Just finished watching Obama's televised address regarding America's response to developments in Iraq.

In all honesty, and for the first time in my memory, Obama actually sounded like a confident, committed leader, a genuine commander-in-chief who, by all appearances, sincerely believed what he was saying.
But, despite the intense, polished, in-charge demeanor, it was hard to shake that nagging awareness that Obama remains Obama, all the good, the bad and the ugly, and that he remains totally ideological and politically motivated in all that he says and does.

That said, his decision to conduct humanitarian airdrops to relieve the besieged and starving Iraqi minorities atop a mountain in northern Iraq, this to prevent "genocide" at the hands of ISIS, was refreshing. Though pleasantly surprising and completely out of character, it was nonetheless very good to hear.

And though undefined, his decision to permit "targeted air strikes" in order to "defend American personnel",  and to provide "assistance" to both Baghdad forces and the Kurds, his decision was, indeed, encouraging. Again, not having better defined the nature and breadth of those "targeted air strikes" and the "assistance" to be provided to friendly forces in Iraq left me hanging and uncertain.

Throughout his speech he repeated "targeted air strikes" three times and assured Americans that he understood their reluctance to "get dragged into [another] war in Iraq". Certainly, there was no indication that this intervention would be anything but very, very limited.

I couldn't help but recall Clinton's very effective air strikes on Serbian forces in the 90's. It made all the difference in the world--and without boots on the ground. With that successful operation in mind, my hope, of course, is that these "targeted air strikes" will eventually encompass on-going and crippling strikes on all ISIS forces everywhere.

I appreciated his intention to "support moderate forces [in Iraq] to create stability" and to form a new, more inclusive Iraqi government. Obviously, PM Maliki, a divisive and debilitating political force in Iraq, has to go if the Iraqis can ever hope to restore political order, national unity and a more effective Iraqi fighting force capable of fending off or even defeating ISIS .

Ever the globalist, he underscored the need to "consult with the UN and other countries", though what he was expecting of such consultations remained unclear. Troops, arms, air bases?

His one comment which piqued my incredulity was his statement that it was always America's core interest to "support our allies and to lead coalitions", clearly an interest to which, in my humble opinion, he has paid lip service during his stint as Commander-in-Chief.

Another statement which caused me to shake my head in exasperation was  that "the world looks to us to lead and that's why we do". Hmmm. I guess I missed all that "leading" over the last six years.

Anyway, I am heartened that this humanitarian effort has been undertaken, but I am also certain--as I am sure he is--that he will now get a bump in the polls for this action.

Finally, because I firmly believe he is, first and foremost, a cold, calculating me-first ideologue, I still don't trust him to do the right thing for the right reasons. Thus, I don't trust that this ill-defined and apparently very limited operation will, in the longer term, satisfactorily serve the interests of Iraq, the Kurds or the United States. Nor do I believe it will appropriately cripple ISIS. On this, I sincerely hope he proves me dead wrong.

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Comment by Richie Laxton on August 8, 2014 at 8:09pm

In Obama's Ivy League, make believe world, all problems can be solved by philosophies of inclusiveness, and the finesse of diplomacy. The minute you offer diplomacy to terrorist, you legitimize them. So, the President in his kindness and searing intellect has decided to drop MRE's on the Yazidis and Christians stranded on Mount Genocide so that when ISIS finally slaughters them, they will at least have full stomachs. This is flawed Progressive theology at it's most naked moment. Mark this exhibit "A" please...

Comment by william e zimmerman on August 8, 2014 at 1:17pm

 ISIS are his friends   obama hates Christians and would love to see them get slaughtered

   too many good people watching this SOB for him to get away with it

obama hates Americans and hopes his illegal aliens will destroy many with Biological Warfare that he planned

Comment by Steve Merkel on August 8, 2014 at 12:56pm

Parsing his "airstrikes" phrases, Barry is being careful to signal the enemy that he will not to destroy them, but leave their military strength largely intact. And a phrase that was like fingernails on a chalkboard: when he said we can "lead with the power of our diplomacy" -- dealing with rabid dogs to whom "diplomacy" is not even in their vocabulary?

Comment by Juls on August 8, 2014 at 11:06am

Strong on rhetoric (as usual) - weak on details.  And as we all know the devil is in the details. 

Comment by Rick L on August 8, 2014 at 11:04am
Obama says what we want to hear, then does what Soros wants him to do. Remember "if you like your plan, you can keep it"?
Comment by Jim Delaney on August 8, 2014 at 11:03am


Praise? Ya' gotta' be kidding. Did you read the post objectively?

As for Clinton, I correctly credited the airstrikes--not Clinton-- for a successful Serbian operation. But, like it or not, he DID give the order. I never respected Clinton, but, again, attributing the airstrikes in Serbia to him was merely a fact.Praise?

Also, I think I made it crystal clear that I deeply distrust Obama. Praise?

Looks like you're permitting your justifiable anger to get ahead of your thought processes and preceptions.

Comment by Frank Chance Chenoweth on August 8, 2014 at 10:37am


     You're totally wasting your time and my time praising this man for anything.  Ditto for Clinton.  He didn't do crap either.  If it walks like a Democrat and smells like a Democrat, it must be a socialist/Communist/Marxist/New World order left wing loon!

--Frank Nitty

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on August 8, 2014 at 10:17am

I do not believe a thing that Obama says.

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