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Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid to Help Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say
NY Slimes ^ | 8/7/2014 | Helene Cooper

Posted on 08/07/2014 9:42:50 AM PDT by mojito

President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountaintop after death threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said on Thursday.

The president, in meetings with his national security team at the White House on Thursday morning, has been weighing a series of options ranging from dropping humanitarian supplies on Mount Sinjar to military strikes on the fighters from ISIS now at the base of the mountain, a senior administration official said.

“There could be a humanitarian catastrophe there,” a second administration official said, adding that a decision from Mr. Obama was expected “imminently — this could be a fast-moving train.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; iraq; isis; kurdistan; obama; yazidis
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1 posted on 08/07/2014 9:42:50 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito
Looks like the recent WaPo story about the Yazidis caused some people in the WH to notice.
2 posted on 08/07/2014 9:44:30 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

“There could be a humanitarian catastrophe there,” a second administration official said, adding that a decision from Mr. Obama was expected “imminently — this could be a fast-moving train.”

there COULD be??? good grief there already IS!!!


3 posted on 08/07/2014 9:45:02 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: mojito

By the time he gets around to it, they’ll all be dead.

But, at least he can say he considered doing something, and only a racist would dare to question his sincerity.


4 posted on 08/07/2014 9:45:20 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: mojito

Putin should one up him and do it in the next 5 mins.


5 posted on 08/07/2014 9:47:40 AM PDT by McGruff (How's that Hopey Changey Thingy workin out for ya?)
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To: mojito

Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid.

Last ‘aid’ that they were ‘sent’ got appropriated by ISIS.


6 posted on 08/07/2014 9:48:08 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: mojito
“There could be a humanitarian catastrophe there,” a second administration official said, adding that a decision from Mr. Obama was expected “imminently — this could be a fast-moving train.”

And if there's one thing this administration is an expert in it's catastrophes.

7 posted on 08/07/2014 9:48:58 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: mojito

Don’t hold your breath!


8 posted on 08/07/2014 9:49:36 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: mojito

Obama’s and the “rebels” ‘children’ are the terrorists.
Obama will stall as the innocent are raped, murdered
and enslaved.

Are Americans ashamed, yet?


9 posted on 08/07/2014 9:49:59 AM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: wyowolf
“There could be a humanitarian catastrophe there,”

If it's anything like his previous 'interventions' the airstrikes will hit the trapped Iraqi's and the 'aid' will be picked up by ISIS as it lands in the foothills.

10 posted on 08/07/2014 9:50:40 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Diogenesis

Are Americans ashamed, yet?

I am Ashamed the American Voters voted in this. ID I OT!!!


11 posted on 08/07/2014 9:51:40 AM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: mojito

Sorry Yazidis but 0bama has some golf rounds and fundraisers to attend to first.


12 posted on 08/07/2014 9:54:27 AM PDT by A message
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To: mojito

Could be? Could be?

A real President would have already either announced they could do nothing, or would have announced they had already launched an attack last night.

Obama has no idea how to make a decision, so he is always “thinking” about it, and then gets the newspapers to publish how hard he is thinking about it, so he can get credit for caring and thinking even if he has no idea how to act.


13 posted on 08/07/2014 9:54:28 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: tcrlaf

only a racist would dare to question his sincerity

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Only Obama could get away with characterizing terrorism as acting “extraordinarily irresponsibly” as he did at yesterday’s presser. Nobody dare questions him about that. That would be racist. /sarc


14 posted on 08/07/2014 9:55:06 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: DoodleDawg

And if there’s one thing this administration is an expert in it’s catastrophes.

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They are also experts in playing the blame game. He’s always blaming someone or something else for his failures. That’s his first instinct: fabricate an excuse and lay the blame somewhere else.


15 posted on 08/07/2014 9:58:26 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: CharlesWayneCT
A real President would have already

A real president wouldn't have leaked what he might do to the NYSlimes, he'd have just done it, and told the presstitutes later.

16 posted on 08/07/2014 9:58:32 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

Isn’t this interesting.

The NYT said nothing about WHAT “religious minority” is stranded on Mt. Sinjar.

They are Yazidis — a religion with Zoroastrian roots.

I’m all for helping them avoid genocide at the hands of Satan and his moongod worshippers.

BUT WHY DOESN’T THE NYT OR OBAMA GET EXCITED WHEN **CHRISTIANS** ARE MARTYRED BY THE THOUSAND???

And why does the NYT downplay their religious beliefs, to the point of not mentioning them by name? So we’ll *think* (incorrectly!) that Obama is helping Christians or Jews?


17 posted on 08/07/2014 9:58:59 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Nervous Tick
Terrible story today about ISIS attacks against Christian towns:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/iraqi-militants-seize-christian-villages-1407404503

And all the NYSlimes cares about is that they get to play the WH insider, that's what really makes these pressitutes cream their jeans. They could care less about about the people under threat of these ISIS monsters as long as they get to be Barry's favorite.

18 posted on 08/07/2014 10:02:54 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: A message

He’ll get to it as soon as he returns from Martha’s Vineyard. By then, it won’t be a problem.


19 posted on 08/07/2014 10:03:14 AM PDT by cyclotic (America's premier outdoor adventure association for boys-traillifeusa.com d)
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To: mojito

Perhaps they could get Jen Pski or Maria Harf to hashtag #HOPE

That should solve the Crisis.


20 posted on 08/07/2014 10:07:44 AM PDT by VRWCarea51 (The original 1998 version)
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To: VRWCarea51
Perhaps they could get Jen Pski or Maria Harf to hashtag #HOPE

I'm betting the WH pulls out the big guns and lets Michelle have a crack at this. The effect will be devastating.

21 posted on 08/07/2014 10:11:42 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

He has a real problem if he cannot decide whether to conduct airstrikes or food drops on these people... In all likelihood, BHO would prefer to bomb them.


22 posted on 08/07/2014 10:14:52 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: mojito

Since he is decimating the military we must have a boatload of MRE’s surplus. Airdrop them in instead. What a doofus.


23 posted on 08/07/2014 10:15:21 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: mojito

So Obama considers helping the muslim Kurds but nothing for the Iraqi Christians being murdered and expunged from Iraq by ISIS?


24 posted on 08/07/2014 10:16:02 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: mojito

Actually, they are talking about sending humanitarian aid.

Food won’t do these people much good if they are dead.


25 posted on 08/07/2014 10:17:40 AM PDT by dforest
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To: mojito
considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine...

The Pea brained egit can't manage more than one thing at a time then.!

26 posted on 08/07/2014 10:20:20 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. Doggies Rock.)
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To: McGruff

If that were to happen Putin would become the great historical hero among Christians and Muslims as well.


27 posted on 08/07/2014 10:20:38 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: dforest

Food won’t do these people much good if they are dead.

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A fact sure to be unmentioned in the MSM.


28 posted on 08/07/2014 10:20:53 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: mojito

My God what a worthless P.O.S. this president is.


29 posted on 08/07/2014 10:21:47 AM PDT by keat
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To: Starboard

They are prepared to drop food but Michelle is reviewing the menu choices.


30 posted on 08/07/2014 10:24:29 AM PDT by keat
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To: DCBryan1

Ah, but if you’re the president and your regime is sinking fast there’s but one thing to do — bomb something ... anything ... to deflect attention!


31 posted on 08/07/2014 10:27:13 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: keat

LOL. She had better get that done fast; the plane is leaving for Martha’s Vinyard shortly.


32 posted on 08/07/2014 10:31:00 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: glennaro

bomb something ... anything ... to deflect attention!

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And then immediately head off on vacation. There’s lots of golf to be played.


33 posted on 08/07/2014 10:32:39 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: mojito

Gee, many of these ISIS terrorists came from and have been primarily assisted by Syria and the almost open border with Iraq.
What a supreme irony that Obama just loves open borders...


34 posted on 08/07/2014 10:45:08 AM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: TexasCajun

Precisely.
Obama must favor Muslims over Christians, but we already knew that.


35 posted on 08/07/2014 10:46:51 AM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: mojito

Yes...these are trial balloons to make sure he has political support.

He’s not man enough to stick his neck out and do what’s right.


36 posted on 08/07/2014 10:47:26 AM PDT by what's up
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To: mojito

Hard to help “bitter clingers”...


37 posted on 08/07/2014 10:58:14 AM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: mojito

I suggest we arm the Kurds heavily and support an independent Kurdistan. It’s way past time that they have their own state. Create safe passage corridors for civilians and allow the warring Shiites and Sunnis to fight it out, because that’s evidently what they want.


38 posted on 08/07/2014 11:14:23 AM PDT by mandaladon (To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful an)
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39 posted on 08/07/2014 11:18:13 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: what's up

Hard to choose what’s right when you were never taught right from wrong. Doubly hard when surrounded by sycophants who do nothing but gush about how your ideas are so smart.


40 posted on 08/07/2014 11:24:17 AM PDT by ken in texas
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To: mojito

You better hope there’s never a Nuclear Attack on the US ,while Obama is in power


41 posted on 08/07/2014 11:40:32 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: mojito

Another trial balloon Jarrett sent out to gauge the amount of ‘outrage’ and from which quarter.

24 hrs later, WH will have its response.


42 posted on 08/07/2014 11:44:43 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: ken in texas

>>> Hard to choose what’s right when you were never taught right from wrong.

I don’t doubt Obama was taught right from wrong, if you ever believe his claiming to be a Christian.

It’s just that his goal is different from all previous American leaders.


43 posted on 08/07/2014 11:52:46 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: moose07

When did you catch the Grand Kenyan actually managing one thing? I must have nodded off.


44 posted on 08/07/2014 12:17:54 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: mojito
I will side with............

The sweetest sound....

45 posted on 08/07/2014 12:19:11 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: cherokee1

Nope, you’ve been wide awake the whole time. :)


46 posted on 08/07/2014 12:53:45 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. Doggies Rock.)
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To: Diogenesis

This should have been done five days ago. Reagan would have acted—Bush would have, even Clinton would have moved—Obama has a fundraiser to go to and golf——We got rolled when he was elected to a second term.


47 posted on 08/07/2014 12:54:31 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll Onward! Ride to the sound of the guns!)
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To: wyowolf

“there COULD be??? good grief there already IS!!!”

Indeed, its horrific you listen to this administration and its like their 6 months behind the times.

Christians are being marked for death by ISIS who is carrying out a genocidal campaign across Iraq and Syria.

Air power doesn’t risk much or even promises long term involvement. But could still make a world of difference.


48 posted on 08/07/2014 3:41:42 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: molson209

I think the one thing Obama has going for him is it will probably take more time than he has left in office for the Terrorist to carry out such a complicated attack on us.


49 posted on 08/07/2014 3:51:13 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Nervous Tick

Yazidi are devil worshippers. Like most Luciferians, they don’t believe their angel is “evil” but one of light.


50 posted on 08/07/2014 6:20:19 PM PDT by TheBigJ
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