heads of murdered policemen and government officials line the streets of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, as hundreds of thousands flee for their lives. As this wave of terror and mass murder surges towards Baghdad, Iran is sending it's al Quds force of fanatics to battle al Queda. Quds is the group responsible for killing Americans in Iraq during the war and for fomenting terror attack killing Americans throughout the Middle East.
What's Obama doing? He's taking a four day weekend to visit Palm Springs. No doubt he'll enjoy the golf and the adulation he gets at fundraisers during his stay. Before leaving on his trip he made a statement in which he admitted that this crisis "could pose a threat eventually to American interests as well." Could? Dividing Iraq between Iran and al Queda is the worst foreign policy disaster since 9/11. Obama went on to say:
OBAMA: Now, this threat is not brand new. Over the last year, we’ve been steadily ramping up our security assistance to the Iraqi government with increased training, equipping and intelligence. Now, Iraq needs additional support to break the momentum of extremist groups and bolster the capabilities of Iraqi security forces. We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces, and I’ll be reviewing those options in the days ahead.At least Obama acknowledges he's known about the problem for a long time. The U.S. Ambassador to Syria resigned in February because Obama was failing to act in a way that might have prevented the current crisis. Now, at the final hour he says he has to study the situation before he acts. So, he goes on vacation and won't be back until Tuesday. I'm sure he'll be giving the crisis his undivided attention on the golf course!
|Iraqi government officials and tribal leaders forced to dig their own graves before being executed by al Queda.|
A report in the Daily Telegraph from London suggests that under Obama, the current leader of the al Queda surge was released from U.S. custody in Iraq in 2009. If anyone needs proof that releasing the top five Taliban generals a few weeks ago was a monumental and deadly mistake this should confirm it!
Washington Post: Obama's "Pretense" of Ending War is Gone!
Washington Post editorial board, June 11:
FOR YEARS, President Obama has been claiming credit for “ending wars,” when, in fact, he was pulling the United States out of wars that were far from over. Now the pretense is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain.For years I have warned that Obama's naive, reckless and irresponsible foreign policy would result in disaster. We're now seeing just how bad those consequences are. Instead of change course and start listening to those who have a better understanding of histories lessons than he does Obama doubles down on a blind left wing ideology that will bring the war home to America soon!
If Iraq joins Syria in full-fledged civil war, the danger to U.S. allies in Israel, Turkey, Jordan and the Kurdish region of Iraq is immense. These terrorist safe havens also pose a direct threat to the United States, according to U.S. officials. “We know individuals from the U.S., Canada and Europe are traveling to Syria to fight in the conflict,” Jeh Johnson, secretary of homeland security, said earlier this year. “At the same time, extremists are actively trying to recruit Westerners, indoctrinate them, and see them return to their home countries with an extremist mission.”
When Mr. Obama defended his foreign policy in a speech at West Point two weeks ago, he triggered some interesting debate about the relative merits of engagement and restraint. But the question of whether Mr. Obama more closely resembles Dwight D. Eisenhower or Jimmy Carter is less relevant than the results of his policy, which are increasingly worrisome.
Now Mr. Obama is applying the same recipe to Afghanistan: total withdrawal of U.S. troops by 2016, regardless of conditions.
At West Point, the president stressed that “not every problem has a military solution.” That is obviously true. In fact, a goal of U.S. policy should be to help shape events so that military solutions do not have to be considered. The presence of U.S. troops in South Korea, for example, has helped keep the peace for more than a half century.
Total withdrawal can instead lead to challenges like that posed by Iraq today, where every option — from staying aloof to more actively helping Iraqi forces — carries risks. The administration needs to accept the reality of the mounting danger in the Middle East and craft a strategy that goes beyond the slogan of “ending war responsibly.”
UPDATE: Iraq requested help to prevent terrorists have gaining a stronghold MONTHS AGO when it might have made a difference. Obama refused!
UPDATE: ISIS brags about killing with execution/beheading videos. But Western media sanitizes. On the one hand I can understand not wanting to give terrorists a forum for their crimes. On the other people need to see what kind of monsters these terrorists are so no one will forget when Obama seeks to pardon them!