92 Responses to “President Obama Delivers A Statement On Iraq”


  1. June 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Thanks a gazillion Nerdy.

  2. 4 taiping1
    June 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Thanks NE!

  3. 11 taiping1
    June 13, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Thanks NW (sorry for typo). Juancole has good commentary on Iraq and history of Reagan cover-up of Hussein war crimes. He speculates that we may align with Iran.

  4. 19 japa21
    June 13, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Fact is, there is no good solution to this mess.

    Was reading where Saudi Arabia and Qatar are doing a lot of the financing of ISIS. They appear to believe that will allow them to maintain some control over them and keep them for going too far. Probably how the big money folks and GOP felt about the Tea Party way back when. Turned out well for them.

    • June 13, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Reactionaries always think they can control the radicals. Germany with the Nazis. GOP with the Tea Party. And now the Gulf states with ISIS.

    • June 13, 2014 at 11:53 am

      SA & Qatar are a big part of the problem, for sure, John.

    • 22 Nena20409
      June 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

      The ONLY truth from Qaddafi at 22 Arab Nation Meeting, right after the 9/11……He said, paraphrasing that all Arab problems can be traced back to Saudi Arabia and he pointed to the King of Saudi Arabia.

      It was 15 of the 19 terrorists from Saudi Arabia that used 4 planes on 9/11. Osama Bin Laden….again from there.

  5. 23 GGail
    June 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Thanks NW [or have you changed it to NE? :-) ]

    I’m happy to see that you weathered the storm last night {{{{NW}}}}

  6. June 13, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Marine One is on the lawn.

  7. June 13, 2014 at 11:59 am
  8. 29 amk for obama
    June 13, 2014 at 11:59 am

    since the toddy’s love them some snakes…

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    There are two here.

    gunnite folks.

  9. 34 GGail
    June 13, 2014 at 11:59 am

    He’s on

  10. June 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Throwing Iraq under the bus. Blaming Iraqi leaders for being feckless.

    • 36 GGail
      June 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      He’s telling the truth.
      No time for the history of how Iraq got like that.

    • 37 Nerdy Wonka
      June 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      President Obama did not throw Iraq under the bus. He simply spoke truth.

      1. The United States spent money on training and delivering equipment to the Iraqis so they can defend their homeland. Any resulting failure is on them.

      2. The Iraqi government rejected any offers and agreements of a small number of residual troops left behind, saying it is a sovereign nation and will govern itself as such. Okay, then. Go ahead and govern yourself like any other nation.

      3. President Obama pointed out that his administration had been aware long before the media and the public of these resulting problems and offered help before it reached this critical mass but the Iraqi government rejected his offer of help.

      Not throwing under the bus. Simply reiterating facts.

      • June 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

        Oh, I was being snarky. He did speak harsh truth. The US cannot prop up a govt which is based on sectarianism. Iraq has had almost ten years to form a broad based govt; instead it replaced a Sunni govt with a Shi’ite govt. The Sunnis ruled under Saddam’s dictatorship, and the Shi’a haven’t been able to form a stable govt. Sunni Arabs may be only 17% of the population, but that’s enough to scupper anything.

        I’m just glad milquetoast Mitt isn’t in charge.

      • June 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm

        And now comes al-Maliki begging for help. He’s got one choice. Do it the President’s way or he won’t be in charge much longer.

  11. 40 Nena20409
    June 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    :lol: :roll: :lol:

    Obviously those fakes were not expecting questions? These are Not Reporters. POTUS always called them out and today, he said anybody else ;) that is GOLDEN!

  12. 41 Nena20409
    June 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    TGIF

    At TOD, the Hits keeps Coming ;)

    25,700,916 hits

  13. June 13, 2014 at 12:09 pm
  14. June 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Is it me or were the jackals more circumspect today?

  15. 54 Allison
    June 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Thank God, Barack Obama is the President of the United States.

  16. 55 Nena20409
    June 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    5, 4. 3, 2, 1, 0

    McCain having yet another presser wherever there are open mics. :lol:

    POTUS just need One Mic and spoke the TRUTH!

    • June 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      At one of these pressers or “guest” appearances, someone should ask him why he thought it was okay to miss the briefings. Or at least call him on it when he starts griping about not being informed or having no knowledge about some of the things he’s going from show to show to talk about.

  17. June 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Perfect!

    • 58 0388jojothecat
      June 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Where is CHINA and the other countries they gave the right to pull oil out of the ground?

  18. 59 desertflower
    June 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Damn it! I missed all put the end when he took questions…what did he say? Whatever it was, I’m positive it was levelheaded and thought about before hand. McCain should learn how thinking works…PBO is the poster child for deep thinking

  19. 60 Nena20409
    June 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Full Stop!

    Iraq belongs to the Iraqis. Only they can determine how chaotic or calm they want their nation. The Football is In THEIR Court ;)

    Interpreting POTUS ;) for the Neo-Cons :lol:

  20. 61 Nerdy Wonka
    June 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm
  21. 62 Nerdy Wonka
    June 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm
  22. 66 Betsy
    June 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    So glad no troops in Iraq. Thank you President Obama indeed.

  23. 67 desertflower
    June 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    http://www.juancole.com/2014/06/second-american-switch.html

    Iran has decided to intervene directly in Iraq and has already sent fighters to the front, according to the Wall Street Journal, based on Iranian sources. It is alleged that Iranian special forces have helped the Iraqi army push back in Tikrit, the birth place of Saddam Hussein that was overrun earlier this week by ISIS, which captured the city’s police force. These reports come on the heels of President Hassan Rouhani’s pledge on Thursday that Iran would not stand by and allow terrorists to take over Iraq. The hyper-Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters are closing in on a major Shiite shrine in Samarra and have pledge to take Baghdad, the capital, itself.

    Iran has allegedly supplied small numbers of advisers and even hired Afghan fighters to the Syrian regime, and encouraged Lebanon’s Hizbullah to intervene in Syria to prevent the fall of Homs to Sunni extremists. These Iranian interventions in Syria did shore up the al-Assad regime and reverse rebel momentum. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps may believe it can use the same tactics to roll back ISIS in Iraq. Iran is largely Shiite and has a Shiite religious ideology as the basis of the state. Iraq is 60% Shiite and the ruling government since 2005 has come from that community. Sunni Arabs in Iraq are probably only 17% or so, but had been the elite for most of Iraq’s medieval and modern history, until George W. Bush overthrew the predominantly Sunni Saddam Hussein regime and allowed the Shiites to come to power.

  24. June 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you, Mr. President.

  25. 72 Linda
    June 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Eric Who ?

    Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), who is in a tight runoff of the Republican primary for Senate in Mississippi, seems to not have known that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was defeated in his GOP primary by primary challenger David Brat.

    In an interview with Fox News, Cochran, who’s being challenged by state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS), was asked if he was worried about his own chances after Cantor’s defeat.

    “I don’t know what you’re talking about, what happened in Virginia?” Cochran said.

    “With Eric Cantor losing his seat,” Fox News said.

    “Well I haven’t really followed that campaign very closely at all,” Cochran said.

    Fox News then asked if Cochran was saying he had no comment on the outcome.

    “No, I didn’t make a comment. You asked me what happened. I don’t know. I didn’t follow that campaign very closely,” Cochran said.

    When Fox News told Cochran that Cantor also stepped down as majority leader Cochran said that lawmakers aren’t guaranteed re-election.

    “Yeah well it happens. Uh, you know, members of Congress — some win, some lose,” Cochran said. “It’s not an automatic proposition that you get reelected just because you’ve done a good job. Voters make their own decisions and I respect their judgment.”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/thad-cochran-eric-cantor-reelection-lost

    Just the video at the link……

  26. June 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    • 75 nospin
      June 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      they probably stll fell a bit stupid after what they did to Bergdahl and now can’t bring themselves to raise the WAR WAR WAR mantra this week.

  27. 76 Nena20409
    June 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Next a Neo-Con or idiots like McCain want a war in another country…….perhaps they should be asked what they are doing for the Unemployed, those who have ran out of the UI? How about those without insurance in 21 or so states? Last, how are they paying for it and are they volunteering or are their Family members volunteering to go overseas to Fight for Iraqis or the Afghans?

  28. 78 amk for obama
    June 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm
  29. 79 JER
    June 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm
  30. 82 Nena20409
    June 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    This was POTUS in a simple matter of fact, told Us what he was, is will be doing and How……..Thank You. Thank You. The haters can go on spin……but it will fall flat.

  31. 83 JER
    June 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm
  32. 85 HZ
    June 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I love my President!!!! HZ

    • 86 desertflower
      June 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Morning to you, HZ! I saw your wonderful tribute to our dearly beloved, amk:) What a truly wonderful thing to say….I agree wholeheartedly! I think you just may have made him blush:)

  33. 87 Linda
    June 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    As the debate heats up over the unfolding crisis in Iraq, one German newspaper took a decidedly pointed approach to things in its Friday front page.

    Die Tageszeitung ran the famous “Mission Accomplished” picture of George W. Bush, but replaced Bush with Shaker Wahib, head of ISIS, the militant group currently running roughshod through Iraq. The message: this is what Bush wrought.

    • 88 Nena20409
      June 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Now this paper got it just about right. I still would like a picture of GW Bush next to that guy.

  34. June 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm
  35. 90 desertflower
    June 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/06/13/on-iraq-lets-ignore-those-who-got-it-all-wrong/

    We have now reached the rather ironic situation in Iraq where we find ourselves allied with Iran in an effort to save the corrupt and thuggish government of Nouri al-Maliki, while the army we spent eight years training falls apart. I’m not going to pretend to have unique insight into Iraqi politics (I’d suggest reading Marc Lynch, for starters, as a way of getting up to speed on what has led to this point).

    But there are few people who understand Iraq less than the Republican politicians and pundits who are being sought out for their comments on the current situation.

    As you watch the debate on this issue, you should remind yourself that the most prominent voices being heard are the very ones who brought us the Iraq War in the first place, who promised that everything was simple and the only question was whether we’d be “strong” and “decisive” enough — the same thing they’re saying today. They’re the ones who swore that Saddam was in cahoots with Al Qaeda, that he had a terrifying arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, that the war would be quick, easy and cheap, that since Iraq was a largely secular country we wouldn’t have to worry about sectarian conflict, and that democracy would spread throughout the region in short order, bringing peace and prosperity along with it.

    Yes. Ignore. LALALALALALALA…I Won’t Hear You!!

  36. 91 JER
    June 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm

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