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3 Obama Contradictions Revealed by the Debacle in Iraq

This is what a postmodern president's foreign policy looks like in action.

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Robert Spencer

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June 15, 2014 - 12:19 am
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Now that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has taken Mosul and Tikrit and has set its sights on Baghdad, Barack Obama has responded with a strong statement – and in doing so, revealed the deep contradictions in and incoherence of his entire foreign policy.

3. U.S. troops in Iraq vs. no U.S. troops in Iraq

Obama declared Thursday: “Iraq’s gonna need more help. It’s gonna need more help from us, and it’s gonna need more help from the international community. So my team is working around the clock to identify how we can provide the most effective assistance to them. I don’t rule out anything, because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter.”

Immediately after saying that he was not ruling out anything, however, Obama seemed to rule out U.S. military intervention in Iraq: “We’re not gonna be able to be everywhere all the time. But what we can do is to make sure that we are consistently helping to finance, train, advise military forces with partner countries, including Iraq, that have the capacity to maintain their own security.”

The great man then reminded us that this would not be an instant fix: “And that is a long and laborious process, but it’s one that we need to get started. That’s part of what the Counterterrorism Partnership Fund that I’m going to be calling for Congress to help finance is all about: giving us the capacity to extend our reach without sending U.S. troops to play whack-a-mole wherever there ends up being a problem in a particular country. That’s gonna be more effective, it’s gonna be more legitimate in the eyes of people in the region as well as the international community, but it’s going to take time to build it. In the short term, we have to deal with what clearly is an emergency situation in Iraq.”

So apparently the solution to the problem in Iraq would be the Counterterrorism Partnership Fund, but that would take a long time to develop, and in the meantime, we would have to deal with the emergency there, and he wasn’t ruling anything out to deal with that – except the use of U.S. troops, who can’t be everywhere. He thus deftly managed a complete non-elucidation of the question of whether he was actually ruling out direct military intervention in Iraq.

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You think Teleprompter Jesus's™ ahem, 'M E foreign policy' is confusing - try reading Obama's:

Academic Transcripts
Medical Records
Health Reform 'Negotiations'
Senate Papers
Book Proposals
FOIA Requests
F&F Documents
Listening to the Khalidi Tape
WH Guest List..

That's right. The aforementioned is still 'under wraps'.

The idiotic, counter to lucid thought, reason and infinite-like 'respect' STILL bestowed upon our phony, Moron-in-Chief is baffling..

His 'Uhhhs' are infuriating.. barely post-pubescent aged Public Speaking class taught us to gather one's thought(s) before speaking..
31 weeks ago
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We can't be everywhere at once, on the golf course, at a celebrity dinner and in a briefing room for instance.

And Hagel makes the decisions about playing whack a mole...he's Chucky Cheese.

The only moles we whack are whistleblowers in the VA or generals who oppose sedition.

We train, advise and abandon. Because we won't rule out running away.
32 weeks ago
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You think Teleprompter Jesus's™ ahem, 'M E foreign policy' is confusing - try reading Obama's:

Academic Transcripts
Medical Records
Health Reform 'Negotiations'
Senate Papers
Book Proposals
FOIA Requests
F&F Documents
Listening to the Khalidi Tape
WH Guest List..

That's right. The aforementioned is still 'under wraps'.

The idiotic, counter to lucid thought, reason and infinite-like 'respect' STILL bestowed upon our phony, Moron-in-Chief is baffling..

His 'Uhhhs' are infuriating.. barely post-pubescent aged Public Speaking class taught us to gather one's thought(s) before speaking..
31 weeks ago
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Wouldn't it be cheaper, in the long run, if we just hired a "Soldier of Fortune" Army to do our bidding over there. I have ZERO military background, but other than this, I see only 3 options: 1) If we send in ground forces, we are sucked in to ANOTHER never ending war. 2) If we just do drone strikes, we kill a lot of the women & children the terrorists like to hide behind. 3) We let the jihadists have it & "cross our fingers" it doesn't matter. Is there another, better option? I am all ears!!
31 weeks ago
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After five years, anyone who expects honesty or consistency or coherent answers out of this President hasn't been paying attention.
31 weeks ago
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Actually Barry is very happy about the turn of events in Iraq. He WANTS al Qaida to win.

"I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” - Barack Obama in Audacity of Hope
31 weeks ago
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Obama's actions make perfect sense if you accept that he is Muslim.
31 weeks ago
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So, Exactly what ISN'T Barack Obama's team working AROUND THE CLOCK to find a solution for?
Just curious.
31 weeks ago
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Barack Obama’s foreign policy is utterly incoherent, and
the world is on the brink of catastrophe because of it.

True, true, false; Neither Obama nor his masters have brought about
or can control the sad progress of the world toward economic collapse;
They are merely surfing the wave of the future toward their chosen
(illusory) safe harbor.
31 weeks ago
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Nice job Mr. Spencer. Perhaps Mustafa Akyol is beginning to read your work: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-wakes-up-to-jihadist-terror.aspx?pageID=449&nID=67771&NewsCatID=411#comment

Could the FBI be doing Turkish PM Erdogan's dirty work here in the U.S. courtesy of his buddy Obama? Someone should investigate this: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/fbi-raids-19-schools-associated-with-gulen.aspx?PageID=238&NID=67788&NewsCatID=358
31 weeks ago
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I heard the Iranians had kicked ISIS out of 85% of Tikrit.

Still the Iranians are thinking of shifting troops from Syria to Iraq, so they are stretched and might not be able to reverse many of ISIS gains.

Leaving Iraq is an Obama debacle.
31 weeks ago
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"So my[Obama's] team is working around the clock to identify how we can provide the most effective assistance..."

But me. as president? I need my beauty sleep, especially after I hit the big weights.
31 weeks ago
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We can't be everywhere at once, on the golf course, at a celebrity dinner and in a briefing room for instance.

And Hagel makes the decisions about playing whack a mole...he's Chucky Cheese.

The only moles we whack are whistleblowers in the VA or generals who oppose sedition.

We train, advise and abandon. Because we won't rule out running away.
32 weeks ago
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"We train, advise and abandon. Because we won't rule out running away."

Our word is only good until a Democrat is elected president or until Democrats get control of Congress.
31 weeks ago
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That's Chuck E. Cheese.
31 weeks ago
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