The Fall of Saigon and/or Baghdad


It was bad enough twenty years ago when bellbottoms made a comeback, but now this:

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will add extra security and relocate a number of staff members to other cities in the interest of safety after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took control of a pair of cities to the north earlier this week.

The State Department made the announcement in a statement on Sunday, saying that the United States “strongly supports Iraq and its people.” Due to the violence and instability, the embassy will send some staff to other locations temporarily, include Consulate Generals in the cities of Basra, Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman, Jordan.

The State Department says that “a substantial majority” of the U.S. presence in Iraq will remain in place with heightened security. The Embassy, the State Department said, “will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.”

I hope the worst doesn’t happen. I hope the Iraqi Army rallies. But I also fear the worst.

No, worse than the fall of Baghdad, I fear Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom will dither until it’s too late to send in the helicopters to pull out our people and our friends. It’s not like he hasn’t dithered before, and it’s not like he hasn’t allowed our embassy personnel to be slaughtered before.

I also fear that now it’s all up to the Iraqis, and that the President no longer has any control over, or much interest in, his own foreign policy.