The story of the unfolding events in Iraq is one of lost opportunities. By December 2013, many Sunni leaders had become tired of the jihadi group the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) actions, in their areas and on the other side of the border in Syria, and publicly supported the federal governments military campaign against the groups bases. At that time, the momentum against ISIS offered a renewed opportunity for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to work with these Sunni tribal and religious leaders to combat terrorism.
Instead, Maliki gave a speech in which he portrayed his planned military campaign in Anbar as an ancient war between the followers of Hussein and the followers of Yazid, a reference to a 7th century defining Shia battle. The campaign in Anbar has been a disaster, and that failure is directly relevant to todays crisis. The Iraqi forces failed to dislodge the jihadis and, even worse, Maliki took several steps that played into the hands of extremists.
Today, the simplistic portrayal by media and world politicians of the rebellion in Iraq risks making a similar mistake. Headlines as well as political statements focused on ISIS as the only force behind the takeover of several Sunni cities north of Baghdad. And although more recent coverage started to acknowledge the presence of other forces, the dynamics in Sunni areas are still far more complex. But regardless of the extent of its role, ISIS is only one faction in the insurgency. There are at least half a dozen groupings that took part in the offensive. We in the west need not concern ourselves greatly with details of the factions that make up the ISIS rebel army in Iraq. What is far more worrying is the determination The Rent Boy President, Barack Hussein Obama to muscle in on the action.
We must all be aware by now that the ineffectual American leader is an arested adolescent who like most fifteen year olds have a vastly inflated opinion of his own talents (or lack thereof) and linke so many little boys of that age he is an attention seeker. Though there are plenty of problems requiring The Presiden’s urgent attention in the USA he cannot abide the fact that he is not the centre of attention in world news. And so he is stiking his oar in, and the likely consequences as with all American interventions can only lead to catastrophe.
On Friday we learned that Obama is asking Congress for $500 million for the so-called Syrian rebels. Apparently he does not realize that the problem he says he wants to solve ISIL terrorists overrunning Iraq and Syria was created by the US and its allies funding of the Syrian insurgents. Throwing more money and arms at the Syrian rebels would be throwing fire starter on the fire.
Obama, of course, doesnt see it that way. He claims that he has finally learned to tell the difference between the good rebels and the bad rebels. According to the Associated Press, administration officials say the U.S. has grown increasingly confident in recent months about its ability to distinguish the moderate rebels from the more extremist elements that include the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, which has stormed into Iraq and captured much of the northern part of the country.
These administration officials are tacitly admitting that the US has been inadvertently arming ISIL a vicious terrorist group that was expelled from al-Qaeda for being too extreme. They want us to believe it was a mistake.
If those administration officials are right, Obama should be impeached for incompetence. Allowing American dollars to build and grow ISIL, even by mistake, would be a blunder of colossal proportions.
But was it really a mistake? Many credible reports have emerged that the US has been intentionally funding ISIL. This week, investigative journalists found strong evidence that the CIA has trained and armed ISIL terrorists at a secret base in Jordan. While Press TV and other alternative media outlets are covering these revelations, the mainstream Western media has suppressed them.
So these US administration officials are lying when they tell us: In the past we were inadvertently funding ISIL, but now we have figured out who they are, so we wont give them any more American taxpayers money. We promise to hand the next $500 million to other groups.
Such a claim is preposterous. In fact, the US has been behind the rise of ISIL all along. And if Congress is stupid and evil enough to approve Obamas request for another $500 million, ISIL will get the lions share of that, too.
It is extremely dangerous to spray barbecue starter on a lighted fire, as any fule kno. But according to recent reports, it seems the American president isnt that smart.