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To Hell in a Heavily Armed Handbasket

January 21st, 2014 - 9:31 am

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Uh-oh:

Islamic militants controlling a mainly Sunni area west of Baghdad are so well-armed that they could occupy the capital, a top Iraqi official warned Monday, a frank and bleak assessment of the challenge posed in routing the insurgents as a new wave of bombings killed at least 31 people.

Since late December, members of Iraq’s al-Qaida branch — known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — have taken over parts of Ramadi, the capital of the largely Sunni western province of Anbar. They also control the center of the nearby city of Fallujah, along with other non-al-Qaida militants who also oppose the Shiite-led government.

Iraqi government forces backed by Sunni tribal militias launched an all-out offensive Sunday to seize back control of Ramadi and surrounding areas from the militants. Five government-allied tribesmen were killed in the initial fighting, and 15 tribesmen and government forces were wounded, provincial spokesman Dhari al-Rishawi said.

Fierce clashes continued Monday, with government forces and allied tribesmen struggling to advance in the face of tough resistance, according to local police.

The last time anybody took Baghdad, it was us. Never you fear — we’ve been assured by Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom that the current al Qaeda is strictly “jayvee.”

If it weren’t scary enough that the Professor himself is no longer taking AQ seriously, it’s scarier still that there seems to be nobody in the White House to contradict him:

“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian. [Emphasis added]

Al Qaeda wasn’t dangerous to us until they found themselves a friendly government in Afghanistan. Now they’re working on getting friendly governments (or at least the mostly-benign neglect of anarchy) in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.

That’s how the junior varsity moves on to earn its letters.

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It's ironic that Obozo is calling these people Junior Varsity, while his own team is run by the Perennial Sisters of the Perpetually Petulant Lesbian debate team.

It's certainly a smugly incompetent amateur hour, and has been for the last 5 years.
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Obama's understanding of the Iraqi insurgency, and the rest of Al Queda, is of the same order of magnitude of his understanding of the rest of the topics he opines upon.

Nonexistant. His world is a world of strawmen arguments.
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So now we have to rank AQ players corresponding to their athletic ability.
First pee wee jihadists, then Junior Varsity insurgents, Varsity suicide bombers, Red shirt freshman gunmen, First string terrorists, Rookie pro islamists, Veteran instigators, and finally the Senior tour/ All star Akbars.
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Think we should leave the entire Middle East a few hundred yesterdays ago. But quite bizarre how informed the Wiggleroom Adminstration is about who is and who is not in Al Qeada and who is part of their varisty or JV. The White House thinks that if you are killed but,say, a disgruntled Army major, or a militant Islamic Libyan group, or a few pothead Chechens at the Boston marathon, as much as it sucks to be you, that's not real official Al Qeada and don't anyone dare say otherwise. You have to have your AQ membership card, fully paid dues and know the secret handshake or it doesn't count. Which is also how they allow Muslim Brotherhood scum into the country and into their administration.
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"...is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant...” Obama said.

and getting sworn in doesn't make obama George Washington.
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It doesn't even make him competent.
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It's no longer the Syrian civil war and insurgency in Iraq. Basically those two countries have ceased to exist. It's a Sunni-Shi'ite civil war and I'm not sure that that's a bad thing, even though lots of innocent people are getting killed. Bush's taking out Saddam did throw a grenade into the Middle East, but IMO it was needed. Not just because Saddam was a dangerous character, which he was and we'd have to keep troops over there for his whole life and whichever of his sons took over.

But since 1947 the ME had gotten into a rut. The occasional war, terrorism against Israel and oil as a political weapon. All based upon artificially drawn borders that were inherently unstable. After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, there needed to be a war in the ME to draw more natural boundaries. The British & French, and then the Cold War postponed it. Only questions now are who else gets drawn in (Jordan, Lebanon?) and what the result will be.

Oh, and what will become of the experienced foreign fighters.
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I wonder if they seriously believe that Al Qaeda is less dangerous because it's now focused on local conflicts. As I recall, that was the plan all along. They would attack the "far enemy" in order to drive us out of the MENA and leave the "near enemy" as easy pickings.

Looks to me like it's working out for them.
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