Last night, Shannon Bream, filling in for Megyn Kelly, had Ed Henry, retired Lt. Gen Tom McInerney, Charles Krauthammer on to discuss US actions in Iraq.
McInerney said that the fact that the operation doesn’t yet have a name, was “very significant.”
“I think the White House had better get their hands on this, or people are going to call it Operation Martha’s Vineyard. The president doesn’t want that,” McInerney pointed out. “We in the military operate under different operations – ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’, ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ – all those types of terms have to do with our campaign and our history.” He added, “it shows the significance of the operation when you put a name on it, and unfortunately, he’s making it sound like it isn’t significant.”
As for the air strikes that have been conducted, so far, McInerney said, “the mission ought to be simply, to protect the Kurds and Kurdistan and stop genocide.” He continued, ” I would have expected 100-200 targets hit today. I think he hit probably less than 10 maybe less than 5. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but they had better get up with a very aggressive campaign or this is going to fail.”
He went on to express his alarm at how quickly the Islamic Caliphate was spreading like a cancer throughout the Middle East, and reiterated his warning that we needed to get more aggressive and right now.
Krauthammer gave Obama credit for putting pressure on the Iraqi government to get rid of Maliki, but the political situation there, he said is completely different from what is happening in the North. He slammed the WH for saying “we’re not going to do anything major – it all has to be done by Baghdad – all we’re here is to help them repel ISIS.”
“That’s ridiculous. There is nothing coming out of Baghdad. That army fell apart entirely at Mosul.” He went on to urge the administration to arm the Kurds, fierce fighters who want to fight ISIS.
“These ridiculous legalisms that this administration puts in the way of supplying them are simply incomprehensible. If the president were to give the order tonight, we’d have the weapons the Kurds need- antitank weapons and all sorts of low caliber stuff that they need — RPGs. If the president were to give the order, they could arrive from Germany where we have supplies in one day.”
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DrewM at AoSHQ: An Important Announcement From The Ministry Of Truth: Obama Always Wanted To Leave Troops In Iraq:
Q Mr. President, do you have any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq? And does it give you pause as the U.S. — is it doing the same thing in Afghanistan?
THE PRESIDENT: What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision. Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government. In order for us to maintain troops in Iraq, we needed the invitation of the Iraqi government and we needed assurances that our personnel would be immune from prosecution if, for example, they were protecting themselves and ended up getting in a firefight with Iraqis, that they wouldn’t be hauled before an Iraqi judicial system.
“As if it were my decision”. See Obama apparently wanted to leave troops behind but those mean Iraqis wouldn’t let him. That’s the new and approved version of events.
Old History is a little bit different.
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. As a candidate for President, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end — for the sake of our national security and to strengthen American leadership around the world. After taking office, I announced a new strategy that would end our combat mission in Iraq and remove all of our troops by the end of 2011. As Commander-in-Chief, ensuring the success of this strategy has been one of my highest national security priorities. Last year, I announced the end to our combat mission in Iraq. And to date, we’ve removed more than 100,000 troops. Iraqis have taken full responsibility for their country’s security.A few hours ago I spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki. I reaffirmed that the United States keeps its commitments. He spoke of the determination of the Iraqi people to forge their own future. We are in full agreement about how to move forward.
So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.
The media now have their marching orders. That’s the new “truth” that needs to be disseminated throughout the land. Obama didn’t want to “end the war” and bring the boys home. He was forced into it against his will.
Allen West: ISIS is beheading children, and Obama drops two bombs
Everyone is talking about an F/A-18 aircraft striking an ISIS artillery piece — hardly a strategic objective. This does back up what Obama so narrowly defined last night as his intent – address the threat to Americans in Irbil and Baghdad. I am pleased that we took the action to provide humanitarian relief.
The president was very careful in his words, and they were mostly political – not practical. But Obama was more adamant in declaring what he is not going to do — meaning the enemy has been provided a gap to exploit.
However, why was Barack Hussein Obama in such a rush to provide U.S. military resources in Libya supporting Islamist forces? We were told it was a humanitarian crisis, but it seems now hardly so. And please, don’t tell me it was just NATO — America is NATO. And now Americans know Libya as the place where an ambassador and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack, our embassy has been evacuated, and as we reported here, the same Islamists we supported have established a caliphate in eastern Libya.
Last night, President Obama had the chance to define a clear and present evil in our time. ISIS represents the Nazis of this century. There is no clearer portrayal of 7th century barbarism than this movement which we have allowed to gain strength, momentum and victory. Its blitz across Syria and Iraq can easily be compared to that of the 20th century blitzkrieg of Hitler. And the savagery being inflicted is beyond belief — consider the marking of Christian homes — history does repeat itself.
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There have been Christians in Mosul for just shy of two millennia, since the first century. There are none today.
The Yazidi are practitioners of Kurdistan’s oldest religion, fire-worshippers whose presence in the region predates Islam. They’re either being executed or starved to death on a mountain:
We are being slaughtered. Our entire religion is being wiped off the face of the earth.
ISIS are fast-track Nazis. No messing about with a few property restrictions and intermarriage laws as a little light warm-up: They’re only in the business of “final solutions”, and they start on Day One and don’t quit until the last Christian and Yazidi is dead or fled. As I’ve often remarked about today’s exhaustively cleansed Maghreb, Levant and Araby, Islam is king on a field of corpses. But pikers like the Muslim Brotherhood, the Baathists, the House of Saud take their time. ISIS are shooting for the Guinness Book of Records.
Jon Gabriel, Ricochet: Obama’s War:
The Obama Doctrine is to ignore problems until they metastasize into vast international crises, then react with an ineffective spasm of concern. In this, the President has been consistent, be it Libya, Egypt, Boko Haram or Ukraine. The truly serious situations get a Twitter hashtag.
The Daily Mail: Lined up and executed, their severed heads put on display as a warning to others: Horrific new photographs of ISIS atrocities
- WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
- Sunni tribesmen marched into desert, made to kneel and shot in the head
- Tribe made deal with ISIS to be left alone but agreement collapsed
- Shocking close-up photos of splattered brains and severed heads released
- ‘Punishment for those who fight Allah and his Messenger is to crucify or cut off hands and feet’
The Daily Mail: Dramatic first strike on Islamic State by American forces revealed as aid airdrops finally reach besieged Yazidis on mountainside
- Videos show three separate military strikes by the U.S. – the first since it withdrew troops from Iraq in 2011
- Troops dropped 500lb bombs on Islamic State vehicles to stop ‘campaign of terror’ with ‘hallmarks of genocide’
- Obama says more strikes are likely around the Sinjar Mountains where thousands of refugees are besieged
- 28,000 meals parachuted to members of religious minority today cornered by militants for Islamic State
- Britain joins campaign as government pledges another £8m in aid and two supply planes leave RAF Brize Norton
- Military action by U.S. prompted violent response by militants amid fears UK could be drawn into another conflict
- Cobra emergency committee met at 3pm today convened by the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
- British Special Forces are in the region, some of whom speak Arabic – but MOD insists operation is humanitarian
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