The Silence Would Be Deafening If Obama Tasked Neocons With Finding Solutions In Iraq

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The ISIS terrorists in Iraq have surged and captured Mosul. This has given new life to the neocons who, over the past few years, had to content themselves with inflating the nonsense that is BENGHAZI and criticizing virtually everything else the President has done to affect the foreign soil that lies beyond the Rose Garden.

Pundits say the President has few options with which to deal with the Iraq situation but of course they are not thinking like neocons. Beyond drones, air strikes and a “small” group of boots on the ground (gee, maybe we could call them “advisors”), John McCain has brilliantly suggested that President Obama fire his entire national security team, replacing them with G.W. Bush advisors led by former General David Petraeus who commanded the so called Iraq surge.

The President has another option and I suspect a plurality of Americans would love to see him take it. The President is a busy man so I have taken the liberty of writing a speech which he could deliver to a joint session of Congress. Of course he must add his own touches of soaring rhetoric, but here are the basics.

“I appreciate that you have allowed me to address all of you today. We appear to be facing yet another crisis in the Middle East as the government of Iraq has failed to effectively maintain the peace and the democracy which we attempted to leave with them after an seven year war, three trillion of our taxpayer’s dollars, and most importantly the loss of 4,500 American lives and the transient or permanent injury of more than 32,000 of our fine military women and men.

Since the current crisis came to public attention with the fall of Mosul into the hands of the ISIS branch of al-Qaeda there has been a concerted call from some of you seated in this hall and from the media which supports you that I do something. The Speaker has asked if I was napping while this was occurring, Senators McCain, Graham, and others of their stature and military acumen have called for direct military action.

Listen folks, this isn’t my first rodeo. I know that any move I make in Iraq, Pennsylvania, or my own living room will cause a percentage of you to rush to the microphones to condemn it and a subset to demand my impeachment.

OK, you are so damn smart, this time you figure it out.

Congress holds the power to declare war and House of Representatives the constitutional authority to pay for it. Therefore I am leaving Iraq in your capable hands. Today I will submit a bill authorizing a temporary cabinet position, Secretary of Iraqi Initiatives. I am nominating Senator McCain to serve as its first and hopefully only head and NSA Chief Rice as his deputy.  Not my NSA Chief Rice, your NSA Chief Rice.   Live with it.

This Department will suggest a method for assisting the government of Iraq – providing it still exists a week from now – in returning the country to whatever form of democracy the Department chooses for it, although I do caution that the abolition of Sharia Law may not go over as well in Baghdad as it did in Oklahoma.   When complete, this plan of action will be submitted to Congress for a vote.  If and when you all get your act together and actually pass something I will sign whatever is put on my desk. It will be your plan and I never want to hear another word about my role in it.

However, current Department of Defense funds will not be available to finance it and I will veto any appropriations bill that does not contain what you folks quaintly refer to as a “pay-for.”   Any pay-for must be in the form of new revenue rather than cuts to existing programs. I will leave it to your imagination from where that revenue must be raised in order to get the old Presidential Seal of Approval. Hey hedge fund managers, Walton heirs, and GE – have a nice day.

If our wonderful military is required to carry out your plan I will instruct the SECDEF to commit only units composed entirely of soldiers who volunteer for a new Iraqi gig.   He will also be instructed to turn off Fox News in every military rec room for the duration of the Department of Iraqi Initiative’s recruitment campaign.   I would also suggest that, given the level of funding you guys have authorized for veteran health care, volunteers be advised to arrange for private insurance coverage.

I look forward to reading whatever great ideas you endorse. Have fun you guys.

And God Bless America.”

34 Replies to “The Silence Would Be Deafening If Obama Tasked Neocons With Finding Solutions In Iraq”

  1. While that would be great to hear from the president, I don’t want McCain in charge of anything. I doubt that he can even make the decision to change his Depends by himself.

  2. The stress of actually having to do something other than pontificating on sunday shows might just put mcshame in a nursing home. Perhaps that is where he belongs.

  3. Why McCain? I’d go for Cheney. Then I could buy Haliburton stock and make a ton of money. We have to remember that the neo-cons aren’t about “national interests”, it’s just a way to make money…

  4. These idiots never take responsibility for anything they touch so why would they do this? It would be a stampede to the microphones, dancing dave NBC ,geezers are us Schiffer CBS , and discussing hair care with snuffulopagus on ABC saying the President is not acting like the Commander in Chief and they will sit there and smile and nod in agreement.

  5. As long as you keep the grifter Palin out of Neiman Marcus shopping for boots. We do have a budget for this grand adventure. Oh wait, republicans and budgets what was I thinking.

  6. Ironic isn’t it. Old man Bush brought Bin Laden to lead the Mujahadeen, then the Bush CIA buddies armed and trained Al-CIAda. Now his son has created ISIS, a band of rebels Al-CIAda don’t even claim because they are meaner than them. These were armed and trained by the young dumb one through war. Now they have simply stole the trucks and stuff we left them. When 800 runs off 800 THOUSAND, you know something is up.

  7. While i understand where you are coming from I disagree with your hypothetical approach and your conclusions!
    Sure Republicans will blame Obama for everything that happens unless they can take credit for it!
    If Obama offered McCain the opportunity McCain and his buddies would be thrilled to call up a significant force to show all “how it’s done! They would at whatever price beat back insurgents! Claim Success! Blame Obama for any problems! Appropriate money for war! Then want to leave a residual force and blame Obama Again as problems arise!
    War Hawks find war irresisitable and profitable!
    And blaming Obama for any problems is now their way of life! It’s heads I win tails you lose approach!

  8. Look you will not come on here and try to rewrite history with your lies. Who lied to get us into war? Who fired the experts who knew what they were doing and replace them with other idiots who sole qualification was how they felt about abortion? Who didn’t listen to the generals who told him the force was to small? Who sign the SOFA? You do know what SOFA is don’t you? Who didn’t pay for this misadventure? I give you a hint, it wasn’t President Obama and for you to even place any blame of this fiasco shows you are stupid or racist, Take your pick. And for you to pull that article out to justify your ignorance is hubris in the first degree.

    Have you ever thought that there would be no ISIS if one, we didn’t invade and 2,if bush didn’t install Maliki who went against our advice and purge and persecuted the Sunni’s. But then again reading your post you don’t think.

  9. Why should he listen to you conservatives when everything you said or did have been one big clusterf*ck? I triple dog dare to point to one thing you have done that bettered the country as a whole

  10. We’ll accept Obama taking responsibility for his actions when W and Co. do the same – obviously, that will never happen.

  11. Hey Georgie Troll, explain to us ignorant libs how this President has illegally bypassed Congress – and if it’d not done illegally, then he’s really not bypassing them, is he? Besides, they can’t seem to get the thumb out long enough to accomplish anything for this country (other than shutting down the government, 50+ attempts to repeal a law that 2/3 of the citizens want to keep, trying to send women’s rights back to the 11th century, refusing to do anything about the rampant gun violence, etc.), and if he actually did something illegal they would be all over it like a frog on a grasshopper. I suggest that you go back under your Breitbart bridge and commiserates with those of your own type – after all, you guys are the ones’s again an integrated, multi-cultural society, why would you want to hang out here, other than thinking that you can annoy us with your drivel?

  12. Their only solution is to send in US troops for another senseless combat situation and to “bomb, bomb, bomb…”

    I still say, the war hawks, with every member of their family, should lead the way in the front lines!

  13. The neo-cons and their blood gurgling enablers may be silent but this is the reason why they are pushing for more war

    Five of the six major fields, together representing several million barrels per day of potential output, went to European, Russian and Asian oil companies. It looked as though not much was going to companies from the United States, the country that took the leading role in the war. But read the fine print of those contracts, and companies more familiar to Americans are now poised to benefit handsomely as the oil business picks up in Iraq.
    The oil services companies Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Weatherford International and Schlumberger already won lucrative drilling subcontracts and are likely to bid on many more in one of the world’s richest markets for companies that drill oil wells.

    U.S. Companies Get Slice of Iraq’s Oil Pie
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/business/energy-environment/15iht-srerussia15.html?pagewanted=all?src=tp&_r=1&

    More blood for oil

  14. Now there is a scary thought. These four SUPER HERO”S putting on their super hero uniforms and fighting the war, they have always wanted. Should be a short war! after all, these hero’s, are Hero’s are they not?

  15. Perhaps the congress should put it up for a vote, do we start another war?
    They shouted for a vote on Syria, then they backed off pretty quickly, then they blamed Obama for Syria.
    So I say let them vote on it!

    I think it was Sessions who said yesterday that Veterans care is an entitlement we cannot afford.
    Of course they can always afford war.
    Let us draft their kids and send them.

  16. Please!!! This cowardly bunch of republican idiots don’t have the courage of their convictions. They call themselves defenders of the Constitution, well prove it
    Section. 8.
    To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

    Now maybe if there was a repeal of the ACA maybe just maybe they would take their duties seriously instead of debating who is going to hell

  17. If I could agree with you 15 times over I would. They are amazing and are oxymorons, how could you be for something at the same time you are against it. It would be better for everyone if they were just honest to say we hate PBO b/c he is black and if we could jail all black and brown people then we can get our country back and take our white women back to the days when they did not have a voice, that is the America we miss and want. They need to be honest and that way we could stop arguing about why they are so crazy!! Thank you for your comment.

  18. IF he actually did anything DIFFERENT than your most favorite Prez Bush then you might have a point. And if he did all these horrible things then your people would have BEEN filed impeachment papers, funny though you guys only like talking about it…could the reason be is that you really do not have an impeachable offense?? But repeating it over and over again makes you guys sound mean and tough on a “lawless” administration…Yeah telling lies over and over again starts to sound like the truth. Everything that you claim PBO has done, it is written and on video your Bush did 15 times over. Get right with your history so you would stop looking like a hater of people that do not look like you. Also, check your 401(K), housing value, and stocks and please come back and let us know how horrible he has wrecked the economy. Be honest for once!

  19. Charles Pierce nails it

    The fundamental problem with the American intervention in Iraq always has been the fundamental incoherence of the case its supporters made for it. It was WMD’s. It was rape rooms. It was time for the spring planting of Democracy. It was because Saddam Hussein was behind the attacks of September 11. Mushroom clouds. Aluminum tubes. It was time to free the Kurds. That incoherence is why the case was made in such a mendacious fashion. It was the lies that held all the various brands of bullshit together.
    Please read it in its entirety
    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Past_Is_Shooting_At_The_Present

  20. Soo sorry but my memory might be fuzzy but no one knew who B.O. was before 2007?? The war started when?? Oh yeah that math is a funny thing, almost like the funny math GOP like to use when is comes to budgets and the economy. The war was years in when POTUS came to town, so how in the world would he take responsibility for something he did not do and voted against. But the funny thing is not even the credit for the reasons for the war you will give him…Bin Laden, but I am sure you want to give Bush credit for that even though he was painting cats at that time, right? Just say why you don’t like him and stop attempting to rewrite history…we were all there.

  21. The Iraqi government has been the functional equivalent of a spinning plate atop a broomstick. Unless someone was there 24/7 to keep it stable, its toppling was inevitable.

    The Bush/Cheney administration foolishly believed that the American public would favor an indefinite military presence by the U.S. to maintain the government’s stability.

  22. The “smart” Republicans (and I use that term loosely, knowing that it is oxymoronic) know that impeachment, at this point is not an option – first, they have no legitimate claim to make as to any offense, because he hasn’t broken any laws or violated the Constitution; second, any clown show, overblown Issa-style kangaroo court impeachment attempt would only bring Democrat voters out in droves in November. But then, again, these guys show a remarkable capacity for stepping on their cranks with golf shoes and not learning from it – they must enjoy the pain.

  23. Thoughts of Cheney always bring on thoughts of him behind bars or at the end of a rope as a traitor. Only one more item, he should not be there alone.

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