Mr. Obama believes al-Qaeda is “on the run” and it’s only the JV teams that are consuming huge swaths of land in Africa and the Middle East. He fails to realize that they are all the same people. The only thing missing is Osama bin Laden. The forces have grown and spread out but Mr. Obama dismisses it as mere sectarian violence.
We left Iraq without a status of forces agreement, leaving Iraq to fend for itself after we invaded the country. Prime Minister Maliki then turned to Iran, delegitimizing Sunnis in the process. Consequently, radical Sunnis joined forces with al-Qaeda and are now in control of Fallujah and Ramadi.
According to the Washington Times, top Sunni politician, Saleh Mutlaq, accused Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of fomenting sectarian violence to silence Sunnis. He said further that the United States “destroyed” his country.
He said President Obama did not do enough when the Shiite-dominated coalition rose to power in Baghdad thanks to “pressure from Iran” and because the U.S. “did not act in a strong way.”
“I think you have a legal and moral responsibility to Iraq,” Deputy Iraqi Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq told an audience in Washington at the U.S. Institute of Peace. “You came to remove the Saddam regime and in fact, instead of doing that, you destroyed a country, not only the regime.
Al-Maliki is working closely with Iran and al-Maliki has secured most power in the country for himself.
“The whole security [apparatus], the intelligence office, the Interior Ministry — you know there is interior minister, there is no defense minister, there is no real head of the intelligence office — all of these places are being run by some people who have not been voted on in the parliament,” he told The Times. “So they are being run by almost al-Maliki himself.”
Mr. Mutlaq, who will run in the upcoming presidential elections, wants the US to get involved in speaking against the sectarian violence but there isn’t much hope of that. Our president is completely disengaged from everything.
Mutlaq also wants the US to send election monitors to assure a fair and honest election. That might be possible, but I doubt it. Iran is behind the violence in Iraq and Mr. Obama won’t want to upset Iran in case they will renege on their empty and one-sided nuclear “deal,” favoring Iran.
Mr. Obama gave an interview to the New Yorker recently and this is what he said:
“The analogy we used around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee [J.V.] team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
He thinks Fallujah is just the result of sectarian violence!!!
Fallujah in fact has a route that goes to the borders of Iran and Syria. The Iranian Ayatollahs have now ordered Maliki to open the route to supply the IOGC and Hezbollah.
Control of Iraq as it stands now:
President Obama does not understand that this is al-Qaida, a metastasized and powerful terrorist network engaged in a global jihad with the sole purpose of establishing a world-wide Caliphate. They do network but because there is not one titular head, he thinks they don’t exist.
At some point, we will have to beat them back or become consumed by them.
Charles Krauthammer addresses the issue:
Referring to Iran, Israel and Palestine, and Syria, Mr. Obama said the following during the New Yorker interview:
“On the other hand,” he said, “in all three circumstances we may be able to push the boulder partway up the hill and maybe stabilize it so it doesn’t roll back on us. And all three are connected.”
“I do believe that the region is going through rapid change and inexorable change. Some of it is demographics; some of it is technology; some of it is economics. And the old order, the old equilibrium, is no longer tenable. The question then becomes, What’s next?” Obama added.
He not only doesn’t understand what al-Qaida is, he doesn’t have any confidence anything can be worked out. He also doesn’t know what’s next, even the obvious.
The Iranian deal is described by Ambassador Bolton this way: “They cleaned our clocks.”
The Chief Iranian Negotiator, Abbas Araghachi said this about the deal: “We can return again to 20% enrichment in less than one day and we can convert the material again. I can say definitely that the structure of our nuclear program will be preserved. Nothing will be put aside, dismantled, or altered. Everything will continue. Enrichment will continue.”
Obama partly blames Israel for Congress wanting a sanctions bill to be implemented if Iran fails to follow through. “Members of Congress are very attentive to what Israel says on its security issues,” Obama said. “I don’t think a new sanctions bill will reach my desk during this period, but, if it did, I would veto it and expect it to be sustained.”
Meanwhile, we are about to give Iran $4 billion in sanctions relief for nothing. They are about to become a popular trading partner for the world and we will never be able to reignite the sanctions we once had. It took decades to get us to where we are and in months, Mr. Obama is destroying the work of past presidents.
Obama further told the New Yorker that he is “haunted by what’s happened” in Syria. However, he does not believe anything could have been worked out. He failed before he tried. He always fails to act. He is a bystander, not a leader.
We abandoned Israel and Saudi Arabia with this deal. Iran is now filing a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia, blaming them for violence in Lebanon and Yemen. That will only be the beginning.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are active in Yemen.
The Washington Institute, a non-partisan think tank, said this about al-Qaeda in the region: “The group’s ability to shift tactics in the face of military setbacks indicates that it is much more strategically and operationally dynamic than previously understood. As AQAP turns to assassination and intimidation campaigns while reconstituting its forces, Washington and Sana must adjust their military and intelligence efforts accordingly.”
The Institute warns that Al Qaeda, “in the wake of the Arab uprisings that have swept the region since 2011, terrorist and violent extremist organizations in Trans-Saharan Africa have emerged stronger, better armed, and emboldened to pursue wider goals that increasingly threaten U.S. interests. Al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups have redoubled their efforts to exploit gaping security voids, ubiquitous weapons, and endemic corruption, allowing them to traffic illicit goods and viral ideology unchecked across vast, unsecured borders. The resulting instability provides launching points for attacks on U.S. interests in the region and beyond.”
If we don’t secure a status of forces agreement in Afghanistan, it will be the next country to fall to the Taliban, which is the reason we engaged in the “good war” to begin with.
The J.V. and al-Qaeda are all the same people. That is what Mr. Obama doesn’t want to understand. He wants us all to believe he decimated al-Qaeda.
Now our people are heading for Sochi and Russians are the only ones running the security. Putin isn’t even asking for our help. We have abandoned our friends and cuddled up to enemies who don’t respect or trust us. We have no credibility. The U.S. will be the main target.
Lt. Col. Oliver North on the Greta Van Susteren show said that al-Qaeda is bigger than it ever was, free of one leader, now having many. This is the result of “five years of incompetence, naiveté,” and a perspective of what we face as an adversary that is “so off, so wrong” that it is almost impossible to change by Sochi.
Mr. Obama has abandoned global leadership. The consequences will be terrifying. Mr. Obama said al-Qaeda is “on the run” at the DNC convention prior to the election when in fact it has spread throughout Africa and the Middle East. It is gaining strength and is more powerful than it ever was. The U.S. is their number one target.