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August 7, 2014 - 3:13 pm
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Another classic from the “promise of hashtag” crowd.

During today’s State Department press briefing, deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf addressed the unfolding crisis in Iraq.

That crisis has many sources, but its chief source is ISIL. ISIL has taken hold of a large swath of northern Iraq and is killing anyone and everyone who gets in their way, or who refuses to bow to their take on Islam. Currently ISIL has about 40,000 men, women and children holed up on top of a mountain, starving them to death.

A reporter asked if there is a “confrontation to stop” ISIL’s spread.

Harf: “It’s not just a humanitarian crisis. I mean, that’s certainly a key piece of particularly what we’ve seen over the last 48 hours, certainly. But there’s a huge security challenge – if you talk about the Mosul dam, if you talk about other places. ISIL is a threat not just because they kill innocent civilians because of their religion, but because they’re a huge security threat to the stability of certain parts of Iraq. And that’s why throughout this conflict you have seen us continue to ramp up our support and continue to look very urgently at other things we could do to help fight this threat, because at the end of the day we can help the Iraqis, but the Iraqis also have to stand up, they have to pull themselves together, with our help, because this is a threat that certainly they but no one else in the region wants to see grow any more.”

Pull themselves together…

Like a lovable rogue who drinks himself to sleep on your couch every once in a while. “Pull yourself together, dude, I have to get to work and I’m not leaving with you here to eat up all of my food.”

At the moment, there’s barely anything for Iraq to pull together. That country has sectarian differences that go back more than 1,000 years. The army that we trained, and left on its own prematurely because Obama put his political priorities ahead of geopolitical realities, melts away in the face of ISIL attacks.

Should the Iraqis ISIL has blown up and beheaded pull themselves together too?

We’re looking at genocide.

Pull yourselves together.

From there, the briefing descended into a debate on reality and whether Harf is or is not a capable spokesperson.

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The State Department is too clever by Harf.
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All the more frustrating because even with ISIS or whatever these clowns call themselves, they are not a real army, they are a gang. The US Navy and Air Force could disburse them and put them back on their camels in a couple of weeks, they have absolutely no defense against us. If Barack Obama lacks the stomach to face facts and do what needs to be done then he needs to admit that he is the wrong guy for the job and resign.
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They are a gang and they count with the tacit approval of the twice-elected gang in DC. Hence the "hesitation" of our dear leader the Nobel Piss Prize.
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All over the world MUSLIMS are killing Muslims and JEWS and CHRISTIANS and HINDUS and ANIMISTS in their HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of INNOCENT CIVILIANS so where are the UN and Western Politicians cries for CEASEFIRES and condemnations for INNOCENT CIVILIAN DEATHS.
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Dont worry its not as if ISIS Terrorists are MUSLIMS they are just IslamISTS i.e Islam 'like' at least thats what deluded gullible naive Western Politicians and the preposterous Lame Stream EneMedia tell us.
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Harf, the herald angles swing.


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What about our allies? Is NATO anywhere in this? Are we coordinating with Turkey? What is the plan? Dropping a few supplies or even a few bombs is not going to roll back ISIS or save anyone. As John Bolton said on Greta tonight, what is needed is a strategy, and this situation has been evident for at least two months.
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TURKEY is run by MUSLIMS what help can you expect from them?
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Just a note that the "L" in ISIL refers to Levant. which extends from Turkey to Egypt and includes the territory of Israel.

Acceptance of that term may imply acceptance of that geographical ambition.

I'd rather not. That's why the US should use "ISIS" instead.

Oh, and the State Department has been infested by morons. But you knew that already.
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The "S" originally meant: al-Sham, the Levant. I'm not sure who said it meant "Syria."
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iraq has been relying on obama for 5 1\2yrs
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Harf is only a mouthpiece for the administration and is simply doing the talking for 0bama. This administration has absolutely no real idea about what to do with any crisis that is erupting all over the world. We had an opportunity in Iraq to at the very least help the Iraqi's along the path of some sort of Middle Eastern Arab style democracy. But leaving troops in Iraq would have been against 0bama's promises to his loyal supporters and so they have been withdrawn, probably long before the Iraqi army was ready, by itself, to fight off any Islamic threat. In other words it's another case of "Triumph Forsaken" just as in Vietnam when we bailed on our South Vietnamese allies and left them, and particularly the civilians who worked for the U.S. and especially the Tribal Mountain Peoples of Vietnam, the ferocious and loyal allies of the American Special Forces operators who fought and died to protect their families and try to stop the Communist incursion into S. Vietnam. We bailed, we bailed again in Iraq. Harf should be flogged in a public square.
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"But look, that’s not the reality we want to see."

?? Reality? What is real? What is the definition of "is"?

"So we don’t want this to be the reality."

And this broad gets to decide what is and isn't?
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"Harf is only a mouthpiece for the administration and is simply doing the talking for 0bama."

Oh yeah? Following along here...

"Harf should be flogged in a public square."

For what? Following orders?

Make your mind up.
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I'd flog her just on general principal but if you need a reason she should have had the moral outrage to refuse to tell the world that the Iraqi's "have to pull themselves together" as if just by her bromide alone the situation in Iraq, which I think we can both agree is out of control, will be solved.
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Iran and Iraq fight. Iraq invades Kuwait. The Syrians go nuts on each other. The Turks quietly kill 25 to 40,000 Kurds since the '80s. Israel doesn't like the Arabs and the Arabs don't like them. Egypt is quietly angry at Israel. People in Lebanon don't get along. Libya is falling apart. Somalis kill Somalis, Nigeria can't exert sovereignty in its North. Yemen is a basketcase and has been in historic memory. And everyone in the world who isn't happy comes here. Afghanistan has been warlord paradise since forever, and Pakistan hangs on by a thread. The Sudan is a shambles.

At what point do these "equal" people take care of themselves? Never, or until they're all here?
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A crowd screaming for a tabula rasa solution.
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The State Department is too clever by Harf.
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