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The Obama Morning News || September 12, 2014

CIA triples ISIS estimate: Up to 31,500 . . . AFP
Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground, the Central Intelligence Agency said Thursday, much higher than a previous estimate of 10,000.

Experts: Obama will need ground troops . . . Washington Times
Trying to uproot and destroy the Islamic State’s army of terrorists in Iraq without American ground troops, as President Obama promoted Wednesday night, is doomed to failure, national security experts say.

Boehner: F-16 not a strategy . . . The Blaze
“The president’s made clear that he doesn’t want U.S. boots on the ground,” Boehner told reporters. “Well, somebody’s boots have to be on the ground.”

House inches toward approval . . . Examiner
The House on Thursday appeared headed toward authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels as part of his overall strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Obama met with Hezbollah backer . . . Free Beacon
President Barack Obama and White House national security adviser Susan Rice met with a delegation of Christian Middle Eastern leaders in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that included at least one Hezbollah-supporting Lebanese cleric.

WH late with security doctrine . . . Examiner
Last November Obama told Congress he would present a new national security strategy in early 2014, a formal document outlining his priorities for the remainder of his time in office.

A quarter million Virginians to lose insurance . . . NBC29
If you like your insurance . . .

Foley mom slams government . . . Politico
I think our efforts to get Jim freed were an annoyance” to the government, she said.

Biden heads to Iowa . . . Des Moines Register
Vice President Joe Biden will make a splash in Iowa with an “official” White House visit next week, just three days after Hillary Clinton basks in a major media spotlight here.

Class assignment: Compare Bush to Hitler . . . Fox News
A public school teacher in Washington who instructed sixth-graders to compare former President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler has learned her own lesson, according to district officials, but critics wonder why she still has a job.

Palin family involved in brawl . . . Daily Caller
A majority of the Palin family — Sarah, Todd, Bristol, and Track — was allegedly involved in a booze-filled brawl over the weekend in which the former vice presidential candidate reportedly screamed, “Don’t you know who I am?”

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14 Responses to The Obama Morning News || September 12, 2014

  1. KK, been meaning to thank you for the OMN. Saves me time and gives me a trusted read on what’s radar worthy. But I’ll bet you a beer and a burger at Hard Times Palin and the NFL are all the uninformed voter will care or hear about. Jim Foley’s Mother was threatened w/ prosecution if she attempted to rescue her son herself but HEY…let’s string up Roger Goodell.

    • And Joe Scarborough was pathetic on Morning Joe this morning ranting on against the NFL and domestic violence. Yet as far as I know he’s the only politician in the past few years that had an intern wind up dead in his office and the whole thing just got swept under the rug. The hypocrisy and arrogance of the so called “main stream” media does nothing to inform and everything to inflame and divide.

      • I think Goodell should go. But I agree that MoJoe was all over the map–yesterday, they had Mike Tyson weighing in–rapist, anyone remember? Those women wearing that guy’s football jersey make me want to resign from the gender. And what’s up with Carson? He keeps saying he tried to stab someone once but a belt buckle prevented it–people make mistakes, yammer yammer. Was it self-defense? How does it apply to this?

    • I watched the entire Foley interview by Anderson Cooper and was glued. Then, of all things, Susan Rice comes on as the Administration rebuttal! Like What??? This administration can’t even leave a grieving family alone to vent on air. They have to add their two cents, their “we did our best” malarkey. It was like all else the O administration does – a need to rule the discussion. Blech.

    • The Foley interview was devastating. Mrs. Foley traveled to Europe many times gathering information about her son. He was in the same location for at least one year but the FBI did nothing until it was too late. Her claims that the FBI used all of HER information is stunning.
      Obama has blood all over his hands. He has been asleep at the wheel for six years while ISIS grew from 2000 to 32,000 (or more) over the past 3 years. His entire ME policy (or lack thereof) is criminal neglect (imo)…beginning with the Arab Spring and his support of the MB. He deserves no praise for his latest political stunt – only condemnation for his gross failures.

      • Agree. I worry for the Sotloff mother now. She came out and made a video plea for her son and I am sure she was warned not to. It’ll be interesting to see if she does an interview to lambaste O’s administration for bungling.

  2. OT: General Jack Keane on Fox now speaking well of the new hire:
    Retired John Allen taking on new mission.
    Gen. Keane insisting we need some type of ground troops to defeat ISIS. O is holding back our resources by holding back ground troops..
    Hesitating with a follow though.

  3. Two things which caught my attention this morning while reading the links on the left: Fox called Obama’s political poll-driven response to ISIS as “schlock and awe” and MOTUS asked if the WH couldn’t have chosen a better name for its 9/11 get-moving event than “Kaboom”.

  4. That teacher assigning a Bush v Hitler comparison did not surprise me one bit! The DC schools–even in the “better” neighborhoods– were questionable when my kid was in school–rigid, stupid, ignorant. This was not ignorant, this assignment, it was malicious. In my daughter’s elementary school they did not teach multiplication tables–that’s ARITHMETIC–teach it at home (I did, with flashcards). One time her teacher greeted her back after she had been ill, saying, “We had a better time without you.” Finally, I transferred her to parochial school for 5th through 8th. That had issues, too–but not as bad.