This is the fallout from throwing a country into chaos. Hussein was not a great person or great ruler, but his brutality kept the chaos from taking place. When he ruled, there was no Al Qaeda or any other militant group inside the borders of Iraq. For all intents and purposes, he served as the bad guy when we needed one and an ally when that was required. The US armed Hussein at times, and there’s no shortage of available information on how all that was done.
It’s basically open season as Iraq doesn’t appear to have their act together to fight off this advance. If they could do it on their own, they wouldn’t be asking for US help after they basically kicked us out of their country years ago. I can’t say that I blame them, however, it would have been better overall had they kept protection close until they could stand on their own. Under the SOFA agreed to and signed by President Bush, the US removed all combat troops by the designated time.
What irks me about this situation is that, the GOP is wailing about this being the result of failed policy by Obama. This is the same GOP that has existed solely to deny Obama any policy achievement, no matter how painful it is for America. We’ve suffered through a credit downgrade and government shutdown because of this, but somehow Obama’s failed policy is the reason that Iraq is in trouble. Maybe, just maybe, the GOP should have allowed Obama to sign his policy into law first before blaming him. That would make them a tad bit credible here.
This is also the same GOP that was all gung-ho about invading Iraq more than 10 years ago with no plan of what to do after the invasion. I don’t trust anyone in DC to do what’s best for America as our military has been fighting non-stop for more than a decade now. If they want to send American military personnel to Iraq, then they should lead by example and go first. At least that’s how I feel about it. On the other hand, we screwed up that country, so we should be decent enough to fix it if they will allow us to. Last time we tried, we got kicked out, but I’m guessing that Iraqi leaders are now regretting that decision.
It took five days for an extremist splinter group of al-Qaeda to occupy the city of Mosul, one of the biggest cities in Iraq and 250 miles north of Baghdad. A day later the group, once known as al Qaeda in Iraq, and now known as the Islamic State of Iraq and greater Syria to reflect its broader role in the region, advanced on former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit. A 60-vehicle convoy of ISIS units rolled into Baiji on Wednesday to take the country’s largest oil refinery. In each instance the Iraqi security forces dropped their weapons and melted away, effectively ceding nearly a third of the country to a militant organization so extreme that even al-Qaeda has repudiated it. Meanwhile ISIS is cementing control over a large swath of eastern Syria. As the militants push towards Baghdad, here are the five things you need…
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