One could literally put up post after post on the tragic stupidity of Paul Wolfowitz (still getting paid to utter his ever-erring pie whole)…and I guess I will take part.
|By: DSWright Monday August 25, 2014 6:45 am|
In the aftermath of the killing of James Foley the Obama Administration has ratcheted up the rhetoric against ISIS now calling the group an imminent threat to US national security and global interests. Part of that label apparently entails attacking ISIS wherever they are including outside of current “limited” US operations in Iraq with plans to expand the US military campaign against ISIS into Syria.
|By: DSWright Thursday August 21, 2014 6:45 am|
Can we call this a war yet? On Wednesday President Obama responded to the killing of James Foley by ISIS by calling ISIS a cancer that needed to be extracted. ISIS killed Foley in response to the killing of ISIS fighters from US airstrikes in Iraq after the group claimed it would kill Americans if the US military attacked them.
It was later revealed that the US had performed a rescue mission to save Foley and other hostages in Syria. The mission reportedly failed due to the hostages not being where US intelligence thought they were.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday August 15, 2014 7:52 am|
General Ray Odierno lives in the third person regarding Iraq. “Mistakes were made” for sure, but not by him, even when he was in charge. Somehow the mistakes happened temporally on his watch, but by someone, never named. Certainly not by General Ray Odierno.
Continuing a media-led open sucking chest wound process of giving a platform to those who were responsible for the current disaster in Iraq to explain anew to us what happened in Iraq (short version: they didn’t do it), the Aspen Security Forum featured a long, sad dirge by Odierno on Iraq.
|By: DSWright Thursday August 14, 2014 10:15 am|
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is not going quietly. Despite the US calling for regime change and Iraqi President Fuad Masum appointing Haidar al-Abadi as the new prime minister, Maliki is refusing to leave power calling President Masum’s move a “coup.”
Maliki has been blamed by the White House for the current deteriorated state of Sunni-Shiite relations in Iraq which have boiled over and led to Sunni tribes supporting the ISIS forces that have taken significant amounts of territory from the government in Baghdad.
|By: DSWright Wednesday August 13, 2014 6:52 am|
While repeating ad nauseam that he will not be sending ground forces to Iraq, President Obama has been sending ground forces to Iraq. Typically the Obama Administration labels the forces “advisers.” The latest contingent of advisers, 130 strong, was sent yesterday to northern Iraq.
|By: DSWright Tuesday August 12, 2014 6:49 am|
Though President Obama has said the US will not allow ISIS to takeover Iraq, Army General William Mayville reported yesterday that current US airstrikes will not stop ISIS. According to the general the airstrikes can, at best, prevent ISIS from entering Erbil and provide protection for the Yazidi minority sect. The strikes will only have a “temporary effect.”
So the US will not allow ISIS to win but also admits the bombing campaign will not stop ISIS from winning. Sounds like there is a Plan B written down somewhere in DC with the words ground troops in it.
|By: DSWright Monday August 11, 2014 6:46 am|
In what could be part of a power struggle within the government in Baghdad, forces from the Iraqi National Army flooded the so-called Green Zone. Despite calls for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to fade into the background from President Obama and considerable loses of territory to ISIS, Maliki seems determined to stay in power. [...]
|By: DSWright Friday August 8, 2014 6:59 am|
Is this Iraq War III? President Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS forces officially entering America into the civil war in Iraq. The bombing is supposed to stop an ethnic cleaning campaign of the Yazidis by ISIS and protect military advisors that Obama sent into the country a few months ago. Also at stake are US oil contracts in northern Iraq made between the Kurds and US energy companies though that reason for intervention is not being trumpeted.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday July 3, 2014 10:03 am|
As I see the images of Iraq’s unfolding civil war, sometimes I think I even recognize a place I had been, having spent a year in the midst of America’s Occupation there, 2009-2010. I was a State Department civilian, embedded with an Army brigade of some 3000 men and women, far from the embassy and the pronouncements of victory and whatever bright lights Iraq might have had. I grow weary now of hearing people talk about America’s sacrifices, our investment, the need for troops or air strikes, our blood and treasure spent to free Iraq, or whatever it was we were supposed to have gone there to do.