Flashback: Joe Gaffemeister Biden: “Iraq is one of Obama’s greatest achievements.”
We went into Iraq as part of the effort to eradicate just one of the many threats in the Middle East. Through the sacrifice and dedication of America’s warriors, there was, for a time, signs of stability and reform. Our part in the Iraq war ended officially in 2011, when Obama decided that it was okay to cut and run without a stabilization force in place to ensure that Al Qaeda wouldn’t use the opportunity to re-enter the country.
Remember when Mitt Romney voiced concerns over the same thing?:
The campaign theme that the worst terrorist threat had been licked was vividly drawn in the third debate between Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, on Oct. 22, 2012.
Romney tried to shake Obama’s optimistic narrative about al-Qaeda. “It’s really not on the run. It’s certainly not hiding. This is a group that is now involved in 10 or 20 countries, and it presents an enormous threat to our friends, to the world, to America long term, and we must have a comprehensive strategy to help reject this kind of terrorism.”
Obama countered Romney’s statement with his basic campaign mantra: “We ended the war in Iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11. And as a consequence, al-Qaeda’s core leadership has been decimated.”
Obama scored points later in that debate when he dismissed Romney’s concerns about Iraq. “What I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down. That certainly would not help us in the Middle East.”
That clap trap response from Obama may have pleased his adoring fans, but reality has a way of giving a big fat middle finger to feckless foreign policy.
Al-Qaeda seized control of Iraq’s third biggest city on Tuesday, freeing thousands of imprisoned fellow fighters in a series of jailbreaks and sparking a mass exodus of refugees.
The assault on the city of Mosul, 225 miles north west of Baghdad, saw the Iraqi army retreat to the outskirts after a sustained assault by men armed with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
As well as seizing the main governorate building – forcing the city’s governor to flee – the gunmen were also reported to have gained control of three different jails, numerous police stations and an airport, where several military planes and helicopters were based.
The loss of the city, home to around one million people, is potentially a huge challenge to the Iraqi government, which has been struggling to quell a regalvanised al-Qaeda insurgency for more than two years.
Fallujah, Ramadi, and Tikrit are at least partially or fully in the hands of a jihadist group known as ISIS; the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIS is becoming a full blown army; gathering up weapons, uniforms and equipment left behind by fleeing Iraqi forces. They are imposing Sharia Law in every town they conquer. They will take over the rest of Iraq without firing a fucking shot.
Baghdad is next on their agenda, and you can bet your ass it will happen.
Nouri al-Malaki asked Obama for the small favor of targeting Al Qaeda with drones to help out a little bit, and wouldn’t you know, B. Hussein refused.
Also, the American embassy is now in extreme danger. Watch for Benghazi redux.
I said this when the U.S. Army’s 4th Stryker Brigade left in August of 2009:
I was part of the combat operations in Desert Storm and OIF. I’ve kept up with most everything that has transpired during the Iraq war and with the troops. I am very proud to have been a part of this mission and I’m even more proud of the Soldiers who continued to carry on until successful stabilization, and turning the reigns over to the Iraqi government.
It’s up to Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki and his parliament to take the opportunity to bring his country into the 21st century and help make Iraq’s new found democracy work.
Iraq was once ruled by a WMD-weilding, terrorist-supporting megalomaniac. The threat has been erradicated and there is now a fledgling democracy smack dab in the heart of a region controlled by Islamofascism.
We must not forget that this war against Islamic terrorism and aggression is not over. The focus is now on Afghanistan; the other battlefield that the MSM and the public threw down the memory hole. Up until Obama got elected, the war efforts there were going pretty damned good. I’ve always mantained that B. Hussein was given a winning hand in Iraq and Afghanistan. The war is his to lose; if he doesn’t get the fuck out of the way and let the Army do its job, that’s exactly what will happen.
The reigns are now in Nouri al-Maliki’s hands. Aside from AQI, Iraq is just one country in a muslim extremist cesspool. It’s surrounded by Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iran. Taliban, Al Qaeda, and other terrorist cells traipse right into Iraq from those countries with no resistance. The other obstacle to complete stabilization is that there are 150+ tribes in Iraq. Not all of them will get along.
Al-Maliki’s leadership qualities are very questionable. The ministry has to be filled with people who really give a shit about the security and future of Iraq. In not doing so, that creates as much of a threat to stability as the terrorists. For the most part, Iraq has become pretty stable in spite of the sporadic attacks. The Iraqi police, military, and security forces have been equipped and trained. It’s now up to them to pick up the slack and take control.
Fast forward to 2014: Everything we fought for has been flushed down the toilet.