Obama Promises a Long War In Iraq
August 9, 2014 • 9:36PM

On the one hand, President Obama, in his weekly Saturday radio address released this morning, promised, again, that "I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq." A few hours later, in an appearance on the South Lawn of the White House before taking off for another Martha's Vineyard vacation, Obama announced that the US project in Iraq is no short term endeavor. "I don't think we're going to solve this problem in weeks," he said. "I think this is going to take some time."

Obama's first priority in Iraq is regime change, which he euphemistically characterizes as the formation of an "inclusive government" in Baghdad. "Once an inclusive government is in place, I'm confident it will be easier to mobilize all Iraqis against ISIL and to mobilize great support from our friends and allies," he said.

Obama stressed, as did White House spokesman Josh Earnest the day before, that there is no timetable for getting this done. "We're going to sort of take this approach in which those kinds of decisions are evaluated regularly and are driven by the security situation on the ground as it relates to supporting the ongoing efforts of both Kurdish security forces and Iraqi security forces," he said.

Another Recess War? Congress ignores the Constitution

Despite expressed concerns about the potential dangers, not to mention illegalities, of Obama's new Iraq adventure, even those who have previously expressed opposition to any further military engagement in Iraq, including signers of HCR105, are lining up to support the latest bombing campaign. Tammy Duckworth and Tulsi Gabbard, both of whom are Iraq war veterans and both of whom have previously opposed any further military engagement in Iraq, are quoted in Defense One giving cautionary support to the bombing campaign. Barbara Lee, is quoted in the New York Times saying, "I hope and I have to believe the president."

Adam Kinsinger (R-IL) tried to goad Obama into even further military action, saing "I think the president is frightened of re-engaging in Iraq, and I don't think he really knows how to sell the reality of re-engaging to the American people." And Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), according to the New York Times, "told Obama last week that he did not believe he was acting aggressively enough to counter the threat form ISIS."

Britain, France and Germany Cheer On Obama's March to War In Iraq

President Obama can count on the usual "allies" —the governments of Britain, France and Germany—to back his latest folly. In London, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon announced, yesterday, that British forces would soon be participating in the so-called humanitarian air drops—which he said would be starting in the next 48 hours—but that Britain would not yet be participating in air strikes, beyond technical support and refueling. The Daily Mirror reports, however, that there are already British SAS and SBS troopers on the ground in northern Iraq. A military source told the Mirror that: "The IS threat looks terrifying in all the video nasties and it may seem like they are taking over the whole of the Middle East. But their lines of communication are now stretched and that will be why America finally has decided to start hitting them with air-strikes. Trouble is there has to be a small 'boot on the ground' element helping locate the targets and special forces have been deployed to help out."

In Paris, President Hollande, who couldn't wait to join Obama in bombing Syria last year, declared his readiness to take part in action to end civilian suffering in Iraq. "France will examine with the United States and other international partners what actions could be undertaken to end civilian suffering," he said. "We are ready to take responsibility for our part." In Berlin, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier endorsed the US action. "In the short term, air strikes seem to be the only way to prevent an advance by (Islamic State) and to open up escape routes," Steinmeier said. "Now it's a matter of preventing genocide and freeing the affected people from their terrible plight."