Obama: Al Qaeda Takeover of Iraqi Cities Not a Military Problem

War is the ultimate military problem.


It's true. Obama is too smart to be president. Can't someone get him a job delivering TED talks or a New York Times column.

But after Kerry promised speedy action, Obama preceded his fundraising trip to Palm Springs (at taxpayer expense) by saying nothing new about Al Qaeda's capture of entire Iraqi cities. Then he claimed it wasn't primarily a military problem.

Maybe I lack the wisdom to appreciate how a sizable well armed force seizing entire cities is not a military problem. But then I'm not a liberal.

War is the ultimate military problem.

Before heading to a Laguna Beach fundraiser, where 25 supporters paid $32,400 for a shot at him, Obama said, "We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq security forces and I’ll be reviewing those options in the days ahead."

Sure. He's been saying that ever since the crisis began. Here's a nutty idea, maybe he should have been on top of this from the beginning instead of treating it like extra work.

And maybe he can skip the fundraiser when a major terrorist group is taking over entire cities. But he didn't do it for Benghazi. Why would he do it here.

The Post-President also enlightened the ignorant rabble on the sophisticated nature of this crisis.

"This is not solely or even primarily a military challenge...  So, any action that we may take to provide assistance to Iraqi security forces has to be joined by a serious and sincere effort by Iraq’s leaders to set aside sectarian differences, to promote stability, and account for the legitimate interests of all of Iraq’s communities and to continue to build the capacity of an effective security force."

That's obviously not going to happen. Certainly not overnight. This is currently a military crisis, because regardless of how bad Iraq's government is, we're no longer there for nation building.

We are interested in the situation because of the threat that Al Qaeda power poses to national security.

Obama refuses to get that. Instead he keeps repeating the same lines he was saying in 2007 about Iraq not being a military problem.

When a group at war with the US is seizing heavy firepower, huge amounts of money and large populations... it is a military problem.

War is the ultimate military problem.