August 19, 2014

The "J.V. squad" beheads an American journalist

Hey true believers -- regret that 2012 vote yet? No, I know 'ya don't. Dogmatists rarely, if ever, feel that emotion.

ISIS has beheaded journalist James Wright Foley. The Daily Caller has the linked vid of the butchery, so go forward at your own risk.

Remember, Boss Obama referred to these barbarians as the terrorist "JV team." They now hold a substantial portion of Iraq, and President Lemon had to be dragged kicking and screaming from the golf course to begin dropping a few bombs on 'em.

Fellow journalist Steven Joel Soltoff reportedly will be ISIS's next victim.

Someone tell Barack that when he makes the turn.

Posted by Hube at August 19, 2014 05:55 PM | TrackBack

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They said if I voted for Romney, violence in Iraq would continue. And they were right.

In all seriousness, this is just disgusting. It is a true tragedy, but I'm sure Team Obama will bungle the response. I expect Samantha Power to make another inane "cycles of violence" tweet like she did recently in regards to Daniel Pearl.

Posted by: tops116 at August 19, 2014 07:46 PM

Comments like "JV Team" just show you how much of a dunce Obama really is. That's just as bad as his "Al Qaeda on the run" comments from 2012.

Posted by: Carl at August 19, 2014 10:11 PM

It's certainly bad all around.

Speaking of those who never admit regret or past mistakes, though: Any respect around for those of us who said "Uh, yeah, we're actually probably NOT better off without Saddam, because it opens the door for Islamic militant crazies to take over?"

Such words were considered borderline treasonous by the GOP at the time. Even though it seemed incredibly obvious that:

a) We couldn't afford to be another country's live-in Nanny for eternity
b) Al Qaida (or something worse) WOULD take over the weak-ass Iraqi government eventually.

It would be nice to see anyone who supported the war admit that the other side was saying this 10 years ago. From Howard Dean to Gen. Clark to regular old Americans. This was what we saw coming, and I can't pretend to be even a little surprised.

So while Obama is FAR from perfect, I can't exactly blame him for something that was pretty clearly coming down the road a full five years before he was elected.

Posted by: dan at August 22, 2014 11:56 AM

Interesting---variety of viewpoints here on this issue:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/385527/iraq-war-regrets-nro-symposium

Posted by: dan at August 22, 2014 12:02 PM

Shorter Dan: Let's continue to blame George W. Bush for the continuing troubles in Iraq and absolve Obama of all responsibility for ending the Iraq War and leading to the rise of ISIS.

Posted by: Carl at August 22, 2014 12:57 PM

"Any respect around for those of us who said 'Uh, yeah, we're actually probably NOT better off without Saddam, because it opens the door for Islamic militant crazies to take over?'"

Not from me ... because I was against the war from the start, thank you very much.

So while Obama is FAR from perfect, I can't exactly blame him for something that was pretty clearly coming down the road a full five years before he was elected.

*Yawn* Yeah, why don't we use this very standard for every president so that, no matter what, they don't have to be blamed for anything begun/continued/modified by his predecessor.

Obama was warned ad nauseam what would happen if he didn't leave a contingent of troops behind. He campaigned endlessly about ending the war, bragged about doing it during the second campaign, and then, when the ISIS crisis arises, has the cojones to say "it wasn't his idea" to get our troops out.

The guy is a walking disaster.

Posted by: Hube at August 22, 2014 01:09 PM

Carl: Actually, I'm happy to see many of those NRO authors blame them both. I think Obama could have done much, much better. The writing has been on the wall for some time. I'll blame them both if you will, pal. But I'll never get beyond 40% for Obama when the whole thing could have been avoided by managing the (NON-Islamofascist) psychopath we had by the balls, rather than being hippie nation-builders with no long-term plan.

I could have written back simply "Shorter Carl: Blame Obama, not Bush." But I don't know you, I don't know your positions, and I don't know your thought processes.

Hube: I agree situations have to be re-evaluated constantly, and you can't say "Well, THAT guy got us into this mess." Because you're the one in it now, and every action has real consequences. I only object to the partisanship from the (elected) Right that leads to the complete disregard of how we got here. Why can't we come together to figure out how to resolve this?

That's rhetorical, as I've lost almost all hope that our political system is headed anywhere but disaster.

Posted by: dan at August 22, 2014 02:24 PM

Hube: I have to say that I don't quite understand how you can criticize Obama for pulling out of Iraq when you advocated just that during his administration:

http://colossus.mu.nu/archives/303403.php

You say Obama was warned ad nauseum what would happen if he didn't leave troops behind. Did you also want him to leave troops behind? If not (as it appears as of 2010), when did you change your mind about that? Do you now think we should be in it for the long haul?

I realize there may have been subsequent posts explaining just this, but I only drop by partisan blogs -- including this one -- a few times a year, and I would have surely missed them.

Posted by: dan at August 22, 2014 02:42 PM

First, reread the last paragraph of the post you linked to. I don't think Obama lobbing a few bombs qualifies. Do you?

Second, based on the assessment of many, the current situation was figured on if we completely withdrew from Iraq, and not left a small contingent behind. I don't recall being aware of that when I wrote that post over four years ago.

Posted by: Hube at August 22, 2014 02:48 PM

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