At the beginning of the month, he traded five big kahunas of the Taliban (who gave bin Laden and al-Queda shelter in Afghanistan, pre 9/11) for one US Army deserter (without consulting Congress). Now, because he was so eager to end "Bush's war," Iraq is falling into the hands of al-Queda linked groups.
Bruce Carroll (aka Gay Patriot) writes this at Legal Insurrection.
Fueled by training in the Syrian civil war and allowed by the vacuum of no major U.S. forces in Iraq, the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), is poised to take control of the most land mass since al-Qaeda formed in the late 1980s. According to videos posted by ISIS on social media, the militants also captured U.S. Humvees and Blackhawk helicopters from the Iraqi forces.Carroll also notes...
So far this week, ISIS forces have captured Tikrit — the former home of Saddam Hussein and his political movement — and Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. As ISIS forces converged on Mosul on Tuesday, U.S.-trained Iraqi forces collapsed and fled the city. Tikrit is less than 100 miles from Iraq’s capital of Baghdad, while Mosul is just 225 miles to the northwest from Baghdad.
“The city of Mosul is outside the control of the state and at the mercy of the militants,” an interior ministry official told the Agence France Presse news agency, saying soldiers had fled after removing their uniforms.
Several residents told the Associated Press that the militants were now touring the city with loudspeakers, announcing that they had “come to liberate Mosul and would fight only those who attack them.”
Reports from Mosul detail mass beheadings of residents by the ISIS terrorists and a flood of hundreds of thousands of refugees out of the city.
The al-Qaeda aligned ISIS organization now effectively controls a region from the eastern Syrian city of Raqaa, over the through the western Iraqi desert up to northern Iraq and less than 100 miles from Baghdad.
The war conditions in Iraq have begun to affect the Middle East region more broadly. Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported that all Iranian airlines flights between Baghdad and Iran were cancelled and the Iranian government was increasing security on its border with Iraq.And according to the New York Slimes, the Obama Regime is giving a cold sholder to the Iraq government for help...
As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials.
But Iraq’s appeals for military assistance have so far been rebuffed by the White House, which has been reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that President Obama has insisted was closed when the United States withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011And now the jihadists are headed toward Baghdad.
Sunni militants consolidated and extended their control over northern Iraq on Wednesday, seizing Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein, threatening the strategic oil refining town of Baiji and pushing south toward Baghdad, their ultimate target, Iraqi sources said.
As the dimensions of the assault began to become clear, it was evident that a number of militant groups had joined forces, including Baathist military commanders from the Hussein era, whose goal is to rout the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. One of the Baathists, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, was a top military commander and a vice president in the Hussein government and one of the few prominent Baathists to evade capture by the Americans throughout the occupation.
“These groups were unified by the same goal, which is getting rid of this sectarian government, ending this corrupt army and negotiating to form the Sunni Region,” said Abu Karam, a senior Baathist leader and a former high-ranking army officer, who said planning for the offensive had begun two years ago. “The decisive battle will be in northern Baghdad. These groups will not stop in Tikrit and will keep moving toward Baghdad.”What does this sound like? Oh yeah, when the Communist North Vietnamese overran South Vietnam, and the anti-war radicals who began the takeover of the Democrat party in 1968, used their clout in Congress to deny President Ford the ability to aid the South, thus letting it fall into the hands of the Communists. Now Obama, "Hanoi" John Kerry, and the Party of Treason have done Vietnam redux, turning America's back on a government we built with our treasure, plus the blood and sacrifice of our young men and women who served.
This isn't just about Obama, Bush, or Democrats. What Obama is showing the world is how America is feckless, and you cannot trust this nation, for we might one day abandon you.
"It Is Only History," Zero Ponsdorf at This Ain't Hell