McCain and his sidekick Lindsey? Check
Darth VP? Check
Wolfowitz? Big MF'n Check
Robert Kagan? He's totally in!
These are the see nothing, know nothing pundits that recently said that President Obama should fire his entire national security team and return those that "Won" the Iraq War for us to those positions. Named prominently in their longing to get the whole big band back together was General David Petraeus.
At the White House, Obama told reporters the White House has been working “around the clock” on options for how to respond and, at this point, “I don’t rule out anything.”GOP on Iraq. We told you so!
“What we’ve seen over the last couple of days indicates Iraq’s going to need more help” from the United States and from the international community, Obama said in the Oval Office. “We do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria for that matter,” Obama added.
For McCain and other GOP defense hawks, the latest developments were a condemnation of the decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of 2011.
“We’ve got another Benghazi in the making here,” Graham said after leaving the classified briefing. “What I heard in there scared the hell out of me.”
After attending the briefing, both McCain and Graham took to the Senate floor to blast Obama over the latest developments in Iraq. McCain said those who were right in Iraq — like retired Gen. David Petraeus, the former CIA director who as a general carried out the “surge” — should be directing U.S. policy there.
C'mon down below the orange stylistic mushroom cloud for more.
It seems that the bands lead singer, David Petraeus wants nothing to do with this reunion, and he is saying so in no uncertain terms.
Gen. David Petraeus, who served as the top commander in Iraq, issued a blunt warning against U.S. military intervention to support of Baghdad's government.U.S. Can't be Air Force for Iraq's Militias
The Shiite-led government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has requested U.S. airstrikes to “break the morale” of Sunni fighters currently running amok who have seized several cities.
Petraeus accused Maliki’s government of “undermining” sectarian reconciliation efforts introduced following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, saying that what the country needs isn’t American airstirkes but a more inclusive government.
"This cannot be the United States being the air force of Shia militias or a Shia on Sunni Arab fight," Petraeus told a London conference on Wednesday. "It has to be a fight of all of Iraq against extremists who do happen to be Sunni Arabs but extremists that are wreaking havoc on a country that really had an enormous opportunity back in 2011, has made progress in certain areas but has certainly not capitalized on that enormous opportunity in the way that we had all hoped."
You don't go to the concert with the singer you wanted. You go with the unteachable and unrepentant assholes you have.