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WTF White House Statement Of The Day: Syria Airstrikes Edition

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When President Obama bragged earlier that "The United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world..." adding that "no other nation can do what we do," we should have guessed some more war-mongering was coming... and sure enough. As AP reports, it appears Syrian airstrikes are on their way, but there's a mind-blowing twist in US foreign policy: "In an effort to avoid unintentionally strengthening the Syrian government, the White House could seek to balance strikes against the Islamic State with attacks on Assad regime targets." In the words of the Guinness commercial, Brilliant.

As AP reports,

The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power would significantly degrade what some have called a "terrorist army."


"Air power needs to be applied like a thunderstorm, not a drizzle," Deptula said, entailing "24-7 overwatch with force application on every move of ISIL personnel."

Further complicating the plans, any military action against Islamic State militants in Syria would also have the effect of putting the U.S. on the same side as Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose ouster the Obama administration has sought for years.

So first Iran and now Syria are best buddies with America?  Well we can't have that...

The U.S. is not cooperating or sharing intelligence with the Assad government, Pentagon and State Department spokesmen said. But the U.S. flights are occurring in eastern Syria, away from most of Syria's air defenses. And experts expressed doubt that Syria would attempt to shoot down American aircraft that are paving the way for a possible bombing campaign against Assad's enemies.




In an effort to avoid unintentionally strengthening the Syrian government, the White House could seek to balance strikes against the Islamic State with attacks on Assad regime targets. However, that option is largely unappealing to the president given that it could open the U.S. to the kind of long-term commitment to Syria's stability that Obama has sought to avoid.


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So to summarize:

...the limited airstrikes in Iraq (which the Iraqi government did not ask for) now appear to be expanding into '24/7 carpet-bombing' of ISIS targets in Syria (which the US are not asking permission or forgiveness for) and in the interests of "fairness doctrine" America will bomb al-Assad's military installations to maintain some 'balance' between the moderate terrorists, extreme terrorists (and national armies), and scary-as-shit terrorists...

Is there something we missed?

White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday tried to tamp down the notion that action against the Islamic State group could bolster Assad, saying, "We're not interested in trying to help the Assad regime." However, he acknowledged that "there are a lot of cross pressures here."

"Cross-pressures" indeed. And all humanitarian.

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Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:05 | 5147557 Charles Wilson
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When will Urban Renewal come to 1600 Penn Ave?

Inquiring minds want to know...

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:08 | 5147567 CCanuck
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This inquiring mind says..FUCK OBAMA and the wookie he rode in on...Im sick of this POS!

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:11 | 5147572 ymom11
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It seems we are slowly descending into insanity land.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:14 | 5147588 Liberal
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As a staunch liberal, I strongly believe president Obama deserves another Nobel Peace prize for this.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:22 | 5147620 TungstenBars
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"As a staunch liberal,..."


gets me every time +1

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:27 | 5147629 Richard Chesler
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He also sucks at golf.


Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:35 | 5147657 VATICANT
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And he can suck a mean cock!

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:58 | 5147739 Pinto Currency
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Destruction and disruption of oil producing nations continues.

Not that there is any fear about USD and oil.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:06 | 5147770 Holleyman
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I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:01 | 5147936 Drunk In Church
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I'm really glad that we''ve decided to bomb Syria.  I just hope we smarten up and put boots on the ground.  The Middle East desperately needs stern parenting.  The United States military is just what the doctor ordered. 

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:08 | 5147946 BlindMonkey
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Won't somebody ask questions when the ME countries go to school with black eyes? The US gov is the drunken, raping step-dad of parents.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:16 | 5147963 0b1knob
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There's a scene in the old Woody Allen comedy Bananas where the US fights on both sides of a war so that whichever side wins it will be "our" side.

The Obama administration has outdone Woody Allen

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:51 | 5148027 DonutBoy
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Really - we're going to bomb both sides?  Wow.  We've forgotten the first rule of holes.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:22 | 5148197 svayambhu108
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Reminder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_law_of_holes


Maybe they use the first law o ass-holes

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:21 | 5148291 tonyw
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simple solution, just kill them all and let their god(s) sort them out.

get's them all to the promised land much faster, what's not to like?



Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:25 | 5148365 Dugald
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get's them all to the promised land much faster, what's not to like?

Have some thought for the poor sods in the Virgin preparation section, how do you expect them to cope, or are you thinking of making quota with non muslim virgins?



Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:19 | 5148691 BurningFuld
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The absolute complete total best way to strengthen the Assad regime?

Bomb it.

What a bunch of mental midgets.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:39 | 5149311 Four chan
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enjoy my fellow zh'ers this is gold.



Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:49 | 5150813 BlindMonkey
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Please tell me that cat is on ZH.  That is some QUALITY mockery.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:54 | 5148584 StandardDeviant
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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:16 | 5147964 Sandmann
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Why not bomb Israel and resolve a few major problems ?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:32 | 5147992 VATICANT
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I wake up every day hoping today is the day Israel gets bombed

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:32 | 5148234 Rakshas
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I was thinking bombing the US would solve many problems but they did that already......twice....Pearl Harbour......then because it worked so well the first time  a New Pearl Harbour... and it only made things worser....... need a game changer 

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:11 | 5148283 Ploutos74
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The only country close enough to threaten Israel, still standing in one piece is Saudi Arabia.

Latest Strat-zion free editorial dropped hints on the Saudis coming undone soon, in a theatre near you.

Watch this (vast, oil-producing) space...

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:24 | 5147975 Richardk888
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@ Drunk In Church

Fucking Moron!

Thats just what we need is to spend money on weapons to destroy, occupy, then "rebuild" another sovereign nation without a declaration of war.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:08 | 5148056 PhilofOz
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Another ChickenHawk! Just so long as you and your family are there on the front line to throw the first stone.... but we all know none of that is ever gonna happen is it?! Mouth!!

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:28 | 5148163 jballz
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I wasted 2 minutes of my life reading your asshatter blog.

Literary tip - you can leave your bathroom tripis out of your blog entries. While nobody likely gives a fuck about the rest of it, rest assured nobody gives a fuck to read that. 

You're welcoome.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:19 | 5148354 UselessEater
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LOL!!! he keeps changing his handle, so avoid wasting another 2 minutes by learning to recognise whatever Elvis The Pelvis calls himself toomorrow......

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:56 | 5148594 StandardDeviant
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A technical solution would be nice: ZH could start automatically blocking any posts which contain a link to certain widely-pimped blogs.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:55 | 5148592 PeakOil
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/s    FTFY

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:31 | 5148302 barre-de-rire
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there is a lil something in the air... a smelly sounding melody of a "je ne sais quoi"...oh... i think i got it... the sound of the fire crackling.

hmm yea, fire everywhere. that's it. the whole place is fucking burning & they piss gazoline on it.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:40 | 5148007 RafterManFMJ
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Excellent choice - a PC war where EVERY side gets a trophy, er, bombing strike.

And I'll bet neither Obama or the Pentagon is keeping score; just participating is the goal.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:40 | 5148176 Groundhog Day
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Sticks and stones may break their bones but WORDS will never hurt them. They are all sociopaths. They are probably reading zh posts and laughing their asses off.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:36 | 5148235 MakeMineADouble
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Well, while he is sucking cock.  Where is Putin??  What the hell is going on??  I feel played.  

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:39 | 5152762 StychoKiller
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Assad:  "Yo Vlad, I'll be taking delivery of those SA-300s and SA-400s right about now..."

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:18 | 5150191 forensicator
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come on, I hear Reggie is a lovable guy. 

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:23 | 5147621 john39
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No, Eurasia is our ally.  We have always been at war with Eastasia.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:23 | 5147698 balolalo
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So far the active participants are:

United States



Islamic State... whatever the fuck it is









Saudi Arabia









South Sudan





I am sure I am missing some...

Are we all seriously going to wait until it is "officially" declared? 

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:27 | 5147837 MalteseFalcon
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You missed Ebolaville.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:31 | 5147853 balolalo
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And Ebola created in Langley, don't forget.  Bio-depopulation warfare.   

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:25 | 5148084 DonutBoy
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Right. The CIA is really that smart.  We should be so lucky

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:29 | 5148375 Dugald
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You forgot Darwin....

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:30 | 5147849 Ides of November
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US bombing Syria/ Assad clears the way for Russia to bomb Ukraine/ Porky et al.

Yep, looks like someone is pushing hard to get this thing started before the Northern Winter.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 00:09 | 5147948 BlindMonkey
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You missed Ukraine.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 01:25 | 5148081 IndyPat
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And the Mexican Dreamer Army..whatever the fuck that is.

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:38 | 5148169 jballz
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They are the ones who will fight the Free Shit Army in the last days when no nation states remain.

Says so in my bible. Don't worry though the Amish come from behind and kill them all and they live happpily ever after.

Fuckin sneaky Amish.




Wed, 08/27/2014 - 03:32 | 5148203 WOAR
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Beware the deaf Amish with dynamite. They are some kick ass honkies.


Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:39 | 5148304 barre-de-rire
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So far the active participants are:

United States



Islamic State...   SLUTS








Are we all seriously going to wait until it is "officially" "necessary" declared?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:09 | 5148906 esum
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Islamic State...   SLUTS


no no no


ISLAMIC ANAL JIHADIS...... as approved by the local fatwa

in addition west virginia is not the only state to allow bro and isis , sis to marry

“The new jihad allows brothers and sisters in Syria belonging to the [al-Qaeda linked] al-Nusra Front to marry each other under the name of jihad because of the lack of girls among fighters of that organization.”

One man appears on video saying, “At the Zawia mountain there is an imam called Imam Hussein.  They bring him a brother and a sister, he says ‘Allahu Akbar’ on them three times to have sex together and make them husband and wife.” ..... just like west vagina... 


Saudi Cleric Issues Fatwa Against All-You-Can-Eat Buffets  Saudi Cleric Issues Fatwa against 'All You can Eat Buffets'Reuters

A Saudi cleric named Saleh al-Fawzan has issued fatwa against all-you-can-eat buffets in Saudi Arabia. He made the statement on a Saudi Quranic TV station.

Fawzan said the value and quantity of the food sold should be pre-determined before hand.

"Whoever enters the buffet and eats for 10 or 50 riyals without deciding the quantity they will eat is violating Sharia (Islamic) law," Fawzan was quoted on al-Atheer channel.

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 22:44 | 5147688 Mr Pink
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I've been saving the term "full retard" for just the right time. Thanks Obozo!

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