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President comments on Iraq

  • The President promises a plan to help the Iraqi government is days away, but the U.S. response will not involve sending troops. Low morale and commitment have plagued the Iraqi army for some time thanks to political issues, says Obama, and now it's clear the Syrian civil war has spilled over into Iraq.
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  • User 353732
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    Apparently no Iraqi troops for Iraq either......another triumph of soft power and resets.
    Once again its Iran that is willing to fight Islamic terrorists whilst Baghdad and Washington DC whimper.
    13 Jun, 12:43 PM Reply Like
  • Philip Marlowe
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    It is funny how you conservatives were all in favor of the US helping the same terrorists in Syria just weeks ago. Can you just admit that you do not know what you are talking about and will just say anything to criticize the president.
    13 Jun, 12:58 PM Reply Like
  • capitolp
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    The Obama administration called them freedom fighters, remember the line in the sand, Putin does and he's still laughing. Freedom fighters has a nice ring to it, just like freedom fries.
    13 Jun, 02:19 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Nau
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    We have no dog in this fight, nobody over there likes us. Not even our "friends".

     

    So long as there is no oil embargo, I don't see how our interests are at stake.
    13 Jun, 02:21 PM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    When Bush and the Republican controlled congress invaded Iraq in 2005 it led to massive sectarian violence, now the same Republicans want to invade Iraq to...wait for it... stop sectarian violence. Absolutely clueless.

     

    Democrats stomped republicans in 2008 based on the Iraq War, it is a settled matter.
    14 Jun, 03:15 PM Reply Like
  • ads7w6
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    Iran isn't fighting against Islamic terrorists. Iran is fighting against the Sunni Islamists that make up ISIS because they do not want a powerful Sunni presence to be taken up next door to them.
    13 Jun, 12:47 PM Reply Like
  • User 353732
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    The Kurds will not only protect the north but defacto bring more oil fields under Kurdish jurisdiction while Iran will defend the south, leaving sectarian Iraqis to maim and kill each other in the middle.

     

    The civil war within Islam now extends from North Africa to Pakistan with ordinary people being the biggest losers, followed by the US Regime. The biggest winners at the moment seem to be Iran and its Russian overlord. Neither traditional ally of the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia, now trusts the US and both will embark on national elf preservation strategies that ignore the increasingly farcical noises that emanate with droning regularity from Washington DC
    13 Jun, 01:38 PM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    I wonder what would happen if America were to mind its own business for once?

     

    Why can't we be more like Australia or Canada?
    13 Jun, 01:54 PM Reply Like
  • User 195396
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    Agree completely-not sure how to shut up the war forever screechers in the Wash DC political swamp land. To discuss air strikes or drone strikes in Iraq now is laughable if not tragic-where are the targets, in the middle of Sunni cities, yeah that would be helpful.
    13 Jun, 02:41 PM Reply Like
  • Overanalytical
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    Good. I'm not willing to die for them.
    13 Jun, 01:56 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    The "Iraqi" army and air force don't want to fight why should someone else do it for them.
    13 Jun, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • taxman100
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    Problem with the Iraqi military is not the rank and file - when the chips were down their leadership abandoned them and took off for Baghdad.

     

    Their officer corps is full of nothing but bootlickers to the civilian government who have to say and promote the right political agenda to get ahead in the Armed Forces.

     

    Sounds familiar under our current regime here too.
    13 Jun, 02:12 PM Reply Like
  • MisterJ
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    Perfect description of the relationship between the House majority and the Koch brothers or other rich donors indeed.
    13 Jun, 02:29 PM Reply Like
  • CCCB
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    I thought it was the senate with Soros and Buffet etc.
    Just draw a line in the sand that do it.
    13 Jun, 02:40 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    problem is the Syrians coming down are sunnis the "Iraqi" sunnis in the north did not/ will not fight fellow sunnis but most likely join em to march on the mostly Shia south, backed by the equally Shia Iranians. Its a tribal thing , a 1000 yr old feud. There is no "Iraq", never was, just drawn up borders by uninvited 3rd parties. Kind of like "Ukraine".
    13 Jun, 02:41 PM Reply Like
  • taxman100
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    Yep - political constructs from a time that is no longer useful.

     

    Ukraine is less than 100 years old - old Russian and Austro-Hungarian provinces pulled together as a way to keep Communist Russia away from the new Germany and Poland.
    14 Jun, 04:20 PM Reply Like
  • taxman100
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    We do agree on one thing - our ruling class does not serve "The People", and what goes on in Washington D.C. in no way represents us.

     

    The first three mistakes on the road to serfdom for most Americans were:

     

    1. Federal Income Tax - ability to raise nearly unlimited funds exploded the reach and power of Government.
    2. Direct election of Senators - Senate no longer represents the interests of the individual States.
    3. Federal Reserve - we gave up our currency to a private entity owned by banks.
    14 Jun, 04:23 PM Reply Like
  • MisterJ
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    Why did we invade Iraq again in the first place?
    13 Jun, 02:23 PM Reply Like
  • chammond63
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    http://bit.ly/SGCMyR

     

    Can't say I blame the "Iraqi" armed forces for sitting this one out..
    13 Jun, 02:24 PM Reply Like
  • chammond63
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    All in favor of sanctions on ISIS..

     

    Anybody?
    13 Jun, 02:37 PM Reply Like
  • capitolp
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    @chammond63 All we would have to do is shut down that Toyota dealership that sells them all those compact pickups.
    13 Jun, 02:48 PM Reply Like
  • chammond63
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    hahah
    13 Jun, 02:49 PM Reply Like
  • Street Instincts
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    It is no longer ISIS it is ISIF because ISIS is was too catchy.
    14 Jun, 07:45 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    A much richer ISIS after emptying the Mosul central bank of hundred of millions of $ and gold. ISIS is also part the opposition the West supports vs Assad in Syria; a well armed ISIS, somebodies been arming em?
    15 Jun, 05:10 AM Reply Like
  • User 195396
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    Its all to the good-we are only arming the "good" terrorists in Syria (sarc). Can our foreign policy get any more stupid? We should get the hell out of the Mid-East, we cannot even tell the difference between good guys and bad guys and every time we venture in, we make matters worse, spend more billions which we do not have, suffer more good lives lost and/or maimed for life in our military, and destroy the civilian population. Our "allies" in the area, if we have any that we can trust, do not know which side we are on, Sunni or Shiite-let them sort it out on their own-end of rant, jeez.
    15 Jun, 10:35 AM Reply Like
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