House, Senate intel chiefs press White House to take action against Islamic militants

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  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    "when even liberals demanded the White House to take action against terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan? "

    Liberals were not demanding action in Iraq based on 9-11. The ones that voted on it based on WMDs and things like that turned on Bush when they realized they were lied to about the intelligence claims.

    As for Senator Feinstein... it's Congress's job to declare war and ideally they should be the ones authorizing use of force. Don't blame Obama for your own dereliction of duty especially when we have a House that wants to sue the president whenever he does something on his own.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 2:06 p.m.

    So then you are going to pretend interventions post did not happen and that no one else can see them? Care to try again? What exactly do you think we should do given the history of our conflict as laid out by intervention?

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    For the critics: There is no way to stabilize the region unless you want to colonize these countries. Look at history. Vietnam tossed the French out, we left when we realized they will just wait us out. The Soviets went into Afghanistan and after a decade left their non winnable war and created the Talaban and Al Qaida. We went looking for BinLaden in a big way more to topple the Taliban than kill Bin Laden and now dealing with tribal wars. We're there how long? Kids born on 9/11 /01 will soon be in the fight. Iraq was stable under Sadam but we wanted oil, not find weapons of mass destruction. We should have taken Iraq leader and dealt with him like we did with Diem in Vietnam.
    Bear Fox was tricked into fighting a tar baby and bear Rabbit hopped of.
    If we must do this, build a European coalition. Stop being the worlds cop. Iraq had all of the of success and blew it. No more do overs. You can not build a Nation of Democracy with people stuck in the 12th century.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 1:29 p.m.


    ISIS has been around for at least a year. Other lefties say they have been around longer than that. how long does BO need? Thank heaven he was not in the WH in 2001 or 1941.

    You mean Feistein is a war monger? When Feistein and other lefties say something needs to be done, that we need a decision made, it is not just war mongering.

    Are you really trying to make excuses for BO, or are you just taking pot shots at the right (as well as at dems on both the house and senate intelligence committees)?

    don't expect any action out of BO unless it is to vilify the political opposition and scold severely

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Sept. 1, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    First liberals were for the war on terrorists and willing to spend the money and send our kids to war as most of them voted for it (including Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein), then they were vehemently against it, pretending it was all GWB's "evil, unjust invasion" war even protested the very wars they approved! And now they are all for it again? Liberals make very poor Generals and Admirals!

  • intervention slc, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    I supported Bushes decision to fight the terrorist I thought his choice to start a second war with Iraq was a mistake. In hind sight I still think it was a mistake but I also think he did what he thought was right and I don't think in the end we would be any closer to defeating terrorist. So the question remains, what do

  • intervention slc, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    "Without offering specifics on any threats or suggestions how to confront them" the second part of that sentence is key, no suggestion on how to confront them" We as an entire country right and left have no idea what our position should be when it comes to the use of force. Following two brutal wars we all have seen the useless brutality of trying to use conventional military force to confront terrorist (not to mention watching isreal fail to contain terrorist for decades using military force). We tried taking on sovereign nations, we have tried torture, we have tried extending an olive branch, we have tried (Without offering specifics on any threats or suggestions how to confront themand continue to try) bombing specific terrorist targets and nothing seems to be working, so what do we do? It easy to sit back and take shots at the president it's a lot tougher to actually find solutions.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:48 a.m.

    IS Mr. Obama soft on ISIS? He seems more interested in adding red tape and higher taxes.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 9:36 a.m.

    Wow the war mongers are out in full force. A sound, prudent strategy that take a little more time is much better than a knee jerk reaction that turns out to be ill-informed and tragic.
    It was only a year ago that BO wanted to take action against Assad and Syria and the conservatives in Congress were reluctant to even vote on the action put before them. The last people I'm going to defer judgement to are the ones telling me to send my children to war and to borrow a few more billion to pay for it.

  • boneheaded, but not a smidgen SLC, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    It really says something when left of lefties are telling barry to do something. Indecision is what we've come to expect from this guy. Pathetic!

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:40 a.m.

    The murder of an American in the most gruesome manner,the genocide ofi
    Christians in Iraq and Obama has no policy. The lack of leadership and
    frankly incompetence has left thousands massacred in Iraq and many
    Of our allies wondering if they can trust us. This a foreign policy disaster.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 4:02 a.m.

    I think the Intel chiefs should begin their quest and demands right here in the USA by labeling the ACLU, NAACP, White house staff, La Raza, and mexican nationals who cross our borders as terrorist so we can kill them as they invade this country.

    As long as we are the target of terrorism we must begin at the roots and remove the threats and militants already in this country and plug the hole they are pouring through, the Rio Grande. What good does it do to send our troops infiltrated by the enemy terrorist with our weapons and war supplies to bring back and use against us?

    The legislators must first acknowledge that they are already here and wandering off across the oceans is just playing into their hands.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 11:04 p.m.

    Obama has shown time and time again that he will never take any type of action on any matter unless his senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, and his wife, Michelle, both sign-off on the matter first. That's exactly why he almost always has such a difficult time making a decision on almost all matters. He is simply not his own man, but sadly, actually more of a puppet.

    Both political parties are now concurring on this matter. It's not a one party political opinion. He needs to finally start acting like the Commander and Chief he was elected to be and quit dill-dallying around on such an important national security matter. On both this ISIS matter and on our southern border debacle.

    Mr President... we're still waiting!

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2014 9:43 p.m.

    How could this be happening when Dear Leader proclaimed success?

    "...we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people." President Obama, Dec. 14, 2011.

    Blaming Bush in 3...2...1...

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 31, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    Seems things have come full circle. Remember back to 9-11 when even liberals demanded the White House to take action against terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan? Then when GWB did take actions, they turned on him! How ironic it is that today, even liberals want Obama to take action in exactly the same places as before! It must be very confusing to be a liberal!