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Scott Ott’s 5 Secrets for Squaring Obama’s Words with His Actions in Iraq

We should make every effort to respect our president and take him at his word, even if that requires what Sen. Hillary Clinton once called "a willing suspension of disbelief."

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July 1, 2014 - 11:46 am
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The 750 U.S. military advisers in Iraq are part of the contingent of up to 300 (three hundred) advisers that President Obama, 11 days ago, said “will not be returning to combat in Iraq, but…will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region and American interests as well.

Politics ends at the waters edge, so we should make every effort to respect our president and take him at his word, even if that requires what Sen. Hillary Clinton once called “a willing suspension of disbelief.”

So, to accomplish this, and to square the president’s words with his actions, I offer what I call…

Scott Ott’s 5 Secrets for Squaring Obama’s Words with His Actions in Iraq

1) Part-time advisers: Because the president said he’d send up to 300 advisers, some of the 750 advisers he actually sent must be part-timers. What President Obama meant by “up to 300″ was 300 full-time equivalents (FTE). If we assume a 40-hour work week, then each of the 750 advisers is putting in roughly 16 hours per week for a total of 300 FTE. In the coming days, should the president order the deployment of more advisers, you can do the math to figure out how many hours each will work to maintain his commitment to 300 FTE.

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I have questions.

1) Will part time non-military advisors be covered by Obamacare or be wait listed at the VA?

2) If the 750 non-military advisors known as the 300 come under attack, who will issue the stand down order, Obama, the Secretary of State or Iran?

3) Since the 750 aka 300 are non-military, in a non-military situation...is an attack on them by eye bulging, spittle inflected shouts of Allahu Akhbar or Oly Oly Olsen Free or some such utterance...workplace violence? Or instead merely a police matter?

4) When ISIS recruits 16 year old suicide bombers to come to our borders through Central America can our part time advisors request that they first inspect them for swine flu? I mean, scabies and lice are one thing...but the swine thing is unholy.

5) When they reach San Diego can we finally change the name of the state to Califatia? What will be the official language? Spanish? Arabic. Arabanish?

6) underage ISIS suicide bombers who come to Obama's Turnstile previously known as our borders hoping to meet 72 virgins, Wet Dreamers?

7) Can Obama recruit the 30,000 violent criminals he released to help babysit the 90,000 gang smuggled disease packs being shipped from Texas to Califatia? Because we don't want any ISIS invaders to catch Guatemalan contagions that would be inhospitable.
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Hillary Clinton once called “a willing suspension of disbelief.”
Coleridge, a productive but now dead white guy often accused of 'meme' or 'trope' behavior, got there first, about 200 years ago.
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I have questions.

1) Will part time non-military advisors be covered by Obamacare or be wait listed at the VA?

2) If the 750 non-military advisors known as the 300 come under attack, who will issue the stand down order, Obama, the Secretary of State or Iran?

3) Since the 750 aka 300 are non-military, in a non-military situation...is an attack on them by eye bulging, spittle inflected shouts of Allahu Akhbar or Oly Oly Olsen Free or some such utterance...workplace violence? Or instead merely a police matter?

4) When ISIS recruits 16 year old suicide bombers to come to our borders through Central America can our part time advisors request that they first inspect them for swine flu? I mean, scabies and lice are one thing...but the swine thing is unholy.

5) When they reach San Diego can we finally change the name of the state to Califatia? What will be the official language? Spanish? Arabic. Arabanish?

6) underage ISIS suicide bombers who come to Obama's Turnstile previously known as our borders hoping to meet 72 virgins, Wet Dreamers?

7) Can Obama recruit the 30,000 violent criminals he released to help babysit the 90,000 gang smuggled disease packs being shipped from Texas to Califatia? Because we don't want any ISIS invaders to catch Guatemalan contagions that would be inhospitable.
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"1) Will part time non-military advisors be covered by Obamacare or be wait listed at the VA?"
The difference would be ... what?
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Hi MTG

The difference is, if you like your hospital waiting list and the doctor who cooks your books at the VA, you actually CAN keep them.

With Obamacare, if you get yourself pregnant in Iraq you're covered 20 different ways, but if you get your limbs blown off, they don't know you.
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If you believe Barack Obama then I've got some shovel-ready jobs I'd like to sell you.
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Well, I don't think that based upon recent past performance there is really much benefit of the doubt owed to this President... which is a very sad state of affairs for the United States of America.

That being said, however, it is not clear that what he is doing with these advisors and security troops is necessarily wrong .. nor necessarily right either.

IF our guys are going to help the Shia Arabs get their army back in gear to push the IRG back across the border to Iran, and keep Muqtada al-Sadr's Shia militia focused on preserving the peace and assisting with defending against terror attacks from ISIS ...

and IF our guys are working with the Anbar tribal leaders to reconstitute a Sunni militia and eventually full-blown army to destroy ISIS, thus allowing the Sunnis to establish their own independent and stable SunniStan, beside already stable and independent KurdiStan ..

Then we'd be doing the right things. We have significant interests at stake in that no-man's land between Iran's mullahs and the IRG on the east, and Jordan and Israel on the west, and Kuwait and the Gulf States to the south. It will require vigorous political, military, and black ops support to prevent the chaos that Iran is trying to foment there.

But we can be forgiven if we don't believe this President is thinking in any such terms.
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LOL!
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Q. What's a great way to get gas prices over $10 per gallon?

A. Create havoc in the Middle East.

Shrewd move Barry but you're not fooling everyone...
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He's doing it to save the planet.
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because there's no military solution

You drop enough bombs, it'll solve damned near anything. MOAB supper with a JDAM dessert.
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Corollary: You cannot impose Democracy.

Germany and Japan have ALWAYS been mature democracies. And we have ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia.
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{{cough}}South Korea{{cough}}
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I thought it was Oceania?
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Howdy Blastenepene
That's why banners have two sides.
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