I know we’ve still got more than four months yet to go before 2014 is officially over, but can we just go ahead and crown CNN’s Wolf Blitzer as the winner of the Understatement of the Year Award right now? Iraq is an absolute disaster, a travesty, and a tragedy. Just about everyone of note warned President Obama of the vacuum that would be created as a result of his complete withdrawal, but he went ahead and did it anyway. Now, the chickens are coming home to roost.
Stories about religious groups like the Yazidis finding themselves stranded on mountaintops and being forced to choose between climbing down and getting slaughtered, or remaining on top and dying of thirst, are simply heartbreaking. Meanwhile, Mr. Blitzer broke down the headlines in a way that only a cybernetic android reporter can:
“The whole country of Iraq is seemingly falling apart right now. This was not the way it was supposed to be after President Obama announced that all U.S. forces would be leaving. He was hoping, obviously, that there would be some peaceful transition there. It certainly was not what former President George W. Bush envisioned when he removed Saddam Hussein from power and landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln with that banner that said “Mission: Impossible.” Iraq right now falling apart and tens of thousands of minorities — Christians and Yazidis and others, Iraqi Shiites — are being endangered as we speak right now.”
Thanks a ton, Wolf. You’re quite the keen observer. Side note: It was “Mission: Accomplished” on the banner behind President Bush, not “Mission: Impossible.” You may want to fix your internal circuitry.
But honestly, who can blame the guy for having to be Captain Obvious? There’s nothing left to be said about this shameful chapter. While I understand why the president would dismiss the words of John McCain making predictions about the future on just about every Sunday news program since the announced pullout, what we’re watching unfold also happens to be what Obama’s own generals on the ground warned him about…and he should have listened. Now, if common sense prevails, we may have to go back in there. That is, if Obama can set aside his wanton hubris for long enough to make a difficult decision. In the meantime, he announced airstrikes and airlifts last night. “I’ve been careful to resist” calls for larger military action, he explained. No kidding.
The mouthpiece for President Thumb-twiddler was predictably asked about this during Thursday’s briefing:
“Is preventing a genocide in America’s core interests?,” asked Fox News reporter Ed Henry of Press Secretary John Earnest. “I mean, that’s a pretty basic question.”
Earnest answered with typical White House babble about how America has always been a “beacon of freedom” that has “respect for basic human rights around the globe.” He asserted that “each of these situations is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”
Case-by-case, huh? Interesting way to put it, Josh. Because it seems to me, in THIS case, Obama blew it.
Now someone please explain to CNN how we plan on going about fixing this before Wolf Blitzer runs out of batteries.
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