Update: 10/01/14: The Pentagon said today that the city of Baghdad is not in danger of falling…yet.
In five raids, Britain has yet to drop one missile. The Sunni coalition won’t bomb in Syria. The ever-growing coalition includes few who are willing to engage in more than lip service. Such is the state of the Obama coalition to defeat ISIS.
Meanwhile, one ISIS unit is a mile outside Baghdad and others are closing in. The Iraqi forces can’t hold them back, and U.S. bombing is making little if any difference.
Mr. Obama said that the Iraq army would serve as our foot soldiers but they are incapable of holding off ISIS at the gates of Baghdad. The minimal U.S. strikes are having no significant effect.
The Iraq leadership fails to supply bases with ammunition, food and water and then they fall. It is a cycle that has been repeated over-and-over again.
The new Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, Nouri al-Maliki’s replacement vowed to lure the Sunni minority away from the ISIS. Part of the plan was to end random bombardment of Sunni civilians but they haven’t done that. They can’t even get a Defense Minister and Interior Minister appointed.
Mr. Abadi is dismissing al-Maliki’s senior officers but the armed forces are still “notoriously corrupt.”
During the battle for Mosul, Iraq’s largest city, Iraqi forces numbered about 60,000 in the army, federal and local police, but only one-third actually showed up. Many soldiers kicked back half their soldiers to officers in return for staying at home or working another job.
The same held true for civilian ministries.
Before the deployment of US air power, ISIS in Iraq used motorised columns with 80 to 100 men which would launch surprise attacks. They can’t do that any longer, but they’ve adapted easily.
One problem for the government is that the main military arm of the Baghdad government are Iranian-backed Shia militias. The Sunnis are terrified of them.
In the fall of Saqlawiya, the Iraqi army was unable to help a garrison only 40 miles west of Baghdad. Troops were left without reinforcements, ammunition, food and water. This is the same problem that led to the loss of one-third of the 350,000 member army in the first half of 2014, inflicting 5,000 casualties.
These are our foot soldiers in Iraq.
Listen to our State Senator, a candidate for Congress, Lee Zeldin: