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As Obama Golfs, Tanks Roll in Baghdad and a Country Unravels

President Obama can’t catch a break. With the world melting down and leading Democrats and ex-officials in his own administration criticizing key decisions he’s made, the President must have hoped that he’d get some rest and a chance to unwind on Martha’s Vineyard.

But it’s not working out as planned. President Obama’s vacation may not have survived its first day, as initial reports indicate that Iraq’s wily and dictatorial Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki may be launching a coup. Soldiers loyal to him seized key points in the Green Zone after the PM delivered an incendiary speech on national television at midnight Baghdad time, vowing to hold onto power in face of rising opposition. Reuters reports:

In a speech on state television, Maliki accused Iraq’s Kurdish President Fouad Masoum of violating the constitution by missing a deadline for him to ask the biggest political bloc to nominate a prime minister and form a government.

“I will submit today an official complaint to the federal court against the president of the Republic for committing a clear constitutional violation for the sake of political calculations,” said Maliki.

Iraq is unraveling fast. If reports of fighting between Maliki’s forces and troops loyal to President Masoum turn out to be correct, it means that the factional fighting that has torn apart the provinces has now spread to the capital—even as ISIS waits outside, licking its chops.

The fact that President Obama thought that the day of an Iraqi coup was a good time to hang on the Vineyard and get on the links is bad news. Either the President blew off warnings from his advisors, or the intel community got blindsided again. Both possibilities reflect badly on the management of the nation’s affairs.

The unraveling of Iraq under the grimmest of circumstances is a major policy challenge for this president and for the United States as a whole. There’s nothing wrong with a president wanting some down time with the kids, but President Obama needs to be and be seen to be taking control of events. Going on vacation as the tanks roll in Baghdad and as Americans fly back into combat over Iraq is not where a leader needs to be. The President is apparently planning to return to DC midway through the vacation; if Baghdad doesn’t settle down quickly, he may need to return sooner and stay longer than planned.

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  • Breif2

    “As Obama Golfs”

    Persian Golf?

    • Curious Mayhem

      Golfing while Gulf burns, is more like it.

      Persian golf: it’s woven from a magic carpet that whisks you away to a magical place — entirely inside Obama’s head.

  • Fat_Man

    I hope he stays on the Vineyard for a while. If he is not in the White House, he has a limited opportunity to muck things up.

    • http://www.bannedofbrothers.com/ RickZ

      If he is not in the White House, he has a limited opportunity to muck things up.

      Why would President Hissy Fit need to be in the White House when he’s got a phone and a pen?

  • Jmaci

    As distressing as it is that Obama golfs in the midst of troubles in Iraq, this might be even more distressing.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/385069/obama-not-my-decision-pull-troops-out-iraq-joel-gehrke

    • evilsandmich

      Well, the distressing thing is that he may actually believe what is coming out of his mouth.

  • Stephen

    Who would now trust this administration with the initiation and follow through of any significant military operation in the Middle East? Who would ask someone to sacrifice their life in service to a country led by this administration for such an operation? I can not.

  • TRE

    Barack Hussein Obama leading from behind again. His leadership stinks (from the behind).

  • Lyle7

    Obama only cares about us believing that he ended the war in Iraq and that he’s not the President responsible for the U.S. have no more troops in Iraq. Is there no chair in the White House not empty today?

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    It’s always someone else’s fault with this Jackass, and because he never takes responsibility for his own mistakes, he NEVER learns from them. Most Presidents grow into the job, but this A–hole just keeps making more and more mistakes.

    • FriendlyGoat

      The “mistake” would have been McCain/Palin. Obama has been quite successful for himself—–AND for the rest of us—-in avoiding that. Maybe no one else will give him credit for that—–but I will.

      • rosetta_stoned

        That’s because you’re a leftist, boot-licking idiot.

        • FriendlyGoat

          You’re right that I lean left—-with no apology. The rest of your assessment is just another right-winger’s taunt. I’m used to that—-it’s all you guys ever have to offer.

    • B-Sabre

      That’s a mighty big bus he just threw the entire intelligence community under.

      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kG48-ueI_wM/TSSKgvC8aII/AAAAAAAAABg/pAR-MMTka0g/s1600/The+Big+Bus.jpg

  • teapartydoc

    “Under my plan energy prices will necessarily skyrocket.”–going pretty hard to make this one stick.

  • Pete

    Thank you, Georgie Bush

    • Win Stanley

      It’s best to stay in the echo chamber. It’s safer in there-what with the rapid decrease of like minded comrades and all.

    • Twoiron

      Petey,

      The US military won the Iraq War during Bush’s presidency.

      Low-information Obama voters, like you, tossed that victory away like so much trash for the sole purpose of re-electing Obama in 2012.

      Deal with it.

      • Pete

        News to the clueless.

        I voted for boob Bush twice.

        And for your further edification, chief, Bush never won Iraq. Given the dynamics there, that hodgepodge of a country was destined to dissolve sooner rather than later.

        • Twoiron

          (I don’t believe you.) The real question is how many times did you vote for Obama?

          • Pete

            You compound your error with your blind ignorance.

            Your belief in anything is meaningless compared to the facts.

            I’m signing off with you because it is useless to argue with a stubborn fool like yourself.

          • Twoiron

            Just as I thought…go find someone else to lie to, Petey boy.

          • Breif2

            Dear Twoiron and rosetta_stoned,

            As a veteran of this blog, I would like to offer a little avuncular advice to you two newcomers: However right you may in the underlying argument, jumping to conclusions about regular commenters and then attacking them personally based on your mistaken assumptions, does not make an ideal first impression. If I weren’t being all avuncular, I’d use the word “buffoonish”.

        • Dustoff

          OK twinkle toes. When Bush left, Iraq was stable, same with Egypt, Syria and even Libya
          O-dumber funded the MB and helped the Arab spring, which gave us this. .
          Might I remind you pete. O-dumber took credit for Iraq.

        • brotherStefan

          Your lament suggests that you were, none-the-less, a low-information voter, then.

        • rosetta_stoned

          I voted for boob Bush twice.

          Liar.

          • Pete

            Why do leftwing trolls like rosetta-stone pollute the Internet with their brainless comments?

            But yes, I voted for Boob Bush twice. And given who he was running against, I still feel made the right choice.

            However, this should not be taken as praise for that boob from Texas. Rather is a sad critique of the pathetically poor choices available to the American people as to who their president will be.

  • Moneyrunner

    Walter, do you really want Obama making decisions about Iraq? How about someone living in Realville? A decision by Obama and Jarrett has a high probability of making things worse.

  • catorenasci

    This kind of in-fighting and factionalism is exactly what enabled Islam to conquer the Near East and the Mediterranean world in the 7th and early 8th centuries.

  • Rick Caird

    If Obama can’t jut talk a problem to death, he is helpless. If the Iraqis are fighting amongst themselves, they have no chance against ISIS. Obama lack of interest in Iraq is now haunting him.

    He really does want to be left alone to eat his waffle. Too bad he is President.

  • cloud_buster

    He should just stay on Martha’s Vineyard and resign.

  • Twoiron

    America would be SO much better off if Li’l Barry stays on vacation for the next 892 days. Yes, I am counting.

  • http://recycledsip.blogspot.com/ ClydeS

    It would have been shocking if Obama hadn’t been on the golf course. Golfing, fundraising, taking vacations, those are things that he does well, or if not well, at least enthusiastically. As for the job that those who voted for him hired him to do, running the executive branch of the country and protecting our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic? He does those things neither well nor enthusiastically. A lot of unfortunate people are paying the price for our low-information voters, and not all of them are Americans.

  • http://www.syalconsult.com Verinder Syal

    “President Obama can’t catch a break” Good heavens. How about the United States?

    Whenever leadership is called for, Mr. Obama has been noticeable by his absence. Whenever a crisis occurs, he can be found fund raising, on the golf course, or on vacation.

    With the main stream press looking askance, he has never been held accountable in a manner that any other President would have been. Could it be that he is incompetent, in over his had, and perhaps lacks character?

    • Dustoff

      O-dumber is always good at blaming the GOP for “his” problems. (-:

  • bitter49er

    In an extremely rare moment of introspection, Obama once admitted that he tended to be “lazy.” Sadly, rather than attempt to remedy his shortcoming, Obama has doubled down on this trait. His incessant golfing, fundraising, campaigning, and blaming can be done without breaking a sweat. BTW, has any photographer ever caught Barry sweating??

  • jb willikers

    He has the country by the balls. The only approach to take is to limit the presidential damage from the next 28 months as much as possible and then pray for a break.

    Meads prescription is even worse: “if Baghdad doesn’t settle down quickly, he may need to return sooner and stay longer than planned.” Jeesch.

  • ejochs

    Man who voted for Obama twice complains about natural result of vote.

  • MrJest

    Ummm… the “world is unravelling” not in spite of his policies, but BECAUSE of them. If he wants someone to blame, all he need do is look in a mirror.

  • Tom Servo

    I wish John Kerry would drive over to ISIS by himself to tell them they are sadly misguided, and that if they don’t desist that he intends to hit them hard with a neighborhood leaflet campaign.

    And then he could promise them not to leave until they pay attention to him.

    • B-Sabre

      Oh boy, I’d pay good money to see that…

  • 7source7

    I’m with Fat Man. Let him fade away into the sunset as he wishes.

  • http://www.federaleagent86.blogspot.com/ Federale

    Do you not understand that Obama does not care? I am certain he knows, but it is clear he wants to empower radical Islam and the remants of communism in Russia and China. The Beltway Right just does not realize that Obama hates America, whites, Christians, heterosexuals, and any ally of the United States. That is who he is and why he acts as he does. That and he is lazy as frak and prefers to party with black rappers and thugs.

  • Brutus974

    Blame Bush?
    I’m sure the left will…

  • Brutus974

    “Why did you sting me?” asked the frog as he gasped for air, “No we both will surely drown.”

    “I’m a scorpion,” the scorpion replied, “It’s my nature.”

  • jaimo

    Oh poor baby. Does the author want to go to the Vineyard to hold Dear Leader’s hand? He wanted the job, ridicules his predecessor daily, no, hourly after 6 years in. He does not deserve any sympathy. Sometimes hopey changey sucks doesn’t it.

  • Diggsc

    The BEST possible outcome for America would be to have Obama stay on the golf course for the next two and a half years, and let some grownups run the country.

  • RedWell

    Interesting note: Eisenhower played nearly 800 rounds of golf as president. Truman even defended the practice, saying, “”To criticize the president … because he plays a game of golf is unfair and picayunish. He has the same right to relax from the heavy burdens of office as any other man.”

  • Arclight

    Just a par for the course, as it were…is there any reasonable observer of foreign affairs out there that would favorably compare Obama and his administration’s execution of foreign policy with any previous occupant of the White House in the past half century? Jimmy Carter must be delighted that the phrase “worse than Carter” will soon be an obscure historical reference.

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