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‘Our Worst Fears About Iraq are Being Realized’

Lawmakers warn of al-Qaeda power while administration touts its "attentiveness" to humanitarian needs.

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Bridget Johnson

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June 11, 2014 - 7:45 pm
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As Baghdad stood in the cross-hairs of advancing al-Qaeda forces Wednesday, the Obama administration branded the exodus of Iraqis from terrorist territory as a “humanitarian crisis” while some members of Congress called it a monumental failure in the war on terror.

Half a million Iraqis were fleeing militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), the successor to al-Qaeda in Iraq, after the rapid seizures of Mosul, Baiji and Tikrit — the hometown of Saddam Hussein. In an audio recording, ISIS vowed to take Baghdad, though Kirkuk’s fall appeared next on their list.

Iraqi officials told the Guardian that upwards of 30,000 soldiers — two divisions — simply fled from about 800 ISIS fighters. The militants joyfully seized U.S.-made Humvees and BlackHawks, according to numerous reports and photographic evidence, as well as SCUDs and Howitzers, and transported many back to Syria to share with extremists there.

Militants also bulldozed the border line between Syria and Iraq, celebrating this breaking of an international border as the beginning of the caliphate.

“The United States is deeply concerned about the continued aggression of ISIL in Iraq,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to a commencement address and fundraiser in Massachusetts. “In addition to the violence in Mosul, we’ve seen the reports and are closely following the ongoing attacks and violence in the Baiji and Tikrit areas, and other parts of northern Iraq. The deterioration in security is rapidly becoming a humanitarian issue and requires a coordinated response by Iraqi leaders from across the country to halt the advances ISIL has made and regain control of territory currently in ISIL’s hands.”

Earnest condemned the “despicable” attack on Turkish consulate officials in Mosul. Militants seized 49 Turkish diplomats and family members and brought them to the city’s ISIS headquarters.

“I think that there’s no doubt that the situation has deteriorated even in the last 24 hours. It’s something we’re concerned about. And we’ve been in touch with the government of Iraq about what we can do to support them as they try to address this security threat,” he continued, proceeding to tout the Counterterrorism Partnership Fund proposed in President Obama’s recent foreign policy speech at West Point.

Earnest also held up the administration as “very attentive to the wide range of humanitarian needs that are pretty severe in the region right now.”

He said the White House considers the fall of Iraq a “serious threat.”

“Core al-Qaeda had repeatedly and publicly vowed to attack the United States homeland. The threat in the region that we’re talking about now appears to be somewhat different, but it’s one that we are watching very carefully for a variety of reasons — because they’ve proven to be very violent, because they’ve demonstrated a willingness to consider targeting American interests and American allies.”

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), though, called the fall more than just a deteriorating situation: “Our worst fears about Iraq are being realized today.”

“The black flags of al-Qaeda are flying over Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, just as they do over Fallujah. Al-Qaeda affiliated militants are now pressing their offensive into other parts of western Iraq and possibly beyond. This growing threat to our national security interests is the cost of President Obama’s decision to withdraw all of our troops from Iraq in 2011, against the advice of our commanders and regardless of conditions on the ground,” the trio said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, the president is now making the same disastrous mistake in Afghanistan, increasing the risk that al-Qaeda and its terrorist allies will return there just as they are in Iraq,” the senators added. “It is not too late for the president to reverse this catastrophic decision and instead make any withdrawal of U.S. forces after this year contingent on conditions on the ground.”

“At the same time, we call on the president to explain to Congress and the American people how he plans to address the growing threat to our homeland and our national security interests posed by the rapidly expanding al-Qaeda safe haven in Iraq and Syria.”

The Senate Armed Services Committee, of which McCain, Graham and Ayotte are members, called a closed-door briefing for Thursday morning to hear an update on the situation from the Defense Intelligence Agency and Pentagon officials.

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Good news for the isolationists. They are getting their wish. America and Israel are becoming isolated.


Obama's One Worlder friends, Erdogan and the Muslim Brotherhood are being swarmed. The hippy dippy Woodstock Jihad has cratered the economy, destabilized the Middle East, every border country with Russia and China, thrown open the borders to Central American daycare and every form of terrorist, decimated the military, destroyed healthcare for veterans and civilians and brutalized job creation, destroying the middle class.

God Damn America. Obama's mentor got his wish.
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Back in 2008/2009, NIAC which is the Iranian lobby group based in DC told Obama that if he gives the power over Iraq to the Islamic Republic regime in Iran, then the ayatollahs will be more willing to negotiate over the nuclear deal. Obama the goon accepted the offer and gave the key of Iraq to Noori Al Maleki who is a troll of the Iranian regime, and then went even further and pulled the US troops out from Iraq, believing Iran will take good care of Iraq! In the meantime, oil cartels around the world started grabbing Iraq's oil for free!
In the past few years the ayatollahs have done huge carnage in Iraq with Obama turning away his other cheek!

Now ISIS in full force and in medieval fashion on a destruction path destroying every inch of the country they march on, to challenge Iran and it's power and hold on Iraq!
All of this is on Obama, under his watch and with his own signature!
Don't blame Bush for me you crackhead idiots!!!!
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Things will NEVER get better, regardless of who we have in Washington, unless we quit funding the enemy through our dependence on OPEC. Does anyone on this site doubt that the hundreds of billions of dollars we send to OPEC funds terrorists, and is used to build the tens of thousands of radical madrassas that are the breeding ground for this hateful ideology?

The key is to give American drivers a choice every time they pull up to the pump, by shifting to an alcohol fuel-based economy that takes the leverage away from OPEC. The technology to allow this—flex fuel vehicles that can run on regular gasoline or E85—is proven and available at an incrementally insignificant cost (equivalent to what we pay in a few hours for imported oil). They are on the road today, but just not enough of them.

Let’s pay American farmers to produce fuel, rather than funding madrassas while we pay farmers not to plant. Don’t believe the myths that this will drive up food prices or that it takes two gallons of oil to make a gallon of ethanol. This is proven oil cartel propaganda…if true how is Brazil, the world’s largest alcohol fuel economy, a net energy exporter? Neither the liberal fantasy of conservation nor “drill baby drill” have the potential to neuter OPEC like home grown consumer choice.

If you want to base your position on facts and not feelings, check out “Energy Victory” by Robert Zubrin. It’s written not by a politician, but by an engineer who recognizes the Islamic threat and how to destroy it. It’s time to crush OPEC.
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How about the cars that run on compressed air. I hear they can go up to 200 miles on a single compression.
THAT would really put a dent in the petroleum monopoly.
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There is no attack on Mosul, Fallujah or Tikrit. It's a humanitarian crisis! And didn't you hear the President say Al Queda is on the run? What's the matter with you? Who you gonna believe, Barry or your own lying eyes?
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Greetings:

Back during my military daze, I chance upon some medical personnel treating another soldier's bullet wound. One of them explained that they were using a "surgical wick" to prevent the faster growing surface skin from closing over the inner wound thus preventing a abcess from developing therein.

In our dealings with the greater Middle East, we seem to have granted Islam an ideological sanctuary and so that cultural infection continues on its un-merry way. I see Islam as the globalization of 7th Century A.D. Arab tribal culture under a thin veneer of religion. Without a plan to constrain, undermine, or eradicate Islam, I see little cause for optimism in any long term improvements in those areas so indoctrinated. The combination of an "us versus them" tribal mentality with a "supremacist" psuedo-religious fervor pretty much guarantees the fever will be ongoing.
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Monumental failure in the war on terror... YEP! But your too late to tell President Darth Cheney and his right hand meat puppet Dubya. It was so obvious they were 'NAITION BUILDING" but you Chicken Hawks just don't listen !
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Frankly, this smells the same as when we left Vietnam. We armed them to the teeth with all kinds of weapons/aircraft, and they turned tail and ran leaving everything to the Viet Cong. The US government NEVER learns lessons from the past.
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Had we armed this crew as some Senators requested they would be in Kuwait by now....
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Well, it's good to know that we at least condemn what happened. Go to
#Save Our Turks, #Save Our Old Equipment and #Make Sure Any Food We Send is Healthy for more information. To send a donation go to #Al Qaeda is Decimated and buy a bumper sticker.
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Frankly, there's not much we can do here unless the Iraqi government specifically asks for help that we are willing to provide. No more boots on the ground, obviously. Weapons and training? Probably. Air strikes? Sure we could kill some bad guys, but also likely kill a lot of innocents in the process ... and what exactly would it accomplish? The only bulwark we had in the war against the Jihadists and their benefactors, the Iranian mullahs, was Saddam Hussein and his regime ... and we killed them all off 11 years ago.

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The Iraqis apparently asked for that and were told no by his lord and master of the universe:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/world/middleeast/iraq-asked-us-for-airstrikes-on-militants-officials-say.html?_r=1

I don't trust much that comes from the Slimes, but this seems reasonable. It doesn't run cover for the royal PITA so, I'm thinking it happened.

Given that ~30,000 US-trained Iraqis turned tail and ran, leaving weapons and materiel behind (SCUDs, Hummers, Blackhawk helos, etc) I'm thinking the regime of the Soviet Socialist States of America are pleased as pudding to hear about that, being that it's an affront nad "in-your-face" to Bush in their warped view of the world.

These are despicable people, desiring to help even more despicable people make the world a muslim world.....with lots of angry. self-hating white people willing to help that happen.
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And they ran away from about 800 muslim freak-show nutjobs.
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THIS is why I oppose American military 'adventures'. We shed the blood of our sons, and for what? Nothing.

Before sending our sons off to die in a foreign land, the following criteria must be met:
1. Do we have a strategic interest in the outcome?
2. Do we have an objective?
3. Do we have a plan to achieve the objective?
4. Is the objective realistically achievable?
5. What happens after the objective is achieved? Do we have a plan for that?
6. Do we have the support of the American people?
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