by The Rat
AFTER SO MUCH LOSS OF BLOOD AND TREASURE: U.S. QUICKLY LOSES LEVERAGE IN IRAQ
On December 15, 2011, Barack Hussein Obama finally kept a campaign promise – by ignoring the advice of military leaders and formally ending U.S. military involvement in Iraq. Within 24 hours of the last American combat troops leaving the country, the Obama Regime released a campaign video: Ending the War in Iraq: A Promise Kept.
Less than a week after Obama’s victory lap, during which he claimed to be leaving behind a “safe and stable Iraq,” multiple deadly explosions rocked Baghdad – leaving at least 66 people dead and more than 200 wounded. Car bombs and improvised explosives destroyed schools, markets and apartment buildings. An ambulance packed with explosives incinerated a government office.
Let not your hearts be troubled, America: after a cost of almost $1 trillion and the loss of nearly 4,500 Americans, the Obama Regime has revealed its master strategy for dealing with the escalating sectarian violence and political turmoil in post-war Iraq: Telephone calls from Joe Biden.
Yes, crazy uncle Joe Biden has been “in constant phone contact” with the leaders of the country’s opposing Islamic sects, calling the Shiite prime minister and the Sunni speaker of the Parliament on Tuesday of last week, and the Kurdish leader on Thursday, urging them to “try to resolve” the political crisis.
No word on whether he busted out the phrase, “pretty please with sugar,” which was employed by the Boy King in his failed attempt to stop the Pakistanis from allowing Chinese military officials to examine the secret stealth helicopter left behind in the bin Laden raid – as well as in his attempt to
beg coax Ahmadinejad and the crazed ayatollahs into returning a U.S. reconnaissance drone downed in Iran. (Obama’s “toy plane,” as described by Ahmadinejad.)
“These crises happened when there were tens of thousands of American troops in Iraq, and they all got resolved, but resolved by Iraqis through the political process,” said Antony J. Blinken, Mr. Biden’s national security adviser. (“Resolved,” Mr. Blinken? What, until the next time they happened?)
“The test will be whether, with our diplomatic help, they continue to use politics to overcome their differences, pursue power sharing and get to a better place.”
The Regime’s “diplomatic help” has worked out just swell with Russia, Iran, Egypt and Syria; why on earth would anyone be skeptical of its implications for Iraq? Oh, and “politics,” Tony? I’d say they’ve stepped it up just a bit beyond “politics,” wouldn’t you?
This could very likely be the beginning of a nightmare scenario for Iraqis: The fragile alliance in the governing coalition is collapsing, large-scale violence bearing the hallmarks of al-Qaida has returned and Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appears to be orchestrating a power grab against the minority Sunnis.
Contrary to the pipe dreams, wishful thinking and naivete of the Obama Regime, America’s Gulf Allies seem to agree with the Rat:
“The conditions that perpetuate civil war are making a hasty comeback,” says Ramzy Mardini, an analyst at the Institute for the Study of War in Washington.
“The U.S. withdrawal from Iraq will no doubt create a power vacuum,” said Abdulaziz Sager, chairman of the Gulf Research Center, noting that the U.S. presence in the region empowered Gulf Arab countries with “whom they share interests and are bound by security agreements.”
“This (U.S.) presence gave them (Gulf countries) a sense of stability and security due to America’s military capabilities,” said Sager, adding that the troop withdrawal will “strengthen Iran’s military and intelligence influence,” in Iraq.
These gentlemen could not be more spot-on.
Sager touches on an important – often overlooked – point: While the U.S. had all but ended military engagement of insurgents in Iraq months ago, it will be the lack of critical U.S. intelligence on the ground that will prove to be costly for Iraqi forces in their ongoing battle to save the progress that proved to be so costly for America.
Iran Wants “Defensive Ties” with Iraq.
Barely a week after Obama pulled the remaining U.S. combat forces out of Iraq, Iran announced that it is prepared to expand “military and security cooperation” with the Iraqis, a top Iranian military official said.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to establish, boost and expand all types of military, defense and security cooperation with the friendly and brotherly nation of Iraq,” Iran’s armed forces chief of staff Hassan Firouzabadi said, according to a report by the semi-official Fars news agency. (Unless you’re an Islamic extremist, or your middle name is Hussein, you should view this statement with ominous alarm.)
This predictable overture from the Iranian Regime comes as the Hitler-wannabe and the crazed ayatollahs continue to flex their military muscles in the region – most recently by staging war games.
The drills are the largest ever by Iran and are being conducted in an area that stretches from the eastern part of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the the Gulf of Aden, Fars reported last week.
“These war games are a warning to the western countries about the closure of the Strait of Hormuz,” Zohreh Elahian, a member of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Monday. “If any threat is posed to Iran, the Islamic Republic is capable of closing the Strait of Hormuz.”
Liberals have routinely mocked the “Mission Accomplished” banner that was displayed aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln during a televised address by George Bush in 2003. (Incidentally, Bush had nothing to do with the banner; it was requested by the ship’s crew.)
While the reality that followed President Bush’s speech told us clearly there was work yet to be done, Obama’s “Political Mission Accomplished” message leaves America mostly out of the mix; U.S. leverage is lost – and the Iraqis stand to lose everything as a result.
This will be the Iraqi legacy of Barack Obama.
Several years ago, after admitting that raising taxes on the “the rich” during a recession would be detrimental to the economy, Barack Obama was questioned as to the logic of raising taxes on anyone ever if it posed an economic risk. Following a moment of (socialist) thought, he replied: “Because it’s fair.”
Apparently, keeping a campaign promise, (particularly after the Boy King has broken so many of them), is simply “fair,” too – regardless of the terrible cost to America of positioning Iraq to truly become a stabilizing force in the region.
Besides, since the concept of free elections is still a relatively new phenomenon to the Iraqis, I’m sure they’ll continue to appreciate Obama’s political commitment at home as the violence in their streets escalates.
Memo to Obamanites: Please don’t bore me with your “Obama didn’t start the war – Bush did!” argument, just as you do with your “Obama didn’t screw up the economy, Bush did!” excuse. We (you) hired Captain Teleprompter to fix things, did we (you) not? His continual whining – and that of his sock puppets – about everything being Bush’s fault has reached its political statute of limitations; Dear Leader has been at it for three years, loons; wise up.
Apparently Obama’s campaign promise was more important than a promise to those families whose loved ones will never vote again.