The NY Times reports on the collapse of the Iraqi army in the face of a major militant offensive and includes this gem:
In a speech on Wednesday, Susan E. Rice, Mr. Obama’s national security adviser, said that the American effort to buttress Iraq’s forces have been effective. “The United States has been fast to provide necessary support for the people and government of Iraq,” she said in remarks at the Center for New American Security in Washington.
Did she add that the Iraqi forces are serving with honor and distinction? Evidently her role in Team Obama is to handle the talking points no one else can deliver with a straight face, so I expect we'll be seeing a lot more of her in the next two and a half long years. Go long Botox.
AND STILL NO HASHTAG: Samantha Power(less) unlocks the door to the US arsenal:
"Strongly" condemn? I was hoping for "Fiercely", but whatever. The lack of a new and improved hashtag clearly signals confusion and irresolution. I suggest #YesAllIraq, but please don't ask me what it means.
IS THIS AN ESCALATION OR A RETREAT? I learn this from Amb. Power's Twitter:
Appalled by ISIL kidnapping of Iraqi & Turkish citizens & Turkey Consulate staff. Join Govs of Turkey/Iraq in calling for immediate release.
"Appalled" beats "Unnerved" anyway.
NOT WHAT I HAD IN MIND... No, #IraqWarIsOverCauseWeLeft is not what we are looking for as a signal of solidarity.
SEND IN THE DRONES: Does anyone think Obama can endure headlines about the collapse of Baghdad in the run-up to the Democratic rout this November? Does anyone think the Iraqi military can hold off collapse past November?
I think the political and national security concerns actually overlap on this one. We are going #BackToIraq.