Obama says tackling Iraq's insurgency will take time

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Malaki! Prevent your govt. army from running away from ISIS like cowards!

Aug 08, 2014 8:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Please stop pouring blood and money down the Middle Eastern sinkhole. Our schools are broken. They float 30 year bonds to pay for repairs and technology with a useful life of 3-5 years. Mission creep will cause this misadventure to blossom into another war. We just spent a decade failing to fix Iraq. Why do we think this limited involvement is going to help in the long run? It’s like applying a band-aid to a cancer patient.

Aug 08, 2014 8:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

REUTERS! You’re too selective and EXTREMELY BIASED in comments that don’t FIT YOUR LIBERAL BIAS!!! If it wasn’t for the U.S you’d be a (GERMAN COLONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 08, 2014 8:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SeaWa wrote:

“God is with us and our promise is heaven”

So massacring people and beheading children is rewarded by your god? It doesn’t sound right. You are being manipulated. Just sayin’.

Aug 08, 2014 11:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SeaWa wrote:

“God is with us and our promise is heaven”

So massacring people and beheading children is rewarded by your god? It doesn’t sound right. You are being manipulated. Just sayin’.

Aug 08, 2014 11:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mister_Mister wrote:

Trying to fight Islamisism in the Middle East, is like trying to fight mildew in a damp shower….

Aug 09, 2014 1:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BillRozar wrote:

So we fought Al Quaeda for ten years and spent a trillion dollars bombing and killing and displacing hundreds of thousands of people and the result is the Islamic State a terrorist group even bigger than Al Quaeda. Now we want to bomb this new threat does anyone doubt it will take more bombs and more deaths than before resulting in an even bigger threat. Wake up.

Aug 09, 2014 1:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mils54 wrote:

I saw the word oil printed in the article….Aha!

Aug 09, 2014 2:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
khansamir1309 wrote:

The Islamic State clearly have told people not to come to fight them, those who do will be executed. Now the paid media is turning this into civilian massacre to suit western designs to protect its interests. This in turn has led to people fleeing their homes to deserts & mountains when Islamic State fighters arrived. The false propaganda unleashed by America & its cronies is responsible for the present situation.

Aug 09, 2014 5:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
worldscan wrote:

The US can turn immobilize ISIS by bombing all their trucks and tanks remotely with drones. What are we waiting for? We got the Iraqi people into this mess so let us not wash our hands off their blood any more.

Aug 09, 2014 8:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
westernshame wrote:

“Kurds were snapping up AK-47 assault rifles in arms markets for fear of imminent attack, although these had been ineffective against the superior firepower of the Islamic State fighters.”

if there were only some way to stop Saudi Arabia and Qatar and other nations from funding,arming and training these terrorist fighters……

for years the west has been sitting back and at bare minimum, allowing Saudi Arabia and Qatar to fund and arm these terrorists under the guise of bringing freedom and democracy to Syria.

how many times will the west back terrorist to fight their proxy wars, have those terrorists turn on but still not learn from their mistakes?

Aug 09, 2014 8:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Air-strikes will be sufficient as long as the US is prepared to operate in a full-support mode with planes standing by over Iraq. ISIS has got lots of toys, but they also make them vulnerable. A line of tanks is pretty useless again laser-guided missiles. In the meantime support for the KRG must include lifting the blockade on Kurdish exports of oil, getting back-payments of billions of dollars from Baghdad, and extending airstrikes to any hostile moves against the Kurdistan Region. Quit nickel and dimeing the Kurds to death. A handful of bullets are not enough when you owe them billions.

Aug 09, 2014 10:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dixiedog44 wrote:

Vegas has the odds of this dam surviving the next 365 days at 1 in 16 trillion.

Aug 09, 2014 10:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
cohortseven wrote:

Despite my reluctance to see the US get more involved, we simply need to do more in order to stop this. At a minimum we should supply the Kurds with better arms and increase our level of bombardment. Obama delayed too long but possibly it’s not too late.

Aug 09, 2014 10:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dixiedog44 wrote:

@Randall.Horton ISIS is a sworn enemy of the U.S. that is going to have to be confronted sooner or later. The longer the confrontation is put off, the stronger they get and the higher the cost in dollars, human lives and human misery. Tax dollars are better spent on confronting them now rather than inviting the invasion of illegal aliens and making them citizens. Perhaps we could send the illegal aliens over there to fight or join ISIS. Either way, someone else would be supporting them and if they join ISIS, they will bankrupt them instead of the U.S.

Aug 09, 2014 10:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
njglea wrote:

isis is nothing but a group of well-funded, well-trained thugs – criminals. They are afraid to show their faces – just like the thugs we see in Ukraine. Where are they getting their money? Whoever it is he or she is working from the Hitler playbook. I hope President Obama blasts every one of the criminals from the seats of any American military equipment that MY tax dollars paid for.

Aug 09, 2014 10:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
nose2066 wrote:

The Iraqi people remember the “good old days” and the relative peace and tranquility, when the dictator Saddam Hussein only killed a few people now and then.

Aug 09, 2014 10:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Seriously2016 wrote:

twodm…had not seen or heard the word “koranderthal” before. But it’s the perfect word to describe these people.

Aug 09, 2014 10:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mister_Mister wrote:

The legacy of GW Bush just keeps giving and giving…

Aug 09, 2014 10:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Seriously2016 wrote:

Maliki is the problem! Any long term solution must include him stepping down and getting out of the picture. The Iraqi army of almost 300,000 was beaten by an ISIS force of only some 10,000. Maliki put cronies in charge of their military, many of which have no military experience. He excluded the Kurds and Sunni’s from any power sharing in his government. The only credible fighters in Iraq at the moment are the Kurds. The U.S. needs to start giving those people the weapons they need to take on ISIS. Instead of wasting those supplies on the Iraqi military where they would ultimately end up in the hands of ISIS.

Aug 09, 2014 10:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Loucleve wrote:

Come on Bloomberg, everybody knows the peshmerga didnt flee.

They split. Because Malilki blocked their sale of oil to the US.

Chess. Not checkers.

Aug 09, 2014 11:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse

I think the idea Moslems have of G_d is really screwed up. They are poor and those with little education run them and lead this rabble of bloodthirsty insane men. You headed to hell and when you find your there you can not quote your way, beg your way, cry for mercy to get out of it, but Satan’s is laughing his head off, as each one of you falls in. But it’s prophesied in the Holy Word this would happen, hell and heaven are in a war and the out flow is what we see in the nature..but wake up Islamics..Hell is 1/2 full and your cage and chains and personal demons assigned to you are waiting…with glee

Aug 09, 2014 11:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:

The dilemma is trying to provide humanitarian aid to those who are in dire need and to help stop ISIS w/o committing to another war. The hawks argue that it would be better to stop ISIS now, but to return to war in Iraq is a nonstarter. It’s not going to happen. The US doesn’t have the stomach for it, and for good reason. Iraq MUST learn to fight their own battles. In the meantime, we should prosecute the Bush Administration for giving birth to this tragedy. And shame on those who supported him.

Aug 09, 2014 11:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
HIwa_s wrote:

Were there any weapons there to stock up. Kurdish officials are warning for months that they don’t have necessary weapons to defend. You preferred to believe Baghdad that they need those weapons for their independence plan. Now you have to interfere directly again after thousands more were killed and 100s of 1000s were displaced and give them weapons too.

Aug 09, 2014 11:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
comitas7 wrote:

khansamir1309: The only propaganda is the twaddle you and your fellow Salafist sympathizers write. They are not fleeing due to propaganda but due to the philosophy and praxis of IS. The solution is obvious: exterminate your friends.

Aug 09, 2014 12:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SaveRMiddle wrote:

It started out with Obama stating no military aid until Maliki was out.

Then, humanitarian and protecting our forces (rather than pulling them out).

Now look where we are. Mission Creep took what? Two days?

The words of Obama – Absolutely Meaningless.

Aug 09, 2014 1:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Good! This will shut up the neocons, but I’m sure they will find something to pick on, pronto! Let’s not have the Commander and Chief be the Commander and Chief, let’s all vote to have Palin do it.

Aug 09, 2014 1:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SaveRMiddle wrote:

["I think this a wake-up call for a lot of Iraqis inside of Baghdad recognizing that WE'RE going to have to rethink how WE do business if WE'RE going to hold OUR country together," Obama said, before departing on a two-week vacation.]

We? Our? He does need a vacation.

Aug 09, 2014 1:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
d_web wrote:

I think this administration is more concerned about getting money from the old rich white people at Martha’s vineyard.

Aug 09, 2014 1:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ThomasOne wrote:

Where ethnic groups are exploited by a majority or leading group the quest for independence is legitimate. No Province in Iraq should be obliged to be subject to Malaki or his sect, at least it should not be our policy. At this stage power should be localized for the Kurds; not only do they deserve this but they have earned it.
The provinces should not be forced into a united states type system. we need to be more educated to understand that every system of government need not mirror ours. We cannot expect the Kurds, or the Sunnis to trust Malaki. That man has squandered our treasure and lives lost, we let our eye off the ball and are partially to blame.
Obama is acting correctly now but in what now seems to be the tradition with US presidents, being mission driven and intense attention is rare while quality of life, golf, poker, traveling, funding raising seems to occupy his attention. Deems like second terms are bad ideas.

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Aug 09, 2014 1:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dav123 wrote:

Obama fails America and Iraq again

Aug 09, 2014 1:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dixiedog44 wrote:

Shock and awe worked damn quick with a minimal loss of U.S. soldiers lives, but of course we had a president that had common sense and courage then. Now we have a chicken-shite bullshitter community organizer that does not understand that there is a time to talk and a time to shoot. As in “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, when it’s time to shoot, shoot – don’t talk!

Aug 09, 2014 1:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

48 hours ago it was “We will bomb only if necessary to protect the humanitarian supplies, to make sure they get there, and to protect the advisors” (who should never have been there in the first place). Today it’s “long and protracted bombing campaign”, in essence. Gee, who could have guessed that? Oh wait, I did and everyone else who saw this coming 100 miles away – Obomber has to please his mil-ind complex masters, and you can’t win another piece prize without bombing a LOT of people – he wants that 2nd peace prize badly!

Aug 09, 2014 1:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SandyC69 wrote:

ISIS is neither the friend of the Shiites or the Sunni’s. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s Shi’ite-led government needs to join with the Sunni’s in Iraq and fight together against ISIS. Otherwise, Iraq will no longer exist at all. Unless you join together and fight together to save your country, Iraq will belong to ISIS, a fanatical sect and Iraq will be no longer.

Aug 09, 2014 1:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
oracle123 wrote:

Welcome to World War III-a worldwide fight against extremist Islamic ideologies-it involves Africa (Kenya, Egypt, the Boko Haram group in West Africa), the Middle East (Gaza, Syria, Iraq), Asia (including China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India,) Europe (England, Spain, Sweden, France), and the US (9/11, Boston). I am sure I left others out-who can keep track? Israel and Egypt are in the frontline and need our support-not criticism.

Aug 09, 2014 2:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SandyC69 wrote:

I ask, where is the UK, where is France, Italy,Germany all European countries. Where is China, Japan, N and S Korea on this issue? Where are the Middle Eastern nations abhorring their Muslim brothers for their Jihad? We all have to wake up. Groups like ISIS, fanatical Muslims who have one goal, and one goal only. Change the world to believe as they do. Convert or die. Unless every country on this planet works together to stop this, we ultimately will all have to convert or die.

Aug 09, 2014 2:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SandyC69 wrote:

I ask, where is the UK, where is France, Italy,Germany all European countries. Where is China, Japan, N and S Korea on this issue? Where are the Middle Eastern nations abhorring their Muslim brothers for their Jihad? We all have to wake up. Groups like ISIS, fanatical Muslims who have one goal, and one goal only. Change the world to believe as they do. Convert or die. Unless every country on this planet works together to stop this, we ultimately will all have to convert or die.

Aug 09, 2014 2:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
birder wrote:

Might have been a quick fix if he has struck when it began. Had to spend months vacillating and wringing his hands. Of course I can understand why he didn’t want to become again involved. But now he has an entrenched enemy that will have to be pried loose.

Aug 09, 2014 3:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gentalman wrote:

Maliki must go or Iraq must break!!!What a big game?Come what may.Let people die in another war in offing.No peace for the world anywhere,north south east or west!

Aug 09, 2014 3:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dispiseobama wrote:

Obama won’t do much in Iraq because he is still trying to destroy america! This is just a distraction for him. He wants to hurt americans and he does it as much as possible. Leaving our borders opens and letting in all the terrorist and diminishing our military is making us so weak as a nation. We have our own problems and its called united states government!

Aug 09, 2014 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dispiseobama wrote:

Obama won’t do much in Iraq because he is still trying to destroy america! This is just a distraction for him. He wants to hurt americans and he does it as much as possible. Leaving our borders opens and letting in all the terrorist and diminishing our military is making us so weak as a nation. We have our own problems and its called united states government!

Aug 09, 2014 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZWarrior wrote:

This rise of Islamic terrorism is at Obama’s feet. I am sure he will continue to be as impotent as always. We are in for a long and dangerous two more years.

Aug 09, 2014 3:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:

AZWarrior: What would you have Obama do? The US does not want to continue the war in Iraq. It’s one of the reasons Obama was elected President (and why McCain lost, besides Sarah Palin.) We shouldn’t have been there in the first place. What is Obama doing, or not doing, that’s so terrible? (Besides being black?)

Aug 09, 2014 4:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:

The “fix” was to keep enough security forces there to prevent this in the first place, based on US personnel, and then convince the do-nothing Nato countries to contribute as well. As opposed to caving in to all the delusional liberals that think this can somehow just be ignored. This is the world’s problem, and it will only get bigger. Ignoring it is not an option.

Aug 09, 2014 4:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:

The dilemma is trying to provide humanitarian aid to those who are in dire need and to help stop ISIS w/o committing to another war. The hawks argue that it would be better to stop ISIS now, but to return to war in Iraq is a nonstarter. It’s not going to happen. The US doesn’t have the stomach for it, and for good reason. Iraq MUST learn to fight their own battles. In the meantime, we should prosecute the Bush Administration for giving birth to this tragedy.

Aug 09, 2014 4:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Peshmarga wrote:

Thanks for US for the airstrikes. It changed the situation a lot, ISIS is using the weapons Iraq army left in Mosel, and it is said Peshmarga don’t have enough weapons to fight them (I don’t think so).
you see, the Kurdistan budget is cut off since February, many many refugees in a five million population region, and not being supported by the west as Baghdad government is, made thing worse. I call other countries to continue helping Kurdistan region. It is all the iraqi army fault withdrawing in Mosel that made ISIS such strong , we are tired from Iraq. We “kurds” want independence.

Aug 09, 2014 5:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Redford wrote:

It was fixed. Obama broke it.

Aug 09, 2014 5:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cheeze wrote:

The quick fix is get out! America can no longer afford to be the world’s keeper.

Aug 09, 2014 6:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Seriously2016 wrote:

AZWarrior…the rise of Islamic terrorism is at GW Bush and Dick Cheney’s feet. Before they toppled the dictator in Iraq, that country was stable. AQ didn’t show up in Iraq until Bush invaded the country.

Aug 09, 2014 6:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
smileyjackson wrote:

Hillary left this mess for Obama and Obama will leave it for Christie. Leading by not Leading – the next Obama book.

Aug 09, 2014 6:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
idewa wrote:

Many of us went to Vietnam to stop the growth of communism. Now it seems communism isn’t such a threat. Over a decade of fighting and guess what? Vietnam is a communist country today. My guess is that we will allways be tied, in one way or another, to the middle east.

Aug 09, 2014 6:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:

The priority targets should be self propelled artillery, tanks, AFVs, AA guns, and trucks loaded with fighters. We need more Reaper drones and F-18s in the air supplemented by satellites, Global Hawks, and aerial tankers. We also need to reduce our 5,800 US personnel in the Baghdad embassy to a skeleton staff with an escape plan to Basra if Baghdad comes under threat.

Aug 09, 2014 6:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
libertadormg wrote:

George W. Bush said it, “Mission Accomplished” for the deck of the aircraft carrier. Paul Wolfiwitz,Bremer and all the neocons that Bush surrounded himself with, especially that Dr. Death DICK CHENEY have all this blood and loss of thousands of American dead on their hands. Finding weapons of mass destruction CIA Chief George Tennent said was a “Slam Dunk” and Condemn Rice said we would see “mushroom clouds.”

Aug 09, 2014 6:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SKYDRIFTER wrote:

Battling the IS represents a rather unique point in history. No one has any significant temptation to treat them as human beings – as opposed to universally fearing what they represent.

The IS fighters are relatively small in their number of actual fighters. They are also spread over a huge distance; and heavily dependent upon road travel – particularly in Iraq.

The top priority is to prevent the IS from conquering Bagdhad. So far, the IS strategy seems to be to leave Baghdad as their last target; while attempting to put Bagdhad in a state of Seige, in the interim.

The second priority is to totally isolate the IS elements within Iraq. Allowing the IS forces to either escape across the Iraqi border, or to “spread” across the Iraqi border is a second nightmare.
(The same can be said in regard to Syria.)

In theory, with strategic air strike destructiion of key road sections, the most dangerous IS fighters in Iraq could easily be cut off from either targets; or from being re-supplied. Air strikes aren’t enough, however. Once isolated by air strikes, it should be rather easy to conduct very localized “seige warfare,” with Iraqi and/or Kurdish fighters doing the final mop-up.

This “IS Crisis” could also be an opportunity to assemble/develop a well-organized “Drone Air Force” – if for no other reason than “experimentation.”

The major question at this point is whether or not someone can knock some common sense into Obama’s head.

Aug 09, 2014 7:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:

Flying F18s from a $multibillion carrier in the Gulf to use laser guided bombs to destroy an artillery piece and a few pickup trucks seems like the US MIC charges a couple of million dollars to do a $10,000 job. Expensive toys for the boys that have everything.
If it was legal, it probably is not hard to design and build effective drones that reuse 4G smart phone cameras and streaming video, and trail bike power plant, and fly from roadways to do ground attack in 10 minutes, with a pickup truck for maintenance.
Controlled from a laptop or tablet.
Just add missiles and machine guns.
Probably have to wait for the Chinese or Indians to sell them for $20,000 each.

Aug 09, 2014 8:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MonitorLizard wrote:

More double-talk from the US supreme leader who would rather pour money and manpower into this Iraqi pit. I’ll bet Obama is celebrating with a pricey beer right now.

Aug 09, 2014 8:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MonitorLizard wrote:

worldscan–of course you will donate all the money you have to this fiasco that the US supposedly caused. The rest of us US taxpayers are all tapped out. Maybe the Israelis will help. They have most of our money and still have their hands in our wallets.

Aug 09, 2014 8:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MonitorLizard wrote:

carnivalchaos–That’s right. Just get that race card right out. Obama sucks as a leader–it’s that simple. Nice try.

Aug 09, 2014 8:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MonitorLizard wrote:

SaveRMiddle–Obama needs a vacation? Hope you’re not being deployed.

Aug 09, 2014 8:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:

The dilemma is trying to provide humanitarian aid to those who are in dire need and to help stop ISIS w/o committing to another war. The hawks argue that it would be better to stop ISIS now, but to return to war in Iraq is a nonstarter. It’s not going to happen.

Aug 09, 2014 8:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:

The US doesn’t have the stomach for it, and for good reason. Iraq MUST learn to fight their own battles. In the meantime, we should prosecute the Bush Administration for giving birth to this tragedy. And shame on those who supported him.

Aug 09, 2014 8:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KevinSchmidt wrote:

Here we go again with another war not approved by Congress. I wonder how many trillions of dollars it is going to cost us this time to maintain control of Iraqi oil?

Aug 09, 2014 9:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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