Though the troops are not being sent specifically for combat purposes, all are armed and have the right to defend themselves if they are in danger. As soon as you put troops or advisers in an area of conflict, theyre at risk, said Julian Zelizer, a political history professor at Princeton University. That is the nature of war. Its unpredictable and it takes twist and turns that you dont foresee. Iraq, with its sectarian divides, violent past and unstable politics, may be particularly susceptible to that kind of unpredictability. Obama appeared to leave himself plenty of room to quickly pull out of Iraq, outlining no timeline for how long the military advisers will stay and no vision for what would constitute a mission accomplished.
Analysts say the U.S. must tread lightly because Iran, Maliki’s most important sponsor, has not signaled that it wants him to leave office. Tehran reportedly dispatched Gen. Qassem Suleimani, commander of the elite paramilitary Quds Force, to help coordinate Iraq’s military response to the insurgents, and Iranian read President Hassan Rouhani vowed this week to defend Shiite holy sites in Iraq from “killers and terrorists.” “Washington can’t oust Maliki without Tehran’s consent, and they [Iranians] are unlikely to ditch their man unless his replacement is someone closer to their interests,” said Ramzy Mardini, an Iraq expert based in Jordan with the nonpartisan Atlantic Council. “Removing Maliki without his consent might create a power vacuum in Baghdad,” he said. “But as long as he insists in remaining in power, the White House ought to not go down this road.
Administration tries economy pivot again It is deja vu all over again for Team Obama. Mondays family and workplace summit, Julie Pace of The Associated Press told us, is part of the latest effort to change the focus to the domestic economic issues the administration hopes can help improve the midterm election climate. They finally feel that they have turned the corner in the sense that they no longer need to have the president out talking about foreign policy almost on a daily basis, said Pace. Problem is the White House has tried such pivots several times already this year. And with the Iraq crisis front and center, there are skeptics that this effort to pivot or reset will gain traction either.
Obama under siege – NY Daily News
They are part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to expand whatever protections he can offer to gays and lesbians even though more than half of the states don’t recognize gay marriage. That effort has been confounded by laws that say some benefits should be conferred only to couples whose marriages are recognized by the states where they live, rather than the states where they were married. Aiming to circumvent that issue, the Veterans Affairs Department will start letting gay people who tell the government they are married to a veteran to be buried alongside them in a national cemetery, drawing on the VA’s authority to waive the usual marriage requirement. In a similar move, the Social Security Administration will start processing some survivor and death benefits for those in same-sex relationships who live in states that don’t recognize gay marriage. Nineteen states plus the District of Columbia currently recognize gay marriage, although court challenges to gay marriage bans are pending in many states. For Tim Sagen of Fort Collins, Colorado, the implications could be profound.
South Dakota Republican Party Passes Resolution Calling For Obama’s Impeachment
Source: The Washington Post, Salon and The Daily Beast Though he denied the allegations at first, Clinton was eventually impeached in his second term after an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky came to light. He avoided being removed from office. In addition to his affair with Lewinsky, Clinton battled the Whitewater scandal, a real estate deal gone awry years before he took office. Amid the investigation, the Clintons were accused of fraud and abuse of power. Source: The Washington Post Correction: An earlier version of this slide incorrectly stated that Clinton had avoided impeachment. The Iran-Contra affair, an arrangement where weapons were sold to Iran in hopes that the funds would support the Nicaraguan Contras, rocked the Reagan administration.
He is sending a 300-member advisory force to aid Iraqi forces and gather intelligence while leaving the door open to more robust options, such as air strikes. Obamas main thrust is that the Iraqis must take back their own country and should start by replacing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with a leader who can unite the countrys divided Shiite and Sunni Muslims, along with its Kurds. Dont look for that to happen tomorrow. Meanwhile, ISIS is squarely in command and will for a long time reap the benefit of having looted a half-billion dollars from Iraqi banks. Imagine the terror you can buy with that bankroll. Americans are of no mind to send troops back into Iraq.