Tag Archives: ISIS

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Carter: It was More Important to Not Kill Innocents than to Appear ‘Manly’

I could have wiped Iran off the map with the weapons that we had, but in the process a lot of innocent people would have been killed, probably including the hostages.

— Jimmy Carter, in an interview with CNBC, defending his decisions even if it meant he didn’t show “that I was strong and resolute and, um, manly.”

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Even Dems Are Criticizing Obama Over Syria

As commander in chief, you’re accountable. You’re the one who is responsible whether the good ship of state is doing it right. The administration failed, and the president is the captain of the ship and should assume accountability.

— Former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), quoted by National Journal, on President Obama claiming the CIA had “underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.”

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Boehner Says Ground Troops Will Be Needed to Defeat ISIS

At some point somebody’s boots have to be on the ground.

— House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), quoted by Business Insider, on ISIS.

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Newt Tweets Twaddle

Newt Gingrich was up in arms over “courtesy.”
He says bombing ISIS with courtesy’s heresy.
But CNN got it wrong,
And Newt’s tweet was a bomb.
So sheepishly, he tweeted a retraction, for accuracy.

Poetic Justice

Better Terror Fodder

ISIS has pledged to never stop until the U.S. yields.
It plans to turn our country into a new battlefield.
If we see that aggression,
May we make a suggestion?
Let’s use Lindsey Graham and John McCain as human shields.

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Is Congress Abdicating Its War Powers to Obama?

“There’s one power Congress has that it doesn’t want: The power to declare war. And that’s certainly so seven weeks before congressional elections.

Bloomberg reports. “The House will vote today on an amendment that gives the administration the authority to train and equip Syrian rebels as part of President Barack Obama’s strategy for destroying Islamic State. But it is silent on whether the president can deploy U.S. forces in the region. Some say Congress is setting a dangerous precedent by abdicating its war powers.”

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Lindsey Graham is the New Chicken Little

This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by the Huffington Post, on the threat posed by ISIS.

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Rand Paul Is Willing to Kill ISIS

Some pundits are surprised that I support destroying the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militarily. They shouldn’t be. I’ve said since I began public life that I am not an isolationist, nor am I an interventionist. I look at the world, and consider war, realistically and constitutionally. … I still see war as the last resort. But I agree with Reagan’s idea that no country should mistake U.S. reluctance for war for a lack of resolve.

— Sen. Rand Paul, in a Time magazine op-ed, explaining why he favors destroying Islamist militants.

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Kerry Responds to Sotloff’s Murder

It’s a punch to the gut.

— Secretary of State John Kerry, quoted by The Hill, on the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIS.

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Obama Responds to Murder of Steven Sotloff

Whatever these murders think they’ll achieve by killing innocent Americans like Steven, they have already failed. They failed because, like people around the world, Americans are repulsed by their barbarism. We will not be intimidated. Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to fight against these terrorists and those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget and that our reach is long and that justice will be served.

— President Obama, quoted by McClatchy News Service, on the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff.