President Obama on Thursday announced he had authorized limited airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq, scrambling to avert the fall of the Kurdish capital, Erbil, and returning the United States to a significant battlefield role in Iraq for the first time since the last American soldier left the country at the end of 2011.This will stun all you Leftists and probably some of my conservative brethren. Obama is doing the right thing in coming to the aid of these people. My only problem is, why did it take him so long to act? And, is he committed to crushing these ISIS invaders?
Speaking at the White House on Thursday night, Mr. Obama also said that American military aircraft had dropped food and water to tens of thousands of Iraqis trapped on a barren mountain range in northwestern Iraq, having fled the militants, from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who threaten them with what Mr. Obama called “genocide.”
“Earlier this week, one Iraqi cried that there is no one coming to help,” Mr. Obama said in a somber statement delivered from the State Dining Room. “Well, today America is coming to help.”
The president insisted that these military operations did not amount to a full-scale re-engagement in Iraq. But the relentless advance of the militants, whom he described as “barbaric,” has put them within a 30-minute drive of Erbil, raising an immediate danger for the American diplomats, military advisers and other citizens who are based there.
Back in June, we saw the brutality of these Islamic savages...mass executions, crucifixions, beheadings, but Obama was too busy playing golf to send in airstrikes then and go after the ISIS fighters he'd mocked as a JV team back in January.
It's only gotten worse almost two months later. Christians in Iraq are facing a genocide from these second century throat cutters. Christian sites, like Jonah's tomb, have been destroyed, crosses have been torn down. I saw today where children have been beheaded by these savages and their heads placed on sticks.
This is sick, sub-human barbarism.
Meanwhile, we have moronic "analysis" from the Associated Press like this garbage: Iraq Upheaval Threatens Obama Legacy.
This is part of the problem. There are people in danger of being slaughtered and these liberal press whores are more concerned about Obama's legacy. What about the security of America and our allies in the Middle East, like Israel? What about the sacrifices of our men and women who served there? No, this is the problem. It's all either about Obama or Bush, like it's the Redskins (woops, I can't say that!) vs. Cowboys and we're all supposed to choose our team.
That's why we're at this place. Obama and the Democrats fought a War against the Iraq War because defeating George W. Bush politically and getting revenge for the 2000 Election was more important than eliminating the threat of Islamofascism.
It didn't have to be like this, as David Horowitz points out at National Review Online.
Barack Obama deliberately set out to lose the war in Iraq, and he did. He defied the advice of his joint chiefs of staff to secure America’s formidable military presence and keep 20,000 troops in country, and left Iraq to its own devices and the tender mercies of Iran. In doing so, he betrayed every American and Iraqi who gave his life to create a free Iraq and keep it out of the clutches of the terrorists.So while Obama is doing the right thing to go after Iraq, he should have done it sooner. And does he have the will to crush ISIS, or is it just a token response, just to make it look like he at least did something?
Iraq is now a war zone dominated by the terrorist forces of the Islamic State, whose rise Obama’s policies fostered. Both his secretaries of state praised the animal Bashar Assad as a “reformer” and a man of “peace,” helping him to thwart his domestic opposition. The Islamic State was born out of the Syrian chaos that ensued.
Far worse was Obama’s open support for America’s mortal enemy, the Muslim Brotherhood, spawner of al-Qaeda and Hamas. During the “Arab Spring,” Obama essentially put America’s weight behind the legitimization of this murderous organization that had been outlawed for 40 years for its assassinations and conspiracies against the Egyptian regime. Secretary of State Clinton gave totally unfounded assurances to the world that the Brotherhood was ready to become part of the democratic process and give up its 90-year holy war against infidels, Jews in particular but also — and explicitly — America. During the Brotherhood’s brief tenure as the government in Egypt Obama gave these genocidal zealots more than a billion dollars in American aid and F-16 fighter-bombers that could easily reach Israel’s major population centers, which for 60 years the Brotherhood had sworn to destroy.
By his feckless interventions in the Middle East, and his tacit support for the chief organization of Islam’s terror war against the West, Obama has set the Middle East on fire. All the violence in the crescent from Gaza to Iraq, including Hamas’s genocidal war against Israel, has been encouraged by Obama’s support for the Brotherhood and hostility toward the Jewish state.
Characteristic of this encouragement was his illegal intervention in Libya, which violated every principle that Obama and the Democrats invoked to attack President Bush and undermine America’s war against the Saddam regime and the terrorists in Iraq. Thanks to Obama, Libya is now in the hands of the terrorists and thousands of Libyans are fleeing to Tunisia and Egypt. Thanks to Obama, the Christian communities of Iraq, which date back to the time of Christ, are being slaughtered.