‘When ISIS takes Baghdad…’

posted at 1:21 pm on August 5, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The headlines out of the Middle East leave the reader with the unmistakable impression that Islamic State militants are on the advance.

A combined assault on a variety of positions in Lebanon by ISIS fighters resulted in the fall of a series of border posts and a small city to the Sunni militant group. The fighting in Lebanon worsened on Monday. “It’s another front for ISIS and another sign containment of the Syria crisis has failed, a Middle East analyst told The New York Times.

Reports indicate that ISIS has also expanded the front in Iraq’s north and has begun to successfully engage Kurdish defense forces. Conflicting dispatches indicated on Monday that the fundamentalist army may have taken control of Iraq’s largest dam, a strategic asset which Islamic State propagandists have indicated they intend to use as leverage over the Iraqi government.

Several months after an American citizen who had joined Islamic State militants executed a suicide attack on a Syrian military outpost, a new video has surfaced which reportedly features yet another American professing his loyalty to the group. He is just one of “dozens” of Americans fighting with Islamic fundamentalist militants in the Middle East, a threat which has United States security officials nervous.

Inside Iraq, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards are engaged in the fight alongside Iraqi defense forces with the aim of pushing back ISIS fighters. Tehran is picking up the slack left by exceedingly cautious Western governments.

And the Iraqi government’s hold on Baghdad grows more tenuous by the day. As fears of an all-out assault on the Iraqi capital have begun to dissipate, ISIS’s new strategy appears to center on executing insurgent attacks inside and around the city – areas which they are able to access via a complex network of Saddam Hussein-era tunnels.

“For several weeks, the Sunni insurgents have been moving fighters, weapons and supplies from strongholds in western Iraq through secret desert tunnels to the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad,” Newsweek reported on Monday.

Capturing Baghdad would be difficult: the capital is home to thousands of elite forces as well as a vast number of Shi’ite militia fighters. But seizing towns on the southern perimeter would let the Islamic State step up suicide and car bomb attacks in the capital and perhaps restart the urban warfare of 2006-07 when Sunni and Shi’ite militia battled street by street.

Via Elizabeth Scalia, the global economic community is bracing itself for the fall of Baghdad. The economist and consultant Andrew McKillop, writing for Oil Voice, began to examine a nightmare oil shock scenario which would rival the 1973-74 OPEC embargo that would be brought about “when ISIS takes Baghdad.”

ISIS now has two powerful bargaining chips in Iraq. Its frankly apocalyptic general theory of forcing its Grand Caliphate into being would be served by the total destruction of Baghdad if the city and el-Maliki’s government do not submit. In no way avoiding the Apocalypse but welcoming it, the effects on Iraq’s oil production and oil exports can be imagined. Comparable insurgency, civil riot and rebellion and destruction of government is under way in both Syria and Libya. The extreme fundamentalist Sunni ISIS movement makes no secret of ‘the prize’ being the overthrow of albeit-Sunni ruling families, called ‘impious and heretical’ in the GCC countries.

America’s foreign policy establishment appears perplexed by the world’s lethargy in addressing the grave threat posed by ISIS.

The will in the West to address the crisis in the Middle East simply does not exist, and the press has moved on from covering the ISIS threat. Only a massive oil shock — or worse — would refocus the West’s attention, and by then it would be far too late to do much of anything about it.


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Wait till the car bombings start here.

butch on August 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

‘When ISIS takes Baghdad…’

Obama will read about it in the morning newspaper…

geojed on August 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

“He is just one of “dozens” of Americans fighting with Islamic fundamentalist militants in the Middle East”

But “sovereign citizens”

Dino V on August 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I think Obama is not taking any significant action on ISIS because he is trying to avoid anything that highlights his failure in Iraq.

ISIS is bad news and it might snowball into a really gargantuan outfit across many nations that is a terrorist sanctuary and that can build sophisticated weapons systems that could actually threaten us or our friends. It would be good to start taking military action now, like bombings, to degrade ISIS capability. Let’s get to it right away.

Act now!

anotherJoe on August 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

We need to arm the Kurds to the teeth.

Mryett on August 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Help me out here, Noah. I can’t keep the Sunni’s and the Shi’ites straight. Are the ISIS terrorists likely to mount an attack on Iran, or join forces with them?

oldleprechaun on August 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

America’s foreign policy establishment appears perplexed by the world’s lethargy in addressing the grave threat posed by ISIS.

Behold the power of Barack Obama! Not only has he rehabilitated the reputation of Jimmy Carter, he has also remade Neville Chamberlain into a stalwart man of action in comparison!

dreadnought62 on August 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Somebody should tell Mitch MCconnell and Johnny Boehner that ISIS is a Tea Party group. They would be attacked by the US and destroyed.

Exninja on August 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

ISIS flag in the WH is the goal.

obama is helping his bros.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Glad I live in small town Merica…
Also glad God made me Christian.
Also glad i don’t live by sycophaths.
also glad morons don’t rule my coun… wait….

Boxtnt on August 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

“For several weeks, the Sunni insurgents have been moving fighters, weapons and supplies from strongholds in western Iraq through secret desert tunnels to the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad,” Newsweek reported on Monday.

Just how long are those tunnels?

Ogabe on August 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM

March 7, 1936: German troops occupy the Rhineland.

Years later the world began to take action

jake-the-goose on August 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I think Obama is not taking any significant action on ISIS because he is trying to avoid anything that highlights his failure in Iraq.

Abandon all assumptions, ye who enter here.

Is it possible he’s “not taking any significant action on ISIS” because he’ll be just as happy if they win? If ISIS can precipitate an “oil crisis” such as the one we experienced in the early 70′s, wouldn’t that give Der Führer an excuse to declare martial law? Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer.

Just asking’…

oldleprechaun on August 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Obama must want this to happen so he can blame Bush and say “See! Me and the Democrats told you this was a pointless war!” Why else would Obama not use at least some unmanned drones to take out the enemy?

Jack_Burton on August 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

elite Revolutionary Guards

Ha, just like the elite Republican Guard of Saddam I bet.

Bob from Ohio on August 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Obama must want this to happen so he can blame Bush and say “See! Me and the Democrats told you this was a pointless war!” Why else would Obama not use at least some unmanned drones to take out the enemy?

Jack_Burton on August 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

That is exactly what is happening. We saw the same thing after cutting and running from Vietnam.

rhombus on August 5, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Inside Iraq, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards are engaged in the fight alongside Iraqi defense forces with the aim of pushing back ISIS fighters. Tehran is picking up the slack left by exceedingly cautious Western governments.

Wow. What… what planet did I just find myself on?

Midas on August 5, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Crowd that shouts ‘Death to America’ kills another crowd that shouts ‘Death to America’.

faraway on August 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Wait wait wait… What if gassed gassed them with marijuana? That would take away much of their fight wouldn’t it? and it would bring Colorado into the defense industry…
Obama can single handedly solve the middle east!:-)

Im kinda serious actually. Lets do this!

Boxtnt on August 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Wait till the car bombings start here.

butch on August 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

In time to suspend the ’16 elections would be my cynical bet.

Midas on August 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Odd how ISIS does not seem to much fight against Assad anymore. How exactly is it that Assad is winning in Syria yet ISIS is winning everywhere else when they were supposedly fighting each other.

KW64 on August 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

When ISIS takes Baghdad, you may as well rename Iraq to ISIS.

And Obama will fulfill one of his main goals. To completely reverse and undo as much of Reagan / GW Bush as he possibly can.

He’s already undone the entire cold war victory Reagan achieved, in less than 6 years. He will finish the job and get us on the brink of WWIII by the time he slithers away from office.

That is IF he doesn’t surrender America to Putin completely by that time.

Meople on August 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Can we guess who is doing all that funding of IS

American allies.

Turkey
Qatar
Powerful friends in Saudi Arabia

IS prime example of f$&ked up foreign policy in the ME for decades.

America has to stop pretending that helping the “good” rebels is the key. The good rebels helped IS when they we’re offered a good paycheck.

bagdad most likely will not fall. There will be fighting and bombing but IS and saddam Hussein old friends will not be able to take it. Even if the blow up the damn.

Iran has put their red line down as well which will complicates things for IS. The Ayatollah has said that if the holy shrines in Kabbalah and elsewhere in Iraq are in danger Iran will send troops.

There is a frantic search for Maliki’s replacement going on right now in Baghdad to try to find a political solution to Iraq’s problem. Friday is zero hour for the future of Iraq, but I think they will pull through. IS’ support is more superficial than it seems. This will not be solved in weeks or even months, but it will get resolved. And IS will be the loser.

Although many would like an Iraq free of outside interference, that is a pipe dream for the forceable future.

coolrepublica on August 5, 2014 at 1:46 PM

America’s foreign policy establishment appears perplexed by the world’s lethargy in addressing the grave threat posed by ISIS.

obama is “studying the situation”, rubes.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Boxtnt on August 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Several years ago, my wife stopped reading “The Onion” because she claimed it was indistinguishable from “real” news sources. Your suggestion is a little unnerving because it kinda makes sense.

oldleprechaun on August 5, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Wait till the car bombings start here.

butch on August 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Not possible. Our borders are sealed tight as a drum.

dreadnought62 on August 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

It would be good to start taking military action now, like bombings, to degrade ISIS capability. Let’s get to it right away.

Act now!

anotherJoe on August 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

That ship sailed, when they were forming in Syria.

obama…he was doing reggie…

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

This is all on obama, but don’t bet that he doesn’t like it.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Genocidal killers on the march way to go Obama you have women being raped,children being butchered,numerous uses of crucifiction and numerous beheadings…..

sorrowen on August 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

The only thing that 0bama doesn’t like about ISIS is that they haven’t named HIM to be Caliph of the Islmaic world yet.

He is miffed about that, but otherwise supports their goals.

LegendHasIt on August 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Jeez, why doesn’t Obama just sit down with them and find out why they dislike us?

Tard on August 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Inside Iraq, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards are engaged in the fight alongside Iraqi defense forces with the aim of pushing back ISIS fighters. Tehran is picking up the slack left by exceedingly cautious Western governments.

And this is a bad thing? It would be like watching the Communist Chinese fight the old Soviet Union. This means Iran’s capacity for waging war will be worn down by ISIS, and ISIS will be worn down by Iran. It will be an Islamic bloodbath and the U.S. need not spend one life or dollar to make it happen.

The will in the West to address the crisis in the Middle East simply does not exist, and the press has moved on from covering the ISIS threat. Only a massive oil shock — or worse — would refocus the West’s attention, and by then it would be far too late to do much of anything about it.

Once again not a bad thing for the U.S. It would force us to do more fracking at home, and to deal militarily with our own hemisphere in places like Venezuela. Obviously Obama will do neither, but it will give the GOP more ammunition politically to get energy at home. As for the Europeans, it is time they stop demonizing the U.S., get over their global warming fetish, and get to fracking themselves. As for China…well they are welcome to fix the Islamic world if they want, but we don’t need to protect their oil supply for them considering they keep threatening our allies and us in Asia.

Once again can someone tell me why we have to stop the Shia/Iranian vs. Sunni/ISIS war of Islamic annihilation over who should have been the successor of Muhammad? I have no problem bombing one side or the other, but there needs to be direct U.S. concerns. Right now it is in our benefit to let them kill each other some more…more baking time needed, it is not ready.

William Eaton on August 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Wait till the car bombings start here.

butch on August 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

That and suicide bombings. I give it less than a year.

Mimzey on August 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Several years ago, my wife stopped reading “The Onion” because she claimed it was indistinguishable from “real” news sources. Your suggestion is a little unnerving because it kinda makes sense.

oldleprechaun on August 5, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Doesn’t it though?:-) It might be the greatest innovation in warfare since the atom bomb!
I want to crowd fund it…

Boxtnt on August 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Jeez, why doesn’t Obama just sit down with them and find out why they dislike us?

Tard on August 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

We’re alive. That’s what they don’t like about us.

If islam takes over the world it quite literally will be the end of the human species.

Once islam murders all non non muslims it will resort to murdering other muslims not of their particular sub cult. Once only one sub cult of islam still exists they will start murdering each other. It will get to the point where there won’t be enough people left to continue humanity, especially after all the inbreeding renders most of the remnant infertile.

ConstantineXI on August 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

As an Iraq veteran, the whole thing is utterly heartbreaking.

The FOB where I was about 40 miles south of Mosul is now in ISIS hands. It as an old Iraqi airbase. We left a lot behind. One of these !#$%’s may literally be sleeping in my former bunk, like some nightmare version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

I spent several weeks at FOB Diamondback in Mosul. I cannot believe the city fell to ISIS. I used to watch the Paladin’s send illum rounds out over the city every night to light the way for spec op raids. The FOB was huge …. actually two FOBs, Diamondback and Marez.

With a very big airfield. I cannot believe its all in ISIS’ hands now.

So heartbreaking, so disappointing, so disillusioning.

Here’s the part I’m just not understanding: why aren’t we DOING anything? Isn’t Iraq our ally now? Don’t we have defense treaties with the government now in place, or was that all abandoned? I don’t even know.

I just always assumed that after owning it for a decade, we would always have Iraq’s back, if necessary.

Here’s the thing: all of the people against Operation Iraqi Freedom based their argument on the premise that our enemy was in Afghanistan, not in Iraq.

Okay. But NOW our enemy is in Iraq. There is NO question at all that these are the real bad guys. Right here, right in front of us. The enemy. The ones that will plan the next 9/11 and make that first seem like a picnic.

SO WHY AREN’T WE DOING ANYTHING?

We really don’t need to put boots on the ground. Air power would work just fine in this situation, in Iraq and Lebanon and elsewhere.

Where the Hell did all those drones go?

I’m just baffled. Heartbroken and baffled.

I knew it would all go the Hell when we left, but I never imagined this.

Professor Blather on August 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Wait till the car bombings start here.

butch on August 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

That and suicide bombings. I give it less than a year.

Mimzey on August 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

That won’t move the meter either….

We are being invaded and no one except for a few, really give a shit.

The rocket launchers will soon be in Mexico and Cuba and thousands of innocent

Americans will be killed, and nobody will give a shit.

Our own government stifles energy development because they know
that is one thing that could collapse the Middle East and Russia.

Our own government will tolerate the deaths of it’s own citizens if it will
maintain some balance in the world. You see Obama thinks America is too strong.

Once Americans start taking their own defense in their own hands you will have to
fight your own government as well. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

redguy on August 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

SO WHY AREN’T WE DOING ANYTHING?

Professor Blather on August 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Because it’s Obama’s decision – he wants Iraq to collapse, so he can blame it on Bush.

redguy on August 5, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Hopefully, they will bomb each other into the stone age.

Oil Can on August 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

I’m asking Santa for an IQ of 75 so this stuff won’t piss me off and I’ll believe what the administration and MSM tell me.

Tard on August 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

When ISIS takes Baghdad…..heads will roll…

Literally….

ToddPA on August 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

1. This means Iran’s capacity for waging war will be worn down by ISIS, and ISIS will be worn down by Iran. It will be an Islamic bloodbath and the U.S. need not spend one life or dollar to make it happen.

2. It would force us to do more fracking at home, and to deal militarily with our own hemisphere in places like Venezuela. Obviously Obama will do neither, but it will give the GOP more ammunition politically to get energy at home. As for the Europeans, it is time they stop demonizing the U.S., get over their global warming fetish, and get to fracking themselves.

3. As for China…well they are welcome to fix the Islamic world if they want, but we don’t need to protect their oil supply for them considering they keep threatening our allies and us in Asia.

Once again can someone tell me why we have to stop the Shia/Iranian vs. Sunni/ISIS war of Islamic annihilation over who should have been the successor of Muhammad? I have no problem bombing one side or the other, but there needs to be direct U.S. concerns. Right now it is in our benefit to let them kill each other some more…more baking time needed, it is not ready.

William Eaton on August 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

++++++++++++++++++++

You made a numbre of excellent points -

fabrexe on August 5, 2014 at 2:09 PM

SO WHY AREN’T WE DOING ANYTHING?
 
Professor Blather on August 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

 
We couldn’t get there in time or something.

rogerb on August 5, 2014 at 2:10 PM

“Iraq will be one of Obama’s greatest successes.”
Choo-Choo Biden

I don’t think that word means what you think it means. Unless we have a president that plays for the other team and we do.

jukin3 on August 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

William Eaton on August 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Very good points. Let them knock each other out.

I actually think this an Russia, India, China, and European problem. Or correctly, a bigger problem for them then us. Eventually, the political correctness will wear off and people will have enough of this part of the world.

Oil Can on August 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Wait till the car bombings start here.

butch on August 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Maybe…but not if they die in Iraq due to some Iranian putting a bullet in their head. Jihadist, like any country, need stability at home to project power abroad. The Taliban/AQ managed some stability in Afghanistan, which was due to having a major ally right next store in Pakistan. They did nearly get into a war with Iran, but wisely backed off.

ISIS on the other hand does not understand backing off, consequently they are now fighting a three front war: In the west vs. Assad/Hezbollah, vs. Iran/Shia Iraqis in the south east, and vs. Kurds in the North. It is hard to plan and use resources for oversea attacks when you are fighting for your existence at home. Even better it is draining funds from Islamic nations around the conflict area like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, UAE, etc., that could have been used to fund Islamist and Jihadist groups elsewhere.

Of course Jihadist are planning to hit the U.S., but they don’t need to go and fight for ISIS in Iraq to do that. They can stay in America and do it right now if they want. The danger is not Muslims leaving to go to Iraq to fight and die, it is the danger of letting large numbers of very much alive Muslims into the U.S. in the first place via immigration.

William Eaton on August 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The will in the West to address the crisis in the Middle East simply does not exist, and the press has moved on from covering the ISIS threat. Only a massive oil shock — or worse — would refocus the West’s attention, and by then it would be far too late to do much of anything about it.

Hmmmm….history repeating itself.

2006: Fatigue from two term president brings oppostion party into power in house and senate

2008: Economic shock brings opposition party into white house with large majorities clearing way for progressive agenda

2014: Fatigue from two term president brings opposition party into power in house and senate

2015-2016: Economic shock brings opposition party into white house and large majority empowered to fix the cluster bleep.

abnormal_1 on August 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I want to crowd fund it…

Boxtnt on August 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM

OK, I’m in for $10.00.

oldleprechaun on August 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The danger is not Muslims leaving to go to Iraq to fight and die, it is the danger of letting large numbers of very much alive Muslims into the U.S. in the first place via immigration.

William Eaton on August 5, 2014 at 2:14 PM

If missionaries could be sent into those communities in the US to convert Muslims? Obviously, it’s can’t be government sanction. However, if you convert a Muslim into non-Muslim (any type of non-Muslim) you could reduce the threat.

Call it: Mission to America. (Ok, that’s why I’m not religious leader.)

Too far out there????…..

Oil Can on August 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Maybe two billion Muslims in the world, if 20% Shia then there are about 400,000,000 Shia. They aren’t going to go that easily. I expect Iran will join the battle if necessary. Actually, it already has as dead Quds Force members have been found in Iraq. Plenty of Iranian military and special forces are in Syria.

“Prince Bandar, the long term Saudi ambassador to Washington, told the head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove that they were going to settle scores with the Shia. “The time is not far off in the Middle East, Richard, when it will be literally ‘God help the Shia’. More than a billion Sunnis have simply had enough of them.”

“The Battle of Baghdad will be battle of hostages. The militias are implicitly holding the Sunnis in Baghdad as security against an ISIS advance. ‘Come any closer and remember that your co-religionists will get to see a lot of Gillette blades’”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/03/a-sectarian-storm-is-brewing-in-iraq.html

Viator on August 5, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I’m asking Santa for an IQ of 75 so this stuff won’t piss me off and I’ll believe what the administration and MSM tell me.

Tard on August 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

You could just swing by Lobotomies “R” Us.

oldleprechaun on August 5, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Let ‘em kill each other. Let Allah sort it out. Nutjob on nutjob violence is good. Thins the herd.

307wolverine on August 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Let ‘em kill each other. Let Allah sort it out. Nutjob on nutjob violence is good. Think of it as thinning the herd.

307wolverine on August 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Oops, sometimes things go kablooey and I don’t know if my posting took.

307wolverine on August 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Call it: Mission to America. (Ok, that’s why I’m not religious leader.)

Too far out there????…..

Oil Can on August 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Little known facts:

1.) In 1900, Korea had the highest percentage of Christian population on earth. (One of the great-grandfathers of the current leader of NoK was a Christian pastor.)

2.) South Korea has considered the U.S. a mission field for the past 10-20 years.

3.) Although 80%-85% of U.S. citizens consider themselves “Christians”, – per recent Barna survey – when pressed on what they ACTUALLY believed and how it lined up with Biblical Christian beliefs, the number dropped to to somewhere around 9%.

In spite of what many people want to believe, the decline of the U.S. began when Joe and Jane Average began turning their backs to the God of the Bible. So no, you’re not took far out…

oldleprechaun on August 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Professor Blather on August 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Great post, great mournful questions. Can’t really add anything or answer them very well, I’m afraid.

And thank you, very humbly an deeply, for your service.

Midas on August 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

I’m bothered that we abdicated Iraq, but at this point I’m more concerned with defending our friends the Kurds in the north.

Immolate on August 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I am waiting for the good Muslims to stand and fight these thugs. Where are the good Muslims?

SC.Charlie on August 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

‘When ISIS takes Baghdad…’

I’ll expect the same sleazy smile on the Dick From Illinois’ face I saw on George McGovern’s when Saigon fell.

And for the same reason.

formwiz on August 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I am waiting for the good Muslims to stand and fight these thugs. Where are the good Muslims?

SC.Charlie on August 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

As we’ve seen in recent history in the US since 9/11/01, there are NONE.

And going back to about the 600′s, history says there were none back then either.

Basically, “good Muslims” is a myth wrapped in fairy tale.

Meople on August 5, 2014 at 3:27 PM

I’m bothered that we abdicated Iraq, but at this point I’m more concerned with defending our friends the Kurds in the north.

Immolate on August 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Yep, and all they ask is ammo. It’s outrageous that we won’t supply them.

slickwillie2001 on August 5, 2014 at 3:33 PM

I am waiting for the good Muslims to stand and fight these thugs. Where are the good Muslims?
SC.Charlie on August 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Only good Muslim is a…
never mind.
The others are taking care of that quite efficiently.

Marcola on August 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM

irony,
the Pasdaran (Revolutionary Guard) who provide training support to terrorist groups is fighting a terrorist group.
these are not good guys.

dmacleo on August 5, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Wait till the car bombings start here.

butch on August 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Inevitable.

As well as the “Youths” (which is code name for young muslim) taking up their FAVORITE sport: carbecues.

Look for it to start up in the muslim enclaves in Dearbornistan/Detroit, Minneapolistan, Columbistan, and other places (disturbingly) near you soon.

ConstantineXI on August 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Only good Muslim is a…
never mind.

Marcola on August 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM

“Shovel ready job” is the answer that will avoid a banning.

ConstantineXI on August 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Yep, and all they ask is ammo. It’s outrageous that we won’t supply them.

slickwillie2001 on August 5, 2014 at 3:33 PM

The Obama Regime needs all that ammo to repulse the revolution it is provoking.

The good news though will be that the Army of the Republic will be able to pick up all the spare ammo that it will need from the “Corps”.

ConstantineXI on August 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

“Shovel ready job” is the answer that will avoid a banning.

ConstantineXI on August 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Appreciate that, got a good laugh in today with that.

Meople on August 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM

SO WHY AREN’T WE DOING ANYTHING?

Professor Blather on August 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Obama only has so much time between fundraisers, golf outings, vacays, and fundraisers.

ConstantineXI on August 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Time to arm Assad: he seems to be the only one with the capability and the will to oppose the ISIS swine and he’d be only too happy to crush them, at least in Syria. Compared to ISIS and All Nusra, he’s an enlightened prince. Besides, relying on the Iraqi army is a fool’s errend.

The Grinch on August 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I’m very proud of you guys for not taking the fish bait at 1:46 PM… starve the troll.

ExpressoBold on August 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Time to arm Assad: he seems to be the only one with the capability and the will to oppose the ISIS swine and he’d be only too happy to crush them, at least in Syria. Compared to ISIS and All Nusra, he’s an enlightened prince. Besides, relying on the Iraqi army is a fool’s errend.

The Grinch on August 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM

ISIS has ties to the muzzie bros, just like Hamas, making them Obama’s kind of muzzies.

ConstantineXI on August 5, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Wait till the car bombings start here.

butch on August 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM
Not possible. Our borders are sealed tight as a drum.

dreadnought62 on August 5, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I declare …
T H R E A D W I N N E R !!!

Missilengr on August 5, 2014 at 4:23 PM

He is just one of “dozens” of Americans fighting with Islamic fundamentalist militants in the Middle East, a threat which has United States security officials nervous.

You have the quotation marks in the wrong place. America is between Barack and a hard place. Everyone who did not enthusiastically embrace Romney’s candidacy is responsible for this predictable calamity. America is in for a world of hurt.

Basilsbest on August 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Too bad there isn’t a strong leader to control the various peoples of Iraq and give a sense of stability.

Oh, he was Saddam Hussein.

But seriously, history is not over. The artificial borders and destinies of nations largely have yet to be established.

We will see what ISIS can do. Are they a threat? Only inasmuch as the US is weak with blood in the water.

antisense on August 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM