Ahoy thar mateys! Today be International Talk like a pirate day. This be an open thread. So speak your piece and talk about anythin’ you wish. Just be sure and end your comment post with at least an “Aaarrr…”
Wednesday, President Obama once again telegraphed t’ ISIS what is Ahoy!posedly off t’ table. Why be we tellin’ our enemies what we will and won’t do?
“I want to be clear,” Mr. Obama said to a gymnasium full of troops at MacDill Air Force Base outside Tampa, the headquarters of the military’s Central Command, which oversees operations in the Middle East. “The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission. They will support Iraqi forces on the ground as they fight for their own country against these terrorists.
“As your commander in chief,” Mr. Obama added, “I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq.”
Must be news t’ our fighter pilots that they aren’t on combat missions when they conduct airstrikes.
Meanwhile, White House Press Sec Josh Earnest in addressing General Dempsey and General Mattis comments:
“All they do is they misinterpret Chairman Dempsey’s testimony, and the rest of the time they essentially quote – they quote people how are either frequent critics of the president or people who supported the previous Iraq War,” Earnest said of The Post’s story. “So, the more accurate headline would be ‘Supporters of the Bush war in Iraq criticize Obama’s strategy.’”
Noah Rothman at Hot Air concludes:
It is perfectly enraging that this man would suggest that the fact that these military leaders who served their country for decades are disqualified from offering their expertise on matters martial because of that fact. It is unconvincing and juvenile for Earnest to presume that merely invoking the name Bush will serve to shut his critics up, though this threadbare trick still works on the hosts of MSNBC’s morning show. It is more than a little disturbing that this White House continues to treat this threat to national security as a political problem to be managed rather than addressed comprehensively.
Enjoy the weekend ye scallywags!
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.
@Neil deGrasse Tyson:
What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?
You think it’d be ”RRRRRRRrrrrrrrr….”
But you’d be wrong.
It’s the C.
Jefferson was upset with the Barbary Pirates. He asked what drives these fanatics to commit these atrocities, and his advisors from the region told him it is their religion. He ordered a Koran and read it and what do you know, their holy book tells them to lie and kill the infidel. Do you suppose this is why Obama lies with such a straight face? Sunnis feel they are supposed to lie; otherwise they look weak to one another. Hmmmm…Arrrrr
Regarding the picture above…
Pirate to Obama: ….Aye matey Mr President of Merica… see the parrot on my shoulder Matey? … Aye, he is just as FAKE as you….arrrr harrrr harrr and arrrrrrrrrr
Obama is so clueless he laughs along….
Pirate says: Aye, No, really Mr. President, I’m serious as a hurricane matey….notice how stupid he looks too… arrrrr harrrr harrrrr…arrrrr
Arrr… Obama be tryin to shove ‘is mizzen mast up our poop deck and be makin like a heavy sea…. arrrr…
To imply that anyone from the Bush ship is disqualified from offering an opinion misses one important fact: that only that administration has a career of success fighting terrorism. Clinton only pretended to make a show of force (he was too busy searching for buried treasure… arr) and Obama wants to apologize and equivocate his way out of a conflict… and both would rather lawyer up than man up to face the terror threat.
Obama is currently trying to play both sides of the game. He comes on semi-tough (well, tough for him) with threats and hand motions, then does nothing. He appears to simply want the media event of sounding tough than running the risk of offending his base (or, apparently, the enemy) by actually taking some action.
All Obama seems to care about is having an excuse for failure. When he took office, the went on and on about how terrible the economy he was handed was, how he inherited such huge problems (omitting the fact that they were caused by liberal policies) and how difficult it was going to be to fix it, though having no problem making huge, far reaching promises of reward for votes. In the ISIS situation, he pronounces a grand coalition to do the ground work and take over the fight against ISIS, though he didn’t seem to have bothered asking anyone if they were really in with it before he announced it.
Now that all his economic policies have failed, he can fall back on the excuse that the damage was just too extensive for even HIM to fix and with the response to ISIS, if we fail to mount the required amount of force to overcome their spread, he can blame those who would not join up with another of his poorly-defined and leaderless endeavors.
Just as long as he has someone to blame. That’s all that matters to Obama. An out; a political edge. Two years before we have the opportunity for an actual leader. I hope we can hold out that long.
Arrr. (I almost forgot).
Aarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh, a day late, but I was a plunderin’!
@Faith 7 –
Pirate: Me hook is fake too!
Obama: (continues to laugh)
Aye, an open thread?
Let me offer my opinion of Obama, borrowed from the Bard:
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
He is a tale, a fictional manufactured man, told by idiots and heard by fools; full of sound and fury, he signifies nothing, but chaos and death. Arrr
Arrr!, me hearties, we’ll all be a sailin’ smooth seas when this scurvy dog be livin’ in Davey Jones’ locker!
The Democrats of Reid’s Senate like the idea of Americans traveling with the homicidal maniacs of ISIS so much they want to welcome them back so they can commit their atrocities here in America.
Gus McCrae to Jake Spoon just before he hanged him: You ride with an outlaw you die with an outlaw. I’m sorry you crossed that line Jake.
Obama will never forbid his homicidal maniacs from coming into the country, they are his heroes, he loves them.
Have ta disagree wi’ ya there matey! His sheets been spliced wi’ the Saracens all along — says I!
iowahawk (David Burge) went to the Pittsburgh dugout to master the dialect. I admire that.