Back in Iraq

Friday, August 08, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about Iraq in the Brady Briefing room of the White House on June 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty)

Reports this morning indicate that the U.S. has begun to bomb key ISIS locations, after President Obama last night authorized humanitarian drops to help refugees stranded in Northern Iraq. Mark Landler, White House correspondent for The New York Times, discusses the latest developments, and what it says about the Obama administration's willingness to use American military power.


Mark Lander

Comments [22]

If Little Barry Obama is bombing terrorists to prevent civilian deaths .....
why didn't he bomb Gaza these last weeks as Hamas launched hundreds of missiles PURPOSELY into Israeli civilian areas?

Aug. 08 2014 08:29 PM

…wha'… wai', wai'…wait!

..."genocide" is bad???

Unless you're Palestinian…right??

Aug. 08 2014 07:06 PM

…let's review:

Why aren't George Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld in jail!?!?

Aug. 08 2014 03:13 PM

It was a rhetorical question. Of course they are the same guys. After they started losing the Syrian war they took all their American supplied firepower and cash into Iraq. America needs to dump Israel and get with the Persians if they want to clear the region out.

Aug. 08 2014 12:13 PM
Chris from NYC

This is a rare moment in foreign policy where 1) moral values, 2) strategic interests and 3) military capacity are all aligned.

I'd actually be okay with dropping in elite units of Army Rangers & Marines to hammer these ISIS savages.

Aug. 08 2014 11:47 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Quick. Deliver a "Peace Quilt" to ISIS.

That should fix everything.

Aug. 08 2014 11:38 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Iraq has been Obama's "Mission Accomplished" premature capitulation.

Aug. 08 2014 11:35 AM

Prevent Genocide~


Aug. 08 2014 11:20 AM
Prevent Genocide

The US intervening to try and prevent a mass kill or genocide of a historically oppressed group, by violent Arabs using the Muslim religion as cover or justification, is very parallel to US actions in the Arab-Jew conflict.

It happened in 1948 and it is called the state of Israel.

Aug. 08 2014 11:18 AM

…these guys make Saddam look like the tooth fairy.

Aug. 08 2014 11:15 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

“IS” is in alliance with Sunni Ex-Baathist officers and tribes of northern Iraq that is why they are extremely effective.

Aug. 08 2014 11:14 AM
Larry from Brooklyn

The unrest in Iraq was largely caused by George Bush's adventurism so I think we have to be responsible for much of what is happening there (although I am not happy about our continued involvement). That's not the case in Syria (although one could argue that it is in Palestine/Israel).

Aug. 08 2014 11:13 AM
Tony from Canarsie

One solution: consult Rumsfeld and Cheney about what they would do and then do the opposite.

Aug. 08 2014 11:13 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

It's all due to the Muslim Arab conquest of the Middle East and northern Africa in the 7th century, and the occupation of other people's lands. Of course the Europeans did the same, conquering the "New World" and Australia, etc. Thankfully, the "Indians" have been subjugated and their relative numbers reduced to a tiny margin so there is little probability they will shoot rockets and try to reconquer the continent.

Aug. 08 2014 11:13 AM
Ted from Santa Fe

We have obligation to the Kurds who have been are allies throughout

Aug. 08 2014 11:11 AM

Send Dick Cheney.

Aug. 08 2014 11:10 AM

"You break it, you own it."

Thanks, George!


Aug. 08 2014 11:06 AM
Taher from Croton on Huf

OK it’s really simple, if ISIS (IS) is not stopped now they will probably take over Jordan, a threat to Israel.

Aug. 08 2014 11:04 AM

Mark, No, they're not the same guys. But good try at being disingenuous.

Aug. 08 2014 11:00 AM

Wait, aren't these militants the same guys the NY Times and other bourgeois media say we are supposed to be rooting for in Syria? The same people saying Obama should bomb the hell out of them in Iraq will be posting in the next article about how we should be sending them surface to air missiles and pallets of cash in Syria. The situation in West Asia is becoming a bit of a farce.

Aug. 08 2014 10:32 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

@ Chuzzle - Revealing that you think human suffering is funny.

Demonstrably true that Obama is interested. As for all the hawkish bravado and rhetoric coming from the right wing, what specific "kinetic actions" would you and your ilk take in Iraq, Syria, Israel-Palestine, when the American public and Congress are against virtually all action. Lay it out, sir.

Aug. 08 2014 10:01 AM

LOL, if even THIS spineless, disinterested little weasel, Obama, is moved to action, then you KNOW that the intelligence about what is happening at ground level is really bad.

Aug. 08 2014 09:46 AM

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