June 12, 2014

And Now "The Rout in Iraq" Brought to You in Living Color By Barack Obama

"Hope and Change" in Iraq

How's that "Hope and Change" working out for you?

“Mosul: Iraq Crumbling before our eyes”. The Internet is rife with pictures of al-Qaeda triumphantly inspecting millions, perhaps billions of dollars worth of captured, American made military equipment. It’s like Vietnam all over again, except this time the NVA are continuing the attack all the way to New York.

Unless the rot is stopped, ISIS will soon be at Baghdad’s gates and al-Qaeda’s affiliates will soon possess one, perhaps two major Middle Eastern countries plus trillions of dollars in oil resources. Libya, Iraq, perhaps Syria. They will be on the border of Saudi Arabia, able to credibly menace the energy lifeline of the Western world, a fact that can only play to Putin’s advantage.
The dangers of abandoning such a vital region were always obvious. Those who have not read my 2010 post, The Ten Ships, might take the time to do so now. It’s good for a laugh, not because it is so “brilliant” but because it’s so obvious. It explains how Obama’s political petulance made him ignore fundamental military strategy by ignoring the obvious center of Islamic militant gravity the Middle East in favor of redeploying the ground forces to a PR fantasy campaign in Afghanistan.
There’s nothing in place available to stop al-Qaeda. The forces that might have are locked up in the Southwest Asia, sustained at the mercy of Russia and Pakistan. Obama has been faked out; the AQ have gone around him for a layup to the basket. He may lose Iraq and its border with Syria before the year ends. Afghanistan’s fall will follow almost immediately thereafter, behind the last American troops, whose safe exit from the landlocked country is now by no means guaranteed. The Russians lost more than 500 men going out in 1989 — and they only had to cross a land border a short distance away.Belmont Club サ The Day of Reckoning


Taking things seriously in Iraq

Taking events seriously at WH.gov.

‫ Islamic state convoy in Mosul pictures

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 12, 2014 11:26 AM
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It seems that "The Sacrifice and The Reckoning" draw closer each day... You've been right all along Gerard. We will have to lose at least one city before western civilization wakes up.

Posted by: cchoate at June 12, 2014 1:10 PM


Posted by: Casey Klahn at June 12, 2014 1:26 PM

"We will have to lose at least one city before western civilization wakes up."

Yea. But when will the American people wake up? Possibly after four or five cities . . .

Posted by: Terry at June 12, 2014 2:19 PM

House of Cards. Let the whole sumbitch blow over and fall to the ground. Burn the cards. Burn the table. Star all over with a new deck. Nah, better still, screw the cards. Burn the house down. The only way to get rid of the cancer is to kill the host.

Beans, bullets, bibles. Doesn't sound so trite now, does it?

Posted by: chasmatic at June 12, 2014 2:51 PM

I told my wife a few minutes ago that I am biting at the bit to "get involved" with whatever comes our way. Getting damn tired of just waiting. Looks like the wait will be shorter now that the obozo set his rectum a-blaze in the mideast.

Posted by: Terry at June 12, 2014 3:08 PM

Just finished a post entitled "Hi, I'm Saddam Hussein. Miss me yet?"

We destroyed stability in the Middle East for a dream of democracy. We paid a high price in every possible way. And then we walked away.

This is our fault.

Posted by: On the North River at June 12, 2014 3:09 PM

All those Americans and their true allies maimed and killed, wanting only to help make better lives for Iraqi men, women and children.

And who opposed them in their mission of compassion? The lovers of beheadings, of rape rooms, of disfigurement and executions of dissenting daughters and mothers, of course.

Iraqi cities, hollow, brittle monuments of societal decay falling apart from fear, no foundation in a religion or philosophy of self-respect and respect for others.

And what do the trends in our USA indicate?
Mob attacks in shopping malls, mauling of anyone on streets called a 'knockout' GAME, brain-drained politicians, so inept, so non-scrupulous, so greedy, so cruel that only lately have some of their constituents begun to vomit the crap they eagerly swallowed for years.

I weep for all the children and elderly of this world, and again remember Melville's words, ",,, beware the people weeping, when they bare the iron hand."
Someday it will be unsafe for most of our federal politicians to walk the streets alone, though they've safely been street-walkers in the self-copulative halls of Congress for years.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at June 12, 2014 4:56 PM

On the North River, the stability we destroyed was the tyranny that murdered 100's of thousands of Iraqis and Kurds,and promoted brutal torture and rape of additional thousands of Iraqis under the regime of SoDamn Insane. It is an immense sorrow that we could not weld a unity of caring among the shattered pieces of 1400 years of Islam's terrorism.
"And then we walked away," you say. True in a way. Except, as one of our Civil War songs lament, "Somebody's darling, somebody's pride, who'll tell his mother how her boy died."

We backed a group that has no spine. Shame on them. Don't blame us. We paid in blood and received nothing of value in return -- we only revitalized (ask the Iraqi children we served) and retained our honor; may it be good enough.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at June 12, 2014 5:26 PM

How is the Lamestream Media going to spin their way out of this one? I mean, I am sure it is George Bush's fault, but they better have something more cogent up their pouffe sleeves.

Posted by: Fat Man at June 12, 2014 6:29 PM

The people of Iraq were given a once-in-a-millennium chance, courtesy of the Armed Forces of the United States, to make something of their "country", to join the rest of the human race in the twenty first century.
They blew it, not us.
I hope we learn from this the lesson that "nation building" is futile without a sound moral and religious foundation upon which to build.
Ann Coulter said it best after 9/11: They need to all convert to Christianity. I agree with this statement, even though I am not Christian. The rot of Islam prevents progress.

Posted by: orcadrvr at June 12, 2014 6:53 PM

A majority of people who showed to vote chose -- twice -- to have this vicious clown "lead" us.

A lot of those who voted for him are actually fine people in their daily lives. They have no common sense when it becomes to the big things.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at June 13, 2014 7:25 AM