Skip to comments.HOW US [OBAMA'S] POLICY ENABLED THE RISE OF AL QAEDA 2.0 AND THE COLLAPSE OF IRAQ
Posted on 06/16/2014 10:41:15 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
Policy decisions and politically driven censorship of the American national security establishment have helped strengthen Al Qaeda's successor and hastened the collapse of the nation of Iraq.
The current administration and the President represented Operation Iraqi Freedom as the "wrong war," as opposed to the "good war" that was Afghanistan. The Vice President even called the end of our involvement in Iraq one of the great achievements of Obama's tenure.
With the jihadi group ISIS now in control of parts of the country that together equal the size of Syria, taking over former US bases, and moving toward the capital of Baghdad, the "achievement" has vanished.
The chaos and murder unleashed in the last few days are beyond the comprehension of the majority of Americans who have never served or lived in a war zone. According to the vicar of Baghdad Andrew White, Iraq is now witnessing mass violence and atrocities worse than anything seen since the invasion in 2003.
Almost 4,500 American servicemen and women died in OIF, and the US taxpayers have spent $20 billion to equip and train the Iraqi security forces. So how did we arrive at this apocalyptic horror?
The fact is that ISIS The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (or the Levant) has grown in strength and ferocity in the last three years to a point that it now is more powerful and capable than the original Al Qaeda whence it came. It has become Al Qaeda 2.0. ISIS's growth is in part a result of conscious actions and policy decisions taken by the current US administration.
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Wow - all butter-fingers today.
Yep, history repeats itself.
Absolutely no doubt about it.
Most of what Obama has done was started or accelerated in GWB's administration.
The beginning of this civil war started during the original Iraqi constitutional commission when the Iraqi delegates - Kurds, Sunni and the two Shia delegations (al-Sadr and Al-Sistani) would not agree to a full federation.
Without that, the central government had no federal, national police force. Each province has its own seperate police.
For instance, we have our FBI, ATF, DEA that can go into any state and arrest someone unfettered by the political loyalties of any state police force.
Iraq doesn’t have that, so an ISIS can gain the loyalty and protection of a provincial governor or tribal sheikh and thereby grow a militia that can then breakout and invade other provinces.
That is what has happened here, all this has been expected.
get use to the phrase ‘caliphate’
and before long
One of Obama’s policies was to support these guys with weapons, training , equipments and help them become and effective fighting force.
These ISIS/Al Qaeda insurgents are Obama’s “allies”
In fact, the prime reason we have not attacked them with air strikes is because they are considered “allies” as below
Jim, here’s a great clip from Rep Senator Lindsay Graham on Iraq/Iran with CNN:
He clearly puts the responsibility for this disaster clearly on Bork Obunga’s shoulders.
We are now beginning to reap the “rewards” of the feckless policies of weakness/retreat and President Narcissus’s “apology tours.”