Even the Wash Post finds Obama's claims suspect:
One also wonders how Obama could say that American involvement there has been clearly "successful," or moreover imply that the missions are near complete. "Very few people who are not part of the administration consider either of those cases a success," writes the Guardian's Spencer Ackerman. "Less subjectively, neither has finished, years later, and it is unclear what success in Yemen and Somalia even is."
In Yemen, the most impoverished state in the Arab world, the United States is still trying to snuff out al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a branch of the terror group that has proven capable of orchestrating plots that directly threaten the United States. In December 2009, the "underwear bomber", trained in AQAP camps, almost managed to detonate an explosive device while sitting in a plane on a Detroit tarmac. Letter bombs that could have exploded in flight, sent from Yemen, were intercepted en route to the United States.
With the tacit support of the Yemeni government, the Obama administration stepped up targeted drone strikes on AQAP militants and commanders. The attacks, couched in a hazy legality, have led some critics to accuse the United States of committing war crimes.
Peter Bergen, of the New America Foundation, summed up the U.S. drone program earlier this year:
Such strikes do not target known militants but rather people who are displaying the behaviors of suspected militants. Such signature strikes were reportedly governed by stricter rules in Yemen than in Pakistan, though, and were given a different name: TADS, or Terrorist Attack Disruption Strikes.
As of [mid-April], U.S. drone and air strikes have killed an estimated 753 to 965 people in Yemen, of whom the large majority were militants, but at least 81 were civilians, according to the New America Foundation study.
Late breaking news flash: Somalia and Yemen are hard broken, failed states and the idiots in the Old Executive Offices (Obama's Staff) don't have the brains to vet and RE-VET the Obama TV speech material so that more rational thinkers will pull this nonsense from Obama's speech??????
I don't blame President Obama directly (he only knows what his staff tells him), but we obviously have the third string in serving as his national security "advisors".
US Government is hiring the bottom of the barrel, inexperienced people these days - incredibly embarrassing.
Some of the smart, "inside the beltway" folks I know say the Senate results will be a rout for the Republicans.
I like President Obama personally, but he's really acting like a whimp lately.
Majority of the better stat firms now have it looking like a done deal -- whoever ends up as the next president will have to play nice or the Congress will put that person in permanent handcuffs.
Looks like we're picking up the pace on the ISIS / ISIL executions
I noticed their fearless leader quickly went into hiding---US will bag and tag him within a year along with most, if not all, of his "inner circle"
About the only decision Hillary, if she wins, will be able to make is what to wear --- that should be easy with her massive and unsightly, sloppy in the extreme butt size.
It's good having the screwed up federal government in permanent deadlock --- keeps the losers from harming themselves and us.
Correction --- the aforementioned CIA operation has been running "locally" for over 12 years.
We need to ramp up funding for the CIA and turn them loose.
The CIA "cleaned up the streets" over the past six years (forcefully "ejecting" many terrorists who lived in this country), but there are roughly 3000-4000 left "in hiding" here in America. Compound that with the 20,000 or so who reside in State and Local prisons (converts) and you quickly see the problem.
I'd say it's time for Americans to form up and take matters into own own hands ---- use social media to broadcast our beheadings of jihadists in the US and ask Michael Moore to run live, color "documentaries" of these events. We can even do these at halftime during NFL games !
President Obama has become ineffective, at best, and has lost the backing of at least half the people who originally voted for him. According to all recent polls, Americans think he's incapable of getting anything done.
If the Democrats win the next presidential election, that person will also be awkwardly relegated to Chief Do Nothing Executive as both the House and the Senate will be controlled by Republicans.
Millennials (who as a group aren't' really clearly defined) don't have any money so I question why marketers and researchers spend so much time trying to understand their buying behavior.
Dude served his country honorably and why can't he run for Congress?
Back off man !
HD please and popcorn too
Follow the money guys say 65% of the $$$ originates from the Kingdom
Actually the Iraq assessment was done by a Democratically-appointed CIA Director and staff ..,,,,
As for right and left wingers --- both "teams' are low grade morons as are most politicians.
I say take our armed forces out of handcuffs (yes they've been in handcuffs for many many years) and give them one week without the handcuffs on to see what they can accomplish. My bet is within one week a US military minus the handcuffs could Kentucky fried chicken fry, dismember (ie. behead plus), and/or "fill with lead" about 60-75 % of ISIS
Well that's very kind of him, since he and his kingdom are 100% behind and backing ISIL / ISIS.
He needs to get a grip, clean up his own "backyard" which incidentally happens to be the breeding ground of 90% of all modern day terrorists.
Is that nutcase still posting here ??
From what I remember he's been posting trash on this board for years and has turned this supposedly Ford Board into a political cesspool---- Ford should cut off his pension for trashing their message board.