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Orwellian White House Iraq Spin

Sometimes there is just your normal, everyday spin at the White House. And sometimes, things become truly Orwellian.

That was the case Thursday when White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest tried to claim that the decision to increase U.S. forces in Iraq by up to 450 troops and to begin basing forces at another air base was reflective of the success of President Obama’s strategy.

That’s right. Success. We are sending in the reinforcements because of SUCCESS.

This is right up there in a league with We had to destroy the village to save it.

Earnest said the increase in trainers had been under consideration for some time, even before the fall of Ramadi. Ergo . . . this is not a response to catastrophe.

So why the decision now? Oh, because “The specific request that was received from Prime Minister Abadi did not come until after the fall of Ramadi.”

So we are to believe that the president and his team, rather than lighting a fire under Abadi’s ass prior to the fall of Ramadi, were hanging around the West Wing saying, Gosh, I hope he asks for these new troops. What’s taking the dude do long?? Does anyone have Abadi’s email?

And then, there was this from Earnest:

What we want to do is we want to apply the lessons learned in those areas where we’ve made progress, and apply them in areas where we’ve experienced some setback. And expanding our capacity to offer advice and assistance, and increase training not just to Iraqi security forces, but also to Sunni tribal fighters in Anbar, reflects the successful implementation of the strategy.

We know that, in other places, that has been successful in improving the performance of the Iraqis on the battlefield as they take the fight to ISIL in their own country. So that’s why we’re applying it in Anbar Province.

Don’t you see? The president strategy is a success! Now that we know it’s a success, we can expand it. This has nothing to do with a year of no serious progress against ISIS.

This reasoning must presuppose that the White House was planning all along to add more troops to Iraq once it knew what worked. Which, of course, defies belief, given how Obama has been dragged kicking and screaming into this.

So when if you hear in a few months that we’re sending another 1,000 troops to Iraq, rest assured: It just means things are going great!!

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26 Responses to Orwellian White House Iraq Spin

  1. Putting aside the obvious incredulity that everyone will express on this statement, I ask the following: Where on this planet do people learn to spin like this? What correspondence school teaches people to bend, twist, fabricate in such a way that it convinces others that the words spoken are factual?

    It must be SOS University: Snake Oil Sales U.


    • There is an old axiom which we can apply here. The more disordered, crazed and incoherent a government becomes, the louder and faster the spin cycle and the lies coming from its leadership becomes. It’s been true throughout history.

  2. Of the 450, between 50 and 110 are actually trainers (both numbers are bandied about). Ought to do the trick–whatever the trick is at this pt. Of course, they will spin, what else do they have but words?

  3. This President’s resolve towards any issue is, at best, flimsy. No Boots On The Ground, End All Wars, Win The Future are just slogans to be fed to the lo-infos who are still debating if a man can really be a woman if he doesn’t remove the tree and berries.
    Spin, lie, confuse, then lie again is the hidden motto of the Obama administration.

  4. What other airbase? see quote
    “and to begin basing forces at another air base was reflective of the success of President Obama’s strategy.”

    Will we have to “win” back the airbase that we vacated?


  5. There are actually THREE trade deals involved in the votes today. For only for one can Congressmen read any of the text. The Trade Authority (TPA) would fast-track at least three highly secretive trade deals—specifically the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)—and potentially more deals.

    Right now, the TiSA and T-TIP text are completely secret and unavailable for even members of Congress to read while TPP text is available for members to review in the basement under guard.

    In the two bills being kept totally secret, what members do not realize is that; they are voting to change the rules of the House & Senate too.

    • “Tell me what brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.” Abraham Lincoln

      We need a President who appreciates a Grant and will give Grant whatever he wants to do the job right.

    • Next time, pull out this pithy Tolkien quote: “Not all who wander are lost.” Hey, the Administration should try this quote in explanation for its seeming lack of strategery.

      • Yes, what IS the Obama Doctrine on anything? Depends on the day of the week, who gives the most money at fund raisers, which Obama rump swab does the best job, what Obama’s horoscope tells him to do.