Today (all times Eastern)
10:50: The President departs the White House
12:0: Arrives Pittsburgh
1:25: Tours TechShop Pittsburgh
1:45: Delivers remarks and answers questions, TechShop
3:25: Departs Pittsburgh
4:35: Arrives New York City
5:25: Attends a fundraiser for Senate Democrats, Intercontinental Hotel, New York
8:05: Delivers remarks at a DNC LGBT fundraiser, Gotham Hall, New York City
9:0: Attends a DNC fundraiser, private residence, New York City
10:40: Departs New York
11:50: Arrives White House
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama exit Marine One on the White House South Lawn following a trip to California, June 16, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)
The Week Ahead
Wednesday: The President will host the first ever White House Maker Faire and meet with students, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens who are using new tools and techniques to launch new businesses, learn vital skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and fuel the renaissance in American manufacturing.
Thursday: The President will award Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.
Friday: The President will meet with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand.
TPM: Dem Rep.: The Media Should Stop Consulting John McCain On Iraq
One Democratic congressman who voted against authorizing the Iraq War in 2002 believes the media should stop turning to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for analysis of the current situation in Iraq.
On Monday’s “All In,” MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) if he’d gotten many requests to do TV spots lately considering that he took a “tough vote” against the Iraq War. Meeks hadn’t.
“Which amazes me why each and every time they go right to John McCain,” Meeks told Hayes. “I don’t know when John McCain has had it right. Thank God the American people were smart enough not to elect him president of the United States.”
“Why does the news media go to John McCain to ask him any time there’s anything happening because you know he’s going to be, ‘go to war, send troops,'” he added. “It just doesn’t make sense.”
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) June 17, 2014
Today's Serenity Prayer God grant me the serenity to accept Bush neocons opining on Iraq and the wisdom not to shatter my TV. Amen.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) June 17, 2014
ThinkProgress: The People Who Broke Iraq Have A Lot of Ideas About Fixing It Now
The crisis in Iraq has reached a critical point, as the Obama administration debates how to stop the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) — also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — in its conquest of Iraqi cities and villages. All U.S. forces left Iraq in late 2011, the result of the Iraqis not wanting to extend the terms of the status of forces agreement that dictated how American troops could operate. That marked the end of a war that lasted nearly a decade in which a well-documented campaign to push for war against Saddam Hussein drowned out any criticism ahead of the launch of combat operations.
Now, those same architects are invited to write op-eds, speak on television panels, and generally give their opinion on today’s Iraq with little to no pushback on just how wrong they got it a decade ago. The situation as it stands in Iraq is not the same as in 2003 and the administration is now considering air strikes to slow the progress of ISIS. But so as to not allow the ones who broke Iraq in the first place to go entirely unchallenged, here are some of the top advocates for launching the war in 2003 — along with their misleading statements and incorrect predictions — and what they have to say about Iraq now.
.@ChrisCuomo to Paul Wolfowitz this morning: “I just wanted your wisdom and perspective” on Iraq
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) June 17, 2014
BBC: Who are the ISIS militants? James Robbins explains
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is a jihadist group active in Iraq and Syria.
ISIS was formed in April 2013 and grew out of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). It has since been disavowed by al-Qaeda, but become one of the main jihadist groups fighting government forces in Syria and is making military gains in Iraq.
The final “S” in the acronym ISIS stems from the Arabic word “al-Sham”. This can mean the Levant, Syria or even Damascus but in the context of the global jihad it refers to the Levant.
Its precise size is unclear but it is thought to include thousands of fighters, including many foreign jihadists. Correspondents say it appears to be surpassing al-Qaeda as the world’s most dangerous jihadist group.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates) June 17, 2014
Charles Pierce: Open For Business
The Guardian has a solid rundown of the history of Isis, the current Hitlers against whom Huckleberry Butchmeup is hiding under the bed and on whom John McCain would like to make the big boom-boom. These seem to be authentically bad actors who, alas, were empowered at least in part by the dynamics of the clusterfck we unleashed in Iraq for the purpose of finding nuclear bombs, democracy, candy and/or flowers.
…. yes, it’s perfectly fine to remember back when the clusterfck was first beginning, and we tore down Saddam’s statue for a photo op, and then proceeded to let Baghdad descend into a chaos of violence and looting. One place that got looted was the Iraqi National Museum, and 170,000 pieces got lifted, never to be recovered. (We kept the oil ministry safe, however.) And Donald Rumsfeld, riding high as the prince of fools, said by way of explanation, “Freedom’s untidy.”
By all means, let’s listen to these people again.
Full post here
Participants at Heritage Foundation’s Benghazi event taunt Muslim woman in audience. http://t.co/ikVjQbwf9N
— Dana Milbank (@Milbank) June 17, 2014
Steve Benen: The crumbling of the right’s intellectual infrastructure
Even before the event began yesterday, the Heritage Foundation’s latest session about Benghazi was obviously ill-advised. The gathering was organized in part by a birther conspiracy theorist who believes President Obama supports Sharia law, with a panel of guests who were slightly nuttier than their host.
Nothing good or constructive was likely to follow. But as Dana Milbank discovered, Heritage’s event took an obnoxious turn that included “the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering.”
— Department of State (@StateDept) June 16, 2014
Washington Post: Obama will propose vast expansion of Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary
President Obama on Tuesday will announce his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities, according to senior White House officials.
The proposal, slated to go into effect later this year after a comment period, could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected.
— ThisMagicalEarth (@MagicalEarth) June 17, 2014
On This Day
President Obama addresses the audience at a Financial Regulatory Reform announcement in the East Room of the White House, June 17, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama stand for the ‘family’ group photograph at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
Mooooooorning everyone – I’m a bit short of time these mornings, so my R&Ss are going to be kinda short – would huuuugely appreciate you all (as you always do!) adding links in the comments to news worth sharing. Thank you!