guards face trial in Iraq shootings

    06/11/2014 7:43:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 2014 10:31 AM EDT | Pete Yost
    After years of delays, former Blackwater Worldwide security guards are going on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis and the wounding of at least 18 others. Over the next few days, a jury of 12 residents from the District of Columbia will be chosen from a pool of 150 people to decide the guards’ fate. …
  • Iraq crisis: Islamists force 150,000 to flee Mosul

    06/10/2014 3:54:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 10, 2014
    More than 150,000 people have been forced to flee Iraq's second city of Mosul after Islamist militants effectively took control of it. Troops were among those fleeing as hundreds of jihadists from the ISIS group overran it and much of the surrounding province of Nineveh. Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki responded by asking parliament to declare a state of emergency to grant him greater powers. The US said the development showed ISIS is a threat to the entire region.
  • Are we at war?

    06/04/2014 12:34:46 AM PDT · by Cololeo · 26 replies
    Are we at war? I remember the Congress voting to authorize GWB to go into Iraq, but I’ll be hornswaggled if I can remember any authorization for Afghanistan. If not, how can Bergdhal be a POW? I’m confused. Can anyone explain the nitty-gritty here?
  • Official: Al-Qaeda has enough arms to take Baghdad

    01/21/2014 8:03:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | January 20, 2014
    BAGHDAD: A senior Iraqi official claims Al-Qaeda fighters hunkered down in a city they seized late last month west of Baghdad have enough heavy weapons to allegedly take the country's capital. Senior deputy Interior Minister Adnan al-Asadi said Monday that Iraqi forces are fighting "fierce battles" against heavily armed militants to recapture parts of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, and also the nearby city of Fallujah. He says the weapons in Fallujah that are in the hands of Iraq's Al-Qaeda branch and other Sunni militant groups battling the Shiite-led government are "advanced and huge and enough to...
  • Iraq: The New Liberal Killing Field

    01/21/2014 7:07:14 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 5 replies
    AllenBWest.com ^ | 1-9-2014 | Allen West
    January 9, 2014 Iraq: The New Liberal Killing Field Allen West As President Obama returned from a well deserved two-week vacation in Hawaii – ok, being quite facetious here – I wonder if he did any reflection between rounds of golf?Regardless, I have been reflecting upon the words of George Santayana, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” because as President Obama returns to Washington DC he is playing his part in a repeat of history. After the fall of South Vietnam came the rise of Southeast Asian communism. Cambodia was embroiled in a five-year...
  • U.S. Troop Fatalities in Afghanistan; Obama vs. Bush [Chart]

    01/09/2014 11:44:14 AM PST · by Obama_Is_A_Feminist · 60 replies
    January 9, 2014 | Obama_Is_A_Feminist
  • Massacre makes Obama 'more determined' to exit Afghanistan

    03/12/2012 7:05:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:42pm EDT | Caren Bohan and Ahmad Nadem
    President Barack Obama said on Monday the massacre of 16 villagers by a U.S. soldier raises his determination to get American troops out of Afghanistan, while a U.S. official said the accused staff sergeant previously had suffered traumatic brain injury. Sunday's shootings triggered angry calls from Afghans for an immediate American exit. Obama said there should not be a "rush to the exits" for U.S. forces who have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001 and that the drawdown must be carried out in a responsible way. The accused U.S. Army staff sergeant walked off his base in the southern province...
  • Hypocrisy off the charts with foreign intervention in Libya

    04/10/2011 4:43:32 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 5 replies
    QMI Agency ^ | April 10, 2011 | Mercedes Stephenson
    The first rule in warfare is aim. Target selected, target engaged, target destroyed. The same rules of selecting and maintaining a clear aim apply when the military is sent on humanitarian missions. For example, we are going to Libya to remove a dictator who is killing pro-democracy demonstrators. An example of how to miss the mark? We are going to Libya to bomb stuff, but we surely are not there to remove the illegitimate and flamboyantly dressed leader. Because regime change is bad. Very bad. We wouldn’t dream of it. The hypocrisy meter is off the charts. Bombing Gadhafi was...
  • Obama's War of Choice - Did the president mislead the American people about Libya?

    04/04/2011 6:11:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Reason ^ | April 4, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    Remember when a crusading president, acting on dubious intelligence, insufficient information, and exaggerated fears, took the nation into a Middle Eastern war of choice? That was George W. Bush in 2003, invading Iraq. But it's also Barack Obama in 2011, attacking Libya. For weeks, President Obama had been wary of military action. What obviously changed his mind was the fear that Moammar Gadhafi was bent on mass slaughter—which stemmed from Gadhafi's March 17 speech vowing "no mercy" for his enemies. In his March 26 radio address, Obama said the United States acted because Gadhafi threatened "a bloodbath." Two days later,...
  • U.S. says five-nation coalition launching Libya strikes (Bush had a 49 nation coalition in Iraq)

    03/20/2011 6:41:50 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 38 replies
    reuters ^ | 3/20/2011 | Reuters
    A coalition of the United States and four other nations launched military action against Libya on Saturday, officials said, as the West tries to force Muammar Gaddafi from power. A U.S. official told reporters on condition of anonymity that a coalition including the United States, France, Britain, Canada and Italy had begun launching strikes on Libya designed to cripple Muammar Gaddafi's air defenses. At least some Arab nations are expected to join the coalition later, the official said.