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Obama Ripped for Fallujah Stance as Admin Offers Iraq Surveillance Drones to Fight al-Qaeda

Iraq vet in House calls for limited air support: "What’s happening now dishonors all those who put their lives on the line to bring stability to this country."

Bridget Johnson


January 6, 2014 - 5:54 pm
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s seemingly passing interest in the resurgence of al-Qaeda in Iraq stoked criticism that President Obama is giving a pass to terrorists while fixated on wresting concessions out of Israel for a Middle East peace deal.

At a press availability Sunday in Jerusalem to tout “a productive couple of days with very, very intensive talks” in his push for a Middle East peace process, Secretary of State John Kerry brought up Iraq only when asked about it by reporters.

“We will stand with the government of Iraq and with others who will push back against their efforts to destabilize and to bring back, to wreak havoc on the region and on the democratic process that is taking hold in Iraq,” Kerry said.

“Now, we’re going to do everything that is possible to help them, and I will not go into the details except to say that we’re in contact with tribal leaders from Anbar province whom we know who are showing great courage in standing up against this as they reject terrorist groups from their cities. And this is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis. That is exactly what the president and the world decided some time ago when we left Iraq. So we are not, obviously, contemplating returning. We’re not contemplating putting boots on the ground. This is their fight, but we’re going to help them in their fight.”

Kerry acknowledged that the U.S. does “have an interest” in Fallujah falling under al-Qaeda’s control.

“All of the Gulf states, all of the regional actors, Russia, the United States, and a lot of players elsewhere in the world have a stake in pushing back against violent extremist terrorists who respect no law, who have no goal other than to take over power and disrupt lives by force,” he said.

“And the United States intends to continue to remain in close contact with all of the Iraq political leaders to see how we can continue to support their efforts in the days ahead. But it is their fight; that is what we determined some time ago, that we can’t want peace and we can’t want democracy and we can’t want an orderly government and stability more than the people in a particular area, in a particular country or a particular region.”

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said this afternoon he was “dismayed” by Kerry’s “dismissal of the threat from al-Qaeda as ‘Iraq’s battle to fight.’”

“It took two bloody battles to liberate Fallujah. Many U.S., British, and Iraqi forces – Sunni and Shia - lost their lives to secure that city. When our allies fight al-Qaeda for us, and the United States sits on the sidelines, not only do our allies notice, but so do our adversaries,” McKeon said. ”I note that Iran has already jumped in with offers of assistance. When terrorism is allowed to flourish abroad, when the specter of insurgency haunts democratic nations, our own security suffers.”

“Secretary Kerry and the Obama administration must recognize that in spite of their desire to wish the threat away, al-Qaeda has metastasized and remains a shared threat. I urge the administration to demonstrate a full commitment in support of an ally fighting a common enemy.”

The White House didn’t offer leader-to-leader support over the weekend, instead tasking Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken with dealing with the crisis. Blinken called Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayyad on Sunday to express U.S. support “for ongoing operations by the Iraqi Security Forces in coordination with local and tribal movements in Anbar province to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).”

“Both confirmed the strong U.S.-Iraq security partnership under the Strategic Framework Agreement, and the need for greater cooperation among Iraq’s neighboring countries to combat the regional terrorist threat,” the White House said in a readout of the call. “Senior officials from the White House, the State Department, and the United States Embassy in Baghdad remain in regular communication with a wide range of Iraqi officials to support ongoing efforts against ISIL, and to encourage coordination between Iraqi Security Forces and the people they serve.”

This afternoon, Vice President Joe Biden talked to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, expressing “concern for those Iraqis who are suffering at the hands of terrorists.” It was unclear why Obama didn’t call the prime minister as he was in town with no events on his schedule.

Al-Maliki called on residents and tribes in Fallujah to try to toss al-Qaeda out of town in a message broadcast on state TV today.

“The prime minister appeals to the tribes and people of Fallujah to expel the terrorists from the city in order to spare themselves the risk of armed clashes,” the statement read.

Al-Qaeda has also seized parts of Ramadi. The government has been launching strikes against the fighters.

At today’s White House press briefing, Jay Carney said “it’s too early to tell or make conclusions” about the impact of al-Qaeda taking Fallujah, “but we’re accelerating our foreign military sales deliveries and are looking to provide an additional shipment of Hellfire missiles as early as this spring.”

“These missiles are one small element of that holistic strategy, but they have been proven effective at denying ISIL the safe haven zones that it has sought to establish in western Iraq,” Carney said.

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As I have often written: let them have their very own War of Roses.

The majority Shia have not become honest enough to rule a corrupt society: why should we pay for their failure?
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Hello do we really know why all this is going on ????

Notice the shaded area that US Backed Al-Qaida in Syria has now fallen back to and is there for a reason ???!!!!

Notice the same 2 cities that Al-Qaida has taken in Iraq are right smack in the way of the Islamic Pipeline plan ……..
This is the pipeline that the Al-Qaida in Iraq is there to stop .

Why Senators McCain & Graham supported Al-Qaida in Syria But NOT in IRAQ ?? !!! OH the deception here is HUGE !!!!!!!
“AL QAEDA NEEDS OUR HELP!” Senators McCain And Graham to take out Syria !!!!! Think Islamic Pipeline !!!!!
But they Blame Obama now for Iraq being take over by the same Radicals they supported in Syria ???

Its all about Who controls and has allies in the Region that will continue to accept the dollar as the settlement currency for oil transactions over any other currency as the settlement currency , so the Blood of War is more about whose currency is being used for these transactions than for anything else .
This link talks about the challenge to the alternative pipeline that Saudi and Qatar want and why Suadi wanted the USA to Bomb Syria for and take out the regime to disrupt the region and stop the pipeline that Syria and Iran and Russia and China all want to take the dollar out as the settlement currency for OPEC .
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It appears to me that this administration has taken a decision to align itself with Shiite Iran. While I believe this is evil and insane, one can make a cogent argument that it is in America's interest to do so...let nice Shiite soldiers go after Al Qaeda. And doing so fits in with the administration's insane point of view that Al Qaeda is the only terrorists. Defining it this way means we only have to deal with them, and not with Hezbollah (much more dangerous than Al Qaeda), the Syrian ISIS, the Taliban (from whom we are desperate to disengage), etc.
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I’ve long been a subscriber to Fouad Ajami’s assessment that those are the lands of “I against my brother; my brother and I against our cousin; and my cousin, my brother, and I against the stranger”. And the good old USofA will always be the stranger, waiting, like a cow, to be milked or slaughtered.

Islam is the millstone. If your plan doesn't include constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have is a hope.

Let ‘em stew in their Islamo-Arabic cultural juices. Emotional appeals to the memory of those who gave some or all will result in nothing more than good money gone after bad. Haven't they yet established what they are ???

My father used to tell me that when Moses took the Jews out of Pharaoh's Egypt and into the desert for 40 years, he did so to let the slave generations die off so free people would enter the Promised Land.

To me, continuing to try to get those people's bacon (Get it ???) out of the fire is nothing more than enabling an addict to continue his addiction.
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Yes, we should definitely bring troops back to Iraq to fight the people that the Iraqi won't.

You first. I'm tired of sending our men and women to hellholes to fight in unwinnable wars with muddy objectives and no end states.
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For Democrats, one of the finest days in History was April 1975 as the South Vietnamese Army whose supplies and ammunition had been cut off, crumpled under the onslaught of the North Vietnamese Army who was still receiving supplies, ammunition and even tanks from their sponsors in Soviet Union and China. Finally the war was over and the good guys had won.

Now they want to recapture that feeling by allowing al Quaeda to triumph in the Middle East and Africa.

To Democrats there is nothing which can compare to the high they get from losing a war. Particularly if it is followed by a good bloody massacre.

It would behoove any country wanting to ally itself to the United States to talk to the South Vietnamese exiles in LA, and the Iraqi government in Baghdad, Or Cairo and Jerusalem.

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How about we offer to nuke Fallujah if Iraq pays us one billion dollars cash?
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Blood and treasure being pissed away by an anti-American regime. Why not give some pilots bombing practice?
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