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June 12, 2014 - 12:36 pm

Fox reports that American contractors are being evacuated from Iraq. They were in country training the Iraqi army. That army is melting down in the face of the ISIS insurgency which is swiftly taking Iraq’s major cities.

Officials say three planeloads of Americans are being evacuated from a major Iraqi air base in Sunni territory north of Baghdad to escape potential threats from a fast-moving insurgency.

A current U.S. official and a former senior Obama administration official say that means the American training mission at the air field in Balad has been grounded indefinitely.

To say the least.

American personnel remain in the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, for now. ISIS is closing in on Baghdad from the north and the west. Bombs are reportedly already going off within the capital city.

The ISIS insurgents have turned Mosul into exactly what one would expect of vicious Islamist militants, according to the Daily Mail.

The decapitated heads of policeman and soldiers are lining the streets of Iraq’s second biggest city, a displaced Iraqi woman has revealed today.

Speaking from a refugee camp to which she fled after jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIS) invaded the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, the woman told of the horrific treatment meted out to those who do not bow to their rapidly expanding rule.

It would appear the occupation of Mosul was made easier by the fact a reported 30,000 soldiers fled, leaving behind tanks and firearms as just 800 fighters approached.

Less than 24 hours later the oil-rich city of Tikrit was captured by the militants, who then turned their attentions to the capital as it pushes ahead with its aim to overthrow the western-backed government as part of its goal to create an Islamic emirate spanning both sides of the Iraq-Syria border.

As jihadists now march on Baghdad after capturing swathes of northern Iraq male supporters of the government turned out in droves today to enlist and fight back.

The Obama administration is adamantly insisting that no U.S. troops will be sent in to rescue Iraq, a prospect that would be very unpopular. But it might become necessary. In the vacuum we have left behind, Iran is stepping in to shore up both the Iraqi and Syrian governments. The end game, should Iran help both defeat the insurgencies, would be to put two of the Middle East’s largest nations under Tehran’s sway. Iraq possesses 10% of the world’s oil reserves. Losing that to either insurgents or Iran will end up playing well into Russia’s hands, as it continues making aggressive moves against Ukraine.

So, what we have is a massive mess.

Had the Obama administration negotiated a Status of Forces Agreement to leave a residual U.S. force in place to quell insurgencies as they arise, the current situation would probably have been avoided.

For now, the Obama administration is expediting foreign arms sales to the Iraqi government. That’s not likely to have quite the same impact as Iran inserting its Revolutionary Guards in to fight alongside what’s left of the U.S.-trained Iraqi army.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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30,000 running from 800?

And we fought and died for this trash?

Anyone here know a harsher word than "cowards"?
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Pity the people of Iraq that they face very bleak prospects under the Taliban-like ISIS. Neighboring countries should give sanctuary to those that aided the US, but it’s very likely they won’t.

The kind of unforced foreign policy errors that led to this situation can’t be the result of incompetence. It’s likely that O knew that this would happen because some honest people would have told him it would and he didn’t care.

Is O evil? This might be the best explanation for a foreign policy this broken and benighted. It’s as if he can’t make a productive decision about the country’s foreign policy if his life depended on it. It couldn’t be worse out there than if we elected Vladimir Putin president and it could be that in a way we did.
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Obama has found a way to throw a whole country under the bus.

Practice makes perfidy.
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Obama won't help the fight, but he'll bring them here, in what will be at least a fifteen-year process of adding millions of Iraqui refugee immigrants and the further spread of islam in the United States. Los Angeles will add Iraqui Arabic to its list of official languages, the state of California will add an Iraqui culture module to its elementary school curricula, a newly formed Iraqui Anti-Defamation League will sue old white people for racism, and the Democrats will give Iraquis special affirmative action status.
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"Had the Obama administration negotiated a Status of Forces Agreement to leave a residual U.S. force in place to quell insurgencies as they arise, the current situation would probably have been avoided."

Not so fast.

That dismisses the mercurial Maliki who would probably have a major objection to American Forces being exempt from Iraqi law. And, would you want to be serving with the United States Armed Forced inside a Muslim Iraq governed by sharia law according to their Koran? Not me.

The above is absolutely not defending Obama's cluelessness or any other American Administration at all; it's just a fact of life in any Muslim controlled country in the midst of this incredible mess.

It's best that we Americans get out of Central Asia/West Asia just as quickly as we can. Damn the so called "vacuum". We cannot change facts of live in Muslim controlled territory. That's not belittling America. That's a fact of life.
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Are we going to evacuate the Baghdad Embassy, or will this be Benghazi Consulate 2.0?
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That will be decided after the golf season ends.
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One no-brainer might be to send over some air strikes to destroy the ordinance being captured by the Jihadists.

...unless this was a way to transfer Blackhawks, et al, to them in the first place.
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If the Iraqi people are unwilling to fight and die for their freedom then leave the cowards to their fate.
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I'll bet 800 fighters could take Washington DC today, to standing applause.
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"That's how freedom dies, to thundering applause"!!
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Only Sergeant Bergdahl can save Iraq. Send him there now
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Let's see 30,000 vs 800? Some pretty brave fighters those Iraqis are. Why don't they surround the 800 fighters that are marching to Baghdad must be pretty spread out by now.
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"a reported 30,000 soldiers fled, leaving behind tanks and firearms as just 800 fighters approached."

I guess they heard the US likes diserters. Maybe O'Bamma will trade Gitmo for these patriots?
11 weeks ago
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Those were the ones trained in France.
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I read that if Hitler had not stuck to Nazi Party ideology and firmly let the German Army prosecute the war, they would have won. Letting our dear leader run the country and military per his political ideology is just as an abject failure. The first story was to our good, the second story is to our harm. At the end of the day..... all that was spent in lives and money.... "what difference did it make?"
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