"Iraq Is A Catastrophe", Obama May Announce Iraq Airstrikes Imminently, NYT Reports

Tyler Durden's picture

Just in case there weren't enough potential GDP-boosting war hotzones around the world, Obama is now preparing to go back to ground zero, Iraq, where the NYT just reported he is "considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountain top after death threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said on Thursday."

NYT adds that Obama is currently meeting with his national security team (at the White House, not on a golf course) and a decision from Mr. Obama was expected “imminently — this could be a fast-moving train.” The official adds that “there could be a humanitarian catastrophe there."

To be sure the possibility of US-launched airstrikes in Iraq is nothing new, and was reported here previously, and in fact Iraq itself requested US airborne assistance before, but conventional wisdom was that Obama would delay until there is a new Iraq government, and the former US puppet, Maliki, stepped down.  "But administration officials said on Thursday that the crisis on Mount Sinjar may be forcing their hand. Some 40 children have already died from the heat and dehydration, according to Unicef, while more than 40,000 people have been sheltering in the bare mountains without food, water or access to supplies."

How does the NYT know all this?

The administration officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. One official said that any military action would be “limited, specific and achievable,” noting that Mr. Maliki’s political party was supposed to announce a new candidate for prime minister on Thursday, but hadn’t yet.

To be sure, there is no mention that the same ISIS extremists which Obama is about to bomb are getting their weapons either directly from the US, via US assistance to Syrian "rebels" whose armaments end up in the Islamic State, or indirectly, by pillaging cities such as Mosul, where among the spoils were such US trophies as BlackHawk choppers and countless Humvees.

As for ISIS, who as we reported over the weekend have now captured the largest Iraq dam, the only question is whether their retaliation to the third US invasion of Iraq, which will surely be to release the dam flood nearby towns, water and leave Baghdad without a water source, will be worse than or equal to the Russian response to western sanctions, neither of which anyone could have possible predicted.

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The White House's John Earnest added some more color:


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Bunghole's picture

Give the motherucker another Peace Prize

max2205's picture

Dropping condoms, phones, and Moochelles brownies

redpill's picture

Bombing Gaza = bad

Bombing whoever we want to = just fine for Obola

AlaricBalth's picture

"Turns out I'm really good at killing people,..Didn't know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine."

Barack Obama

CClarity's picture

While airdropping food to Iraqs "religious minorities", could we please airdrop some isolation shelters near airports in West Africa?  And lots of temperature testing equipment to their screeners at the airports?  There lies the true threat to US citizens at this moment.

espirit's picture

Is Obomba calling for airstrikes on civilians, and dropping food to the freedom fighters?

Trend is your friend in Bizarro World.

pods's picture

I really hope they tell them what they are going to be dropping beforehand or that would be a nasty trick.

"Why is that food ticking?"


IANAE's picture

Current WH presser with Josh Earnest - he is not answering the 'airstrike' question directly...

eclectic syncretist's picture

We have to get this done quickly....Obama has a tee time in 20 minutes.

BaBaBouy's picture

THANKS Again GWB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

His "Alledged SADDAM's WMD's" $2 Trillion Gift War That Just Keeps ON GIVING ...


BaBaBouy's picture

How Many $$$ Billions Is Malaki's Iraqi PM Severence Package ???

svayambhu108's picture

Jonah grave's distruction, it is the Buddhas of Bamiyan destruction moment, few month later taliban were bombed

Analyse2's picture

Remember also how much hate FRANCE got in the US for NOT wanting to contribute in this dirty Irak war.

The whole dumbass "LIBERTY FRIES", the TV news showing proud Americans pouring French wines in the gutter, the “cheese-eating surrender MONKEYS” things – all kind of silly jokes still continuing, even in ZH …. Five years of Anti-French slander and vilification was thus thrust by the White House, the administration, members of Congress, governors and by lackeys in the media (like Fox News or Murdoch Press).

Urban Redneck's picture

Why do they assume that it is a banana in his mouth?

Russia has obscenity laws that queers never shut up about...

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Drop freedom fries to the freedom fighters and white castles burgers to the eh..opposition.

"What the fuck is this?"

"Eh..not sure brother...it's so tiny, looks like the Americans are trying to starve us with these tiny American hamburgers"

StychoKiller's picture

Well, glad to see it was only a banana!

"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana!"

Dig Deeper1's picture

New tactic.  The food is dropped first so we know precisely where to drop the bombs.  Much more effective.

zaphod's picture

Turns out Saddam was the one keeping that place in order. We can all congratulate Bush on opening up Iraq to a new islamic state. Congratulations RINOs. 

Bunghole's picture

Kinda like Quadaffi kept Lybia in check.

Congrats Libs

redpill's picture

Kind of like everywhere we've stuck our dick since WW2 has more or less been a disaster for long term stability.

john39's picture

wasn't that the whole idea?

disabledvet's picture

South Korea turned out okay. "Europe" is not our fault either. Would be interesting to see if Germany nukes up given this Rusky thing.

Jack Burton's picture

Living in the past again I see. Time to notice that it is 2014, the world has changed since your day. It would up your game a bit if you acknowledged that this world is not that of 20 years ago.

As for Russia, remind me what they have done to threaten you. The fact that old Soviet bordes were kept after the end of communism has led to these problems. And do not forget, Ukraine has been a fully independent democracy for over 20 years, if they are in a shit hole, they dug it themselves, the Russians have been supporting their economy every year since the end of the USSR. Facts that wwe must hide, because reality seems to not be Americans long suit. But war? Oh yes, how they love war. Pissing all over themselves with joy over death in East Ukraine.

Harbanger's picture

Russia will be targeted until they legalize gay marriage.  Getting the millenials on board with war will not be a problem, as they buy into any meme created by Hollywood and the MSM.  The world has changed, it's 2014 dammit!

Omen IV's picture

sounds like your brain is disabled

NickVegas's picture

The plan has been working as designed since WW2, heck since 1913.

NotApplicable's picture

Or even 1861, as that too was a European proxy-war.

NOTW777's picture

right - orderly mass murder, torture ; get help

Dr. Venkman's picture

"I am very optimistic about -- about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration."  VP Biden


"Iraq is a catastophe" Obama Press Secretary

Harbanger's picture

Are you surprised they take both sides of every issue, Just in case they're wrong?  Then you don't understand progressives in America.

Dr. Venkman's picture

Surprised? Nope. Just keeping tabs. As I live in Delaware, I also try and point out Biden's idiocy whenever I can. Not that we are not shitgum-blasted in the face with it daily.

Mercuryquicksilver's picture

Nevermind the Dem majority congress that financed it. Partisian politics is strong with this one. You have controlled your fear. Now, release your anger.

Save_America1st's picture

obola's internal struggle must be terrible right now with this.  Possibly having to bomb his own private terrorist army, funded and trained by his own operatives in order to try and save face.

I suppose the orders will also be that TSA needs to increase their illegal groping of citizens at the airport too...for our "security" of course.


Meanwhile...our southern border's wide open to all diseased illegal invaders as long as they register Demoncrat after they've been given free food, lodging, transportation, and money by obola's lackies. 

Roll Tide's picture

I just got back from a trip.  The order is already out.  I had my balls squeezed for Peace.  The world is safe again!

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Sounds like a great trip....

Any chance of the GPS coordinates, or failing that, just the airport you flew into will be fine.

Atomizer's picture

We are just new slaves folks. Pick your cotton and STFU. 

/ lol 

de3de8's picture

He got the call from the Saudies

HardAssets's picture

Just more swarm tactics. Overwhelm the public with so much bad news that they can't do the one thing essential for survival.

Which is to Think.

Keep cool.

MalteseFalcon's picture

We need air drops and airstrikes on NIGERIA.  It works like this:

1.  Airdrop food and medical supplies

2.  Follow up immediately with an airstrike, then

3.  When the gravediggers show up, airstrike again.


Triple TapTM.  NO ONE will see that coming.


So I won the war against Ebola.  Where's my peace prize, bitches?


#secret special serum    #send back our girls

MalteseFalcon's picture

I want the prize for medicine, too.

#radiation therapy  #obamacare

nope-1004's picture

"Humanitarian" always sells.  Bomb them first, then drop food.  Total joke.


eclectic syncretist's picture

Obama will now drone their asses with EBT cards and cell phones......He's going to give them the same treatment as Americans!

QQQBall's picture

the bombings help offset food price inflation

stant's picture

Need to make them over sized like the ones the CIA dropped in nam. Make em think all us big strapping us boys are big dick daddy's from cincinnati