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White House Scrambles To 'Clarify' Obama's "ISIS Strategy"

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"Strategy" or "No Strategy"? Minutes after last night's admission by the President that "we don't have a strategy yet," the White House public relations department went into full damage control mode. Shameless spokesman Josh Earnest used the word "strategy" 33 times in a brief interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer and this morning the "clarifications" continue. As NBC reports, “The president hasn't yet laid out a specific plan for military action in Syria,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “And the reason for that is simply that the Pentagon is still developing that plan and he is still reviewing it.” This seems to us like yet another admission that there is 'no strategy' akin to being half pregnant.


Seemed pretty clear what he meant?


Word Cloud of CNN's Wolf Blitzer interview with Josh Earnest


But no - The White House says we just don't get it...

“The president hasn't yet laid out a specific plan for military action in Syria,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “And the reason for that is simply that the Pentagon is still developing that plan and he is still reviewing it.”


Obama drew criticism Thursday when he said “we don’t have a strategy yet” to strike Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria.


“The president was candid about the fact that the Pentagon is still reviewing options that may be available to him,” Earnest said.


He added that the U.S. has taken military action against ISIS in Iraq and that the U.S, has a comprehensive strategy that includes working with regional powers to stop the militants.

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If you like your strategy, you can keep your strategy... or the dog ate it.

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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:35 | 5159351 aleph0
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The Covert Origins of ISIS



Evidence exposing who put ISIS in power, and how it was done

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:39 | 5159386 nope-1004
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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:53 | 5159467 Terminus C
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This is brilliant.

The president says, "We have no strategy for defeating ISIS".

People and press go nuts, "What do you mean you have no strategy? We must have a strategy to defeat these crazy islamofascists!  Get to work Mr. President!"

Administration "comes up" with a plan (that they had all along).

The people and the press cheer definitive action and its a go.

This public relations strategy of saying "we don't have a strategy" guides the discussion away from "should we get involved?" to "why aren't we involved yet?"


Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:08 | 5159554 disabledvet
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Then after you start enacting heir action plan according to their diktats you then get attacked for doing something.

Maybe instead of golf he should try baseball.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:33 | 5159665 knukles
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"Clarify" what strategy?

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:13 | 5159821 MarsInScorpio
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Tell me, after reading the story about not being at war with IS, and yesterday Obama admitting he has weeks for golfing, but no time to devote to dealing with the IS threat – how do you continue to take “Joshing Earnestly” as anything but a buffoon?

The reality that Obama has to admit he is completely without a plan for IS is the most frightening words I have ever heard spoken by an American president. He is admitting, in a summary exposition of his mental health, what others have said all along – “I am mentally and emotionally incompetent for this office, I am not able to mentally and emotionally handle the requirements of this office, and all of you are on your own because I’m no longer mentally and emotionally connected to the responsibilities of this office – I have mentally and emotionally disconnected from reality and now exist in a bubble of my fancy. Good luck – I’ve already mentally and emotionally checked-out of the presidency.”

This weekend plan with no time to dealing with IS - again - but rather only with positive bubbles where he is hailed as a super-hero, shows just how far Obama is gone.

Seriously. Stop lying to yourself about it. He is a broken man.

Obama is suffering from an evolving mental breakdown. He is down to only appearing before highly reinforcing groups, or escaping completely onto the golf course.

The reality that he spent no time developing a strategy for IS shows he is no longer capable – mentally – of facing up to complex issues that do not give him immediate gratification the way fundraisers and golfing do.

Forget impeachment – the 25th Amendment is going to get him out of office.

His mental illness – the inability to cope with his life in its reality, and thus his need to escape to comforting bubbles of time and people – is going to grow worse over time.

You are watching Barack Obama move every day deeper, and deeper, into the darkness of depression and self-deconstruction. In simpler terms, Barack Obama is mentally melting down into mental oblivion.

No matter how much Joshing Earnestly tries to cover for him.


Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:55 | 5159482 Save_America1st
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Ummm....let's see, I'll take a quick crack at this one here:

The fucking strategy is how to continue acting like they're actually "bombing" the "bad guys" to smithereens whilst actually missing everything of relevance, especially the majority of these dirt crawlers themselves, so that our psychopathic government can keep these fuck-tards in power for years and years to come as a fake enemy in order to be able to use them against the rest of the world as the so-called "terrorists" so that the governments, i.e. the ACTUAL TERRORISTS can continue to fuck us all over and force us into total authoritarianism. 

That's the fucking strategy.


Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:06 | 5159547 thamnosma
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Even if IS is a group that's gone rogue, that they really wish they could put back in the bottle (they really do NOT control every move in the world), there is no strategy to be had.  Anything the Obama fools come up with can only make things worse, again.  Just for argument's sake, let's say the goal would be to defeat IS, destroy it, put Iraq back together again, how the hell would that be accomplished?  By drones and bombers?  By limited bombing or carpet bombing?  By destroying Mosul?  Then add to that the IS areas in Syria.  Would that strategy be to even further fund and arm the other extremist rogue jihadist groups operating there?

So I figure the Regime will do "something" and hope some other news story replaces this one. 

Islamic State is here to stay.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:57 | 5159768 Bloppy
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Survey: Dems rank ‘climate change’ ahead of ISIS, al-Qaeda, Russia, Iran, NKorea



Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:47 | 5159427 thamnosma
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Put that on "watch later", hope he's got some real info there.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:57 | 5159503 williambanzai7
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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:24 | 5159629 Ozy_mandias
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Er'body needs to watch this

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:27 | 5159639 oldmule
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Obama is a Sunni. The tribe He is from a Kenya Sunni Of course He does not have a plan. He is not going to attack his own people, people fro his tribe. He plans to make the US into a Muslim country. By letting ISIS attack Saudi Arabia that will create millions of immigrant's looking to escape who will be coming to the US.

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 06:35 | 5161899 Idaho potato head
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Ultimately this leads to war with China and Russia per the brezinky doctrine .

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:34 | 5159352 nope-1004
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Let me be perfectly clear.  I have no strategy.


Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:49 | 5159438 Kirk2NCC1701
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Let me be perfectly clear.  I have no strategy.  That I can share with you.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:54 | 5159484 forensicator
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Let me be perfectly clear.  I have no strategy.  Until my handlers tell me what it is.... then I still wont understand it until i read about it in the New York Times..

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:34 | 5159353 Winston Churchill
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Obozo has a strategy.Avoid sand traps.

Might work in the MENA as well.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:35 | 5159354 SloMoe
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If you like your "ISIS Strategy," you can keep your "ISIS Strategy."

Oh wait...

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:34 | 5159355 Uncle Sugar
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O should go and negotiate with them directly. 

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:36 | 5159364 Winston Churchill
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Head to head .

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:35 | 5159361 tuttisaluti
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Just nuke em. The colateral will be a couple of 100000 moslems, but they are part of the problem.

now you can down vote me



Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:39 | 5159380 Grande Tetons
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Killing somebody else's kids for Oil is not worth the effort. I will buy a horse instead. 

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:46 | 5159425 Itchy and Scratchy
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Those 20 arabs sure made a mistake heading up to northern Iraq and tryin' to make a move on a few oil wells! I thin they sent half of the USAF after them within an hour of their arrival! Lol! U can bet they won't be doin' that again any time soon!

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:48 | 5159439 thamnosma
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stupid on so many levels. 

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:57 | 5159491 Terminus C
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I particularly like the level of stupid where he is willing to murder hundreds of thousands of people that have never hurt him or his family in any way.  All because the idea of them makes him uncomfortable.

Unfortunately I think his thinking is well represented in our society.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:09 | 5159559 thamnosma
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Have seen some mainstream comment boards where such comments are the norm.  Depressing.  Yeah, let's start nuking the planet.  No blowback from that sort of move.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:05 | 5159521 earleflorida
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your logic is the same as adolf hitler... asinine!  a few jews pissed him off, so the crazy kills off a few million with a age old rationale... 'guilt by association'. never did any war have a strategy other than money as the root cause...

now, with all the crazy's isis mimicking our nazi-style`despotism, the've been given a sanctimonious allah doxology?!?

beheading is symbolic, but, dropping 500lb bombs on villages is moar humane? 

ps. during every war the belligerents, and allies filmed mass execution! maccarthur would sit in a jeep and have his captains, colonels carry out the slaughter in north korean war, etel, etc.! no country-- no matter how honourable their [good]intentions are the path that, 'leads us all to hell'! all countries have performed atrocities for verification[?] to be sent to hq and later to be archived for your personal pleasure?!?

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:41 | 5159695 Freddie
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Hitler was a puppet for the banksters.  Dave Cameron's family of German jewish banksters have worked for teh red shield for centuries financing wars. Check Wiki.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:36 | 5159365 bardot63
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The Pentagon has strategies on the shelf for every possible scenario, including your home town if you go Ferguson, Mo.  Obummer does have a stategy---to let Islamic criminals win all they real estate they can before the 2017 inauguration of the next prez.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:37 | 5159373 saints51
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Syria does have allies that are not US friendly right now. Then again this might be the play to draw Russia into a war with the US. Sanctions not working so lets fuck with Syria.Just my 2 cents.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:49 | 5159412 Winston Churchill
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Iran and Syria have a mutual defence pact.

Iran has good anti carrier missiles ,and I doubt Saudi Qatar or Turkey will let the US

fly strikes from their bases.Suicidal, and a bad precedent.

I don't see how the US hits Syria without risking widespread war, even without Russia

supporting its ally,Syria.

All boxed in.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:50 | 5159451 saints51
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Good points Winston. Logistics are a total nightmare.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:38 | 5159381 Joebloinvestor
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Barry can just make a decree and wave his hand.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:15 | 5159589 max2205
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Killing brown people.....it's what we do.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:38 | 5159382 The Fonz...befo...
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That cream colored suit has to be some sort of code or something...it's in motion

It's on people code beige....what the hell is going on there? He looks like a realtor

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:48 | 5159428 nmewn
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Carter of Malaise Speech infamy liked that color too.

Cute, isn't it? ;-)


Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:01 | 5159516 Dick Gazinia
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It makes it difficult to spot the "Regey Spunk" dripping off the lapel.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:56 | 5159489 CrimsonAvenger
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Yes We Tan.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:39 | 5159383 Chupacabra-322
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Should read:

"White House Scrambles to Script Together More CIA Fasle Narrative's, Propaganda & PsyOp."

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:38 | 5159384 Fuku Ben
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What's a girlie man to do?

Maybe he could consult Michael during a sodomy session

Or one of his dual citizen death cult cabinet members

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:39 | 5159390 Racer
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Is this like the known unknowns or the unknown unknowns?

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:40 | 5159395 Itchy and Scratchy
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What a big pile of steamin' dog shite! 'Scrambling for a strategy!!!!' Lol! Wayyyy beyond pathetic!

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:41 | 5159399 world_debt_slave
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can't make chiken soup from chiken shit

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:42 | 5159404 astoriajoe
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why have a presser if you don't have a plan?

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:21 | 5159616 disabledvet
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This is a good question. No good answer to it either. "Ummm...hello. We're over there right now. Do we had a plan for that?"

Seems to be signaling a "waiting game" but waiting for what seems to be the main question to me. "To get attacked!" is the only answer I can come up with. "Then not do anything about that either."

He's like the French between 1939-1940. "Lotta jibber jabber here" but some "mystical defense system" means the other side is allowed to attack first, not us.

"Collective Security" is not some abstract concept either.

The President could offer NATO membership to Putin actually..."right back at ya, phucker."

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:44 | 5159407 nmewn
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Gawd, please don't tell me people twice elected an arrogant, narcissistic, national socialist freeloader who never had a strategy in his life except spending other peoples money.

Don't like the word "socialist"?

Look at the welfare rolls, look at ObamaCare, look at the shattered rule of law and then deal with what you see.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:45 | 5159420 Inthemix96
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Adding injury to insult.  Or something like that.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:58 | 5159501 RighteousDude
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Amen Brother!!

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:44 | 5159408 Itchy and Scratchy
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What is up with these Whitehouse Defense Pentagon CIA types workin' around the clock 24-7!??? Nobody in government works past 2pm on Fridays or after 3pm during the week!

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