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August 8, 2014 - 6:02 pm

Senate Democrats teetered Friday between cautiously supporting and cautiously criticizing President Obama’s airstrikes and humanitarian drops in Iraq.

But Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) warned that just a slap at ISIS won’t be enough.

“I strongly support the president’s authorization for airstrikes against ISIL. This is not a typical terrorist organization—it is a terrorist army, operating with military expertise, advancing across Iraq and rapidly consolidating its position,” Feinstein said in a statement today.

“ISIL is capturing new Iraqi towns every day, is reported to be in control of Mosul Dam and is engaging in a campaign of ethnic cleansing that appears to be attempted genocide. I believe that once this group solidifies its hold on what it calls the Islamic State, its next target may be Baghdad,” she continued. “It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries, training them to fight its battles in the Middle East and possibly returning them to European and American cities to attack us in our backyard. We simply cannot allow this to happen.”

“It takes an army to defeat an army, and I believe that we either confront ISIL now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future. Inaction is no longer an option. I support actions by the administration to coordinate efforts with Iraq and other allies to use our military strength and targeting expertise to the fullest extent possible.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), however, stressed that he opposes ”open-ended military commitments, which the President’s actions in Iraq could become.”

“Humanitarian relief is necessary to prevent genocide and provide food and water to meet an urgent emergency, but the president owes the American people a better, fuller explanation of the scope and strategy of military actions,” continued the senator, who sits on the Armed Services Committee. “I am deeply concerned that these actions could lead to prolonged direct military involvement, which I would strongly oppose. As a condition for any military aid in Iraq, I have said that there must be a new government that is inclusive and unifying.”

“I continue to believe that the current situation in Iraq is a failure of Iraq’s leaders, who have used the security forces – with training and equipment we provided – for their own sectarian ends, rather than uniting their country. It is also a consequence of the failure of the international community to contain the ongoing civil war in Syria.”

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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“I continue to believe that the current situation in Iraq is a failure of Iraq’s leaders, who have used the security forces – with training and equipment we provided – for their own sectarian ends, rather than uniting their country. It is also a consequence of the failure of the international community to contain the ongoing civil war in Syria.”

Blumenthal continues to believe something which isn't true. ISIS is not an Iraqi force engaged in a civil war. It is an international terrorist army intent on forming an Islamic state. It will terrorize and killl all that stands in its way and if successful in forming a caliphate it will spread Islam in the traditional way.

Whether we like it or not we are engaged in a war that has been waged against infidels off and on for the past 1382 years. This war cannot be won by telling ourselves comforting lies about Islam. And the longer we wait to engage ISIS the more difficult the task and the higher the cost.
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Hey DiFi, why don't you just outlaw ISIS having guns? You seem to think that works on criminals in this country.
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Who would have thought Feinstein, of all liberals, would morph into the Bush-Cheney-Hitler of American foreign policy? Darned if reality hasn't b-slapped her in the face. This is the sort of heresy that can get you thrown out of progressivism.
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I wonder if that toe that Diane Feinstein just dipped into the boiling oil war is going to blister.
19 weeks ago
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Danged neocons trying to get us back into a war in Iraq! What? Wait... she's a Dem?!? :P
19 weeks ago
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These people are craven criminals. We've been arming ISIS (remember, these are those allegedly "moderate" Syrian rebels).
Do any of you trust this government to make the right decisions on national security? If you do, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn - you know, the one with the white flags on top....
Who is behind all of this madness? Dawood Ibrahim and his allies in the ISI... and American government
http://misterchambers.com/2014/08/09/the-world-is-a-mess-hes-why/
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A do not pass line at Kurdistan has been drawn in the sand. The genocide story is a smokescreen. If the major oilfields in Kurdistan are lost to Isis, the world price of crude goes thru the roof, for awhile anyway. Economic pain to follow for the petro-economies like ours. Baghdad is not strategic - evacuate the city now. It is not worth one American life.
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It's amazing how worn out this old "oil" narrative sounds. First, oil is fungible and available all over the world. We'll get it from somewhere. Secondly, we have far more self-inflicted damage from higher energy prices than could ever result from the Middle East blowing up. North America has roughly 10% of the world population and 25% of its oil. It;s just that currently too many of us enjoy being eco-poseurs and control freaks and would rather let someone else do the messy work that supports our cushy lifestyles.

In any case, intervention or saving Baghdad is not about maintaining oil exports - its about preventing radical Islam exports.
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You don't seem to know much about ISIS, nor the lives of our VOLUNTEER military.
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giving food and water to those being threatened with death, if no action is taken to remove the threat is cruel and unusual punishment.

Either work to take care of the problem, or don't waste the time and money to postpose for a couple days.

But have to remember B.O. told us the war was over, because he said so and the troops were coming home. Iraq was to be the crowning jewel in his foreign policy.

Guess when you are full of BS, your policies and actions show the stench of being led by B.O.
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So far, Obama has a near 100% record on misplaying his hand on the world stage—unless of course, he is trying to promote the Jihad and terrorists. What did he say the most pleasant sound to wake up to in the morning was?
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DiFi has at least one thing going for her (NO, I am NOT a fan. I am a lifelong CA resident and loathe Boxer and DiFi's Leftist stand on most things): she is the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman and, as such, is privy to classified intel.

She has obviously seen some that would turn her against her party and, as in the past, has spoken out in support of a rational position.

Of course, Little Pustule of Arrogance will not listen to her. He is far too blinded by his ideology to be swayed by facts.

2017 cannot come soon enough for us, bit it will be too late for these poor souls in Iraq. It's already too late for 170,000 Syrian dead.

Now, of we could just manage to elect a real leader...
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Tell Blumenthal he can relax. Obama may order a minimal response to ISIS but nothing more. Mass murders, killing children, a threat even for a take over, no problem. He is probable on vacation, if not he's packing his bags. Him and his sow wife.
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I'm sure there is a nice golf course to visit near lots of prospective campaign donors. Even a President has to have priorities in order.
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Don't worry we'll sic pajama boy on them.
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Ol' PJ Boy makes me wish we still had the draft.
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“I continue to believe that the current situation in Iraq is a failure of Iraq’s leaders, who have used the security forces – with training and equipment we provided – for their own sectarian ends, rather than uniting their country. It is also a consequence of the failure of the international community to contain the ongoing civil war in Syria.”

Blumenthal continues to believe something which isn't true. ISIS is not an Iraqi force engaged in a civil war. It is an international terrorist army intent on forming an Islamic state. It will terrorize and killl all that stands in its way and if successful in forming a caliphate it will spread Islam in the traditional way.

Whether we like it or not we are engaged in a war that has been waged against infidels off and on for the past 1382 years. This war cannot be won by telling ourselves comforting lies about Islam. And the longer we wait to engage ISIS the more difficult the task and the higher the cost.
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Someone like Blumenthal could only be elected in a place like central New England, land of the swimmer, Ted Kennedy, and other Leftist phonies. The NYT reported this about the honorable Senator Blumenthal:

"“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.""
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Hey DiFi, why don't you just outlaw ISIS having guns? You seem to think that works on criminals in this country.
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