Fox News reports:
The Obama administration reportedly is preparing to open direct talks with Iran on possibly cooperating to counter the Sunni militant force seizing large swaths of Iraq and threatening Baghdad, weighing an unlikely alliance in the face of a common foe.A unity government? Would that include the Sunni-side-up army?
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the administration was "open to discussions" with Tehran if they can help end the violence. He told Yahoo! News he would "not rule out anything that would be constructive." ...
The New York Times reported Monday that, according to a senior administration official, the White House still believes there is a brief window for some kind of diplomatic solution. The administration reportedly still wants to see if Maliki's Shiite-led government can work with the Kurds and reach out to the Sunni minority to discuss forming a new unity government.
Photos posted on a Twitter account associated with ISIS Sunday claimed to show militants carrying out a mass execution of Iraqi soldiers. The images show soldiers being loaded onto flatbed trucks and being forced to lie facedown in a ditch with their hands tied behind them before they were shot. Captions accompanying the photos boasted that as many as 1,700 soldiers had been executed in this way.
Iraq's chief military spokesman, Lieutenant General Qassim al-Moussawi, told Sky News that he believed the photographs were authentic, and said that he was aware of cases of mass murder of captured soldiers in areas held by ISIS.
Obama has fantasized about being "on a beach somewhere drinking out of a coconut" or simply being able to walk out of the White House gate and stroll around unrecognized.Military operations? Along with that "diplomatic solution"? Along with asking for help from Iran? (That's a climate change.) We are led from behind by backward children.
In California, Obama has worked out mornings at a gym near the Rancho Mirage home where the first family is staying with White House decorator Michael Smith and his partner, James Costos, the American ambassador to Spain.
The hilltop home has sweeping views, a private tennis court and trapezoid swimming pool. Despite temperatures above 100 degrees, Obama was able to golf at two nearby courses -- Saturday at the Sunnylands estate and Sunday at the Porcupine Creek Estate owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison.
Obama interspersed his four-day weekend with official duties, including Democratic Party fundraising, a speech on climate change and calls to his national security adviser discussing military options to stop a violent insurgency in Iraq.
Since the Glorious One is dead keen on fundamentally transforming the nature of countries, starting with his own, how about a radical solution to the wars of the Middle East? To wit: Get Americans out as quickly and safely as possible, and then leave the psychotic Muslim pit bulls alone. Let them rip each other to scraps. Enough of refereeing and nation building.
The more the Muslims of varying congregations are busy killing each other, the less time, energy, and personnel they will have for doing the nasty to us. The eight-year war between Iraq and Iran back in the '80s may have given us a break from jihad. The current fight, like all wars, is an appalling tragedy in which many more or less innocent civilians will suffer. But better theirs than ours.