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August 7, 2014 - 4:12 pm

A 17-term congressman who has dedicated much of his career to human-rights issues lashed out at President Obama for inviting genocide with his lackadaisical policies.

“Much like President Clinton has deeply regretted his failure to stop the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, I believe you will come to regret your inaction for years to come,” Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) wrote to Obama today.

Before recess, Wolf was repeatedly speaking on the House floor about the massacre of Christians in Iraq and decrying how the U.S. was doing nothing in response.

On Monday, Wolf wrote to Obama to charge that “you and your administration have failed.”

“You, Secretary of State Kerry and Ambassador Power all need to speak out. Having a mid-level White House advisor meet with a group of concerned Assyrian leaders is not enough. In fact, it was little more than an empty gesture,” he wrote. “Time is running out. How many more people must be killed for you to acknowledge this situation?”

In today’s letter, Wolf ripped Obama for the 2012 creation of his Atrocities Prevention Board that hasn’t lived up to its pledge to make the prevention of genocide “a core national security interest and core moral responsibility.”

“Tragically, mass atrocities are happening again today – and on your watch. Genocide is taking place today in northern Iraq, where the Christian and Yezidi populations are being exterminated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). There is no question that systematic and targeted brutality is occurring. Yet, as I said on the House floor last week, the silence from you and your administration is deafening. Why have you not spoken up, and why has the Atrocities Prevention Board not taken action?” Wolf said.

The congressman highlighted how last weekend the Yazidis were forced onto Sinjar Mountain by ISIS forces, some dying of thirst waiting for help and some women and girls captured by ISIS as sex slaves.

“The homes of Christians and other religious minorities have been marked with spray paint to target those who live there. Families have been force to flee, often on foot, with nothing but literally the shirts on their backs,” Wolf wrote. “We cannot pretend these atrocities aren’t taking place; there are now videos on the Internet being promoted by those sympathetic to ISIS proudly displaying their brutal and grotesque slaughter and abuse of Christians, Yezidis and other religious minorities in Iraq.”

“Your administration is aware of what is going on, yet you are doing nothing. Just what is the point of having an ‘Atrocities Prevention Board’ if it takes no action to prevent or stop atrocities? When was the last time this board has met? Has the board even been convened to address the genocide taking place in Iraq?”

Wolf then reprinted what Obama said at the Holocaust Museum in 2012:

“And finally, ‘never again’ is a challenge to nations. It’s a bitter truth — too often, the world has failed to prevent the killing of innocents on a massive scale. And we are haunted by the atrocities that we did not stop and the lives we did not save.

“Three years ago today, I joined many of you for a ceremony of remembrance at the U.S. Capitol. And I said that we had to do ‘everything we can to prevent and end atrocities.’ And so I want to report back to some of you today to let you know that as President I’ve done my utmost to back up those words with deeds. Last year, in the first-ever presidential directive on this challenge, I made it clear that ‘preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States of America.

“That does not mean that we intervene militarily every time there’s an injustice in the world. We cannot and should not. It does mean we possess many tools – diplomatic and political, and economic and financial, and intelligence and law enforcement and our moral suasion – and using these tools over the past three years, I believe – I know – that we have saved countless lives.”

“It is now clear to the nation and the world that your words were hollow; your ‘presidential directive’ apparently was nothing more than a token gesture. You will come to sincerely regret your failure to take action to stop the genocide in Iraq,” Wolf wrote. “Your conscience will haunt you long after you leave office. Mr. President, say something; do something.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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Insiders say that Obama will order massive air strikes and even several army divisions into action if ISIS invades northern Mexico and tries to shut off the flow of Mexican and Central American future democrat voters into America.
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As everyone else has noted, Obama has no conscience. He is a soulless demon, untroubled by anything outside of his selfish desires. May he rot i hell for eternity for his sins.
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Wolf is obviously confusing Obama with someone who has a conscience.....

.... if it harms America, Obama will be all for it. If he misses a chance to harm America - there might be a twinge of regret there.... but he'll get over that on the back nine....
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One has to have a conscience in order for it to "bother" him. I doubt Obama has one.
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Obama, just tell the military to handle it anyway they wants to. Go get in Marine One with the family and spend the next 2 years at Martha's Vineyard or better yet Hawaii.

Let the military clean up the mess you made of our southern border and the ME.
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Conscience? Obama? That's the funniest thing I am going to hear today.
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Well thank Goodness!
Apparently the 'Mayor of the Palace' read it. Then sent His Majesty out to play, then issued the appropriate orders for some response... Once it's Fait Accompli, His Imperial Majesty will just sign off on it. Too many details. That's why he has a 'Mayor of the Palce/Grand Vizir'. To deal with these pesky details. Leaving the BIG PICTURE items to HIM (new clubs or old/whats for lunch/who's in/ who's out on the WH VIP list...).
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Psychopaths never "sincerely regret" anything, except failing to get over on the world enough. We are dealing with an individual of an entirely different order in Obama. He can only be understood by professors of deviant psychology (like the authors of "Snakes In Suits," a good guide to OhBummer's psychology).
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Jokes on him, King Obama ain't got no conscience.
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I am waiting for all the libertarian isolationists . . . I mean "non-interventionists" . . . will show up soon enough to tell us why we shouldn't bother getting involved in something that isn't our business and that the whole situation is our fault in the first place.
I am sure they have a great presentation to make on that.
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“Your conscience will haunt you long after you leave office. Mr. President..."

No, it won't. Absence of conscience is the primary feature of psychopathy.

Clinton the same, if not more so.
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Both Clintons.

And, most of the Democrat leadership.

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Ahem, it's not only Obama. It's also the Republican establishment, who refuse to make it an issue... I know this because they, well, kicked me out of the party and deleted my record of Obama's involvement in funding the Syrian rebels.
Be wary citizens. Elect outsiders. Both parties are highly corrupt.

See here: www.misterchambers.com
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