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Obama has authorized humanitarian air drops and...drumroll...targeted air strikes.

Send in the A-10 Warthogs and ISIS may wish they'd never been born.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/07/world/iraq-options/

Obama authorizes 'targeted' strikes in Iraq

Washington (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday that he's authorized "targeted airstrikes" in Iraq to protect American personnel and help Iraqi forces.

"We do whatever is necessary to protect our people," Obama said. "We support our allies when they're in danger."

A key concern for U.S. officials: dozens of American consular staff and military advisers working with the Iraqi military in Irbil, the largest city in Iraq's Kurdish region.

Obama said Thursday he'd directed the military to take targeted strikes against Islamist militants "should they move towards the city."

Rapid developments on the ground, where a humanitarian crisis is emerging with minority groups facing possible slaughter by Sunni Muslim extremists, have set the stage for an increasingly dire situation.

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finally...they could have avoided a lot of this if they would have done this in the first place...

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about of time! leaving iraq that early was a big, if not the biggest mistake from obama and it will be much more costly than we think now.

highly interesting discussion also just a few mins back on fox news radio, where some retired generals and cia agents told that its just a matter of time before us-troops will be back in iraq.

 

would be quite ironic if obama leaves office with lots of troops in iraq... :D

 

there wont be any peace in iraq before all the population there living got some proper democracy education and that might take 10, 20 or 50 years.

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In a perfect world the US wouldn't have invaded in 2003 to begin with. The air strikes in Iraq now are but an attempt to clean up the mess created by the US.

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In a perfect world the US wouldn't have invaded in 2003 to begin with. The air strikes in Iraq now are but an attempt to clean up the mess created by the US.

 

so you would have preferred saddam to stay, probably by now - if i see how weak germany and france are - would have started developing nuclear weapons, and for sure would still kill and hang innocent people and minorities ???

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It's called Realpolitik. Saddam Hussein was a dictator, yes. On the other hand Iraq was stable under his regime. 

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about of time! leaving iraq that early was a big, if not the biggest mistake from obama and it will be much more costly than we think now.

highly interesting discussion also just a few mins back on fox news radio, where some retired generals and cia agents told that its just a matter of time before us-troops will be back in iraq.

would be quite ironic if obama leaves office with lots of troops in iraq... :D

there wont be any peace in iraq before all the population there living got some proper democracy education and that might take 10, 20 or 50 years.

No matter what decision Obama makes he is damned. He inherited Bush's dirty laundry. The mistakes of the U.S. were made many years ago. I'm a current service member and served during the whole 9/11 ordeal. This whole mess is a domino effect and it will be years and decades if ever for this mess to be cleaned up.
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It's called Realpolitik. Saddam Hussein was a dictator, yes. On the other hand Iraq was stable under his regime. 

 

realpolitik? ahhh that outdated thing from cold-war times... yeh i remember... world was easy back then, wasnt it?

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Realpolitik still applies, be it in the middle east or the Ukraine conflict.

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Realpolitik still applies, be it in the middle east or the Ukraine conflict.

 

realpolitik is just one of many political ideas or possibilities. btw. to make it work, it needs a position of strength, the obama administration is not willing to take. remember the promise of more flexibility to putin?

 

 

No matter what decision Obama makes he is damned. He inherited Bush's dirty laundry. The mistakes of the U.S. were made many years ago. I'm a current service member and served during the whole 9/11 ordeal. This whole mess is a domino effect and it will be years and decades if ever for this mess to be cleaned up.

 

awesome to have a service member here and it would be interesting to hear more. i think obama could do the right thing and go in back to iraq and make it a long-term lasting mission, but thats not what he got elected for and i dont think he has ennough compassion and idealism to do exactly this. his place is the golf-course!

 

 

btw. the more i see about current crisis and lazy appeasing countries like france and germany of old europe doing nothing (germany has said has no interest to do anyhting in gaza conflict - despite them having a historical obligation to do so imho) i wonder if dick cheney was the only one being right back in the time that us should also have gone with military force against iran. doing not so, he argued, would just be a sign to other countries to go nuclear and agressive and use it against the peaceful and democratic world.

 

i am making a bet here: obama will leave the white house with - much - more conflicts open and us forces dragged in than what he inherited.

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would have started developing nuclear weapons

 

There were NO WMD's to be made in Iraq. That is a 100% proven fact from day one.

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News flash just came over: US strike aircraft are attacking ISIS NOW.

Edit: F/A-18's dropping laser-guided bombs on ISIS artillery positions.

U.S. military aircraft have launched a "targeted" airstrike against Islamic militants in Iraq, the Pentagon said Friday.

 

The strike comes after President Obama announced late Thursday that he has authorized limited military action to defend American personnel in the region and to protect civilians stuck on a mountain outside the city of Sinjar.

The Pentagon said the military conducted the strike at 6:45 a.m. ET, against terrorists with the Islamic State (IS), the group formerly known as ISIS.

 

Two F-18 aircraft dropped "500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece" near the city of Irbil, after IS was using the artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending the city where U.S. personnel are located, the Pentagon said.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/08/us-military-launches-airstrikes-on-terror-targets-in-iraq/

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Tip of the spear. The CNN report above says more strikes to prevent a genocide or to protect US interests.

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U.S. military aircraft have launched a "targeted" airstrike against Islamic militants in Iraq, the Pentagon said Friday.

 

The strike comes after President Obama announced late Thursday that he has authorized limited military action to defend American personnel in the region and to protect civilians stuck on a mountain outside the city of Sinjar.

The Pentagon said the military conducted the strike at 6:45 a.m. ET, against terrorists with the Islamic State (IS), the group formerly known as ISIS.

 

Two F-18 aircraft dropped "500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece" near the city of Irbil, after IS was using the artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending the city where U.S. personnel are located, the Pentagon said.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/08/us-military-launches-airstrikes-on-terror-targets-in-iraq/

 

Good!  Bomb the hell out of them.

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Tip of the spear. The CNN report above says more strikes to prevent a genocide or to protect US interests.

Good.

ISIS is ######ing terrible / disgusting, I can't even think of a word I'd use to describe them and the ###### they have done.

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Breaking: more air strikes in northern Iraq.

Can't understand what took Obama so damned long to pull the damned trigger on these SOBs. We should have been frying their asses as soon as they crossed the border and Iraq couldn't handle it.

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Yeah, we should have never went in there to begin with. Saddam may have been a dictator, but he had no WMDs, and the region was quite stable, despite being hostile. This was nothing more than George W's attempt to please his daddy, and our troops paid the price for it..

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The US foreign policy is a hypocritical mess. The justification for military action used by Obama here is to prevent a genocide, yet the US has actively supported Israel?financially and militarily?as it has committed genocide against the Palestinian people. Thousands have been killed?most of them civilians, including children?while millions of Palestinians have been left without food, water, homes, electricity and/or basic medical supplies as a result of Israeli bombing yet the US does nothing. Israel has been killing Palestinians at the same rate as ISIS has been killing Iraqis but that is classed as 'defence' by countries like the US and UK.

 

The US has no concern for the lives of these Iraqi civilians. Its only concern is furthering its imperialist agenda in the region.

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Good to hear.. The Iraqi Army, and Kurdish Militia clearly need the help.

 

I'm all for being out of Iraq as much as we can be, but situations like this, is where super powers SHOULD be using their power. And given both the Kurds and the Iraqi have standing armies, if we can push the tide from the air and not send troops, then so much the better.

 

The one good thing that may come from all of this, it looks like it's helping to strengthen ties between the Kurds and the Iraqi gov't.. Maliki ordered the Iraqi air force to provide cover for the Kurds as well, which might go a long way to giving them to common ground.

 

It might not be enough to stop them from separating from Iraq.. I'm not even sure if them staying is good for the long term.. Sometimes it really is better for all involved in "tribal" disputes to separate themselves with a border, so they can have time to mend wounds and make peace.. But in the end both sides having a common enemy and them cooperating should at least tone down the tensions between those two sides..

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The US foreign policy is a hypocritical mess. The justification for military action used by Obama here is to prevent a genocide, yet the US has actively supported Israel?financially and militarily?as it has committed genocide against the Palestinian people. Thousands have been killed?most of them civilians, including children?while millions of Palestinians have been left without food, water, homes, electricity and/or basic medical supplies as a result of Israeli bombing yet the US does nothing. Israel has been killing Palestinians at the same rate as ISIS has been killing Iraqis but that is classed as 'defence' by countries like the US and UK.

 

The US has no concern for the lives of these Iraqi civilians. Its only concern is furthering its imperialist agenda in the region.

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Wow, you sound almost giddy with excitement. :/

 

I sure am. These Brotherhood of Nod wannabes need to die.

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The US foreign policy is a hypocritical mess. The justification for military action used by Obama here is to prevent a genocide, yet the US has actively supported Israel?financially and militarily?as it has committed genocide against the Palestinian people. Thousands have been killed?most of them civilians, including children?while millions of Palestinians have been left without food, water, homes, electricity and/or basic medical supplies as a result of Israeli bombing yet the US does nothing. Israel has been killing Palestinians at the same rate as ISIS has been killing Iraqis but that is classed as 'defence' by countries like the US and UK.

 

The US has no concern for the lives of these Iraqi civilians. Its only concern is furthering its imperialist agenda in the region.

Talked about obsessed. That would be you, theyare.

 

Listen, Hamas might not want to fire missiles from residential areas if they don't want to have those same areas destroyed in return. Mess with fire, you gonna get burned.

I sure am. These Brotherhood of Nod wannabes need to die.

 

Ok. I guess.

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The US foreign policy is a hypocritical mess. The justification for military action used by Obama here is to prevent a genocide, yet the US has actively supported Israel?financially and militarily?as it has committed genocide against the Palestinian people. Thousands have been killed?most of them civilians, including children?while millions of Palestinians have been left without food, water, homes, electricity and/or basic medical supplies as a result of Israeli bombing yet the US does nothing. Israel has been killing Palestinians at the same rate as ISIS has been killing Iraqis but that is classed as 'defence' by countries like the US and UK.

 

The US has no concern for the lives of these Iraqi civilians. Its only concern is furthering its imperialist agenda in the region.

 

Shouldn't you go help them?

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