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August 8, 2014 - 9:02 am

See that headline? Sen. Barack Obama said it on July 20, 2007. So, he understood that his decision could lead to where we are now.

Of course, he followed it up by saying: “But a US presence there will make it even worse.”

“It is my assessment that those risks are even greater if we continue to occupy Iraq and serve as a magnet for not only terrorist activity but also irresponsible behavior by Iraqi factions,” he said.

Shorter Obama: They hate us and they have a point.

It’s fair to say now that he got that assessment wrong. Iraq hasn’t become a “magnet” for terrorist activity, it is becoming a failed state in the south and a cruel and menacing Islamic caliphate in the north.

It’s good that America has gotten back to bombing terrorists. I didn’t think Obama really had it in him. Yes, he authorized — after several call-offs — the mission to get bin Laden, after he made it clear the he preferred to capture and try the terrorist rather than just take him out. But Obama also helped Islamists take Libya, he helped Islamists take Egypt, he wanted to help Islamists take Syria, and he keeps telling Israel to respond “proportionately” to Hamas rocket attacks.

Just what is a “proportionate” response to genocidal fanatics who don’t happen to have expert rocketeers? Should Israel respond to Hamas’ wild, indiscriminate rocket attacks with wild, indiscriminate rocket attacks of its own? The “international community” would sure love that.

What is a “proportionate” response to ISIS/ISIL waging genocide against Christians, the Yazidis and even other Muslims in Iraq? If we’re being “proportionate,” should not Obama authorize enough force to wipe the Islamic State off the face of the earth?

Yes, it’s good that Obama ordered some airstrikes to go along with the humanitarian aid. Good, but hardly enough.

Now, for their next trick, watch the Democratmedia turn to accusing Republicans of wanting to re-invade Iraq. It beats holding Obama accountable for his unconscionable, callous decision to leave Iraq to the tender fates of the Middle East.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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Saddam Hussein would have taken care of ISIS in about 24 hours. This part of the world is best ruled by a dictator. Another reason why we should have never been in Iraq. This would have been Saddam’s problem. Now it's ours.
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“It is my assessment that those risks are even greater if we continue to occupy Iraq and serve as a magnet for not only terrorist activity but also irresponsible behavior by Iraqi factions,” he said.

It’s fair to say now that he got that assessment wrong.


I don't think it is fair at all. At the time it made sense, especially as opposed to those who basically wanted us to stay in Iraq indefinitely, if not forever, and with the price for that being that we agree to let the Iraqis put our troops on trial in Islamic courts. Now with ISIS, and in nation army strength, the situation is very different. So now the question becomes, "Can Obama see the difference". Hopefully he can. You don't seem to, but maybe he can, although I am not particularly optimistic.
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What a sad state of affairs. Last night Obama decided to have a Primetime Address...which would be appropriate, given that we are bombing a foreign country and one expects the president to inform the nation as to why we are bombing said foreign country.

Of course, having gone to the Primetime Address well too many times in the past for less-than-Primetime-Address-worthy topics, only a couple of networks bothered to give him broadcast time. Such is Obama's diminished standing, “Big Brother” and such was deemed more important.

Our president is a clueless joke mocked abroad and ignored at home.
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Should we now use *DEPRAVED* too?
"Depraved indifference" is a part of first degree murder statutes and procedures in many states.
In the tens of thousands of times of the language in articles, their Comments, and some media, using words beginning with "D" to describe the ____-in-WH - - - destructive, distant, disconnected, dumb, denying, delusional, dithering//delaying, dilettante, dangerous, deadly ...
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And in the dozens of planes getting them all to Nantucket, have they carried up guys' mountain or touring bikes for pOTUS and sECdYSTATE this year?
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Which is preferable?
Muslims killing Americans?
Or Muslims killing Muslims?
Let 'em kill each other, I say.
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Instead of trying to preserve the lines on the maps of what was the Ottoman Empire that have been in place since 1922, why not support our friends.

Kurds, Christians, Jews, Druze are capable of squeezing triggers against the Sons of Allah, as Orianna Fallaci called them.
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Obama ordered the bombing of ISIS terrorist because the Genocide on his watch will go down in history with his name on it. Most people don’t want to get involved with Iraq or the ME any more, but most people are ignorant. The fact that we were directly attacked in 9/11/01 was the opening shot of WW III. The battle field may change, the tactics also, but this is asymmetrical warfare. Obama himself said we will not send American troops to fight. Woodrow Wilson ran on the canard that he would keep America out of the great European war. He lied. Before we know it we will be up to our neck in fighting and Obama did something wicked to destroy America, he cut our military to the bone. For this and many other damages he has inflicted on the Republic it may be to late for us already. Thank you politicians.
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Finally, the President is unleashing the full might of the U.S. mili....annnnnd he's on vacation in Martha's Vineyard again.
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Saddam Hussein would have taken care of ISIS in about 24 hours. This part of the world is best ruled by a dictator. Another reason why we should have never been in Iraq. This would have been Saddam’s problem. Now it's ours.
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"Now, for their next trick, watch the Democratmedia turn to accusing Republicans of wanting to re-invade Iraq."

Unless someone can duct tape his mouth so he can't talk and bind his hands behind him so he can't tweet, they can probably count on their amnesty brother John "U.S. troops could be in Iraq for a thousand years or a million years as far as I'm concerned” McCain to supply them with plenty of ammo for that.
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When we had a president who didn't hate America we proved we wouldn't do what was needed in Iraq, now, somehow it's going to better when led by someone who actively hates America?

It's NONE of our business and only fools think bombing alone will amount to anything.
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“It is my assessment that those risks are even greater if we continue to occupy Iraq and serve as a magnet for not only terrorist activity but also irresponsible behavior by Iraqi factions,” he said.

It’s fair to say now that he got that assessment wrong.


I don't think it is fair at all. At the time it made sense, especially as opposed to those who basically wanted us to stay in Iraq indefinitely, if not forever, and with the price for that being that we agree to let the Iraqis put our troops on trial in Islamic courts. Now with ISIS, and in nation army strength, the situation is very different. So now the question becomes, "Can Obama see the difference". Hopefully he can. You don't seem to, but maybe he can, although I am not particularly optimistic.
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