Mosul falls to al-Qaeda as US-trained security forces flee

posted at 8:31 am on June 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

And not just Mosul, according to some reports, but the entire northern province of Nineveh has now fallen into al-Qaeda’s control.  Parliamentarians from the region want a declaration of emergency and immediate government intervention, but the forces that had been in Mosul have fled — some of which abandoned their uniforms as well as their posts as the ISIS forces swarmed into the city:

Insurgents seized control early Tuesday of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, including the provincial government headquarters, offering a powerful demonstration of the mounting threat posed by extremists to Iraq’s teetering stability.

Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, overran the entire western bank of the city overnight after Iraqi soldiers and police apparently fled their posts, in some instances discarding their uniforms as they sought to escape the advance of the militants.

Iraq’s speaker of parliament, Osama Nujaifi, said the city that ranks as the capital of northern Iraq is now entirely in insurgent hands.

“When the battle got tough in the city of Mosul, the troops dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts, making it an easy prey for the terrorists,” he told a televised news conference in Baghdad.

CBS reports from Iraqi and Arab media that the first goal of the attack may have been to free more than 2,000 prisoners held by Iraq in Mosul. Their next goal may bring ISIS a lot closer to Baghdad:

Iraqi Parliament speaker Usama al-Nujaifi said the terrorists are now setting their sight on Salahuddin, a province just north of Baghdad.

“They have already seized the Shergat air base in Salahuddin”, Nujaifi said, adding that terrorists laid their hands on weapon depots, heavy equipment and army helicopters from abandoned army bases in Mosul.

Nujaifi appealed to the US ambassador for an American military intervention:

Nujaifi said he spoke to US Ambassador Lukman Faily, requesting U.S. support to repel the terrorists’ attack by virtue of the Joint Cooperation agreement between the two countries. Ambassador Faily promised to promptly convey our request to the U.S. administration, Nujaifi said.

This will be almost impossible to do, and entirely impossible to do quickly. We pulled out all of our forces three years ago when the Obama administration failed to negotiate for a residual force for this exact scenario. In order to land an effective fighting force to defend Baghdad and retake Mosul, we would need to commit tens of thousands of troops and a large amount of materiel in a big hurry. Logistically speaking, that would be a feat worthy of George S. Patton and the Battle of the Bulge in order for us to get to Baghdad before ISIS does, especially with Iraqi security forces collapsing.

Politically speaking, it’s a dead letter. Obama just coughed up five prizes to the Taliban in his haste to get the US out of Afghanistan. Does Iraq really expect Obama to restart the Iraq War all over again after spending his entire national political career speaking out against it? Agreement or no, Obama almost certainly won’t send combat troops into Iraq, even if it’s to fight al-Qaeda, and very certainly not before the midterm elections.

This puts Iraq in a very dangerous position, though, and the entire region. The ISIS threat now stretches from Baghdad to the Mediterranean, engulfing both Syria and Iraq. The Kurds are in danger of being cut off (which is why they’re offering Peshmerga forces to relieve Mosul if possible), and the Iranians will eventually have to intervene if no one else does, on behalf of the Shi’ites in the eastern part of Iraq. This is the reason why it made sense to keep American forces in Iraq as a back-up to Iraqi security forces, but that option is all but dead now. Unless Iraq finds some deep well of nationalistic strength and repels ISIS on its own, the only democratic Arab republic may be very short-lived indeed.


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Teh SCOAMT’s dream of two Vietnams lives.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 8:33 AM

This is a mega disaster… ISIS is the most dangerous islamic terrorist group in the world right now… They are now controlling large parts of Syria and Iraq… The most extreme irony is that they are now allying themselves with Assad regime to fight the rebels in Syria and Maliki the Iraq PM, an ally of Assad/Iran, released thousands of these terrorists last year to go to Syria and fight the rebels there…

We should have not left Iraq in 2010 without leaving 15-20 thousands troops there… Once we left it was all downhill in the region…

mnjg on June 10, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Maybe obozo can trade the rest of the Gitmo prisoners for it.

Flange on June 10, 2014 at 8:37 AM

I suppose the only question now is whether there will be the iconic helicopter on the embassy roof picture or the diplomats in blindfols picture coming out of Baghdad soon.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 8:37 AM

That war in Iraq is over with….

No?

Electrongod on June 10, 2014 at 8:38 AM

We had Iraq pacified until the Muslim loving dog eater gave it back to the terrorists. A lot of good men died liberating Iraq from these scum bags. Why the military’s hate for this CIC isn’t white hot is beyond me.

HotAirian on June 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

And Iraq just accepted some F-16s, lovely.

cozmo on June 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

al-Qaeda and all of that oil money.Which arms dealer will be selling nukes?

docflash on June 10, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Winning!

cmsinaz on June 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Defeating al Queda, huh, Obama?

22044 on June 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Total collapse…this will seriously hurt us, especially when we don’t do anything to help.

AUINSC on June 10, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Well, no doubt this A.M, the “Principles” Obama listens to
are telling him to trade an American Soldier to be captured
later, for 100 Gitmo Savages….

ToddPA on June 10, 2014 at 8:44 AM

“This will be almost impossible to do, and entirely impossible to do quickly. ”

Perhaps not the “solution” Obama’s looking for but….

1) Advertize a video of stacks of Korans burning.
2) MOAB every damn demonstration that follows until morale improves.

B4B on June 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

It’s only a matter of time until Baghdad falls and we see a repeat of the evacuation of the embassy in Saigon by helicopter. Democrats are experts in turning victory in war into utter defeat.

ConstantineXI on June 10, 2014 at 8:47 AM

It will take us years, I am afraid with a lot of blood and treasure, to fix Obama FUBAR mega disaster foreign policy… Our allies in the Middle East should just do what they need to do without listening for one word of what this most incompetent welfare queens agitator say…

mnjg on June 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Obama is not Obi-Wan, nor does he have the inclination. Unless major regional players step up (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, etc.), Iraqi is screwed.

Aplombed on June 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

B-b-b-b-but Al Queda is on the run!!!

CDeb on June 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

_Resident Dumb-0 can just empty the rest of Gitmo in Iraq and viola, Mission Accomplished!

Jayrae on June 10, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Ambassador Faily? Wow, couldn’t we have sent him to Luxembourg or something? Did we have to send him to one of the two most precarious perches we have?

SoRight on June 10, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Why the military’s hate for this CIC isn’t white hot is beyond me.

HotAirian on June 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

70% of the military rank and file voted against him both in 2008 and 2012 and almost 90% of the officer staff voted against him both in 2008 and 2012… Our military can never ever respect this fool…

mnjg on June 10, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Another big foreign policy win for Obama!

What would we do without all that smart power and nuance?

Seriously, does this guy have a single successful policy, foreign or domestic? Ugh, and people still vote for Democrats. It’s mind-boggling.

PetecminMd on June 10, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Winning

Bmore on June 10, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Durrrrr, smart powah!

ButterflyDragon on June 10, 2014 at 8:50 AM

We had Iraq pacified until the Muslim loving dog eater gave it back to the terrorists. A lot of good men died liberating Iraq from these scum bags. Why the military’s hate for this CIC isn’t white hot is beyond me.

HotAirian on June 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

I think it is white hotter than we know. The lives given that Obama threw away. If you voted for Obama, I pity you. What an awful president – of course Jimmy Carter is cheering him on (“take my place as the worstest president of all time – go Obama, go!!”).

Thank you – 2014 is now in the bag. 2016 keeps looking better all the time.

Smart power /sarc

Zomcon JEM on June 10, 2014 at 8:51 AM

I’m just glad Al Qaeda is on the run, or who knows how bad it could have been!

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 10, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Total collapse…this will seriously hurt us, especially when we don’t do anything to help.

AUINSC on June 10, 2014 at 8:44 AM

What is there to do? King Putt defeated AQ single handedly! The most anyone will get out of subzero is a lot of mouth. If he takes action it will be to send MRE’s or something.

dogsoldier on June 10, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Why the military’s hate for this CIC isn’t white hot is beyond me.

HotAirian on June 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

They aren’t allowed to speak out publicly. The ones who do are risking punishment.

dogsoldier on June 10, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Military cuts leading to the smallest Army since WW2, and a smaller Air Force are suddenly not looking like such a great idea.

Something like this was inevitable, of course. Weakness invites attack.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 10, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Smartpower tm

Monkeytoe on June 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Is there anyone out there that still actually believes Obama is even remotely competent? That actually still believes Obama is intelligent (not talking book-smart ability to pass tests here, but ability to think and reason beyond clichés)?

If so, those people are dumber than rocks. The evidence all points to Obama’s total incompetence and complete idiocy.

Monkeytoe on June 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Nujaifi said he spoke to US Ambassador Lukman Faily

Major error is story, Lukman Faily is the Iraqi ambassador to the US. Layers of fact checkers…

Aplombed on June 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

After 5 years, two results of Obama’s foreign policy have become crystal clear: (1) Our allies can’t trust him and (2) Our enemies have no reason to fear him. What a recipe for disaster (as we are seeing)

tommyboy on June 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

discarding their uniforms as they sought to escape the advance of the militants.

Which al qaeda is now wearing. So if you go in there, you’ll need a new uniform and shoot at the old uniform.

Buddahpundit on June 10, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Is there any truth to the story that Al Qaeda is planning on renaming Mosul. The new name will be Obama City.

Pardonme on June 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM

This is also the area where most of the Christians have fled from Baghdad and where most Christians are originally from.

phatfawzi on June 10, 2014 at 9:05 AM

We had Iraq pacified until the Muslim loving dog eater gave it back to the terrorists.

HotAirian on June 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Uh, no. I dislike Obama’s foreign “policy” as much as the next guy, but we only had the fire suppressed, not out. It was merely waiting for some fresh oxygen to flare back up. 0 made it worse, no doubt, but he’s not responsible for their predicament.

If we wanted to actually change the place, we needed to actually run it for the next couple of decades, and not based on the idea of “freedom yearns in every heart” or some other utopian bs. Otherwise, we needed to break their stuff and kill the important people and break their will, then go home. (And not care what fills the vacuum – because we will come break all their stuff and kill their important people and break their will, too.)

GWB on June 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM

The survival of a roughly democratic, legal Iraq would be an historical testament to Bush and a tangible reminder of the wrongness of the Left.

Odinga wants it to fall.

bildung on June 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

I can only imagine how veterans of that war must feel since they worked so hard and sacrificed so much to rid this country of the terrorists.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Mosul falls to al-Qaeda as US-trained security forces flee.

Øbama: It was the right thing to do.

Mojave Mark on June 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

some of which abandoned their uniforms as well as their posts

Translation: they served with honor and distinction.

/Susan Rice

mankai on June 10, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Mission Accomplished, President Allahu Akbar! All those American lives lost and destroyed. For nothing. And you, too, President Do You Miss Me Now.

HiJack on June 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Impossible. Al Qaeda was only in Iraq because we were there… just like Al Qaeda in Japan, Al Qaeda in Germany, and Al Qaeda in South Korea.

rhombus on June 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM

If we wanted to actually change the place, we needed to actually run it for the next couple of decades, and not based on the idea of “freedom yearns in every heart” or some other utopian bs. Otherwise, we needed to break their stuff and kill the important people and break their will, then go home. (And not care what fills the vacuum – because we will come break all their stuff and kill their important people and break their will, too.)

GWB on June 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM

You mean just like Libya?

rhombus on June 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

If al-Qaeda gets too out-of-hand in the region, Iran can always nuke ‘em.

Once again Smart Power proves itself superior!

ROCnPhilly on June 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Why the military’s hate for this CIC isn’t white hot is beyond me.

HotAirian on June 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Too busy planning LGBT “celebrate your lifestyle” events.

mankai on June 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Obama and the Democrats are a global failure. Its much bigger than simply destroying America; before they are done the Progressives will have brought back global war. The scum.

MTF on June 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

We should have turned the entire region into a nuclear wasteland and the planet would be much safer for it in the long run. The isn’t much of plant or animal life there, and just think of all the carbon dioxide that camel jockeys wouldn’t be polluting the atmosphere with!

Rix on June 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Good Heavens! I hope none of this interferes with tee time.

Yankee Doodle on June 10, 2014 at 9:26 AM

So, where is the United Nations in all of this? Are they not concerned about Iraq, or are they still throwing their hissy fit over our unilaterally taking on Saddam?

HiJack on June 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Obama and the Democrats are a global failure. Its much bigger than simply destroying America; before they are done the Progressives will have brought back global war. The scum.

MTF on June 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Not to mention a second civil war.

HiJack on June 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

So, where is the United Nations in all of this? Are they not concerned about Iraq, or are they still throwing their hissy fit over our unilaterally taking on Saddam?

HiJack on June 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

They’re focusing on more important things like global warming.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

So, where is the United Nations in all of this? Are they not concerned about Iraq, or are they still throwing their hissy fit over our unilaterally taking on Saddam?

HiJack on June 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

All UN resources are laser-focused on getting the evil rich countries to implement carbon-tax systems to increase UN funding. The inconsequential little things like wars and people will just have to wait.

ROCnPhilly on June 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Unless Iraq finds some deep well of nationalistic strength and repels ISIS on its own, the only democratic Arab republic may be very short-lived indeed.

What a shame, (on Obama), that so many American lives now appear to have been wasted because Obama—in his rush to exit Iraq—cowardly didn’t insist on a residual force to remain some place safely in the North. Now, instead of the observance of 30 million liberated Iraqis (and all those purple thumbs of people expressing their independence and rights to vote), Obama’s politically expedient exit has left what was a fragile Democracy in the making back into total chaos.

And, of course, the liberal Democrats will scream “see, we told you so” and place the blame on Bush’s policies of a free and independent Iraq. Barack Obama never had any intention of winning this war, or more importantly, securing the peace. Now, by his policy, it’s almost guaranteed the campaign will be a total loss. And sadly, Afghanistan may be no different in the final exit/outcome. You have to wonder how the remaining Generals, (who ordered so many of their soldiers to die for a cause), view the actions of their Commander in Chief, who has visibly cut and run from every conflict. And, Harry Reid will have the last “indignant laugh” when he said “the war is lost”. Good job Barry.

Rovin on June 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Arab Spring?

myiq2xu on June 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM
ROCnPhilly on June 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Heh. It must be true.

ROCnPhilly on June 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Mosul is actually where my parents are originally from. This is sad news.

phatfawzi on June 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Somehow, “We told you so” just doesn’t quite do it justice…

JohnGalt23 on June 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

This ABSOLUTELY cannot be true, it just can’t. I have it on good authority from people that I trust implicitly that Al Qaeda is all but gone!

I also have ocean front property on Mars for sale.

Oldnuke on June 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Libya, gone. Afghanistan, gone. Iraq,going, going…gone. Egypt, matter of time. Iran, fomenting civil war within the Muslim world. Oil rich Kingdoms, blowhard corruptocrats playing at being conservative Muslims, to be in turmoil, soon. Today the Middle East, Tomorrow,Europe. Next on the list, the US, aided by eckless and corrupt Lefties and Rinos bent on disarming the American People in order to assure a relatively bloodless takeover.

vnvet on June 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

I suppose the only question now is whether there will be the iconic helicopter on the embassy roof picture or the diplomats in blindfolds picture coming out of Baghdad soon.

Steve Eggleston on June 10, 2014 at 8:37 AM

It’s only a matter of time until Baghdad falls and we see a repeat of the evacuation of the embassy in Saigon by helicopter. Democrats are experts in turning victory in war into utter defeat.

ConstantineXI on June 10, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Five years ago on LGF I stated that this then-new-POTUS and his cronies wanted a Saigon-style “last helicopter out” ending in Iraq and AFPAK both. Their objective being to work off their hatred of the U.S. military, and hand the entire area (Asia Minor) to the “enlightened mystics” they’ve worshiped since the Beatles went to India to kiss the Maharishi’s ring.

This is just one more time I’ve hated being right about this useless excuse for an “Administration”. And this narcissistic, egomaniac, megalomaniac, anti-civilization excuse for a President.

The only reason we’re still around is that he’s an even bigger idiot than he is a delusionsal, wannabee-Utopian monomaniac. Imagine how much damage he could have done already if he actually knew what he was doing.

I just hope we, and what’s left of the free world, survive this doofus for the next two years or so.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

U.S. President AllHat will do less than nothing in Iraq. Except for the occasional “Glory to Me” speech, he doesn’t care about foreign policy at all. Sure, he put some effort into creating Muslim Brotherhood hegemony in the Arab Wastelands, but his first and only love is his crusade to destroy the U.S. and its Judeo-Christian influence on the modern world.

ROCnPhilly on June 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM


B4B on June 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

This is the only answer….

HomeoftheBrave on June 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

The efforts and sacrifice of America’s fighting men and women once again thrown away like trash by the trash in Washington. I hoped I’d never see this again. If Obama and his ilk are the best we can do then our country is doomed. If the country has degenerated to the point that we keep sending clowns like our current politicos to govern us then I guess we deserve what’s coming.

Oldnuke on June 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

thanks to you team obama……

crosshugger on June 10, 2014 at 10:01 AM

I hope that every commenter understands, that the Obama Administration has set the stage for military action in the region for years to come. We could be looking at a major hot war if this trend continues. Both political parties had better start growing up. The stakes are starting to become very big now.

flackcatcher on June 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Thank goodness that “core” al-Qaeda is decimated…

JusDreamin on June 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM

You mean just like Libya?

rhombus on June 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

We didn’t even remotely do that in Libya. We got involved in gun-running (gee, why doesn’t that surprise me?) to “rebels” and all the stupidity that entails. And we plinked from afar. And we didn’t break anyone’s will. No, if it’s important enough to go to war, then you put boots on the ground and break their will and their capability for prosecuting war, then go home.

Imagine how much damage he could have done already if he actually knew what he was doing.

eon on June 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Exactly.

GWB on June 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM
Seven tours in Iraq. Four in Afghanistan. Five in “out of Area” operations. People forget that we were running high tempo ops across the globe. The Marine and Army ground combat units had it hard, really hard. We don’t talk about it. That is the way it is.

flackcatcher on June 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM

If we wanted to actually change the place, we needed to actually run it for the next couple of decades, and not based on the idea of “freedom yearns in every heart” or some other utopian bs. Otherwise, we needed to break their stuff and kill the important people and break their will, then go home. (And not care what fills the vacuum – because we will come break all their stuff and kill their important people and break their will, too.)
GWB on June 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Some of the blame can be laid at Dubya’s feet for laying the groundwork. Not taking out Moqtda Sadr, the screwed up sharia compliant constitution, the ROE and so on. One thing Biteme had right was we should have broken up Iraq into 3 countries, giving the Kurds their own nation, especially after Turkey screwed with us in letting our division attack Saddam from the north.

So much for a compassionate pacification and occupation. You don’t win unless you make them grovel for peace. Now 100s of thousands will suffer and or die because we worried too much about collateral damages. Way to go.

AH_C on June 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Nadler of NY said last night that “the Taliban are just freedom-fighters, like the American revolutionaries”.

Mosul fell to the obama-bros.

Forward.

Name one land/people who are free/freer, due to obama/Hillary, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on June 10, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Obama doesn’t care. He won’t be president when this has major repercussions for America.

Pegcity on June 10, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I know it sounds crazy, but in the Marine Corp tours last 6 months, and in SOCOM tours are shorter depending upon the mission. My totals are low for my MOS. Some guys tour totals are insane depending on service branch, and specialty.

flackcatcher on June 10, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Among the most evil things Obama has done was to abandon Iraq and squander the huge investment in blood and treasure we made there. Iraqis and the rest of the world will be paying the price for his conceit and his irresponsible idiocy for decades to come.

Now he is going to do exactly the same thing in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the jackhole is playing games with national security and lying about it in an effort to preserve his “legacy”. The idiot has no idea the extent to which his “legacy” has been established already, and it is a disastrous legacy for our country and the world.

Obama will be remembered as perhaps the worst president in American history. Who can challenge him for that title, even now, with more than two years left to go? His “legacy” will be highlighted by disastrous incompetence, corruption and mendacity. He will leave us with crushing federal debt, a stagnant economy, vastly diminished American influence abroad, and the Middle East in flames as Islamist terrorists and dangerous despots advance around the globe.

It will only get worse, as long as this fool is floundering and spinning in the White House.

novaculus on June 10, 2014 at 10:37 AM

They’re focusing on more important things like global warming.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Have the Redskins changed their name yet?

VegasRick on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM

I know it sounds crazy, but in the Marine Corp tours last 6 months, and in SOCOM tours are shorter depending upon the mission. My totals are low for my MOS. Some guys tour totals are insane depending on service branch, and specialty.

That is how it is in the Canadian Forces as well, 6 months max.

Pegcity on June 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM

They’re focusing on more important things like global warming.

crankyoldlady on June 10, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Have the Redskins changed their name yet?

VegasRick on June 10, 2014 at 10:43 AM

They’ve a prepared response for when Michael Sam gets cut, too.

Never too early for researching March Madness picks, either.

socalcon on June 10, 2014 at 10:55 AM

GWB on June 10, 2014 at 9:08 AM

AH_C on June 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM

If you don’t have clear primary objectives and give them consistent priority in your planning, you’re not likely to achieve them. The goals in Iraq should have been 1) Eliminate the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, and 2) Leave behind a stable government in a country that did not threaten us or it’s neighbors.

By far the more difficult problem was (2). Bush and his people were totally unprepared for the magnitude of that task, and hobbled by preposterous notions of “respecting” a sick culture. Obama was totally disinterested in (2) and focused on taking credit for a complete withdrawal he thought (and doubtless still believes, no matter what disastrous consequences unfold) would be seen as exemplifying a new American foreign policy enlightened by his progressive wisdom that holds all American interventions abroad are evil. Of course, he lied about supporting the “good war” in Afghanistan, but that was pure politics. His real beliefs about that war have been exposed by his irrational and politically driven “strategy” for it, and now by his slow-motion abandonment of that war, too.

novaculus on June 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Obama doesn’t care. He won’t be president when this has major repercussions for America.

Pegcity on June 10, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Because of the daily efforts of those he loathes- military and intelligence personnel.

socalcon on June 10, 2014 at 10:59 AM

The rebels will be eager to repeat their Benghazi success at the Baghdad embassy.

virgo on June 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

“Mission accomplished” – Obama Administration

dissent555 on June 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM

According to the Obama administration we have terrorists on the run. Unfortunately they seem to be running into cities and taking them over . Another fine foreign policy decision made made this inept group on administration amateurs.

regmgr on June 10, 2014 at 11:10 AM

It’s probably not too late for us to drop in a couple of ambassadors for them to kill and drag through the streets…

trigon on June 10, 2014 at 11:18 AM

May the first nuke, well, what General Sherman said…

formwiz on June 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Obama doesn’t care. He won’t be president when this has major repercussions for America.

Pegcity on June 10, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Don’t bet on that one.

formwiz on June 10, 2014 at 11:20 AM

By far the more difficult problem was (2). Bush and his people were totally unprepared for the magnitude of that task, and hobbled by preposterous notions of “respecting” a sick culture. Obama was totally disinterested in (2) and focused on taking credit for a complete withdrawal he thought (and doubtless still believes, no matter what disastrous consequences unfold) would be seen as exemplifying a new American foreign policy enlightened by his progressive wisdom that holds all American interventions abroad are evil. Of course, he lied about supporting the “good war” in Afghanistan, but that was pure politics. His real beliefs about that war have been exposed by his irrational and politically driven “strategy” for it, and now by his slow-motion abandonment of that war, too.

novaculus on June 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Concur. In fact, the military was told not to worry about planning for reconstruction, as all that would be handled by State. Miliatary still wound up having to draw up plans, but at State direction

AH_C on June 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Logistically speaking, that would be a feat worthy of George S. Patton and the Battle of the Bulge in order for us to get to Baghdad before ISIS does, especially with Iraqi security forces collapsing.

I would not advocate for intervention necessarily, but Ed, you may be underestimating our abilities a bit here. You can be pretty sure that a MEU is within 48 hours, and while that would not be a large force, they are damn tough and capable, having air support, light transport and artillery, as well as armor all onboard and at 100% readiness. With control of fixed wing bases, heavier assets could be on the ground PDQ. I’m all for going in as an overwhelming force when required, but I don’t think 10,000 troops would be necessary.
Again, I’m not so sure that would be a wise move at this point. The Bozos did not want an American force, and this is the entirely predictable result.

JusDreamin on June 10, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Has Obama mentioned any of this today???? I bet not. Off Subject ,,, last night on Greta, they talked about Ed Henry asking the new press secretary on if Obama has done anything to free the Marine in the Mexican jail and by the response they have done NOTHING to get that poor guy out. He served with true Honor and Distinction and Obama does nothing. Oh how I loathe this man , I must say this on every post I say, Damn I hate this poor excuse for a man.

garydt on June 10, 2014 at 11:38 AM

the Iranians will eventually have to intervene if no one else does, on behalf of the Shi’ites in the eastern part of Iraq. This is the reason why it made sense to keep American forces in Iraq as a back-up to Iraqi security forces, but that option is all but dead now. Unless Iraq finds some deep well of nationalistic strength and repels ISIS on its own, the only democratic Arab republic may be very short-lived indeed.

I disagree. I dislike Obama a lot, but it is politically impossible to keep American troops there. Americans don’t want to be there because most American realize they don’t want help the Islamic world anymore. We don’t like them, and they don’t like us…it is as basic as that.

Now as for Iraq, they have been doing all sorts of deals with Iran anyway. Let the Iranians save the Shia portion. Also considering the Iraqi government is thinking about passing a law that allows nine year old girls to get married they should fit right in.

Once again a Sunni vs. Shia war was inevitable once Saddam was removed as a barrier.

William Eaton on June 10, 2014 at 11:39 AM

AH_C on June 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Concur.

2) Leave behind a stable government in a country that did not threaten us or it’s neighbors.

novaculus on June 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM

To do that would require actually running their country for a couple of decades and civilizing them. Which we didn’t have the political will to do. Well, the politicians didn’t.

The Bozos did not want an American force, and this is the entirely predictable result.

JusDreamin on June 10, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Just to clarify… which “Bozos”? You mean Obumbles, right?

GWB on June 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Retreating from behind…?

Ricard on June 10, 2014 at 12:29 PM

…We Won!

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I disagree. I dislike Obama a lot, but it is politically impossible to keep American troops there. Americans don’t want to be there because most American realize they don’t want help the Islamic world anymore.

This is after a sustained effort for years to report only the negative. The Iraqis are people just like anyone else. There are decent people there who don’t want to marry nine year-old children, who want peace for their families. Under a fair media, there would’ve been stories about all the good things we accomplished there, down to the contact between American servicewomen and Iraqi girls, some of whom would never in their lives imagine that women could be independent and tough enough to wear a uniform. We used to turn our heads and pat our hair to show them we were women every time we saw a little girl.

If we hadn’t been undermined by the media, I don’t believe the American people would’ve “wearied” of the war. Which still disgusts me, by the by; the American people suffered NOTHING. They got tired of watching us suffer, but we were still willing.

If we’d had an honest portrayal of the war effort, if we hadn’t had an entire political party hell bent on telling our enemies when it would be safe to come back out from under their rocks, we would have had this. Done, dusted, WON, and a stable partner in peace in Iraq. Afghanistan is a tougher nut because of Pakistan serving as a safe zone for Taliban and AQ, but it would’ve been doable without the antiwar propaganda campaign. The military didn’t lose this war. The Democrats lost it for us. On purpose. Again.

It’s very hard to forgive the American people for letting them.

Zoomie on June 10, 2014 at 12:43 PM

What a tragedy. All our brave men and women who sacrificed so much. And for what? A new Al Qaeda base? I feel sick to my stomach.

Jack_Burton on June 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

The military didn’t lose this war. The Democrats lost it for us. On purpose. Again.

It’s very hard to forgive the American people for letting them.

Zoomie on June 10, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Spot on

AH_C on June 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM

4h
Photo: Iraqi uniforms along a road in Mosul after troops discarded them and fled – @LizSly

https://twitter.com/LizSly/status/476348750944681984

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 1:39 PM

F**King Lovely,…Syria:

Liz Sly @LizSly · 35m

The first US humvees arrive in Syria, in the hands of ISIS. Captured in Mosul today. via @ajaltamimi pic.twitter.com/5Re6edcZYl”

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/iraq-violence/

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM

*smh*

Newtie and the Beauty on June 10, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Aymenn J Al-Tamimi @ajaltamimi · 2h

#Iraq: key video footage of ISIS presence in #Mosul as yet unmatched by other groups: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53aCUfYuJTk …. Check e.g. 1:40 onwards

لكاميرا تتجول في شوارع الموصل وعودة النازحين لها بعد تحريرها // الدولة الإسلامية

Published on Jun 10, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53aCUfYuJTk

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM

A result / bi-product of Obama Foreign Policy…(or lack thereof…)

easyt65 on June 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

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