As Iraq disintegrates and Iran rushes in to provide its Shiite leadership with support, President Obama announced today at the White House that he’s trying to find his glasses.
That’s right, no decisions yet:
I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq security forces and I’ll be reviewing those options in the days ahead.
Well he will. So look out, bad guys.
Obama sounded like he’s considering military aid – though not boots on the ground – and made clear whatever he comes up with is contingent on “a serious and sincere effort by Iraq’s leaders to set aside sectarian differences, to promote stability, and account for the legitimate interests of all of Iraq’s communities and to continue to build the capacity of an effective security force.”
So the Iraqis must be both serious and sincere, which as any serviceman or woman who’s been to Iraq can tell you is virtually impossible.
Finished with his remarks, Obama embarked from the White House to California – with a brief stop in North Dakota – where he will raise money for Democrats and presumably play some awesome golf.
We know this is at least a mini-vacation because Michelle is along for the trip. She doesn’t go anywhere with him these days unless there’s recreation involved.
Here are his remarks.