June 12, 2014 ~ We warned him. And now, it’s happening.
With the crumbling of Iraq shocking military advisors, politicians and the Iraqi government themselves; oil prices are spiking at home and globally. President Obama, refusing to shield the U.S. from inflationary pressures and family heating costs by not approving projects like the Keystone pipeline, was already losing support from his own base.
And here’s where it’s going:
(CNN) — With Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, firmly under its control, the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is threatening the takeover of more cities, including the capital, Baghdad.
“Continue your march as the battle is not yet raging,” spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani purportedly said in an audio recording posted early Thursday on the group’s media website.
“It will rage in Baghdad and Karbala. So be ready for it.”
The Obama administrations pullout of Iraq has caused more devastation than anyone could’ve imagined. ISIS, or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is committed to the spreading of the deadly Caliphate beyond just small areas of Iraq. Committed to growing the terror state throughout the middle east and beyond, they have not been quiet about their intentions. And they are growing more successful in achieving them.
The devastating militant advance, which had been building for some time, is proving an object lesson of much that is wrong in Iraq and the region — growing sectarian tensions at home and a festering civil war over the border in Syria.
It also shows that extremists can strike swiftly and effectively against Iraq’s American-trained security forces.
It came as little surprise when Iraq indicated a willingness Wednesday for the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes against the radical Islamist militants.
Washington has provided $15 billion in training, weapons and equipment to the Iraqi government.
But U.S. officials said the situation is “extremely urgent” and the United States is looking to see what more support it can provide Iraq.
By pulling out way too early with troops and advisors, Obama’s strategy of ‘leaving the policing to the Iraqi people’ has created an opening for the terrorist group ISIS, an off-chute (and considered more violent than) of Al-Qaeda themselves.
The U.S. sustained thousands of lives lost and tens of thousands injured in the Iraqi war on terror.
And this collapse of centralized power in the Iraqi government leads to surging oil prices worldwide. Protecting us at home in the U.S. is the anticipated building of the Keystone pipeline; a strategic solution in isolating the U.S. markets from oil volatility worldwide.
But against his own internal studies and State Department recommendations and findings, he has not budged. Unions, state governments and overwhelming support from both Democrats and Republicans has gone unanswered by an administration so focused on elections over National Security interests.
Let’s hope this pushes him into a corner of actually forces him into taking action in our best interests. But don’t count on it…
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