The situation in Iraq is passing from being a cause for American reflection on its own actions there in the 2003-2011 period to a reason for serious thought about the future in that part of the Middle East.
What is occurring is that a force calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is assuming control through successful military action of the Sunni Muslim heartland, including the cities of Fallujah, Mosul, Ramadi, Samarra and Tikrit and most of Anbar and Nineveh provinces. The primarily Shiite Iraqi government forces of Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki, trained and equipped by the United States, have not yet mounted a successful defense to contain or roll back the ISIS forces.
As of Thursday Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, was some 70 miles away from advancing ISIS forces. They have adequate mobility and arms, thanks to assets U.S. forces left behind for use by Iraqi national forces.
The al-Maliki government has asked for new U.S. military support, drones for reconnaissance and intelligence and air strikes to try to hold back the ISIS forces.
The ISIS is made up of Sunni Islamist extremists from both Iraq and Syria, supporters of the Baath Party of Saddam Hussein, including members of that government's armed forces, and other Sunni militias, including some who were on America's payroll when the United States attempted to bring Iraq's Sunnis under control during the occupation.
The critical point at this juncture is that the United States not jeopardize the future by trying to plug the holes in the al-Maliki regime's sinking ship. With all the advantages America gave it and him, his regime has failed miserably to govern a multicultural Iraq in such a way to prevent it from dissolving.
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View of the world as seen thru the eyes of the Mayor, and the Village Idiot of Obamaland.
The Weekly Standard's Daniel Halper quotes a 2010 interview with Vice President Biden:
"I am very optimistic about--about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the Great Achievements of this administration. You're going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You're going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government," said Biden.....**************************
"We're leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people. We're building a new partnership between our nations and we are ending a war not with a final battle but with a final march toward home. This is an Extraordinary Achievement," – President Barack Obama in a speech at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Dec. 14, 2011...*******************************
In a Wednesday 11June 2014, event at the White House:
"The world is less violent than it has ever been....President Barack Obama....*****Tell that to the people of Israel, Syrian, Iraq, Ukraine, Nigeria, Libya, just to name a few........
Great/Extraordinary achievements of Obamaland???? Or failed Obama foreign policy?