Republicans Pretend to Support President Obama While Undermining Him on Iraq

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Breaking news. Not every single Republican elected to office took to the TV to decry President Obama last night or this morning after he announced authorizing targeted strikes in Iraq in what looks to be a perpetual clean-up of former President Bush’s misguided invasion.

McCain is bitter and wants more war, Boehner is confused and walking both sides of the fence, but a few Republicans have managed to hold onto their sanity and are not using a crisis as an opportunity to explore their bitterness. All in all, Republicans managed to look like they were supporting action they obviously support, while still sticking the knife in and blaming the President for Bush’s actions.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FLA) said it was the right decision, tweeting, “Action against ISIL in #Iraq to save #IraqiChristians is the right decision. http://1.usa.gov/1r3Qc3B.”

Representative Pete King (R-NY) tweeted, “It is essential that we support President’s decision to authorize air strikes”.

Both Boehner and McConnell’s offices admitted that the President had told them of the decision prior to the announcement, so the inevitable hearing on Obama’s use of his executive power may be delayed. Josh Lederman of the AP tweeted, “Aides to Boehner, McConnell tell me the White House notified them of Obama’s decision before he announced it today”.

But there is always room for criticism, so Lederman summed it up in a tweet, “Reaction from most Republicans to Obama Iraq decision so far seems to be ‘Yes please, but not enough'”.

Frank Thorp of NBC summed it up with Speaker Boehner’s statement, which tries to support while undermining at the same time — in other words, your typical confused Boehner statement, “In stmt, @SpeakerBoehner calls #Iraq airstrikes “appropriate,” but says he’s “dismayed by the ongoing absence of a strategy” to fight ISIS”.

Boehner’s statement  in part:

“The president’s authorization of airstrikes is appropriate, but like many Americans, I am dismayed by the ongoing absence of a strategy for countering the grave threat ISIS poses to the region.  Vital national interests are at stake, yet the White House has remained disengaged despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress, and even members of its own administration.  Such parochial thinking only emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made.  The president needs a long-term strategy – one that defines success as completing our mission, not keeping political promises – and he needs to build the public and congressional support to sustain it.  If the president is willing to put forward such a strategy, I am ready to listen and work with him.  – See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/speaker-boehner-statement-us-air-strikes-iraq#sthash.ooruc7UB.dpuf

“The president’s authorization of airstrikes is appropriate, but like many Americans, I am dismayed by the ongoing absence of a strategy for countering the grave threat ISIS poses to the region.  Vital national interests are at stake, yet the White House has remained disengaged despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress, and even members of its own administration.  Such parochial thinking only emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made.  The president needs a long-term strategy – one that defines success as completing our mission, not keeping political promises – and he needs to build the public and congressional support to sustain it.”

“The president’s authorization of airstrikes is appropriate, but like many Americans, I am dismayed by the ongoing absence of a strategy for countering the grave threat ISIS poses to the region.  Vital national interests are at stake, yet the White House has remained disengaged despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress, and even members of its own administration.  Such parochial thinking only emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made.  The president needs a long-term strategy – one that defines success as completing our mission, not keeping political promises – and he needs to build the public and congressional support to sustain it.  – See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/speaker-boehner-statement-us-air-strikes-iraq#sthash.ooruc7UB.dpuf
“The president’s authorization of airstrikes is appropriate, but like many Americans, I am dismayed by the ongoing absence of a strategy for countering the grave threat ISIS poses to the region.  Vital national interests are at stake, yet the White House has remained disengaged despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress, and even members of its own administration.  Such parochial thinking only emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made.  The president needs a long-term strategy – one that defines success as completing our mission, not keeping political promises – and he needs to build the public and congressional support to sustain it.  – See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/speaker-boehner-statement-us-air-strikes-iraq#sthash.ooruc7UB.dpuf
“The president’s authorization of airstrikes is appropriate, but like many Americans, I am dismayed by the ongoing absence of a strategy for countering the grave threat ISIS poses to the region.  Vital national interests are at stake, yet the White House has remained disengaged despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress, and even members of its own administration.  Such parochial thinking only emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made.  The president needs a long-term strategy – one that defines success as completing our mission, not keeping political promises – and he needs to build the public and congressional support to sustain it.  – See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/speaker-boehner-statement-us-air-strikes-iraq#sthash.ooruc7UB.dpuf
“The president’s authorization of airstrikes is appropriate, but like many Americans, I am dismayed by the ongoing absence of a strategy for countering the grave threat ISIS poses to the region.  Vital national interests are at stake, yet the White House has remained disengaged despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress, and even members of its own administration.  Such parochial thinking only emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made.  The president needs a long-term strategy – one that defines success as completing our mission, not keeping political promises – and he needs to build the public and congressional support to sustain it.  – See more at: http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/speaker-boehner-statement-us-air-strikes-iraq#sthash.ooruc7UB.dpuf<script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) had time to blame the President for the situation in Iraq. Sure, he agrees with what the President is doing but it’s not enough and it’s all his fault. McCain wants military and other assistance.

In a statement, McCain wrote, “A policy of containment will not work against ISIS. It is inherently expansionist and must be stopped. The longer we wait to act, the worse this threat will become, as recent events clearly show.

“We need to get beyond a policy of half measures. The President needs to devise a comprehensive strategy to degrade ISIS. This should include the provision of military and other assistance to our Kurdish, Iraqi, and Syrian partners who are fighting ISIS. It should include U.S. air strikes against ISIS leaders, forces, and positions both in Iraq and Syria. It should include support to Sunni Iraqis who seek to resist ISIS. And none of this should be contingent on the formation of a new government in Baghdad.

And by the way, this is all Obama’s fault for ever trying to leave Iraq, “If ever there were a time to reevaluate our disastrous policy in the Middle East, this is it. Because of the President’s hands-off approach, the threats in the region have grown and now directly threaten the United States. We are already paying a very heavy price for our inaction, and if we do not change course, the costs of our inaction will only grow.”

Of course, Republicans are not happy and they find room for criticism, because the country can’t have a crisis that Republicans don’t use to divide us. But still. This is a momentary up in their rather appalling behavior. This is an attempt to look like they are supporting the President, whilst really undermining him.

Not to worry, it is only a matter of time before all Republicans are blaming Obama for Iraq again, as if George W Bush never happened, because nothing makes Republicans happier than pinning every humiliating, lawless action of a Republican President onto this Democratic President. (To wit, the little boys who cried wolf: “Obama’s Watergate! Obama’s Katrina! Obama’s Iraq!”)

For now, though, we have a soft landing.

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44 Replies to “Republicans Pretend to Support President Obama While Undermining Him on Iraq”

  1. Republicans say the airstrikes are appropriate. But, they’re dismayed by the absence of a strategy to fight ISIS. It’s obvious that President Obama does have a strategy to continue the cleanup of Bush’s mess. The problem is that Republicans are not smart enough to understand strategy.

  2. All I can say is that I am so glad that Republicans are not in charge, I can’t even bring myself to imagine what a clusterf**k it would be if they were.

  3. Memo to Marco Rubio:
    We are not doing this to save christians, but Iraq. Get that into your beady little brain.

    Is this the same McCain that took selfies with ISIS leaders? Yes, yes it is. McCain needs to pack up a palatial tent and head for Iraq with the rank of “Kitchen Patrol”

  4. Who gives a s**t what they think. Obama is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. They can always find room to complain about something, no matter how small.

  5. IS seized control Thursday of the country’s largest Christian city, Qaraqoush. The militants told its residents to leave, convert or die, which sent tens of thousands of civilians and Kurdish fighters fleeing from the area, according to several priests in northern Iraq.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/08/us-military-launches-airstrikes-on-terror-targets-in-iraq/

    There you have the reason for the muted criticism of Obama’s actions. Do you think Republicans would give a damn if Christians weren’t threated.

  6. Translation of Boehner’s obfuscating rhetoric:
    “I’ll damn him if he does, and I’ll damn him if he doesn’t, cuz that’s all I’ve got.”

  7. Republicans really are the ‘Black Sheep’
    of our American Family.
    They are an embarrassment to us all.
    Instead of showing support & solidarity
    for our President, the Leader of the free
    World, they constantly disparage him.
    When the eyes of the World look to us
    what do they see? They see the right-wing
    of the Republican Party in front of TV
    cameras calling THEIR Leader everything
    but his name! One minute calling him
    Tyrannical, Dictator, Imperial President,
    in the next breath calling him Weak,
    Lawless, Feckless, etc., etc.
    Then they come out & openly support
    people like Putin? Showing more respect
    for HIM than OUR Leader!
    What is the World to think when they
    see Americans talking about their OWN
    President like that?
    Then they have the NERVE to call themselves
    ‘Real Americans’??
    EGREGIOUS!

  8. Does Andrea Mitchell handpick her guests to make sure they are all Obama bashers?

    I’m sure no rethug will ever question McCain’s support for ISIS.

  9. Mitchell is on Alex Wagner’s MSNBC show as a guest right now doing what she does best, being a shill for the GOP talking points of the day. Yes, she’s parroting the criticisms of POTUS by parroting some of her own guests’ opinions.

  10. Hey labman, have you ever listened to anything out of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or that other intellectual giant, Sheila Jackson Lee’s mouths?

  11. Yes, the GOP should be more like Democrats who were so kind and courteous to President Bush. Do you all lack any sense of self-awareness or is that just your unique characteristic?

  12. Are you saying the GOP is discourteous to Obama but Democrats were the pinnacle of manners when it came to George Bush? Perhaps you suffer from selective memory, as did Ms. Jackson Lee when she recently claimed that no one threatened to impeach President Bush (completely “forgetting” that she co-signed an impeachment bill in 2008).

  13. And dumbass what did Pelosi say? There will be no impeachment and all talk was stopped. People wanted to try the war criminals and what did he say No. You are stuck on stupid and I cannot help you

  14. Oh yes, I have. In any other walk of life, two of the three would be in treatment for their senility. The other is just a plain idiot.

  15. Yes, yes, I see your point. Those two bastions of right wing extremism . . . .LOL. I feel bad for you, but you just fall into the 50% that are below average in intelligence. You have a lot of company.

  16. Oh my goodness, you have started to call me names. Wait, wait . . . you can do it . . . raaacccciiiist! Say it all together!

  17. Because Andrea Mitchell, a shrewd and liberal advocate for the past 35 years, is married to Alan Greenspan, they are both GOP shills? Why don’t you prove how Andrea Mitchell is a GOP shill?

  18. This is republicans’ “summer of collapsing tent” — none of the “scandals” has played out in their favor, and emerging threats and problems are being dealt with in timely fashion by the administration, giving them no solid tent poles of voter anger and frustration, to keep the tent upright. If this recent action by the administration doesn’t move the polling numbers in his favor, the country is so jaded and divided, nothing will.

  19. So Boehner criticizing PBO’s Iraq strategy, but skipped meeting about it at WH last week. Stay sloshed Rusty..
    http://thehill.com/policy/defense/214679-boehner-dismayed-at-obamas-iraq-strategy

    As for his (PBO) Watergate this would be his 16th (so far): http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/08/08/president-obamas-16-watergates-so-far/200358

    D. Feinstein: I strongly support targeted airstrikes against ISIL. Inaction is no longer an option: http://1.usa.gov/1uw7etG

    When come to McClownish: this the senator who went to Syria to under-minded the Pres.- took picture hanging out w/ ISIS & demanded Pres. sent military support/weapons: http://wonkette.com/552931/heres-a-picture-of-john-mccain-hanging-out-with-isis-freedom-fighter-in-2013

  20. Republican House members going on a 5 week vacation now look ridiculous. Democrats should frame them as disengaged and uninterested in governing, like George Bush was before 9/11. Campaign ads should highlight the sometimes bizarre, but always petty focus of the GOP agenda, while the world suffers existential threats only the US is equipped to handle. Hang that 5-week political booze-cruise around their filthy, irresponsible necks, like a rotting hen wired to a chicken-killing hound.

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