August 9, 2013
If Iraq Goes South it will be Obama's Fault
Thank you, Mr President, for helping to lose Iraq. Thank you for your precipitous and premature pullout of troops and abandonment of that nation, which we fought so hard and so long to stabilize. Thank you for putting your kook anti-war base first and allegiance to our allies second. And thank you for all of your lies regarding al Qaeda, about how that organization is supposedly decimated, on the run, on the path to defeat, etc. At least those lies seem to have caught up with you.
Al Qaeda drives Iraq toward chaos; U.S. withdrawal left door open to sectarian battle for power
The Washington Times
By Ashish Kumar Sen
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Security inside Iraq is unraveling at an alarming pace, and al Qaeda terrorists there aren't just pulling the thread; they're setting it on fire.
More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in bombings and shootings last month, making July the deadliest month since violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims peaked from 2006 to 2008, the United Nations says.
On Thursday, gunmen stormed a policeman's home in Tikrit and killed him, his wife and their three children. When neighbors later approached the house, a nearby car bomb exploded and killed eight people -- a noted al Qaeda tactic, though the terrorist group has not claimed responsibility for the attack.
In the past week alone, more than 85 Iraqis have been gunned down or blown up.
"We are certainly seeing a rise of al Qaeda in Iraq," said Anthony Cordesman, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The deteriorating security in Iraq comes as no surprise to Middle East observers and analysts. Retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, when he commanded U.S. operations in Iraq, predicted such a decline when he testified before Congress in September 2007, saying that a "premature drawdown of our forces would likely have devastating consequences."
Gen. Petraeus testified that "a rapid withdrawal would result in the rapid deterioration of local security initiatives, Al Qaeda-Iraq regaining lost ground and freedom of maneuver, a marked increase in violence and further ethno-sectarian displacement and refugee flows, alliances of convenience by Iraqi groups with internal and external forces to gain advantages over their rivals, and exacerbation of already challenging regional dynamics, especially with respect to Iran."
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Posted by Tom at August 9, 2013 9:07 PM
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It's not just Iraq but the entire Middle East that is imploding before our eyes largely a consequence of Obama's weak, naïve and foolish foreign policy.
Someone please tell me why Hillary Clinton would be a better President since she's as responsible for this mess as Obama.
Posted by: Mike's America at August 22, 2013 1:35 AM