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Published: Sunday, Aug. 10 2014 2:35 p.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, Aug. 10 2014 2:35 p.m. MDT

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cjb
Bountiful, UT

Now I am remembering why I voted for Obama. What a wonderful way to run a war. You don't need to send half the army over to another country and borrow trillions from China to get the job done. .. Drop a few bombs, provide intelligence and then leave it in the hands of the people in that region to fight for their own freedom .. or not.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

I am cheering for the Kurds. In the aftermath of the second Gulf war in 1991 Bush the father hinted that Iraqis should overthrow Saddam Hussein. The Kurds revolted and Saddam Hussein crushed their revolt. The US did nothing. Bush the father was only hinting that the Iraqi military kick out Saddam Hussein, not the Kurds or the Shiites. He didn't want Iraq to disintegrate.

Now, finally, we are helping them. And I do agree with CJB, drop some bombs, arm the Kurds, let them do the job. We shouldn't help Iraqi government until they do something to help themselves, namely, get rid of Maliki. Once they do that I think that the Sunni support of Isis will evaporate. As someone once commented, when Al Qaeda of Saudi Arabia was trying to create a revolution in Saudi Arabia about 10 years ago they failed. No one could quite buy into their vision of utopia. I think that the Sunnis supporting ISIS for now are the same. It is convenient for them because Maliki is oppressive, but once Maliki is out ISIS will be out too.

Brio
Alpine, UT

@ cjb:

I'm also glad Obama is finally doing something. But had he done a month ago what he's trying to do now, the same amount of air-power strikes would've been more effective and the religious minorities most likely would've never been driven into the mountains.

A month or so ago, the ISIS militant group was still crossing into Iraq from Syria. It was completely vulnerable while crossing the desert. Local governments were begging Obama to help them at that time and he chose to wait and did next to nothing.

But better late than never. Earlier definitely would've been better. But I laud Obama for finally taking some action. However, many civilian deaths could've been avoided had we given the same level of support a bit earlier. Obama needs to learn to be more decisive at critical times as Commander and Chief.

But again, I'm happy something is finally being done to help these defenseless religious minorities and I support these latest actions by Obama.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Brio -

"However, many civilian deaths could've been avoided had we given the same level of support a bit earlier. "

Let's get to the ROOT of the problem, shall we Brio?

"many civilian deaths could've been avoided . . . " if Al Gore were elected in 2000 instead of GW.

The twin towers would still be standing, the US would NEVER have waged an unjust war against Iraq, ISIS would NEVER have been armed with BILLIONS of dollars in US weaponry, and yes . . . . "many civilian deaths could've been avoided . . . "

There's a lesson to be learned from all this:

NEVER voter Republican.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Brio -

"However, many civilian deaths could've been avoided had we given the same level of support a bit earlier. "

Let's get to the ROOT of the problem, shall we Brio?

“ . . . many civilian deaths could've been avoided . . . " if Al Gore were elected in 2000 instead of GW.

The twin towers would still be standing, the US would NEVER have waged an unjust war against Iraq, ISIS would NEVER have been armed with BILLIONS of dollars in US weaponry, and yes . . . . "many civilian deaths could've been avoided . . . "

There's a lesson to be learned from all this:

NEVER vote Republican.

Objectified
Richfield, UT

@ GaryO:

Your comment is absolutely nothing but conjecture and speculation. Not a shred of evidence to back up a single contention you've made. None whatsoever.

Just so you know, the original 9/11 attack in NYC was in the planning stage years before Bush was voted in 2000. They were going to try to pull if off regardless of who won the election. Sadly, they did. They were upset with America's way of life, not Bush. It's apparently you who is the one upset with Bush, and for no legitimate reason. From all your past vitiated comments, it's simply because he is a Republican and nothing else.

Based on the fact that 9/11 was being planned long before Bush was elected, it's totally not true that the twin towers would still be standing if Bush wasn't elected. I've seldom read such a ridiculous and moribundly biased statement.
Once again, you've lost a lot of credibility with one of your comments. This particular one is especially nugatory.

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

GaryO
Has our president restored America's love and respect internationally? No, we are leading from behind and have title credibility.
Ms. Clinton is now attacking Obama's vacillation. Perhaps his handlers won't interrupt his vacation at The Vineyard to tell him.
Mr. Gore would have been every bit the disaster Jimmy Carter was but linked with his crony money making schemes. Gore, like Biden, is the best excuse for marking Other on a ballot.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Objectified –

Thanks for reaching out.

“ . . . the original 9/11 attack in NYC was in the planning stage years before Bush was voted in 2000 . . . “

True.

And the Republicans aided Al Qadah by distracting the nation’s attention AWAY from terrorism. Instead, the Republicans focused attention onto a President’s sexual indiscretions, as if that were important.

In the meantime, Al Qadah was busily planning.

In spite of the silly Republican distractions, Bill Clinton, committed to his job, kept this nation safe, and left GW a nation at peace with strong allies, a history of 4 consecutive budget surpluses, and a good economy.

But GW, being the Republican he is . . . DESTROYED it all, starting with national security.

The Bush administration IGNORED the many warnings of terrorist activity reported by the FBI, and instead followed the Reaganesque LAISSEZ FAIRE policy of letting the government run itself.

. . . That of course led directly to 911.

A competent, hands-on Democratic President like Al Gore NEVER would have allowed that to happen.

Tall buildings don’t get knocked down by terrorists when a Dem is in the White House.

THAT is a Republican tradition.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey 4601 –

“Has our president restored America's love and respect internationally? No, we are leading from behind and have title credibility.”

WRONG

Obama is the most popular leader in the World. And the United States is thought of much more highly internationally than when GW was President.

Look it up.

But the US loses credibility under Republican leadership. Just look at world opinion during the GW years compared to Clinton’s and Obama’s administrations.

You need to read something other than Right Wing propaganda.

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