The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration has been to slow to grant requests from Iraq for military assistance to turn the tide of al Qaeda’s recent strategic gains there.
The deteriorating situation in Iraq is not what the Obama administration expected when it withdrew the last American troops from there in 2011. In a March 2012 speech, Antony J. Blinken, who is Mr. Obama’s deputy national security adviser, asserted that “Iraq today is less violent” than “at any time in recent history.”
Critics say the latest developments show the weakness in an administration strategy designed to shore up Iraqi forces and to combat a growing Islamic militancy in Syria that officials say poses an increasing counterterrorism threat to the United States.
In a speech on Wednesday, Susan E. Rice, Mr. Obama’s national security adviser, said that the American effort to buttress Iraq’s forces had been effective. “The United States has been fast to provide necessary support for the people and government of Iraq,” she said in remarks at the Center for New American Security in Washington.
A second round of counterterrorism training between American Special Operations commandos and Iraqi troops started in Jordan this week. At least two F-16s are set to arrive in Iraq by September, and six Apaches will be leased for training later this year, Iraqi and Pentagon officials said.
But some former generals who served in Iraq said a greater effort was needed.
James M. Dubik, a retired Army lieutenant general who oversaw the training of the Iraqi army during the surge, summed it up this way: “We should fly some of our manned and unmanned aircraft and put advisers into Iraq that can help the Iraqi Army plan and execute a proper defense, then help them transition to a counter offensive.”
Well, if Susan Rice says that the US has been “fast” to provide support, we can take her at her word, because she never lies, right?
Of course, these were all things that should have been included in the talks with the Iraq government when the discussion hung up on the status of forces agreement (SOFA) before the withdrawal. But the Obama Administration was more interested in using “the war in Iraq is over” meme in the election than they were interested in long term security of the region. Now they’re forced to fight the war all over again.
So, losing Iraq again won’t affect us will it? Well, lets just look at the price of gas now and imagine what it will be when Iraq oil is cut off. But, I’m sure it will be Bush’s fault. The price has risen almost 2% this morning on the news that Tikrit has fallen. But that’s OK, because I’m sure we’re closer to using unicorn crap as an alternate fuel source.
Category: Terror War