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White House: U.S. “Not Responsible” for Iraq Security Situation

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Thursday ruled out ground troops in Iraq, saying the United States is not responsible for the security situation in the country. The blunt statement relinquishing responsibility comes as pressure grows for President Obama to step up the U.S. commitment to the country in the wake of the spectacular loss to ISIS – or ISIL… Continue Reading

White House Excuse for Ramadi Defeat: Lack of Diversity

No, really. You’re not misreading the headline. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Tuesday exculpated Obama’s Iraq strategy and instead blamed Iraqi leaders’ failure to integrate their armed forces for the dramatic loss of Ramadi to ISIS. Earnest said: What we have indicated all along is that it will require a multi-sectarian force to succeed… Continue Reading

White House Blames Bush for ISIS

This is one from last week, which everyone missed. It’s an exchange in the White House briefing room between a reporter and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: Q  Jeb Bush said yesterday that “ISIS didn’t exist when my brother was President.” He has a point, doesn’t he? MR. EARNEST: No, I don’t think that he… Continue Reading

Why No Presidential Statement on Garland?

More than a week after an attempted terrorism attack in Garland, Texas that could have killed dozens of citizens had it succeeded, there has been no statement of condemnation from the president. What exactly does this lack of seriousness about the attack say to those planning future assaults against U.S. targets and free speech? The… Continue Reading

Even Bob Schieffer Can’t Believe Obama’s ISIS Response

CBS’ Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer has seen a lot. And he’s no war hawk or cheerleader for the Republicans. But he seems pretty flummoxed at the casual attitude of President Obama toward ISIS: We have another American hostage killed, and the president goes off to California to do a fundraiser and some other stuff, and the… Continue Reading

ISIS Agrees to Three-Year War

ISIS commanders today announced that they had agreed to President Obama’s time limit of three years for the war between the Islamic state and the United States and its allies. “We think three years is enough time to decide who’s best,” an ISIS spokesman said today. “There is much wisdom to Obama’s approach. It’s kind of like… Continue Reading

Thanks, but No Thanks, for the AUMF

Updated February 12, at 10:25 am ET Republicans must immediately reject President Obama’s proposed authorization for the use of military force against ISIS,  because that’s not even really what it is. Obama already believes he has the power under current law to wage war against ISIS. What he wants is for Congress to sign onto… Continue Reading

Obama Adds Another 1,500 Troops to Iraq

President Obama will send another 1,500 troops to Iraq, roughly doubling the number of servicemen and women sent to the country to fight the ISIS uprising. Obama will request $5.6 billion from Congress to conduct operations against ISIS. Congress is likely to approve the funding, but growing questions will certainly be raised about the administration’s… Continue Reading

Ex-NATO Commander: Up to 15,000 Ground Troops Needed

Retired Admiral James Stavridis, who served under President Obama as  NATO Supreme Commander, indicated this morning that 10,000-15,000 U.S. ground troops will be necessary to defeat ISIS. Stavridis, who is now dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. He said: This is not good news, but we’re going to need… Continue Reading