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« on: September 12, 2014, 10:37:11 AM »

How many wars and bombings has this Nobel Peace Prize winner been involved in?

Don’t Call It a War? Administration hit for refusing to use ‘w’ word for ISIS mission
Published September 12, 2014
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The Obama administration is refusing to describe the expanded military campaign against the Islamic State as a war -- despite plans to launch airstrikes across two tumultuous Middle East countries, dispatch hundreds more U.S. military personnel and build a coalition of nations to ultimately “destroy” the growing terror network.

The reluctance to use that label has generated confusion on Capitol Hill, particularly in light of new intelligence estimates that the Islamic State has as many as 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria. That’s the size of a small army – and close to the estimated size of the Taliban force in 2001. 

Yet in television interviews on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry repeatedly avoided the term “war” to describe the mission, instead calling it a “major counterterrorism operation” that could last a long time.

“It’s hard to find a response to that,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told Fox News, when asked about Kerry’s comments. “Then what was the president talking about [Wednesday] night?”

McCain and other lawmaker suggest Kerry’s comments do not square with President Obama’s stated goal of defeating the Islamic State, or ISIS.

“This is John Kerry, vintage,” McCain said.

Other members of the administration besides Kerry appeared to be struggling to both define the conflict and the terms of victory, as the U.S. enters a new and potentially risky phase of its operation against the terror group.

Asked Thursday what would constitute “destroying” ISIS, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said: “I didn't bring my Webster's Dictionary with me up here.”

Earnest tried to explain the operation as falling under the umbrella of the 2001 authorization to use military force – the measure that provided the legal basis to go into Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. (Kerry also compared the operation to strikes against terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan and Yemen.)

The administration is using this argument in order to avoid seeking new congressional authorization for the fight against ISIS. 

But the Islamic State was not originally linked to the Sept. 11 attacks and has since split from the perpetrator of those attacks, Al Qaeda.

Some lawmakers say the administration is on shaky legal ground by treating this as a mere continuation of the counterterrorism missions in other countries, and is effectively downplaying the entire challenge ahead. 

McCain said that if the president doesn’t understand the difference between the Islamic State and terror networks in places like Yemen, “then … he is oblivious to the size, shape, strength and ability of ISIS. It’s like comparing a little league team to the New York Yankees.”

A CIA spokesperson confirmed to Fox News on Thursday that the ISIS fighting force has sharply increased from the original estimate of at least 10,000 fighters.

“CIA assesses the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria, based on a new review of all-source intelligence reports from May to August,” the spokesperson said. “This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence.”

Asked Thursday whether the government still views these operations as part of the “war on terrorism,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said: “It’s certainly not how I would refer to our efforts.”

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said the semantics over what to call the operation “weakens the mission.”

“Words matter,” McCaul said Friday.

McCaul praised the president for moving to expand the mission into Syria, where the “head of the snake” of ISIS is located. But he said the administration is being careful with its language because the terror group defies Obama’s “campaign narrative” about ending the war on terrorism and putting Al Qaeda on the run.

“ISIL clearly hasn’t gotten the memo that I think John Kerry did,” McCaul said.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/12/dont-call-it-war-administration-hit-for-refusing-to-use-w-word-for-isis-mission/
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2014, 10:43:52 AM »

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/11/us-ground-troops-needed-to-defeat-islamic-state-in/
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2014, 11:01:58 AM »

GWB predicted Obama's folly in 2007:

"If U.S forces were withdrawn before our commanders tell us we are ready
it would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan." - George W. Bush
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2014, 11:27:26 AM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq9NqDvqUn8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq9NqDvqUn8</a>
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2014, 11:41:06 AM »

sometimes you have to war in order to create peace.  reagan knew that.
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2014, 01:21:06 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4pBj97vt0k" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4pBj97vt0k</a>
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2014, 01:40:19 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4pBj97vt0k" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4pBj97vt0k</a>

Doh!  I'm sure the White House is going B-slap this guy.  lol
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2014, 02:17:43 PM »

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/12/world/middleeast/us-pins-hope-on-syrian-rebels-with-loyalties-all-over-the-map.html?_r=0
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2014, 02:23:31 PM »

Keystone Kops.   Roll Eyes

White House, Pentagon contradict Kerry, say US ‘at war’ with ISIS
Published September 12, 2014
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The White House and Pentagon acknowledged Friday that the U.S. “is at war” with the Islamic State -- contradicting Secretary of State John Kerry and others who a day earlier refused to use that term, prompting criticism from lawmakers that the administration was downplaying the conflict.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby used almost identical language when pressed by reporters Friday whether or not the expanded military operation against the terrorist group is in fact a war.

“In the same way that the United States is at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates … the United States is at war with ISIL,” Earnest said.

Kirby said “this is not the Iraq War” from a decade ago, “but make no mistake -- we know we are at war with ISIL in the same way we are at war and continue to be at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates.”

The comments are a sharp turnaround from how Kerry described the military operation on Thursday. In interviews with CNN and CBS News, Kerry described it as a “very significant” and “major counterterrorism operation.” He told CBS News that “war is the wrong terminology.”

His spokeswoman, Marie Harf, also said she would not “refer to our efforts” as part of the “war on terrorism.”

Kerry’s comments, though, stirred confusion on Capitol Hill, coming a day after President Obama announced plans to expand airstrikes in Iraq and authorize them in Syria, while dispatching hundreds more U.S. military personnel.

Obama called for a coalition of nations to ultimately “destroy” the growing terror network. Meanwhile, the CIA confirmed that its latest estimates show the Islamic State has as many as 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria. That’s close to the estimated size of the Taliban force in 2001. 

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and other lawmakers suggested Kerry’s comments did not square with Obama’s stated goal of defeating the vast terror network.

“It’s hard to find a response to that,” McCain told Fox News on Thursday night, when asked about Kerry’s comments. “Then what was the president talking about [Wednesday] night?”

Kerry wasn't the only one having a hard time describing the mission on Thursday. National Security Adviser Susan Rice likewise told CNN on Thursday she wasn't sure whether it should be called a war or a "sustained counterterrorism campaign."

Senior State Department officials stressed to Fox News on Friday that Kerry's comments were consistent with what other senior U.S. officials were saying at the time, and made clear that the secretary remains on the same page as the rest of the administration.

"This was a deliberate, administration-wide adjustment in language," a senior State Department official told Fox News, "which Secretary Kerry would have also used today had he been asked."

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said earlier Friday that the semantics over what to call the operation “weakens the mission.”

“Words matter,” McCaul said. He claimed the administration was being careful with its language because the terror group defies Obama’s “campaign narrative” about ending the war on terrorism and putting Al Qaeda on the run.

“ISIL clearly hasn’t gotten the memo that I think John Kerry did,” McCaul said.

But in the Pentagon and White House briefings Friday afternoon, it appeared the administration was backing off the earlier characterization.

Earnest clarified that the operation is not a case of the United States acting alone against the Islamic State, since the Islamic State, he said, is waging a war against the international community.

But he repeated that the U.S. is “at war” with ISIS as it is at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/12/white-house-pentagon-contradict-kerry-say-us-at-war-with-isis/
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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2014, 08:35:54 PM »

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Krauthammer on ISIS: Obama Is ‘Ambivalent, Reluctant, Obviously Does Not Want to Do This’
BY FOX NEWS INSIDER
SEP 12 2014

Tonight on “The Kelly File,” Charles Krauthammer said President Barack Obama’s entire ISIS strategy “is really in trouble.”

Krauthammer explained that Obama isn’t asking for authorization from the Democrats because they are begging him not to cast a vote for war. Turkey – which is next to Syria – has also said that it will not allow us to use its air bases.  He also touched on Obama’s remarks comparing this mission to what we have done in Somalia and Yemen.

“Obama said we have to imitate what we did in Somalia and Yemen, which is quite ridiculous. Somalia – we’ve had two airstrikes all year. He’s gonna defeat ISIS – which his own administration is calling a threat unlike any we’ve ever seen – with two airstrikes, drone strikes? That doesn’t apply.”

Krauthammer: ‘President Trying to Save a Collapsed Presidency’

Krauthammer remarked that George W. Bush had 38 allies with boots on the ground, 25,000 allies on the ground with us.

“Obama as of today has zero,” he said.


Krauthammer said the biggest issue is that “you’ve got a president who is ambivalent, a president who clearly is reluctant, a president who obviously does not want to do this.”

Krauthammer: Obama ‘Was Unable to Manage the Victory’ in Iraq

He noted that Obama announced a surge and withdrawal date in the same sentence.

“They see a president who does not commit himself to win or to succeed, only to go in and to get out,” he said, explaining that allies are asking themselves if they’re going to follow a man into battle who clearly isn’t committed.

“It’s a lack of confidence in the president who draws a red line then walks away and pretends he never drew the red line at all,” he said.

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/09/12/krauthammer-isis-obama-‘ambivalent-reluctant-obviously-does-not-want-do-this’
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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2014, 09:19:14 PM »

LOL @ repubs.

Half of them are shitting their pants in anger that obama isn't sending in 300,000 troops to defeat 31,000 ISIS.

Half of them are shitting the pants for starting another war/conflict that we sure as fck cannot afford as a nation.

There's no unified position here, other than "obama sucks and we'd do it better but we don't know how". 

At this point, everyone I know is so immune to the "blame obama" nature of everything.  yes, blame him monthly as you write check to obamacare.  yes, blame him for mocking "JV" AL-quida as terri'sts still decapitate anyone crazy enough to infiltrate them for a "story".   But blaming him for ISIS?  Bad guys are going to do this, over and over.  And over and over, good guys are going to get them.  All this "how could obama let this happen". ... um, no president in HISTORY has stopped bad guys from joining together and being bad guys.  Even bush, for all his Al-Q attacking for 7 years, didn't wipe them off the earth, just left them for the next POTUS.
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« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2014, 09:34:22 PM »

LOL @ repubs.

Half of them are shitting their pants in anger that obama isn't sending in 300,000 troops to defeat 31,000 ISIS.

Half of them are shitting the pants for starting another war/conflict that we sure as fck cannot afford as a nation.

There's no unified position here, other than "obama sucks and we'd do it better but we don't know how". 

At this point, everyone I know is so immune to the "blame obama" nature of everything.  yes, blame him monthly as you write check to obamacare.  yes, blame him for mocking "JV" AL-quida as terri'sts still decapitate anyone crazy enough to infiltrate them for a "story".   But blaming him for ISIS?  Bad guys are going to do this, over and over.  And over and over, good guys are going to get them.  All this "how could obama let this happen". ... um, no president in HISTORY has stopped bad guys from joining together and being bad guys.  Even bush, for all his Al-Q attacking for 7 years, didn't wipe them off the earth, just left them for the next POTUS.


Good post.

Party of personal responsibility has been reduced to a bunch of spineless bureaucrats with big voices and no courage.
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« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2014, 06:00:34 AM »

Good post.

Party of personal responsibility has been reduced to a bunch of spineless bureaucrats with big voices and no courage.

I'd probably agree with whatever their war policy was... if i knew what it even was.   But they dont know, it's all over the place.  Half want a war, half want zero involvement, and they all hate obama.
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« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2014, 06:07:06 AM »

LMFAO at idiots complaining that people arent subscribing to group think
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