Obama: Mission Accomplished

| August 14, 2014

No, the president didn’t say that exactly, but I needed a short headline for the story that the President, from his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, told the press that the last few days of airstrikes have rescued the folks stranded on Mount Sinjar, just like he’d planned, according to Fox News;

“The situation on the mountain has greatly improved,” Obama said. “We broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar. We helped vulnerable people reach safety.”

But Obama said U.S. involvement will not come to an end, as militants with the Islamic State — also known as ISIS, or ISIL – continue to brutalize the civilian population in the region, especially minorities like Iraqi Christians and Yazidis.

Obama said “we will continue airstrikes” where necessary to protect American personnel and facilities in Iraq.

And he said the U.S. is working with partners to provide humanitarian aid to “those who are suffering in northern Iraq wherever we have capabilities.”

Somehow, I don’t believe a word he said. Yesterday morning, it was a crisis of monumental proportions, earlier today the UN declared a Level 3 Emergency, but because a couple of dozen advisers went to the Mountain, well, everything is fine now. Excuse me if I’m skeptical. We were told a few weeks ago that world has never been more peaceful than it is now, but our Secretary of Defense on Tuesday said that “the world is exploding”. Several months ago, we were told that al-Qeada was being run by the “JV” team. Then, of course, there was the protest in Benghazi about a video.

Thanks to Hondo for the link.

Category: Barack Obama/Joe Biden, Terror War

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  1. Sparks says:

    It’s a catastrophe. It’s an in control situation.

    The world is more peaceful than ever. The world is exploding.

    We’ll help. We won’t help.

    Nine Iron or Seven Iron?

    So many decisions, so little intelligence and brains on hand to make them. Honestly, how does Obama decide which bathroom in the White House to use?

    • Farflung Wanderer says:

      This reminds me of a Lincoln story. Bear with me.

      Lincoln was visiting the headquarters of General McClellen, in the early stages of the war. Frustrated with the man’s indecision, Lincoln went for a walk when he came across some workmen digging holes. One of them, the leader of the work detail, walked up to the President. He was respectful, of course, but he had a dilemma, and he figured that his Commander in Chief would know the answer.

      “Sir, we’re digging latrines for the General, but I don’t know how many to dig.” The poor engineer said. “Should I make one or two latrines?” Lincoln pondered this for only a second before smiling.

      “We’d better dig one.” He said, grinning. “He’d spend so much time trying to decide between the two that he’d shit his pants.”

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Did anyone besides me notice how very LITTLE that marone said about Ferguson, MO?

    And now this?

    Sorry, dumbass, but if you don’t get your head out of your own ass, you may just miss the boat before it leaves.


    I don’t usually post Vietnam protest songs, but Barry McGuire’s strikes a chord with me right now.

    I have never ever seen anyone as out of touch with reality as the current president. EVER.

    • Farflung Wanderer says:

      I’m sorry to take you off on a tangent, PH, but..

      Am I the only one bothered that this kid *had* to make a protest video for English III/American Studies?

      What the hell?

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Yeah, I read the comments, but he’s a kid and I was struck by his inclusion of 1960s racial protests and what is going on in Ferguson, MO right now.

        Almost 50 years may have passed, but it’s almost a flashback to the 1960s.

  3. Hondo says:

    I’m beginning to think I might have called this one. I’m thinking someone actually looked at what would be required to evacuate 10k people by air (never mind the reports of up to 70k), saw that we had zero bases anywhere nearby, and realized, ‘No freaking way we can pull this off without massive deployments of ground forces for security and building an air strip – IF we can even do it at all.”

    For comparison: during the fall of Saigon, about 57,500 people were evacuated – but less than 7000 of those were evacuated via rotary wing assets. The other roughly 50,500 were evacuated by fixed-wing airlift from Tan San Nhut AB.

  4. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    And so the hypocrisy, incompetence, and nincompoopery continues, business as usual with B. Hussein 0bama & Company!

  5. Ex-PH2 says:

    Okay, well, here’s a little bit of news from Reuters, from the hinterlands of Iraq that says the US is going to be involved in fighting the ISers, after all.


    There’s also a link to an article about ISers massing around Baghdad, which someone mentioned elsewhere.

    • Sparks says:

      Ex-PH2…Thank you for the article. From it I quote: “Asked if Dulaimi was correct that the United States had made a commitment, Harf said she had no details. “We’re having conversations about what it (any security assistance) might look like in the future, but nothing concrete beyond that,” she said.”

      So Harf being a well trained Obama-Kerry flunky comes up with the same BS. While they’re deciding what security assistance in the future “might look like”, over a round of golf, the IS is paving the way as hard as they can go to get to Baghdad. Anyone who thinks “Iraqi Special Forces” aren’t going to toss their weapons any slower than the rest of the army is fooling themselves. The local Shite militia will do the same. They may fight for a while but when the public beheading starts outside Baghdad’s gates, they will fold. Then for IS, it will be a bee line for our Embassy. I have said before and still believe that is their goal post and they will not stop, unless we stop them, to overrun it and kill all non essentials in public and keep the rest as hostages until Obama’s head blows apart from indecision, lack of anyone smart around him, a Pentagon with no balls except for new PT uniforms and tattoo policies and the polls. Oh my gosh the poll numbers for Obama will tank like no President before him and he will probably lock himself in the white house situation room and refuse to con out until “all this goes away” and we can take vacation again. “Please America, this is Bush’s fault after all and you can’t expect me to fix it and get the hostages home safe. What are WE suppose to do? I need your help my FELLOW Americans. Anyone with an answer gets a pass on their next two years tax return bill. I promise. If you don’t like you taxes, you don’t have to pay your taxes. You have my word.”

      • GDContractor says:

        Airdrop them some bumper stickers that say “We are the ones we have been waiting for”. (damn if that wouldn’t make a good Duffle Blog piece 🙂 )

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Note the use of the word ‘we’. Either it’s the Royal ‘We’, or he’s got a mouse in his pocket. Who is ‘we’? Bodaprez and Horton?

      And ‘siege of Sinjar’? Does he even know what that word means? Was it a ‘siege’ because he has waved the magic wand at it and declared it to be such? Or was it a siege, just because he says so, and he has to have his own way on everything? Or both?

      You do realize that I live with the very faint hope that someone is intentionally feeding him words that he doesn’t understand, right?

  6. Devtun says:

    OT…Fox News reported Maliki is stepping down as PM.

  7. OWB says:

    Folks who go out of their way to lie when telling the truth would be easier have serious issues beyond a simple lack of ethics and/or morality.

  8. GDContractor says:

    Where’s the Iraqi air force in all of this. Last I saw, they were shooting touch and goes in a Cessna 172 at Q-West and when they weren’t doing that, they were eating pie and ice cream in the dfac. The only by thing their footwear had in common was that all of their shoes looked like they came from a thrift store.

  9. Cheese Eater McBlobfish says:

    I was going to fuck those Taliban all up back in the Gulf War, when I was a compass call C-130 pilot flying missions over Iraq and Kuwait. If it wasn’t for that damned Marine that shot my C-130 down, I would have finished the job, and we would not be talking about this.

    Well, Chevalier and Associates is dispatching someone to those mountains, with bags of cheese, to investigate whether the situation is improving or not. I wanted to go real bad, but the others suspected something was wrong because I normally do not volunteer for dangerous investigative missions outside the US.

    If you can not trust me to fly a C-130 full of cheese to Iraq, I do not know who you could trust!

    Dennis “The Blobfish” Chevalier