It has been clear for years that President Barack Obama has disdain for American exceptionalism, detests seeing our nation take a leadership role on the world stage, and has a child-like faith in the vaunted "international community" as the be-all and end-all for resolving conflict.
His administration, replete with superficial, simple-minded hacks, thinks it can influence a foreign power with silly Twitter hashtag campaigns. In his ivory-tower-addled mind, the president thought that simply withdrawing all of our troops from Iraq would mean our problems are solved; the war is over. He and his cult followers are for the most part completely ignorant of military history and not aware of how troops often must stick around for decades (e.g., Japan, Germany, Korea) to stabilize a nation and society years after a major war ends. (Or in the case of the Roman empire, troops occupied faraway lands for centuries to keep the subjects in their place.)
While it is true Iraq's corrupt and feckless government under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wanted American troops gone, a little more persistence and determination by the president in 2011 would have brought about a status of forces agreement and a longer-term commitment to stabilize the country. This would have been politically troublesome, especially with the 2012 election just around the corner. But when it comes down to a choice between principle and political expedience, the O-man will choose the latter all day, every day. It is disingenuous for the administration to act as if al-Maliki held all of the cards and we had no leverage, no choice but to succumb mildly to his demands three years ago and clear out.
We decided to cut and run, leaving a vaccum of leadership, an absence of security and a golden opportunity for Muslim extremists to claim more land and unite part or all of Iraq with the Sunni-dominated regions of Syria that are fighting against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), is the cancer that is wreaking havoc on northern Iraq.
Iraq is imploding, as ISIS perpetrates unspeakable acts of barbarism on its victims (beheadings, mass executions of Iraqi soldiers and roadside graves throughout northern Iraq). ISIS has also taken control of, or is threatening, several oil refineries. There's even the possibility of Iran sending in troops to fight against ISIS and protect Shia mosques. As the chaos unfolds, Obama lovers are bristling at the criticism coming their way.
The administration announced it is sending several hundred military advisors and trainers to Iraq, and is considering air strikes against ISIS. It is also seeking someone to replace al-Maliki’s failed government. Good luck with that.
It would be unwise for the United States to get deeply embroiled in a no-win situation in Iraq, just as it would have been to intervene in Syria. What we are seeing is simply an explosion of the centuries-old enmities between Sunni and Shia Muslims. One side isn’t better than the other, nor will either side care to help advance American interests. Even the Saudis, to whom we have sucked up for decades, have stabbed us in the back repeatedly with their support of madrasas and Wahabbism, an extremist form of Sunni Islam. In fact, having a hard-core Sunni- and al-Qaeda-backed government as an adjacent foil to Iran’s Shia theocracy may not be so bad after all.
One thing’s for sure: The Middle East is to the Obama administration’s competence level what an equation in string theory would be to a kindergartner. Not just out of their league; out of their galaxy.
Of all the stupid things this arrogant and petulant administration says and does, one of the most annoying is whining that opponents are "playing politics" or politicizing an issue. Whether it's Benghazi, the IRS, NSA spying, the failures of the VA health system or our possible involvement in the Syrian conflict, Obama's swarm of shallow, lightweight flacks and toadies always cry foul and go crying to their press lackies. And the toadies in the press are all too happy to carry the O-man’s water and defer to vacuous pie-in-the-sky concepts like the U.N. and the “international community.”
Methinks tens of millions of Americans are SICK AND TIRED of this bullcrap. Newsflash: If you're a politician, people are going to play politics! It's as absurd as an NFL running back complaining because defensive linebackers were rough when they tackled him. The bozos in the administration haven't a clue how pathetic they look.
Barack Hussein Obama will remain president for 2 1/2 more years, but for all intents and purposes, his legacy of gasbag braggadocio and abysmal failure ("all hat and no cattle," as Texans would say), is sealed. Virtually everything he touches turns to shit. The antithesis of the Midas Touch.
Iraq is damning testimony of that.