Author Topic: Obama weighs evacuating 20,000 Americans from Iraq  (Read 408 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Online rangerrebew

  • America defending Veteran
  • TBR Contributor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 57,321
  • “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them
Obama weighs evacuating 20,000 Americans from Iraq
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:52:21 PM »
Obama weighs evacuating 20,000 Americans from Iraq

Special to WorldTribune.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government fears its nationals could be abducted in the Al Qaida offensive in Iraq.

Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama was mulling an evacuation of up to 20,000 Americans in Iraq. They said many of them were advising the Iraqi military, including in central Iraq.

An image posted on a militant Twitter account today appears to show a banner bearing a black flag used by the Al-Qaeda inspired lslamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hanging from an overpass in Mosul, Iraq. /AP
An image posted on a militant Twitter account shows a banner bearing the black flag of lslamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hanging from an overpass in Mosul, Iraq. /AP

The most imminent threat was reported at the Iraq Air Force base in
 Balad. Some 400 Americans from U.S. aerospace and defense companies had been
 working at the base, with most of them already airlifted to Baghdad.

“Over the last 36 hours, the secretary has met a number of times with
 senior military leaders to discuss events on the ground and to prepare
 options for the president’s consideration,” Defense Department spokesman
 John Kirby said.

Over the last few days, the Pentagon has briefed Congress on
 contingency plans for Iraq. The options were said to have included
 everything from intensive military training to U.S. air strikes on Al
 Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“There is no scenario where we can stop the bleeding in Iraq without
 American air power,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican
 and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Officials said at least four of the 14 divisions in the Iraq Army were
 dismantled as soldiers deserted in face of the ISIL onslaught. They said even soldiers assigned to Baghdad were coming to work wearing their uniforms over civilian clothes.

“That was a surprise to everybody, to have four major divisions fold as quickly as they did without even fighting,” Sen. Joseph Manchin, another member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said.

So far, the administration, which ordered the deployment of an aircraft
 carrier to the Gulf, has not announced plans to stop ISIL in Iraq. Officials
 said Washington was engaged in intensive consultations with Iraqi Prime
 Minister Nouri Al Maliki, blamed for the Sunni-Shi’ite split.

“There is a clarity that what has been lacking in these last weeks and
 months in Iraq is not a trained capacity of a military to respond, not an
 ability of the numbers of people, frankly, in the military in Iraq to be
 able to stand up to the several thousand in ISIL, but a lack of political
 will,” Secretary of State John Kerry said.

http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/06/15/u-s-may-evacuate-americans-iraq-amid-threat-adbuctions-isil/
« Last Edit: June 15, 2014, 07:53:14 PM by rangerrebew »
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions. John Adams

Online mystery-ak

  • Owner
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 248,421
Re: Obama weighs evacuating 20,000 Americans from Iraq
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2014, 07:56:17 PM »
How long is he gonna *weigh* this?

Support the USO

Offline alicewonders

  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 13,053
  • Live life-it's too short to butt heads w buttheads
Re: Obama weighs evacuating 20,000 Americans from Iraq
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2014, 08:05:51 PM »
How long is he gonna *weigh* this?

He's busy planning his vacation. 

Don't tread on me.   8888madkitty

We told you Trump would win - bigly!

SPQR

  • Guest
Re: Obama weighs evacuating 20,000 Americans from Iraq
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2014, 08:20:23 PM »
This is going to be a logistical nightmare. It will make the 1975 Fall of Saigon look like a stroll in the park. Did they think ahead of time that something like this was going to happen? Its no coincidence they are sending the USS Ronald Reagan in helping in the evacuation. You need a Nimitz size class aircraft carrier to handle all the evacuees.
« Last Edit: June 15, 2014, 08:24:35 PM by Trigger »

Online mountaineer

  • Member
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 34,017
Re: Obama weighs evacuating 20,000 Americans from Iraq
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2014, 08:25:20 PM »
"Mulling"? The only thing he's mulling is whether this putt breaks left or right.
Just being unique doesn't make you useful.

Offline speekinout

  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 4,337
Re: Obama weighs evacuating 20,000 Americans from Iraq
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2014, 09:30:37 PM »
20,000 Americans in Iraq? They can't all be advising the Iraqi military or working for the embassy. But if there are even close to that  many, 0bama can't wait until the 11th hour to decide whether to save them.

How many do we have to lose before Americans WAKE UP! We're leaderless and helpless.


Offline NavyCanDo

  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 5,473
Re: Obama weighs evacuating 20,000 Americans from Iraq
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2014, 10:04:03 PM »
What he must be weighing is what the going exchange rate is for a GITMO prisoner. 
A nation that turns away from prayer will ultimately find itself in desperate need of it. :Jonathan Cahn


Share me

Digg  Facebook  SlashDot  Delicious  Technorati  Twitter  Google  Yahoo
Smf