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June 15th, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Someone in the Obama administration has let it be known that the US Embassy in Baghdad will henceforth be reinforced by less than 100 Marines.

(Reuters) – Expanded military support for security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will include fewer than 100 soldiers, a U.S. official said on Sunday.

The enhanced security personnel will include Marines and other soldiers, a U.S. military official said on condition of anonymity, shortly after the Obama administration said it would move some embassy staff out of Baghdad and order the military to bolster security at its diplomatic facilities in the Iraqi capital.

This follows an announcement by president Obama that while he hasn’t decided on any definite effort to stop the al-Qaeda forces advancing on Baghdad, he has already decided that he will not deploy any ground troops.

“We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq,” Obama said, but he and his national security advisers “will be reviewing other options.”

These developments occur as reports say that the “US embassy is preparing to evacuate Baghdad as Tal Afar falls and Iraq masses forces at Samarrah”. However, it is unclear whether the evacuation is total or merely a partial precautionary measure. Some reports clearly suggests that only a skeleton staff will be left in place.

AUSTRALIAN and US embassy staff in Baghdad are being evacuated as terror sweeps Iraq following the release of images showing captured troops being massacred.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says a number of embassy staff members have been withdrawn from Baghdad due to the deteriorating security situation.

Islamic militants have taken over a swathe of territory in northern Iraq in an offensive that has brought fighting to within 80km of the capital.

“The Australian embassy remains open with reduced staffing levels,’’ DFAT says in its latest travel advice.

“We are unlikely to be able to provide consular assistance in Iraq at the current time.’’

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says an “essential core’’ of embassy staff will remain in place but they will be limited in what they can do for the estimated 90-plus Australians in Iraq.

Too big for two platoons

Too big for two platoons

The evacuation, partial or otherwise, is now being confirmed by Fox News.   British newspapers are full of stories and pictures depicting the mass execution of Iraqis by advancing al-Qaeda. The doomed men are piled in dump trucks like cattle, made to lie down in ditches and shot in rows.

It is obvious that 100 men — about two platoons of Marines — is much too small a reinforcement to defend the facility for more than a short period.  Moreover, the Zone may soon come under mortar, rocket and other indirect fire if the enemy advances.  Unless Maliki can stop the al-Qaeda advance, the Green Zone’s fall is a foregone conclusion.

Meanwhile “the Obama administration has decided to hold any military intervention in Iraq in abeyance until it sees clear evidence that the country’s politics and governance are reforming,” according to the Washington Post, citing U.S. officials.

As noted in earlier posts, the fall of swathes of Iraq to al-Qaeda dominated Sunni state is prelude to a wider threat that cannot be long in coming. Nothing, not even the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or the Gulf states will be out of reach. Although the threats are not immediate, the dynamics of the Sunni-Shi’a conflict in Syria have dramatically expanded the theater of operations.

Can you still draw a Red Line?

Can you still draw a Red Line?

It is no longer possible to regard the sectarian conflict as confined to a narrow strip of Levantine coast. With al-Qaeda’s eastward drive and the prospect of unrest spreading down into the Gulf via the Shi’a arc and Iran’s possible entry into the conflict, the battlefield has become immensely bigger. At stake is the single largest agglomeration of petroleum reserves on the planet. The potential for human disaster is Biblical as well.  The Gulf and the Arabian peninsula guest millions of expatriate workers, Westerners, Asians, Africans. Their safety, along with the countries which host them, were implicitly dependent on the United States.

While earlier generations of policy makers might confidently have said that the United States would defend Kuwait … or Bahrain … or Qatar … or Oman … or Saudi Arabia, with Obama it is impossible to say with any certainty that he will defend anything. The United States, and in consequence the West, has suffered a catastrophic collapse of credibility.

Any line that can by hypothetically drawn is at best a wild-ass-guess. For only one person can draw any line of consequence: Barack Hussein Obama.  We are witnessing not only a collapse but a capitulation.


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Maybe Stevens was supposed to be taken in order to empty GITMO and when the Navy Seals started picking off the "premeditated" attackers (60 or so dead), they thought THEY had been double crossed...and they killed Stevens.

The plan could not be revealed, so Obama/Hillary Clingon hid...and concocted the videographer story to cover their tracks. They didn't want their fingerprints on the scheme, so they sent Susan Rice out to tell the pack of Sunday lies.

When Benghazi was scrubbed from the news...they dummied up the investigation and called it "minor league" stuff...they figured a deserter was as good as an ambassador anyway...and put Bergdahl in play.

Now, al Qaeda offshoots crater Iraq. Obama is having a "clearout" sale...shutting off every valve. Iran steps into the breach and Obama/Kerry want to gift anything and everything to the Persians. Nukes, billions of dollars...anything...and they can beggar the Russians for help in Syria as well.

We not only made America and Israel weaker and more endangered, we strengthened Iran, Russia, China and Al Qaeda.

How is that done in the absence of design and intent?
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Nine hundred Filipinos in Iraq, many working on US facilities, are being evacuated by the Philippine government. They get a free ride home before they have to be shipped home in a box.

http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/news/top-stories/74542-come-home-ofws-in-libya-iraq-urged

Filipinos have loyally followed America into every campaign, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam and now as contractors in the Middle East to this day. IF the sword comes to Baghdad, they die too, as they have ever done.

Obama has betrayed trust on a great many levels. For the Brits, Aussies, Canadians, Poles, etc. whose efforts have been thrown away, sorry about that.
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Wait, aren't we forgetting about the REAL threat here... Climate Change?
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Better start dusting off "Operation Frequent Wind".............too bad Hugh Van Es is gone.
19 weeks ago
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'“We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq,” Obama said, but he and his national security advisers “will be reviewing other options.”'

Baloney. Nothing that individual or her myrmidons say is true. Not even the articles or prepositions. US mil and civ operators have been there all along and regular rifles are being sent in now, no doubt in numbers nowhere near those being reported. Likely air as well. More mil operators were just sent in to stiffen Iraqi Army via "training." And they, too, carry rifles and more.
19 weeks ago
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The Kelley Files --FoxNews --just teased Dinesh D'Souza coming up next block --to say ''this is the president's plan''.
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D'Souza sez it's design, not dumbass --but he say the spirit of '68 can account for it. Kelley overtalked him and misinterpreted him so not much got said.

She also reported news, a govt helo knocked down by a USA-made ISIS manpad. Moves the Benghazi investigation, don't it. Also, that ISIS has ground to air is another change --tho hardly surprising, as Assad has been losing aircraft to manpads. Is the number of missing still 10,000? Jeez, that was a lot of units for old Gaddafi to have laying around.
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Their safety, along with the countries which host them, were implicitly dependent on the United States.

They should have gotten the hell out months ago. Unless we're killing and conquering, we shouldn't have anything to do with it.
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This is obscene, any US troops on the ground will be targets for both sides. Sending in just a handfull, and announcing it ahead of time, is just about textbook for what NOT to do.

Anyhow it's a great waste, obviously all they really need is a lecture from John F. Ketchup on how ISIS must meet their quota of LBGT soldiers if they don't want Obambus to draw a red line around them. He should fly in, get on his Segway, and roll up towards Tikrit and clean this all up.
19 weeks ago
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"He should fly in, get on his Segway, and roll up towards Tikrit and clean this all up."

[Insert after "Tikrit"]

wielding his #hashtags of Doom
19 weeks ago
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What 275 guys would make a real difference, we wonder. What comes to mind is target identification and illumination for engagement by fast moving aircraft or remotely guided stuff.

Or is all that done by drones, now-a-days?
19 weeks ago
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Just extended security for embassy, personnel, airport, and transportation.

275 on the ground, another 275 in reserve, and that's what's available on the amphibious transport, at the extreme range of their "amphibious" capability to get to Baghdad. Lots of nasty stuff in the air overhead in case they need it, but only in support of this very limited mission. All of this is a guess from the public statements.

Maybe we promised Maliki something more, but anything along those lines would be minimal, is my guess.

A real force to take on ISIS would require a minimum of thousands of uniformed troops on the ground, this is not Afghanistan.
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Escalation:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is notifying Congress that about 275 U.S. military personnel could deploy to Iraq.

Obama says the forces are going to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He says the forces are equipped for combat and will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that they are no longer needed.

About 160 troops are already in Iraq, including 50 Marines and more than 100 Army soldiers. Some of those soldiers have only recently arrived.

Under the authorization Obama outlined, a U.S. official says the U.S. will put an additional 100 soldiers in a nearby third country where they would be held in reserve until needed.

The White House says the U.S. military personnel are entering Iraq with its consent.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_UNITED_STATES_IRAQ_TROOPS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-06-16-18-42-48
19 weeks ago
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I wonder if Obama will become a Martyr for the Cause just before November?
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I doubt it --not when a body double would do to set USA afire, and let the O fly off to Ulan Bator and hang out in the palace with Marc Rich, Richard Holbrooke, Ken Lay, and coming soon, Bernie Madoff.
19 weeks ago
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We are now evacuating from a city that we once conquered and controlled. So, this is the change we were waiting for? Or do I have it confused with something else?

As I said on another thread, all that's missing is helicopters airlifting Americans off rooftops with desperate Iraqis clinging to the landing skids.
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A nation engaged in a war essentially against Islam elects, and re-elects, a
a leader named Barack Hussein Obama.

The was goes badly.

Imagine that.
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The country (land of the free and home of the brave) that reached the paramount position on the pile due to liberty and free enterprise suddenly turns toward socialism. Who wooda thunk.
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I think the idea of Obama-backed Iran warring on Obama-backed ISIS juuuust enough to keep Baghdad on the front line forever, as horrid and insane as that sounds, is precisely what the Obama forces want us to believe is the play.

There's only 4-5 thousand ISIS troops in the field, and half of them are foreign (Tunisian and Chechen, according to a couple of Fox analyst guests). If you look closely at the photos, these guys are teenagers, and young ones at that.

How are they going to hold territory against the combined armored brigades of the Iranian and Iraqi armies? By ruse --by those two armies holding back in favor of spectacularly photogenic US air attacks, with ISIS command safe in the knowledge that the fix is in and the political solution is already worked out, with the combat opera needed for public consumption in the lands of the stupid election laws.

Here's another question: Why on earth would Iran build very large and expensive USN ship mockups --including a CVN --to 'practice attacks' on? Does this make any sense at all?

Remember the Philadelphia? The Barbary Wars?
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Smart Power wins again.
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