Update: Mr. Obama is only sending small arms which are not very effective against the ISIS army which is using U.S. tanks and weaponry stolen from the Iraq army. Sen. Feinstein said an army is needed to go up against an army. The U.S. has only launched 15 bombings and hit some artillery trucks. It’s too little, too late.
The AP reports that the Obama administration is directly providing arms to the Kurdish forces who took back two towns Sunday.
Prior to this, the U.S. would only sell arms to the Iraqi government. For all intents and purposes, there is no Iraq at this time and it is unlikely to ever become one country again. Currently, it is divided into the Iraqi government, the ISIS lands, and Kurdistan.
It isn’t known which agency is providing the arms but traditionally it has been the CIA. They are not coming from the Pentagon according to White House officials.
The administration official speaking to the AP said that it reflects the persistent administration view that Iraqis must solve their own security problems.
That was true two weeks ago before the Kurds were brutalized and the Yazidis fled to the mountaintops where they have been dying. Help is late but at least it’s coming but we don’t know how much or to what degree.
It took a lot to get Mr. Obama to this point. The situation must be dire or he wouldn’t have gone this far. In an interview with the NY Times, he made it clear he will only help if there are guarantees that there are no victors and no vanquished.
The U.S. should be destroying the ISIS army because they represent a direct threat to the United States but that does not appear to be on the agenda.
A senior State Department official would only say the Kurds are being “rearmed.”
The Pentagon will possibly get involved.
We have about 600 fighting men and women in Iraq and they are facilitating weapons deliveries from the Iraqis to the Kurds.
There is a potential political crisis in the Maliki government as he attempts to reform the government while the U.S. and the Kurds are asking him to step down. The new president of Iraq, Fouad Massoum, did not name him prime minister and al-Maliki has filed a complaint, marshaling his forces, demanding a third term. The U.S. stands with Massoum and might actually be on the right side for a change.
Secretary of State John Kerry warned al-Maliki to not provoke a crisis but al-Maliki is ignoring his demand. Al-maliki accused Fouad Massoum of staging a “coup against the constitution and the political process” for refusing to designate him prime minister.
Massoum has not named a prime minister. The Shia bloc put three names in for the position.
Source: abc news