Obama: “ISIS Is Contained.” Really?

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Today’s football spiking from the ever-prescient and diligent Nation defender, President Obama —  Jhihadi John has been vaporized.  Along with three cheers for me, Obama claimed, “. . . we have contained them.”  Whew, that must be really good news, after all, a President wouldn’t lie.  Umm, oh, wait, what’s that noise?  A bomb?

Paris Today


Obama had hardly dropped his ABC microphone that news broke from Europe: Paris was under siege — a well coordinated siege. At least 158 killed. Countless injured.  More work-related violence? No. Islamic terrorism unleashed — un-contained.

French President Holland then announced that he was closing France’s borders and Paris would be under curfew.  Closing borders?  How insensitive and inhumane of him.  Does he not know — that is politically incorrect?  Isn’t Hollande the head of a socialist party?  Isn’t he one of the European leaders along with Merkel who believes in open borders? Haven’t these two promoted the massive migration of un-vetted refugees?  Now Hollande lies to France, claiming that he is closing its borders?  That is not possible.  France’s borders are porous and easily penetrable by anyone seeking ingress.

Now Hollande claims France stands united?  What does it take for lame minds like Hollande’s to accept that Muslim terrorists mean business?  Evidently he didn’t believe their threats of infiltration.

Is there a lesson for America?  . . . Other than questioning anything Obama pronounces, can anything be gleamed?

Vetting millions, or even just a few thousand from the middle east or even from Asia is impossible.  No amount of diligence can verify the veracity of any documents presented for admittance, if any are even presented, which is often not the case.  The West needs to accept that ‘documentation’ is readily available for a price throughout most of the world. Accepting immigrants in our world is a game of playing the odds.  Today Paris showed us what is at risk.

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31 Responses to “Obama: “ISIS Is Contained.” Really?”

  1. 1

    Common Sense

    And don’t forget climate change is the biggest threat to America and of course our leader can not even say radical islamic terrorism!!

  2. 3

    James Raider


    @Common Sense: #1
    Sadly, why are we left to ask:
    “What will Obama, Hollande, Merkel, and their ilk, really do to reduce this violent insanity against our society? What action will they take?”

    All any of them seem capable of is . . . . .

    . . . . . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  3. 4

    Nanny G

    Since all 8 of the terrorists are dead (blown themselves up) and there are over 77 No-Go Zones for their ringleaders to hide in (no police presence whatsoever) Hollande’s exclamation of ”we will show no mercy” to the perpetrators rings pretty hollow.

  4. 6

    Nanny G

    @Greg: ”Totally?”

    “I don’t think they’re gaining strength,” Obama responded. “What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”

    “What we have not yet been able to do is to completely decapitate their command and control structures….”

    What Obama said is ISIS comes in and goes out…. and that is 100% true.
    Why should they put on uniforms and fight actually well-armed militaries when they can melt away from resistance only to show up elsewhere later and terrorize some more?
    Isn’t that what happened in Paris?
    Perhaps it was not ISIS.
    Perhaps it was.
    Obama has done nothing to stop ISIS.
    He takes out a man here and there sometimes.

  5. 7


    U.S. air support just played a critical roll in the retaking of Sinjar by the Pershmerga. U.S. drone and airstrikes have been nearly continuous for the past year. We haven’t been blowing up empty spots on the landscape. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is reported to have been left paralyzed by a drone strike on March 18th. His replacement, ISIS second-in-command Abu Alaa al-Afri, is thought to have been exterminated by another drone strike on May 12th, along with Akram Qirbash, ISIS’s highest ranking judge. Jihadi John was apparently blown to bits by a drone-launched missile this past Friday.

    As of June 4, 2015, it was estimated that U.S. airstrikes had killed around 10,000 ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq. The CIA estimated their entire force consisted of around 31,500 fighters. If so, the continuous application of U.S. air power has reduced their total numbers by nearly 1/3.

    I don’t know how any of this can be called “nothing.” Additionally, Obama could be credited with minimizing the number of casualties that would have resulted from throwing U.S. ground troops into the mix. I’ve got no complaints about that.

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    @Nanny G:

    “What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”

    I feel much better.

  7. 10



    No amount of chest thumping about an air campaign negates the fact that the Paris terrorists – whose only survivor claimed were part of ISIS – murdered roughly 150 innocents last night. The idea that ISIS is contained when those animals so successfully managed a 4GW attack shows the willful blindness of the Obama regime.

    There has never been a war where the good guys didn’t suffer casualties. The sqeamish nonsense about not wanting to put troops on the ground for any reason leads to exactly what happened in Paris. Whether we want to recognize the brutal reality, we are at war with militant islam. There is no point in negotiating with an ideology that demands complete submission, and half measures (such as the politically correct lackadaisical air campaign) do nothing but embolden our enemies who see the west as too weak to fight. The terrorists go into these attacks knowing they will almost certainly die, while we wring our hands trying to figure out how much we are willing to surrender because we are afraid to suffer any casualties. Obama thinks we just need to be “nicer” and pay greater and greater amounts of jizyah in the form of welfare to terrorists masquerading as refugees, while pretending to be fighting these rabid animals.

    Make no mistake. The blood of those Parisian innocents is on the hands of the western political fools who deny the painful reality of this cultural war.

  8. 11


    @James Raider: Kerry already said the rule of law will be applied. Maybe there will be another line in the sand. Maybe we will create more sanctuary cities. Maybe we should require more military units to us biofuel. I am sure the wind machines will combat terrorism. They have no plan or concept of what needs to be done and they will not listen to those who do!

  9. 12



    Air power has killed 10,000 ISIS? Are you old enough to remember the Vietnam War and the “body counts”? No, I thought not….
    It would be a stretch of the imagination to believe even 1,000 ISIS were KBA.
    (That’s “Killed By Air” in mil speak)
    – Grumpy

  10. 13

    Common Sense

    @Greg: And yet Greggie Obola can NOT even recognize that this was an act of radical Islamic Terrorism. He still thinks climate change is our biggest threat!! NO strategy by this administration to combat ISIS!! Unless you call allowing Syrians to come here as refugees. Real smart!!

  11. 17

    James Raider


    @Nanny G: #4
    Nanny G, until the airheads leading Europe over the cliff close their borders (for real) and clean-up what they have already allowed in, getting it under some level of control, every claim they make is, as you say, “pretty hollow”.

  12. 18

    James Raider


    @Randy: #11
    Randy, this morning, Kerry announced that Obama is calling for, . . . . “an election” in Syria within 6 months.

    One dummy proclaims it and another dummy repeats it — so it WILL happen — an election in Syria, just around the corner.

    This is from the world’s most powerful office. Even their sycophants in the White House must be staining the White House carpet, rolling around in laughter.

  13. 19

    James Raider


    @Common Sense: #13
    Common Sense, 40,000 Climate Change geniuses are about to converge on Paris, flying in on private and chartered jets, to focus on how we are going redistribute cash to African and Asian countries, through imposition of Carbon Taxes.

    Of course they are now confused so that it is no longer GLOBAL WARMING — they morphed their religion into CLIMATE CHANGE.

    We can look forward to what these self-righteous, banker controlled prodigies have to say about the fact that the Solar System is entering a Maunder Minimum — and we have no clue how many decades, or even centuries, this will last.

  14. 20

    another vet

    He has contained no one. Containment was a Cold War policy when the options were containment and nuclear proliferation. The only way ISIS is going to be “contained” is by defeating them. There was a time where SOF, drones, and air power may have been enough to get the job done which was back when the Iraqis, Kurds, and our intel warned Obama about the threat. He ignored it referring to them as the “JV” team. Given the way ISIS has since strengthened and expanded their operations it will now take BOG, probably a division or two, to defeat them in Iraq and Syria plus SOF being used to take them out in the other areas they have since been allowed to expand their Operational Environment to.

    Once defeated, in order to minimize them staging a comeback like AQ has been allowed to do, it will require a reversal of current policy. For starters, something will need to be done with Iraq. There are really two options both with potential pitfalls. The first is to hit the reset button and go back in there to re-stabilize the country to where it was before the troop withdrawl. Then we will need to do it right meaning this time we don’t pull out until the situation on the ground allows us to do so as opposed to pulling out based on political events such as an upcoming presidential election. The second option is to come around to the realization that perhaps the whole 1920’s concept of forming a country from three diverse groups may have been a mistake and that it would better if Iraq was split into three separate autonomous republics- Kurd, Sunni, and Shiite.

    While all of that is being done, we’ll then need to deal with the other messes such as the one we left behind in Libya in order to further stabilize the region to where it was B.O. (before Obama). Given there aren’t any world leaders right now, it is highly unlikely the ISIS situation is going to be resolved any time soon.

  15. 21


    @Grumpy, #12:

    Air power has killed 10,000 ISIS? Are you old enough to remember the Vietnam War and the “body counts”? No, I thought not….

    Thinking something does not make it so. I spent all of 1970 in the Khánh Hòa province of South Vietnam.

  16. 22


    Basically, some people’s blind hatred for Obama has rendered them oblivious to reality. We’ve been pounding the hell out of ISIS for over a year straight now, with great effect, and that has only been happening because the Commander in Chief has ordered that it happen. Your republican-majority Congress has not done a single g-ddamn thing to support those efforts.

    Paris is nothing more to the right than another political opportunity. All they can think about is how it might be used against Obama or Hillary Clinton.

  17. 23

    Common Sense

    @Greg: Greggie, first of all thanks for serving. Secondly President Obola referred to ISIS as farmers and teachers during his Presidency, This foolish attitude can NOT be denied. Secondly Obola can not even refer to ISIS as radical Islamic Terrorist!! Finally do you really think the effort we are making to stop ISIS is the BEST that America can do?? Give me a friggin break Greg. Our military experts continually agree that this President has NO real strategy and that we are floundering because of it. Blame congress or Bush? And you talk about hatred of this President?? Greggie America rejected Democrats and Obola and replaced them with Republicans in Congress, why do you think this happened Greggie?? Do you think it happened because Pelosi and Reid where doing such a great job?? Do you think it happened because Obolacare is so good for our country?? Dude, your the one with the hatred problem and blaming congress is just stupid and ignorant!!

  18. 24

    Common Sense

    @Rich Wheeler: Rich, thanks for passing this information along and I have thanked Greg for his service. No one can deny his sacrifice on this front. All is well down here after a cancer scare but my wife is clean. I also hope all is well up in the OC!! Kindest regards.

  19. 27


    …climate change is our biggest threat!!

    If climate change means downsizing our power grid’s ability to supply power, That it will continue to push us into smaller less survivable vehicles, That it will be used to force our military to buy much more expensive but less effective fuel, That it will cause the president of this country to ignore the economic war on US workers, and terrorist threats because he is too damn busy shoving his extremist “climate change” agenda down our throat to the point that he idiotically and faultily claims that climate change leads to terrorism. (Ignorantly ignoring the real causes of terrorism)…

    Well then, perhaps it may be argued that “climate change” and the political agenda behind it just might be correctly recognized as the greatest threat to this nation, due to it’s continued use as misdirection, away from the real threats. (and thus a variation of South Park’s “Chewbacca defense“.)

    …ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, I have one final thing I want you to consider. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense!

    Gerald Broflovski
    Damn it!… He’s using the Chewbacca defense!

    Why would a Wookiee, an eight-foot tall Wookiee, want to live on Endor, with a bunch of two-foot tall Ewoks? That does not make sense! But more important, you have to ask yourself: What does this have to do with this case? Nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, it has nothing to do with this case! It does not make sense! Look at me. I’m a lawyer defending a major record company, and I’m talkin’ about Chewbacca! Does that make sense? Ladies and gentlemen, I am not making any sense! None of this makes sense! And so you have to remember, when you’re in that jury room deliberatin’ and conjugatin’ the Emancipation Proclamation, does it make sense? No! Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, it does not make sense! If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests.”

    “Pay no attention to those attacks in Paris. ISIS is contained I tell you! Meanwhile Look at this temperature graph and remember: it’s Bush’s fault!”

  20. 28


    @Greg: really is that from his military intelligence?
    More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials.
    I know old news from back in September of this year.

  21. 29


    Minnesota Democrat ends bid for state assembly seat after sympathetic Islamic State tweet

    MINNEAPOLIS – A Democratic candidate for the Minnesota House ended his campaign Sunday, hours after he tweeted that the Islamic State group “isn’t necessarily evil” and its members were doing what they thought was best for their community.

    Dan Kimmel, 63, announced the end of his bid for office on his campaign website and Twitter account. He said Saturday evening’s tweet was in response to a statement made during a candidate debate, not in response to Friday’s violent attacks in Paris that left more than 120 people dead and more than 350 wounded.

    He said his tweet was poorly worded and didn’t convey his intent.

    “The tweet was stupid. I’m sorry,” he said in his statement. Kimmel did not return a message left Sunday by The Associated Press. His wife referred a reporter to the online statement.


    The original tweet led House Minority Leader Paul Thissen to call for Kimmel to apologize and immediately end his campaign, saying Kimmel’s comment doesn’t reflect the views of the House DFL caucus.

    “We all mourn the loss of innocent lives in the horrific attacks on Paris and in other atrocities committed by ISIS around the world,” Thissen said Saturday in a statement. “They are the embodiment of evil, and to state otherwise is an affront to those who’ve lost loved ones at their hands.”

    DFL chairman Ken Martin also sent out a statement condemning Kimmel’s comments and asking him to apologize.

  22. 30

    James Raider


    @Ditto: #29
    Ditto, the amount of denial from self-righteous libs isn’t surprising.

    I would ask any of them to visit a practicing Muslim family in their neighbourhood anywhere in America, and look into whether or not Sharia is being practiced in their HOME.

    After your local research is complete, please tell us if the Muslim men you meet have an attitude different from practically any of the world’s major religions. American don’t understand Islam. There’s a reason countries like Saudi Arabia are the way they are.

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