Update 12/22: Iraq is collapsing within two days of U.S. forces leaving. Malaki has made his play for total control and the Sunni Vice President is hiding in the Kurdish region. Bombings occurred throughout Iraq today. Obama pulled all help from Iraq just as Iraq was on the verge of stability. It was a political decision. How long will it take for the Iraqis to reach out to Iran for help? The left will blame Bush, but this is Obama’s Waterloo.
Original Story: Obama goes to war with Libya, drops drones on peoples heads, but he’s PC ,and doesn’t care about leaving some kind of organization in Iraq – he’s confusing
We have no problem with the Taliban according to VP Joe Biden as he talks about Obama’s concurring viewpoint.
In an interview with Leslie Gelb in Newsweek, Vice President Joe Biden says:
Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests. If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us.
We are not at war with Islamic extremism, we have a problem with al-Qaida, that’s it according to Paul Stockton. Do not use the word “Islam.” It’s not PC.
Our work in Iraq is complete.
The Kurds are flying their own flag so as to separate themselves from Bahgdad. They are trying to arrange separate oil deals with foreign countries. They are moving ahead with their own constitution, declaring ownership of the oil and gas beneath all their lands
According to The Weekly Standard, the Sunnis have withdrawn from Parliament after Maliki prompted their action –
…just hours after Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta departed on Thursday. The ethno-sectarian settlement achieved at such cost to Iraqis and Americans is unraveling rapidly. The principal Sunni bloc has withdrawn its members from the Iraqi Parliament and is threatening to withdraw from the government altogether within two weeks unless Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki adheres to the written commitments he made during the negotiations to form a government.
Maliki prompted their action by arresting and torturing the bodyguards of Sunni vice president Tariq al Hashemi. Multiple unconfirmed reports indicate that on Thursday night, Maliki moved elements of the Baghdad Brigade, commanded by his son, to surround the residences of Sunni political figures, including Hashemi. In retaliation for the Sunni parliamentarians’ walkout, Maliki has demanded a no-confidence vote for Sunni deputy prime minister Salah Mutlaq, and indicated his intent to bring charges against Hashemi and others for conspiring to assassinate him.
The crisis is not confined to Baghdad. Fearful of the moves Maliki had already made to consolidate autocratic rule under the fist of his Shi’a Dawa Party, Sunni provincial leaders in Salahuddin and Diyala Provinces have declared their intention to form federal autonomous regions. Maliki has angrily rejected their rights to do so. Communities have reportedly begun mobilizing to defend themselves against potential sectarian conflict in Diyala. Vice President Joe Biden and Ambassador James Jeffrey have reportedly been working the phones to manage the crisis, but their efforts do not appear to be bearing any fruit…
Bill Whittle has a good summary of Obama on Foreign Affairs