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Iraq worries won't impact Obama's California trip
« on: June 14, 2014, 08:58:29 AM »
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/209342-iraq-worries-wont-impact-obamas-calif-trip

Iraq worries won't impact Obama's California trip

By Justin Sink - 06/13/14 03:56 PM EDT

Surging sectarian violence in Iraq shouldn't affect President Obama's plans to spend Father's Day weekend in California, the White House said Friday.

The president is slated to travel to Palm Springs on Friday night, after touring the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. While there, he's scheduled to give a commencement address on Saturday, as well as participate in a slate of fundraisers benefiting the Democratic Party, before returning to Washington on Monday evening.

Those plans aren't likely to change because of concern over the deteriorating situation in Iraq, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday.

"I'm not aware of any discussion to alter the schedule for the trip at this point," he said.

Earnest added that the travel would not "inhibit his ability" to monitor the situation in Iraq.

Before leaving for North Dakota, Obama said he had ordered his national security team "to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces," and said he would be reviewing those plans "in the days ahead."

But, Obama said, "although events on the ground in Iraq have been happening very quickly, our ability to plan, whether it’s military action or work with the Iraqi government on some of these political issues, is going to take several days."

"So people should not anticipate that this is something that is going to happen overnight," the president said.

The president was criticized in March for sticking to plans to take a weekend trip to Key Largo despite the Russian incursion into Ukraine.

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Re: Iraq worries won't impact Obama's California trip
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2014, 09:07:26 AM »
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Michelle's Mirror
The Regals Have Landed

Note: if you live in or are visiting the Palm Springs area this weekend, be prepared for a little inconvenience:
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The following roads will be closed for vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 11 a.m. Friday through noon Monday for the visit of President Barack Obama and first ...

Flight restrictions to follow.

That’s right! The Regals have landed! For a little me time ahead of Father’s Day.

Do a little speech, play a little golf
Get down tonight, get down tonight
Do a little speech, play a little golf
Get down tonight, get down tonight

H/T K.C. And The Sunshine Band

Prior to hitting the links and the cash machine in Palm Springs, BHO managed to squeeze in a “meeting of the mimes” and do a bit of speechify about the increasingly hot situation in Iraq. Specifically, he stated definitively that:

•we will be monitoring the situation in Iraq

•our priority remains to be vigilant against threats to our personnel serving overseas (how’s that working out for you?)

•we will be consulting with Congress as we make determinations about further options (is that really necessary?)

•he asked his national security team to prepare an array of other options (uh, isn’t that what they’re there for?)

•I’ll be reviewing those options in the days ahead (after my fund raiser and relaxing golf weekend)

So don’t worry, America, I’ve got your back! Even though we were caught flat footed again surprised by the latest chaos that has erupted in Iraq.

Big Guy will have his Secretary of State get all over this latest world crisis as soon as he’s done reciting poetry in London:
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“Out of the huts of history’s shame / I rise / Up from a past that’s rooted in pain / I rise,” - Secretary of State John Kerry intoned at the “Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.”

Oh yes, we are on correct path, comrade.

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Re: Iraq worries won't impact Obama's California trip
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2014, 10:11:24 AM »
Nothing ever interrupts his vacay plans....

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Obama Golfed, Failed to Provide Air Cover for Evacuating 600 Trapped Americans

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On June 15, 2014 @ 12:02 am In The Point | 10 Comments




The 600 Americans who were trapped at Balad Air Force base (#balad600) are supposedly safe, at least according to Michael Baker International, but they came out of there under heavy fire and with no support from the US, while Obama partied and fundraised and golfed at Palm Beach.


According to one California contractor, in Balad, Iraq he and about six others have been trying to get out for most of the week.

Mitchell McCann has been in close contact with his brother Michael McCann — a firefighter and private contractor with a company called Sallyport Global. He says there has been no U.S. military support there.

So Michael resorted to social media to focus more attention on their plight.

He started #Balad600 on Twitter, which is a reference to the number of U.S. contractors reportedly stranded there.

Right now, Michael is on his way to Dubai, but it’s not yet clear if all 600 contractors have made it out of the danger zone.



While Obama was doing his Tumblr stunt, he was completely ignoring the plight of those trapped Americans. And it took the Iraqis to get them out.

Jerome Corsi has the story.


He said 300 in total have been evacuated from Balad, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, and another 100 are still awaiting airlift. He said the Iraqi Air Force is trying to evacuate everyone by midnight local time.

The surrounded Americans said they were under ISIS fire from small arms, AK47s and rocket propelled grenades, or RPGs.

The contractors had been able to hold the base, but those on the scene reported it was only a matter of time before the ISIS terrorists succeeded in breaking through the perimeter.

WND learned from sources that the jihadists closed down escape routes, and the U.S. Air Force was in a stand-down position. U.S. forces were not assisting even with air cover so a private extradition flight could land for a rescue, the sources said.

Privately scheduled exit flights had fallen through, sources said, as several private pilots originally scheduled to make the flights quit.

The sources contended the U.S. military could provide the necessary air cover to protect C-130s or other air transport craft sufficient to make the evacuation, but so far officials had refused to get involved.

Just like Benghazi.

This could have been Benghazi x 100, but fortunately there were good people there. Unfortunately the US military is now a prisoner of Obama’s refusal to offend Muslims and disdain for American lives.


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Re: Iraq worries won't impact Obama's California trip
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2014, 08:56:49 AM »
No, wait! He actually committed a presidential act while on his fundraising/commencement speechifying/golf vakay. Must have been more important than, say, Iraq.
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Obama Orders Philadelphia Transit Workers To End Strike
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 Posted:  06/14/2014 5:18 pm EDT    Updated:  06/14/2014 7:59 pm EDT   

   
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is forcing workers in Philadelphia's commuter rail strike to return to the job.

Obama granted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's request to create a presidential emergency board to mediate the dispute between the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and its engineers and electricians unions.

Obama called for "a swift and smooth resolution" of the dispute. More than 400 workers went on strike at midnight.

Workers will have to return to the job when the board is established at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. Obama's order doesn't force the two sides to resume direct talks with each other. But they must participate with the board's process, which typically involves written submissions and hearings.

After 30 days, the board must recommend to Obama how the dispute should be resolved.
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Re: Iraq worries won't impact Obama's California trip
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2014, 09:16:41 AM »
As Alfred E. Newman says: "What, me worry?" :peeonobama:
Abraham Lincoln:

There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law.
--January 27, 1838 Lyceum Address

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these
great and true principles.
--August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan

Let us then turn this government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it.
--July 10, 1858 Speech at Chicago

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Re: Iraq worries won't impact Obama's California trip
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2014, 10:01:50 AM »
Contrast with "W"'s giving up on golf during WOT.  But hey, it's good to be King.
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.


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