Hey, do you remember hearing President Obama boasting over and over again how he ended the war in Iraq and declaring success? Well, here’s a little video reminder in case you forgot.
We’ve removed 100,000 troops from Iraq… We’ve ended combat missions… We are on track to remove the rest of the troops… Bring them home by the end of this year. in Iraq, we’ve succeeded in our strategy to end the war… We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq… Ending the war was a mistake, I disagree… Bring our troops home was the right thing to do… The war in Iraq is over and we welcomed our troops home… We have removed our troops from Iraq… We are winding down our war in …
It doesn’t seem to be working out so well now. Debacle doesn’t begin to describe what’s going on over there, it’s an absolute nightmare, but it’s all too real.
The magnitude of the debacle now unfolding in Iraq is becoming clearer by the day, with the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, marching ever closer to Baghdad. On Tuesday the al Qaeda affiliate captured Mosul, a city with a population greater than Philadelphia’s, a day later it took Tikrit in the Sunni heartland, and on Thursday ISIS commanders announced they plan to attack the Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.
No one should underestimate the danger this presents to the stability of the region and to America’s national and economic security. An extended civil war seems to be the best near-term possibility. More dangerous is ISIS’s ambition to establish a Muslim caliphate in the heart of the Persian Gulf, which would mean a safe haven for Islamic terrorism that would surely target the U.S. The danger to Iraq’s oil exports of three million barrels a day is already sending prices up and global equities down. (Read More)
Just the other day Obama was saying that the world is safer now than ever before. He’s delusional if he thinks that.