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The Obama Morning News || October 29, 2014

Former officials: Obama did nothing to stop ISIS . . .  President Obama’s former ambassador to Iraq says in a new interview that his administration “did almost nothing” in response to intelligence warnings earlier this year that Islamic State radicals were gaining ground in Iraq and threatening the country’s stability.

“The administration not only was warned by everybody back in January, it actually announced that it was going to intensify support against ISIS with the Iraqi armed forces. And it did almost nothing,” says James Jeffrey, who served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq between 2010 and 2012, in “Frontline’s” “The Rise of ISIS,” which airs on PBS Tuesday night (check local listings) and is previewed here exclusively on Yahoo News.

Jeffrey is one of a number of ex-administration officials who appear in the film and sharply criticize the decisions of the president they once served. Yahoo News

Israeli Prime Minister Chickenshit? . . . The Obama administration’s anger is “red-hot” over Israel’s settlement policies, and the Netanyahu government openly expresses contempt for Obama’s understanding of the Middle East. Profound changes in the relationship may be coming.  “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” a senior Obama administration official said. The Atlantic

Obama to bring foreign Ebola patients here? . . . House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) says he has evidence that the Obama administration is preparing to bring Ebola patients from West Africa to the United States for treatment, a policy change he opposes because of the increased risk it poses to U.S. health care workers. The Blaze

Immigration recommendations in final stages . . . Justice Department and Homeland Security officials are sending to the White House their final recommendations on what immigration executive actions should look like. officials are considering what length of time an undocumented immigrant needs to have been a resident to receive protections. If the administration requires proof of 10 years of residency, a far smaller group of people would be affected by the actions than if five years is the standard. Similarly, it is still unclear whether the parents of young undocumented immigrants — or DREAMers — protected by the 2012 executive action will fall under the new actions. Buzzfeed

Joint Chiefs back 21-day quarantine . . . Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is expected to accept a recommendation by Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to quarantine for 21 days all U.S. troops returning from Ebola-stricken countries, The New York Times reported. Newsmax

Security upped at federal buildings . . . The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday it has increased security at federal buildings across the country, citing terror threats and recent attacks in Canada and elsewhere. Fox News

Palin: I hope to run again for office . . . Sarah Palin opened the door for another run for public office, railing against liberals who, she says, would like to keep her on the political sidelines. Palin was asked whether harsh criticism of her had driven her away from politics. “Bless their hearts, those haters out there, they don’t understand that it invigorates me,” she responded. “It wants me to get out there and defend the innocent. [T]he more they’re pouring on, the more I’m going to bug the crap out of them by being out there with a voice, with a message, hopefully running for office in the future, too,” Palin added. Politico

65 thoughts on “The Obama Morning News || October 29, 2014”

  1. If you have been following Power Line’s dogged pursuit of this rumor over the last week, we now know that the Obama White House was hacked by a foreign power and only became aware of it when a USA ally informed us:

    Why was nobody else pursuing this story? Could it be because of the very inconvenient timing right before an election? Or are we just so scandal-weary and incompetence-inured that new outrages just do not register?

    As Joe Biden would say, this is a Big Effin Deal

    1. It’s a huge ‘effin deal’, DB!!! The Powerline story is a MUST READ. The WH has now admitted to WaPo that it was the Russians who hacked EOP computers. Co-incidentally, the State Dept. computers were also down the week before. Of course the administration is claiming that no classified documents were breached, lol.

      Unless this was an inside job by Obama operatives to delete six years worth of incriminating evidence and pass it off as a cyber attack, we are in a heap of trouble. I just don’t think they are that smart, considering the Obamacare website fiasco.

      Putin must be gloating! When will the leaks begin?

  2. I take back every kind or understanding word I’ve written about Kaci Hickox. In a just world, her passport would be revoked, and a cop would be posted at her front door in order to ensure she remains in isolation for the next three weeks.

    1. I mentioned on the last thread, that her boyfriend is now with her.
      So now Maine has to be concerned with him as well.
      She is in the medical field. I would think that would be the last person who would want to argue about the health of herself, and any othe American citizen.

      1. From what an article I posted the other day quoted about him, I was sure that she and her boyfriend would hook up.

        She and Dr. Craig Spencer are the most irresponsible idiots I’ve seen in a long, long time.

      2. What is wrong with these people? Three weeks in isolation is an inconvenience, but it’s not the end of the world. My only question is where are the thousands of health workers supposed to go for confinement when they return from W. Africa??? The tent thing is inhuman! The govt. should be responsible for housing and monitoring everyone returning from hot zones.

        1. I agree the Tent issue was pathetic. From reports of the last couple of weeks there are only a numbered amount of beds to help anyone IF they should get this horrific illness. The point about the large number is a great point. They should have been discussing this weeks ago.

          1. According to reports, we only have 13 beds in the entire country to care for ebola victims….and the idiot in the WH wants to give these beds to non-citizens from W. Africa!
            I predicted this would happen. His peeps come first!

          2. As Christie pointed out–the tent was inside a hospital, sometimes when you are in the hosp they give you those commode dealies, he said she had carryout from the best places in NJ–she was fine! Greg Gutfeld said give them plenty of Hot Pockets. I don’t care if they get caviar on our dime or triple pay. People who volunteer for this work aren’t going to be put off by three weeks to compress while protecting their families from contagion. That is the part I don’t get–why are they so eager to go home or to fiances etc when there is even a sliver of a chance off infecting these loved ones?Nothing makes sense–the whole bit about soldiers can be quarantined though they are not near sick people because soldiers can be bossed around is so stupid it makes my teeth grow hair. Only isolating people who got a needlestick is also stupid–of COURSE they would be. I am completely disgusted by all this!

    2. Someone needs to do some internet sleuthing about this woman.
      I have not read much since her first 15 minutes of fame.
      Is she a bone fide registered nurse? Where did she attend school? Has anyone spoken with her family? What are their thoughts? Specifically why does she believe self imposed isolation is not necessary? How long was she in Africa and how much exposure did she receive?
      I believe she is a plant to support some misguided effort to ensure sympathy for those stricken and I believe the plot backfired.
      When ValJar is not 100%, the misfits are exposed.

      1. She’s the real deal.

        She worked as an ER nurse from 2004-2005, and then got a degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She’s also been trained at Johns Hopkins University. She started working with Doctors Without Borders in 2007 in Myanmar.

        After that, she worked in the Darfur region of the Sudan. In 2010, she worked in Nigeria to combat measles and lead poisoning, and in Uganda to deal with yellow fever. And, she’s been a Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellow with the CDC for two years.

        1. I really don’t care if she is Mother Theresa she doesn’t have the right to test her theories of disease and contamination on innocent American people.

    3. I don’t remember if it was someone here or elsewhere who called her the new Sandra Fluke. Obama will be hugging her pretty soon. BTW, 80% of us want quarantines.

  3. Regarding the security of buildings. That should have been done last week. Why? After seeing what happened to our dear neighbors in Canada, I would have put a security alert on our buildings, just to be sure. If nothing else,

  4. OT: Isis lines up, executes THIRTY men outside of Baghdad. This was just stated on Fox. (Under World news)
    I will search for the show that will be shown on PBS.
    The bottom line is yes he ignored it. The whole world watched what was going on.

  5. I read somewhere that the official who called Natanyahu chickensh*t was Ben Rhodes, a man woefully ill equipped to be in any administration but tailor made for this one.

    1. If the story is true, the person who said it should be publicly identified and discredited. End of story. Is this the same Rhodes who is related to one of the network kahunas?

      1. Yep…..His brother is David Rhodes, president of CBS News. And we know for sure they aren’t in collusion to promote Obama’s agenda. Couldn’t possibly happen. Like, that would violate journalism ethics and all that stuff.

          1. Yea, he always looks as though he were about two dance steps from letting his inner fraternity brother behavior loose in the public arena. I bet he’s a joy to work with. Yeeks.

    2. While we’re on the subject of lil brother Ben: Blog pimp alert:

      Did White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, use his brother David’s position as president of CBS News to push the false “it was the video” excuse within hours of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi?

      It would certainly explain how barely six hours after the second attack had ended that the website had a story placing blame for the Cairo embassy demonstration and Benghazi attack as:

      “Both incidents were sparked by hardline Muslims protesting a film made in the U.S. which insults the Muslim prophet Muhammad.”

      – See more at:

  6. I want to know who made the comment about Netanyahu.
    Netanyahu may not make a comment regarding this, if he does and whoever sees it first, please post his comment.

      1. Thanks for the clip.Worth the read!
        I just heard former ambassodor, Dan Gillerman on Fox.
        He stated, The comment was Shameful, Abusive, and Counterproductive.

  7. Both of the regularly appearing women lawyers on O’Reilly last night said that it was possible to sue the government for negligence with likely success on both the Ebola and borders issues. The Ebola case would be if a US civilian with no connection to working with Ebola contracted it from someone with the disease here in the US. The borders case specifically referred to the shooting deaths of the two policemen in California by an illegal with a criminal record who was set free twice by the government.

  8. And we do not need to bring African patients here–again, go see that 60 Minutes segment–please! There are few places that can care for this disease. This just makes spread more likely. The president likes to say he goes by science–he is not sciency that I have noticed and certainly not in this respect.

  9. I notice Sarah is trying to gin up controversy again and no one here is buying. Let her “bug the crap” o ut of anyone she wants. Charming, what? I used to admire her–now, three reality shows, bar fights, resignations, etc, she can’t count on me to defend her, that’s for sure.

  10. Here’s a little context to the Kaci Hickox story, and a link today’s Portland Press Herald story about the mess up there

    1. Ft Kent’s population is about 4,000+/-.
    2. It is truly remote, on the Maine/New Brunswick border, right on the John John River.
    3. Most of the people living there are of Quebecois/Acadian ancestry, and French is routinely spoken, even to this day.
    4. There is almost no crime, and life is centered on extended family, church (most are Roman Catholic). It is an outdoor paradise, fishing, snowmobiling, hunting, etc.
    5. The community is tight, with the small town atmosphere of the 1950’s. People watch out for each other and anything gone awry in the community is noticed immediately.
    6. There’s a small but very good hospital, and a branch of the University of Maine.

    So now arrives Kaci Hickcox and the rabid pack of national media and her lawyers in her wake. I called one of my cousins living in Ft Kent this morning and asked him how it was going. Summarizing his answer: “People are ticked off, angry that she (Kaci) is doing this to Ft. Kent. Everybody’s talking about it. Why didn’t she do the right thing? Why is she here now?”

    So currently there’s a huge uproar in Augusta, the capital, about how to handle this. Gov. LaPage is threatening legal action if Kaci doesn’t go into isolation. The libs are generally supporting Kaci and against LePage (which they would be no matter what approach he takes to the issue).

    Anyway….here’s today’s news story.

    1. I do appreciate the clip. I feel bad for the citizens there now having the world looking upon their fine city.
      I took note of this in the article:
      “Non-congregate activites” like jogging in a park, as long as they maintain a 3-foot distance from others, the Fed. Guidlines say.
      Boy do I feel better! sarc

          1. Yes, that’s the day the virus croaks–not the 20th or 22d day. You know the precise moment it’s occurring because you can hear a low, collective moan coming from millions of the little bugs giving up the ghost all at once. It’s a spine chilling sound, heard just after the sun sets on the 21st day. That’s when you know it’s OK to come out of your plastic tent. ;+}

          1. There are two of them living under the Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson River, and another one lives in the mountains of Peru. Where the other three are located now, I don’t know.

  11. The word of the day is “Chicken Shit”. I’ll hazard a guess and say you all have read the Jeffrey Goldberg article at The Atlantic and to no one’s surprise, Netanyahu was called a coward, too. While some may focus on the ‘fowl’ language, it’s all about boosting Iran’s standing and centrifuges. And on that note… Obama can go “fuge” himself!

    1. On Weasel Zippers earlier I srolled down and they had a picture of Netanyahu at a younger age, standing proud with army (things) hanging from his shoulders.
      Next to that picture, o at a younger age, with a cigarette inbetween his fingers.
      Title stated: Who’s The Chicken*^*^?

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