President Obama’s Iraqi Military Campaign is to Contain, Not Destroy ISIS

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President Obama’s Iraqi Military Mission is to Contain, Not Destroy ISIS

(OPINION) — President Obama emphatically stated that there won’t be any troops on the ground in the latest crisis in Iraq, but something else piqued my interest….the implication that containing not destroying the Islamic States militants seems to be the military goal. He said the airstrikes he ordered in northern Iraq have destroyed the Islamic State militants’ arms and equipment.

During a press conference on the South Lawn, just before boarding Marine One for a Martha’s Vineyard family vacation, President Obama said, “Ultimately, there’s not going to be an American military solution to this problem.” “There’s going to have to be an Iraqi solution.” He implied that there won’t be any deeper US action unless there’s a clear change in how the Maliki-led government runs the country and the need for a unity government. In other words, the ball is in their court. He also said the Iraq campaign will be a “long-term project” and “I think this is going to take some time.”

President Obama said U.S. troops were pulled out of Iraq because they didn’t want them there. He repeated there will be no more combat troops in Iraq again. “We are going to maintain that because we should have learned a lesson from our long and immensely costly incursion into Iraq,” Obama said. He said there is “no doubt” that ISIS advance on Erbil “has been more rapid than the intelligence estimates.”

He said, “There is no American military solution to this problem, but an Iraqi solution that America and other countries will support.” In other words, the goals of this military campaign are much more narrower than you think. The objectives for Obama’s airstrikes in Iraq are protect the Kurdistan region from ISIS and to break ISIS seige that has stranded about 40,000 Yazidis on the Sinjar mountain. That’s it. Rather than blunting the effect of ISIS offensive anywhere else, he is focused on a limited swath of Iraq.

ISIS or ISIL poses a serious threat to the Iraqi government and could destabilize the entire region. The way the Obama administration seems to view the current situation is that ISIS marching to Kurdistan and displacing the Yazidis is a military problem, hence the airstrikes, but the political problems are up to the Iraqi government to solve. In other words, containing ISIS and not eliminating ISIS is the mission at this juncture.

Well, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is sounding the alarm about ISIS, though President Obama’s goal at this juncture isn’t to destroy the militant group, but to contain them. She issued a sharp rebuke of President Obama’s strategy:

“It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries, training them to fight its battles in the Middle East and possibly returning them to European and American cities to attack us in our backyard,” the California Democrat said in a statement backing military action authorized by President Barack Obama. “We simply cannot allow this to happen.”

Feinstein called for a broader military campaign against ISIL, not just the targeted missions authorized by the president.

It takes an army to defeat an army, and I believe that we either confront ISIL now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future. Inaction is no longer an option. I support actions by the administration to coordinate efforts with Iraq and other allies to use our military strength and targeting expertise to the fullest extent possible,” Feinstein said. Source: Roll Call

I would venture to say, the mess playing out before our eyes are the result of the failed policies of four American presidents — George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, especially George W. Bush and to some extent, Barack Obama. Like former secretary of state Colin Powell said, if you break it, you own it. We own the mess in Iraq. I will concede another point — you can’t ignore the fact that a deep-seated resentments of the Sunnis is what’s driving ISIS and Prime Minister Maliki doesn’t show any signs that he wants to share power with the Sunnis and the Kurds. Not even a teeny bit. So, we have a big problem on our hands.

The Washington Post slammed President Obama in a scathing editorial, saying his Iraq policy “isn’t connected to a coherent strategy” and that it’s “unrealistic”:

While U.S. airstrikes and drops of supplies may prevent the terrorist forces from massacring the Yazidi sect or toppling the pro-Western regime in Kurdistan, Mr. Obama lacks a plausible plan for addressing the larger threat posed by the Islamic State. In recent weeks, senior U.S. officials have described the danger in hair-curling terms: The Islamic State forces, which have captured large numbers of U.S.-supplied heavy weapons, threaten not only the Iraqi and Kurdish governments, but also Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. With hundreds of Western recruits, they have the ambition and capability to launch attacks against targets in Europe and the United States.

Yet by the White House’s own account, the measures ordered by Mr. Obama are not intended to defeat the Islamic State or even to stop its bloody advances in most of the region. Instead they are limited to protecting two cities where U.S. personnel are stationed and one mass of refugees. The hundreds of thousands of people in Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere threatened by the al-Qaeda forces will receive no U.S. protection. Nor will the terrorists’ hold over the areas they already control, including the large city of Mosul and nearby oil fields, be tested by U.S. airpower.

U.S. officials say that Mr. Obama has refrained from a broader campaign because he believes the Islamic State is “an Iraqi responsibility,” as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel put it. The administration is pushing Iraq’s political factions, sharply divided along sectarian lines, to join in forming a new government; once such a government is formed, Mr. Obama said, “the United States will work with it and other countries in the region to provide increased support.”

President Obama is right, that this is an Iraqi problem, but the wait will be a long one, for us to see any kind of resolution. Meanwhile, ISIS will continue its push forward and deeper into Iraq, creating chaos along the way.

BOMBS AWAY: President Obama Authorizes Targeted Air Strikes, Humanitarian Relief in Iraq

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BOMBS AWAY: President Obama Authorizes Targeted Air Strikes, Humanitarian Relief in Iraq

BOMBS AWAY!!!! AIRSTRIKES AUTHORIZED!!

President Obama has “authorized two operations in Iraq: targeted air strikes and humanitarian relief.”

This comes as Islamic State militants (ISIL) have taken the Mosul Dam, which is the largest dam in Iraq. The Sunni militants have also seized Iraq biggest Christian town, Qaraqosh, which caused many residents to flee. They would face similar demands made by the Sunni militants in other captured areas, that they should convert to Islam or die.

The Islamic State views Iraq’s majority Shi’its and religious minorities such as Christians and Yazidis, as infidels. The Islamic State tweeted that its fighters had captured 15 towns, along with the Mosul Dam, and a military base.

Thousands have become trapped on Sinjar mountain, with children dying of thirst. It is a very dire situation. The U.S. did air drops of food and water on the mountain.

The NY Times reports that “military forces bombed at least two targets in norther Iraq on Thursday night to rout Islamist insurgents who have trapped tens of thousands of religious minorities in Kurdish areas.”

Here’s the text of President Obama’s speech:

Good evening. Today I authorized two operations in Iraq — targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death. Let me explain the actions we’re taking and why.

First, I said in June — as the terrorist group ISIL began an advance across Iraq — that the United States would be prepared to take targeted military action in Iraq if and when we determined that the situation required it. In recent days, these terrorists have continued to move across Iraq, and have neared the city of Erbil, where American diplomats and civilians serve at our consulate and American military personnel advise Iraqi forces.

To stop the advance on Erbil, I’ve directed our military to take targeted strikes against ISIL terrorist convoys should they move toward the city. We intend to stay vigilant, and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq, including our consulate in Erbil and our embassy in Baghdad. We’re also providing urgent assistance to Iraqi government and Kurdish forces so they can more effectively wage the fight against ISIL.

Second, at the request of the Iraqi government — we’ve begun operations to help save Iraqi civilians stranded on the mountain. As ISIL has marched across Iraq, it has waged a ruthless campaign against innocent Iraqis. And these terrorists have been especially barbaric towards religious minorities, including Christian and Yezidis, a small and ancient religious sect. Countless Iraqis have been displaced. And chilling reports describe ISIL militants rounding up families, conducting mass executions, and enslaving Yezidi women.

In recent days, Yezidi women, men and children from the area of Sinjar have fled for their lives. And thousands — perhaps tens of thousands — are now hiding high up on the mountain, with little but the clothes on their backs. They’re without food, they’re without water. People are starving. And children are dying of thirst. Meanwhile, ISIL forces below have called for the systematic destruction of the entire Yezidi people, which would constitute genocide. So these innocent families are faced with a horrible choice: descend the mountain and be slaughtered, or stay and slowly die of thirst and hunger.

I’ve said before, the United States cannot and should not intervene every time there’s a crisis in the world. So let me be clear about why we must act, and act now. When we face a situation like we do on that mountain — with innocent people facing the prospect of violence on a horrific scale, when we have a mandate to help — in this case, a request from the Iraqi government — and when we have the unique capabilities to help avert a massacre, then I believe the United States of America cannot turn a blind eye. We can act, carefully and responsibly, to prevent a potential act of genocide. That’s what we’re doing on that mountain.

I’ve, therefore, authorized targeted airstrikes, if necessary, to help forces in Iraq as they fight to break the siege of Mount Sinjar and protect the civilians trapped there. Already, American aircraft have begun conducting humanitarian airdrops of food and water to help these desperate men, women and children survive. Earlier this week, one Iraqi in the area cried to the world, “There is no one coming to help.” Well today, America is coming to help. We’re also consulting with other countries — and the United Nations — who have called for action to address this humanitarian crisis.

I know that many of you are rightly concerned about any American military action in Iraq, even limited strikes like these. I understand that. I ran for this office in part to end our war in Iraq and welcome our troops home, and that’s what we’ve done. As Commander-in-Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq. And so even as we support Iraqis as they take the fight to these terrorists, American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq, because there’s no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq. The only lasting solution is reconciliation among Iraqi communities and stronger Iraqi security forces.

However, we can and should support moderate forces who can bring stability to Iraq. So even as we carry out these two missions, we will continue to pursue a broader strategy that empowers Iraqis to confront this crisis. Iraqi leaders need to come together and forge a new government that represents the legitimate interests of all Iraqis, and that can fight back against the threats like ISIL. Iraqis have named a new President, a new Speaker of Parliament, and are seeking consensus on a new Prime Minister. This is the progress that needs to continue in order to reverse the momentum of the terrorists who prey on Iraq’s divisions.

Once Iraq has a new government, the United States will work with it and other countries in the region to provide increased support to deal with this humanitarian crisis and counterterrorism challenge. None of Iraq’s neighbors have an interest in this terrible suffering or instability.

And so we’ll continue to work with our friends and allies to help refugees get the shelter and food and water they so desperately need, and to help Iraqis push back against ISIL. The several hundred American advisors that I ordered to Iraq will continue to assess what more we can do to help train, advise and support Iraqi forces going forward. And just as I consulted Congress on the decisions I made today, we will continue to do so going forward.

My fellow Americans, the world is confronted by many challenges. And while America has never been able to right every wrong, America has made the world a more secure and prosperous place. And our leadership is necessary to underwrite the global security and prosperity that our children and our grandchildren will depend upon. We do so by adhering to a set of core principles. We do whatever is necessary to protect our people. We support our allies when they’re in danger. We lead coalitions of countries to uphold international norms. And we strive to stay true to the fundamental values — the desire to live with basic freedom and dignity — that is common to human beings wherever they are. That’s why people all over the world look to the United States of America to lead. And that’s why we do it.

So let me close by assuring you that there is no decision that I take more seriously than the use of military force. Over the last several years, we have brought the vast majority of our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. And I’ve been careful to resist calls to turn time and again to our military, because America has other tools in our arsenal than our military. We can also lead with the power of our diplomacy, our economy, and our ideals.

But when the lives of American citizens are at risk, we will take action. That’s my responsibility as Commander-in-Chief. And when many thousands of innocent civilians are faced with the danger of being wiped out, and we have the capacity to do something about it, we will take action. That is our responsibility as Americans. That’s a hallmark of American leadership. That’s who we are.

So tonight, we give thanks to our men and women in uniform -— especially our brave pilots and crews over Iraq who are protecting our fellow Americans and saving the lives of so many men, women and children that they will never meet. They represent American leadership at its best. As a nation, we should be proud of them, and of our country’s enduring commitment to uphold our own security and the dignity of our fellow human beings.

God bless our Armed Forces, and God bless the United States of America.

President Obama Announces New Round of Sanctions Against Russia

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President Obama Announces New Round of Sanctions Against Russia

President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia, in coordination with the European Union announcing its own sanctions, in response to the aggression against Ukraine. President Obama said, “United States is imposing new sanctions in key sectors of the Russian economy: energy, arms and finance.”

President Obama said the Russian-backed separatists still won’t cooperate with international investigators in the down Malaysia Airlines plane. He also said U.S. satellite images show that Russia recently fired missiles across the border into Ukraine.

Obama warned if Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, doesn’t change its policy towards Ukraine, the “costs will continue to grow.”

NY Times:  The growth of the oil industry in the last two decades has powered Russia’s economic and geopolitical resurgence since the collapse of the Soviet Union and enriched allies of President Vladimir V. Putin. Russia pumps about 10.5 million barrels of oil a day, making it among the largest producers.

“The biggest edge that Western energy companies still have is their technological edge — that’s why these sanctions have the potential to have significant impact,” said Michael A. Levi, an energy expert at the Council on Foreign Relations. “Chinese companies can’t step in and provide shale technology where U.S. companies are blocked. They can provide capital; they can provide people. They can’t fill in on the technology front.”

President Obama Slammed for ‘Timid’ Response to MH17 Attack

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President Obama Slammed for ‘Timid’ Response to MH17 Attack (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

(OPINION) — Everybody is talking tough when it comes to handling Russia and Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Um, everybody except President Barack Obama. Just this morning, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said if the MH17 crash sight was not opened to investigators by tomorrow, Europe should impose ‘crippling round of sanctions.’ You see, President Obama set out to do that and the reception from Europe was lukewarm. Even the Netherlands watered down the sanctions that Europe slapped on Putin for the Ukrainian crisis. I am guessing the crash and the disregard for the dead should be a game changer. Still, IMHO, President Obama came off as weak in the early hours of this immense tragedy. Europe’s response was also very weak but you won’t hear the right wing fearmongers talking about that. It’s about time for the pressure to start mounting on Putin to do the right thing.

The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committtee are also throwing President Obama under a bus. On Sunday they said the U.S. response to the attack on MH17 that killed 298 people, including crew members, has been weak. President Obama was off doing what he does best, attending fundraisers. You see, Vladimir Putin should have been reigned in a long time ago. I would go as far as saying, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should have kept him in check as well. Remember George W. Bush said when he looked into Putin’s eyes and “was able to get a sense of his soul.” It’s time to stop playing footsy with Vladimir Putin and get tough. Germany, Netherlands, England, France and Italy need to lead stand with America to stomp out his aggression.

Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) each said that the United States could be doing more to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible for the attack.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said there is evidence that links Russian-backed militants to the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, stopping just short of directly linking the attacks to the Russian government.

Several lawmakers echoed that connection, and lamented that the United States has not done enough to support Ukraine.

“Clearly President Putin has created the set of circumstances and has supplied the resources … to the rebels so that this tragedy could take place,” said Menendez, the chairman of the panel, said on the “Fox News Sunday” program.

“For me, I think the West, including the [United States], has to have a far more significant response than we’ve seen to date,” he said. Source: The Hill

President Obama should have told Vladimir Putin the moment intelligence suggested that the jetliner had been shot down by pro-Russian separatists, that the “mother” of all sanctions would be coming if he didn’t close the borders and tell his lackeys to stand-down and allow the investigators to come in an secure the crash site. It’s time for the U.S. to send weapons to the Ukraine to help them fight the separatists. Not troops. Weapons.  Vladimir Putin has a Hitler-mentality and we cannot afford to let him run loose all over eastern Europe. But European countries must also take a stand.

U.S. foreign policy seems to have slipped into a chaotic mess, starting with the mishandling of the Syrian crisis to the timidity exhibited in the MH17 attack. President Obama seems to have become something of a laughingstock to some because he keeps moving his red lines and the leaders it’s aimed at keep pushing back. I recall during the summer of 2012 when President Obama was asked about the security of chemical weapons in the Syrian stockpile, he said, “We have been very clear to the Assad regime … that a red line for us is [when] we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.” Well, a year later, Assad used chemical weapons on his people.

Here’s President Obama’s latest statement on the MH17 attack (H/T WaPo):

“Now is the time for Russia and Putin to pivot away from the strategy he been taking and get serious” about resolving the conflict in Ukraine, Obama said in a statement Monday morning in the White House Rose Garden.

He also issued a vaguely worded threat.

“My preference has and continues to be finding a diplomatic solution with regard to Ukraine,” he said. “If Russia continues to back these separatists … then Russia will only further isolate itself with the international community” and increase its costs within the international community.

Obama’s statement came after a weekend in which his administration grappled with the fallout over the downed Malaysian jetliner with reports that Russian-backed separatists were tampering with evidence and removing bodies along the 10-mile crash site in eastern Ukraine.

Obama said such tampering has “no place in the community of nations” and said given Russia’s direct influence over the separatists, Putin has the “responsibility to compel them to cooperate with the investigation.”

Vladimir Putin stuck his finger in Obama’s eye after granting National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum. The Obama Administration was preaching to the choir when they begged Putin to return Snowden. I won’t go as far as blaming President Obama for the missile attack on MH17, as some have done, but I am very disappointed in the chaos that is raging on the foreign policy front. British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a blistering criticism of Vladimir Putin and the desecration of the dead by a bunch of drunk thugs who have been enabled by the Russian leader. Why can’t President Obama deliver such a scathing rebuke and stand by his threat? Lecturing Putin doesn’t work. Since we are back to Cold War levels, why not really stick it to him with a real threat such as the deployment of that scrapped anti-missile system for Poland and the Czech Republic?

Quinn Lucas Schansman ID’d as American Killed Aboard Malaysia Airlines Crash

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Quinn Lucas Schansman ID’d as American Killed Aboard Malaysia Airlines Crash

Quinn Lucas Schansman, a dual U.S. and Dutch citizen, was confirmed as a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down in eastern Ukraine.

Schansman was on his way to meet his family members who were vacationing in Malaysia when the plane was hit by a Buk surface-to-air missile, thought to have been launched by pro-Russian separatists.

According to his Facebook page, he studied international business at Hogeschool van Amsterdam (the University of Amersterdam). Quinn is also a former soccer player for the Olympia ’25.

The U.S. State Department is still working on confirming if any other American citizens were among the 298 passengers and crew members killed in the flight bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

President Obama warned that there could be other Americans besides Quinn Lucas Schansman who were killed in the crash.

Also killed were Indiana University  chemistry doctoral students, 25-year-old Karlijn KeijzerThe Malay Mail Online reports Ariza Ghazalee, 46, her husband Tambi Jiee, 49, and their four children, who were returning home to Malaysia after spending three years abroad, were also killed.

Dutch nationals Jeroen and Nicole Wals and their four children Amel, Jinte, Brett and Solenn, were also killed. Australian businessman, Nick Norris, and his three grandchildren: 12-year-old Mo, 10-year-old Evie and 8-year-old Otis Maslin are among the victims.

Moms With Guns Founder On Obama Photo: “Where’s An Assassin When You Need One”

RIGHT WING EXTREMISM:  Moms with Guns founder Kathy Perkins shared a photo on her Facebook page of President Obama during his recent trip to Texas with the caption: “Where is an assasin (sic) when you need one?” The photo has since been removed and the Moms with Guns Facebook account closed, but Liberaland was able to save a screen capture:

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Moms With Guns Founder On Obama Photo: “Where’s An Assassin When You Need One” (Credit: Liberaland)

 

SMH: John Boehner to Sue Obama for Obamacare Employer Mandate Delay

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John Boehner to Sue Obama for Obamacare Employer Mandate Delay

The GOP clown car just keeps on rolling….Just when you think Congressional Republicans couldn’t sink any lower with their obstructionist tactics, John Boehner just outdid himself. He now plans to sue President Obama for not imposing the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act fast enough. Yes, fast enough. But wait, didn’t we have a government shutdown led by Teabagger Sen. Ted Cruz over defunding Obamacare? You can’t make this stuff up:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday revealed that he plans to sue President Barack Obama for his unilateral delay of the Obamacare employer mandate.

The Speaker unveiled a two-page bill that he plans to advance through the House, declaring a right of action to sue the president for exceeding his authority.

“Today we’re releasing a draft resolution that will authorize the House to file suit over the way President Obama unilaterally changed the employer mandate,” Boehner said in a statement. “In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”

Um, if they succeed in their lawsuit, doesn’t it mean that Obamacare will be implemented faster? But didn’t they want this repealed? Wow. What geniuses we have representing us. LOL.

The White House Press Secretary issued a statement:

It is disappointing that Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans have decided to waste time and taxpayer dollars on a political stunt. At a time when Washington should be working to expand economic opportunities for the middle class, Republican leaders in Congress are playing Washington politics rather than working with the President on behalf of hardworking Americans. As the President said today, he is doing his job – lawsuit or not – and it’s time Republicans in Congress did theirs.

Glenn Beck to Help the 60,000 Underage Refugees Who Have Crossed US Borders

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Glenn Beck to Help the 60,000 Underage Refugees Who Have Crossed US Borders (Credit: Wikipedia)

When Glenn Beck is the voice of reason for the right wing, then you know they are in deeper trouble than they care to admit. I was pleasantly surprised to see him take a position of helping the 60,000 undocumented children who came across the U.S. border. Instead of joining the right wing chorus and blaming President Obama, Beck is willing to help those children in some way. That’s admirable. Yeah, I didn’t think that’s a word I would ever use to describe Glenn Beck.

Glenn Beck on Tuesday announced that he will be bringing tractor-trailers full of food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to McAllen, Texas on July 19 as a way to help care for some of the roughly 60,000 underage refugees who have crossed into America illegally in 2014.

Beck said he will be joined by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and a number of pastors and rabbis.

“Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said of the children. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”

Beck said that “everybody” told him not to talk about other controversial issues, like the caliphate, in the past, and that he is hearing the same thing about his stance that we must care for the children who have crossed into America illegally.

“Everybody is telling me I’m seeing subscriptions down; I’m seeing Mercury One donations down,” Beck said, growing emotional. “I’m getting violent emails from people who say I’ve ‘betrayed the Republic.’ Whatever. I’ve never taken a position more deadly to my career than this — and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this.”

“We’re going to fill some tractor-trailers with food, with water,” Beck said. “The churches have asked us if we could bring teddy bears and soccer balls, so we’ve loaded up a whole tractor-trailer of nothing but teddy bears and soccer balls. And then I’m going to go serve breakfast and lunch, and I’m going to help unload these trucks, hot meals for 3,000. That’s what we’re doing.” Source: The Blaze

So, instead of Caribou Barbie, half-term governor Sarah Palin screaming that it’s time to impeach President Obama for treating the U.S. like a “battered wife,” how about offering up some real solutions? Seems like Glenn Beck beat her and the rest of the right wingnuts to it.

Rick Perry Disses President Obama by Refusing Formal Meeting and Handshake

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Rick Perry Disses President Obama by Refusing Formal Meeting and Handshake

The Republican disrespect of President Obama continues….Texas Gov. Rick Perry declines meet with President Obama and handshake in Austin on Wednesday. Yep, this is the grandfather of conspiracy theories about immigration and border protection.

In a letter to President Obama, Mr. Oops wrote:

I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue. With the appropriate notice, I am willing to change my schedule to facilitate this request.

At any point while you are here, I am available to sit down privately so we can talk and you may directly gain my state’s perspective on the effects of an unsecured border and what is necessary to make it secure.

Um, I didn’t realize President Obama’s schedule revolves around Gov. Rick Perry’s schedule. It was mighty thoughtful of the governor to offer to fit the president in whenever…. Republicans think treating President Obama like crap will help them win the White House in 2016. I would venture to say, their behavior will increase black and Hispanic voter turnout at record levels again, as we saw in 2008 and 2012.

UPDATE:  Um, it seems that Gov. Perry had a change of heart. His spokesperson issues a hilarious statement trying to take credit for the already planned White House roundtable he had been invited to attend. “Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow.”

ABC News Cuts Rick Perry’s Conspiracy Rant About Obama on Immigration, Drones

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ABC News Cuts Rick Perry’s Conspiracy Rant About Obama on Immigration, Drones

Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues to amaze me as to how he got elected in the first place. Martha Raddatz cut him on during his appearance on ABC News after  he spent four minutes defending a ridiculous conspiracy theory that President Obama planned to fill up the United States with illegal immigrants.

Perry made the assertion on Fox News last week, but of course, they didn’t take him to task, since that fits in quite nicely with their views. Perry accused President Obama of being responsible for the mass influx of undocumented immigrants, including children, streaming across the borders.

Perry said, “We either have an incredibly inept administration, or they’re in on this somehow or another.” He added, “I mean I hate to be conspiratorial, but I mean how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?”

On Sunday, Martha Raddatz gave Perry a chance to walk back those comments but he dug into. She asked, “Governor, do you really believe there’s some sort of conspiracy to get people into the United States by the federal governmenet, by the Obama administration?”

Gov. Perry responded, “When I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012, and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don’t care, and that is my positio.” “We have been bringing to the attention of President Obama and his administration since 2010, he received a letter from me on the tarmac… I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from.” Really? Wow.

Well, Gov. Perry went on….

“Unless we secure our southern border, this is going to continue to be a massive amount of individuals that are coming to the United States,” Perry warned. “And, frankly, we don’t have a place to house them as it is. And if we have a major event, a hurricane that comes in to the Gulf Coast, I don’t have a place to be housing people who are displaced because this administration…”

Wow, really dude? At that point, Martha Raddatz cut him off. Enough of the crap. What the heck is it with Texas? So many wingnut politicians in one state, from both political parties.