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Obama: "We Don't Have A Strategy Yet"

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UPDATE: Damage Control Spin begins...

World Cloud of Josh Earnest's brief interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer after Obama press conference... ("strategy" used 33 times!)


President Obama 'knows' how to handle Putin's 'continuation' (not 'invasion') - more sanctions (and costs for Europe) - but when it comes to beating the most "barbaric" terrorists known as ISIS, ISIL, or The Islamic State; he had this to offer... "I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet." Rest assured Americans - who have been told that ISIS could be crossing the borders every day and a constant threat, President Obama is 'working on it'. Perhaps most crucially, while we 'joke' that the administration has no strategy, it is noteworthy that Obama stated it was "not US policy to defeat ISIS, only reverse gains."

QUESTION: Do you need Congress's approval to go into Syria?

OBAMA: You know, I have consulted with Congress throughout this process. I am confident that as commander in chief I have the authorities to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently. As our strategy develops, we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think that it'll be important for Congress to weigh in and we're -- that our consultations with Congress continue to develop so that the American people are part of the debate.


But I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet.


I think what I've seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we're at than we currently are. And I think that's not just my assessment, but the assessment of our military, as well. We need to make sure that we've got clear plans, that we're developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard.


But there's no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done.

Maybe instead of golfing around Martha's Vineyard, he could have been working on "strategy"?

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But perhaps more crucially...

...my priority at this point is to make sure that the gains that ISIL made in Iraq are rolled back and that Iraq has the opportunity to govern itself effectively and secure itself.


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"Do nothing stupid" like admit you don't have a strategy?

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And this wins the internet today...

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Of course - to be serious for a moment - as long as Qatar has a strategy on how to progress on its Gazprom-bypassing pipeline to Europe, whether Obama had a strategy or not, is completely irrelevant.

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Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:56 | 5155732 outamyeffinway
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Art of War?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:57 | 5155750 doomandbloom
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Art of Hope

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:58 | 5155756 Barnaby
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One Hand Wanking

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:04 | 5155778 knukles
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The Other



and the Dumbocraps were worried about Sarah Palin  .....  Holy Bejeesus Shit and Shinola

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:07 | 5155811 AlaricBalth
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Actually this "No Strategy" Plan is brilliant. Give the enemy a sense of invincibility and security, lull them into complacency and then we...
Oh never mind. It's tee off time and the starter is getting impatient.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:15 | 5155854 Herd Redirectio...
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Translation: "As long as ISIS stay on the 'plantation' they can run wild."

plantation: Syria +  the part of Iraq that will be a new Sunni state

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:18 | 5155857 hedgeless_horseman
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“The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress, was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood.”

-Abraham Lincoln

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:20 | 5155864 nope-1004
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Glad you picked up on that HH.  When I heard him answer the first question - if congress will be consulted before going into Syria -he said that "congress will be kept informed through this process".  What he was actually saying "NO, congress will not make my war decisions for me."  He's a Hitler.


Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:30 | 5155921 Freddie
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The only thing worse than Obama is the shit that voted for him and his puppetmasters like Soros.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:48 | 5155958 Save_America1st
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Oh, it's all too clear what the strategy is.  It's to do what they always do in the face of "terrorist dangers" (which, by the way, they have always created themselves): 

Use the contrived threat as a way to fuck the American people over more and more and to further erode our freedom and liberty and strip away what's left of the Constitution from us.

See easy...

Let's face it, "folks"...the biggest terrorist organization in the world are the banksters and their political puppets who work night and day to fuck the rest of us over.

The biggest danger We The People have to face in these times is not ISIS, ISIL, IS, or Al Quaida.  It's our very own Marxist, Fascist, treasonous, sociopathic U.S. government and their scumbag dogs, the NSA, CIA, DHS, , FEMA, TSA, IRS, EPA, etc. etc. etc. 

Because let's not forget that these same assholes are the fuckers who list the American people, Constitutionalists, Conservatives, Libertarians, Patriots, Veterans, 2nd Amendment supporters, Christians, home schoolers, sound money advocates, preppers, and the white man of all ages, as the "domestic terrorists" and the biggest threat against this criminal mafia kleptocrocay. 

This is all just a massive scam to be used against the American people.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:49 | 5155986 Leonardo Fibonacci2
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DICK(less) Cheney did say that another attack on US soil would happen before the end of this decade.  These fuckers know: when, where & how.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:12 | 5156067 Manthong
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There is a strategy but I do not know if if gells with the PTB's plan.

I saw pics of the ISIS demons doing away with 250 poor Syrian schmucks from the air base.

I was a military schmuck like that once. I would not make their mistake.. they did not fight to the death.

The strategy should be simple.. you exterminate vermin.

and.. and.. what part about surrender to ISIS do they not get in those parts.

..recall WWII South Pacific.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:40 | 5156151 Fiscal.Enema
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We need to use radiation weapons.  The USA has nasty directed energy"stuff" that can irradiate 100s of square miles with lethal doses of gamma rays. lets get busy. The verman are waiting. no residual radiation either.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:45 | 5156176 Manthong
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Neutrons are good, but collateral tends to be high.

An overrun military base.. go for it.

Tiny yield.. what's a kiloton or two between friends?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:52 | 5156202 nope-1004
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TOTUS only wants to reverse gains made by ISIL in Iraq because ISIS was a CIA operative, created to destabilize Syria and the region.  The US could wipe out ISIL tomorrow, but won't.  Why?  Kind of obvious to me.

This whole thing, headed by mr. taupe, STINKS.  Such a bunch of liars.


Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:25 | 5156314 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"According to Edward Snowden, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the boss of ISIL (aka ISIS),  is a Jewish actor named Simon Elliot."

"Simon Elliot (aka Elliot Shimon aka Al-Baghdadi) has Jewish parents."

"Simon Elliot, having been recruited by Mossad, was trained in espionage and psychological warfare."


Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:06 | 5157019 wee-weed up
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Awww... poor "wittle Bawwy"...

He wants a "do over"...

Cause he wasn't ready...


Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:33 | 5157093 Au_Ag_CuPbCu
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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. -Abraham Lincoln

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:00 | 5157357 Drunk In Church
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We'll be bombing Syria very soon.  And high time.  These ISIS assholes need a good droning.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:15 | 5157453 jeff montanye
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because it works so well?

this is a guerilla war against a billion people and we are losing.

cut israel loose and see the difference.


Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:35 | 5157504 oudinot
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Radiation has already been deployed by your 'execeptional' American military  in the first Gulf war and Iraq using depleted uranium shells.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:36 | 5156153 Fiscal.Enema
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We need to use radiation weapons.  The USA has nasty directed energy"stuff" that can radiate 100s of square miles with lethal doses of gamma rays. lets get busy. The verman are waiting. no residual radiation either.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:28 | 5156326 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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The vermin and all bacteria will also be very dead. The bodies will not decompose until the bacteria move back in.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:36 | 5156360 knukles
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Ah... like heads on sticks.  A warning.

Now that we're screaming about eradicating them are we falling prey to Propaganda or are they really Evil Vermin?
Or both?


Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:59 | 5156423 thamnosma
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They sure are organized for a bunch of "terrorists".   Seems to me IS is a country at this point.  Obama actually used the word "coalition" in terms of fighting IS.  Felt like Groundhog Day to me.  Anyway, not a chance IS, Sunni dominated, is going to go away in Iraq and turn things back over to the Iranian Shiite minions in Baghdad.  This is such a colossal clusterfuck. 

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:17 | 5156472 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:37 | 5156893 MontgomeryScott
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That's like a 'higher' version of MOSSAD!

It's like the DIA instead of the CIA; or 'MI6' instead of 'MI5'!

They 'used' to be called 'ISIL', but I still don't know what or where 'LEVANT' is (sarc). I suppose that's some AshkeNAZI or KHAZAR term for a region in or around Syria or Egypt. That contraction didn't do too well, though (in striking fear in to the sheople). As they look at their 'smart-phones' with the attention spans of a house fly, they ask 'what the fuck is an is-ill?? OH, but there is an ancient goddess that is names 'ISIS', so the bright boys in Alexandria and their partners in Haifa morphed this abbreviation a little.


There are too many sheople who actually think that 'ISIS' is a hot bitch from 'olden times' (they were lost on the 'Islamic State of Iraq and Syria' reference, due to the fact that the I.Q. of the average sheople has declined to the point of a 5-year-old).

According to the DIA/CIA chief, we are NOW to refer to it as 'IS' (Islamic State). They COULDN'T call it 'MS' (or, 'Muslim State'), due to the diseases they created that caused what the sheople are programmed to name 'M.S.' (Multiple Sclerosis').

I guess it depends on what the definition of 'IS' is (Thanks, Bill Clinton!).

LEVANT: The region between Turkey and Egypt that also includes the 'state' of 'Israel':







No fucking SHIT.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:45 | 5156182 topshelfstuff
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should read the whole article



America’s Creeping Into Syria Will Hang Itself in Ukraine | New Eastern Outlook


August 28, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The US has claimed it will begin reconnaissance flights over Syria - a tentative first step toward direct military intervention it has sought in attempts to overthrow the Syrian government since 2011. While the US is using the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) as a pretext to carry out these intrusions into Syrian territory, it was the US itself that created and to this day perpetuates ISIS and other extremist militant fronts amid a documented attempt to reorder the entire Middle East.

What is expected to follow is an incremental expansion of US military intervention in eastern Syria that will include further arming and funding of the very terrorist networks it claims it is violating Syria's borders to attack, culminating in eventual military operations carried out against the Syria government itself.

The US' justification for directly intervening in Syria however, only further undermines the very "international norms" it claims to champion, and opens the door for other nations it is menacing to use more direct means to confront its agenda of global military aggression, including along Russia's border with Ukraine.

Untying Russia's Hands In CNN's report, "Obama authorizes reconnaissance flights over Syria, U.S. official says," it states:

In a discussion about whether the United States military would need Syrian government approval to act against ISIS in Syria, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest referenced the assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May 2011. 

"The President has already demonstrated a willingness, where necessary, to protect the American people, has demonstrated a willingness to use military force to protect the American people, regardless of borders," Earnest said Monday

By exercising policy "regardless of borders," the US has just hung itself politically in its efforts to protect the newly installed regime in Kiev, Ukraine, and prevent Russia from intervening against what are literally battalions of Neo-Nazi militants operating along Russia's border with Ukraine. Citing the need to "protect the Russian people" resonates clearer in regards to legitimate concerns, considering Ukraine's proximity to Russian territory, than America's claims that a region on the other side of the planet, where one of its citizens voluntarily chose to put himself into harms way by covering an ongoing armed conflict, somehow now requires direct US military intervention.


In a June 2014 NEO Journal article titled, "NATO’s Terror Hordes in Iraq a Pretext for Syria Invasion," it was explicitly predicted that:

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:03 | 5156238 klockwerks
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Perfect!! +1000.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:26 | 5156491 pelican
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I think he should cut into ISIL like he does with golf clubs

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:53 | 5156007 EINSILVERGUY

I think it would be more accurate too compare him to Il Duce, Mussolini.

He is a fascist and his competency is about equal to his troops ability to execute a lightning quick overrun of Abyssinia




Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:21 | 5156268 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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"He's a Hitler."

He fancies himself as a dictator, but he's just a dick!


Isn't the real question Who Writes The Crap That Goes on The Teleprompter???

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 21:31 | 5156721 surfer433
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As soon as the Teleprompter develops a strategy, I will read it to you folks.


Thu, 08/28/2014 - 21:45 | 5156764 COSMOS
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Well given the fact most screenwriters in Hollywood are dual citizens, it would be no surprise who writes for the teleprompter.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:47 | 5156963 MontgomeryScott
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Hollywood is 'old news'.

You should investigate the dual citizenship of those who authored the PNAC documents. While you're at it, check out the members of the USG who claim 'dual citizenship'. A guy named 'Chuck Hegel' (same family name as the one who is famous for the 'Hegelian Dialectic') might be of particular interest in your intellectual pursuits.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:27 | 5157195 HK21E
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ValJar is still programming the magic puppet with his instructions.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:20 | 5155874 SWRichmond
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Well, since "we have to prepare for...everything", you don't expect them to announce their plans right away, do you?  This global hegemony shit is complicated.

Actually, it's not complicated at all.  "Bomb everyone until they send us money."

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:54 | 5156014 RiverRoad
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What the hell ever happened to Pax Americana???????

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:08 | 5156063 cossack55
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Its lookin' like it has morphed into "Pox Americana"

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:12 | 5156082 RiverRoad
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Fer sure!

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:55 | 5156989 MontgomeryScott
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Mike and the Mechanics: "Silent Running" (video original, complete with 'predictive progamming elements' of the WTC demolitions):






Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:27 | 5156244 BlindMonkey
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"Actually, it's not complicated at all. "Bomb everyone until they send us money."

It is BTUs that the West needs. Mr Yellen can print all the money he wants to. BTUs are what drives the economic engine. If a country has BTUs they can and will get Western intervention. No BTUs, no false concern about any humanitarian casus belli. Cold, hard facts. Think Tibet would be in the news if they were sitting on a shit pile of BTUs?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:17 | 5156879 drdolittle
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The decider!

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:19 | 5155868 IANAE
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which citation or codicil addresses 'leading from behind'?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:06 | 5157024 MontgomeryScott
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The 'Valerie Jarrett' theorum states that the Mullato One will ALWAYS accept the female role when offered her 'leadership' (from behind).

The codification is evident in the decisions to allow INSURANCE COMPANY LOBBYISTS to ram in 'Obamacere', and the continuation of the 'BUSH BAILOUTS' of the 'TBTF' BANKS', and the appointment of a black communist as 'ATTORNEY GENERAL', and...

(Vision of slapping forehead repeatedly with own hand while enduring the pain and trying to wish that the pain would stop)

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:20 | 5155871 Charles The Ham...
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No one uses the constitution anymore, remember? There are activist judges everywhere who dont even know what a "constitution" is yet alone an article of one.

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:05 | 5156054 disabledvet
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Actually President George Washington's first speech before was something along the lines of "I have now advised you...now I expect you to consent."

That didn't go over very well and he found himself to be America's Most Disappointed President as Congress "ran roughshod over Presidentital authority, prerogative" and a multitude of other forms and functions of "zee authority." Don't even get me started on John Marshall. "That be my Constitution bitch."

My view is that if you're looking for legal "counsel" in these affairs you're already in the wrong. They don't call it Hammer Time for nothing...

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 17:40 | 5155963 NOTW777
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 I think that only applies to GOP presidents

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:23 | 5157070 MontgomeryScott
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Get your terminology straight.

DNC and RNC are one and the same.

Two sides of the SAME 'false dichotomy' ("fucking the United States since 1861").

Reagan Bush Clinton Bush Obama. R R D R D.

As to your statement: Go fuck yourself (if your penis can reach your anus).



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