The troops Obama is sending to Iraq now will have even less legal protection than we could have had in a deal to keep them there three years ago. You could savor the hypocrisy if people weren't dying over his mistake in not keeping troops there as we have done after every victory in the past 70 years.
Yet this time around, Obama is willing to accept an agreement from Iraq’s foreign ministry on U.S. forces in Iraq without a vote of Iraq’s parliament. “We believe we need a separate set of assurances from the Iraqis,” one senior U.S. defense official told The Daily Beast. This official said it would likely be an agreement or exchange of diplomatic notes from the Iraq’s foreign ministry. “We basically need a piece of paper from them,” another U.S. official involved in the negotiations told The Daily Beast. The official didn’t explain why the parliamentary vote, so crucial three years ago, was no longer needed.
The official didn't try to explain it, because it is unexplainable. The crisis Iraq currently faces is due to our abrupt exit after Obama torpedoed negotiations to stay there and help the Iraqis. And he refused that deal over the exact same issue he is currently ignoring. The only thing that has changed about this is the political consideration. Obama is not running for reelection so it is just fine for our troops to go back without a Status of Forces agreement to clean up the mess he caused.
The Obama folks in charge of that debacle are scrambling to cover their butts for failing to foresee the most likely outcome of cutting and running.
“The notion that Syria would completely fall apart and become this major staging ground for Nusra and ISIS, which wasn’t even ISIS at the time, I don’t think people anticipated and I don’t think could have been anticipated,” said Colin Kahl, who was the Pentagon official in charge of Iraq until the withdrawal.
That is one way to spin it, but ISIS is simply a new name for the same Sunni extremists who have been infiltrating from Syria for about a decade now. Well, not the whole decade because with the Surge and the Anbar Awakening, we shut them down and brought peace to Iraq. Yes, Peace, right up until Mr. Kahl and the Obama war-enders sent us scurrying for the exits and sent a clear message to the extremists that it was time for them to start re-forming, re-surging and re-beheading. As far as seeing it coming, well, we here at BLACKFIVE sure did.
Iran and Syria are already actively engaged with Iraq destructively.
Those "networks providing advanced weaponry and training" certainly are based in Iran and Syria. It sounds like he said we are going after terrorist training camps and the IED assembly facilities, doesn't it?
Actions by neighboring states compound Iraq's challenges. Syria has taken some steps to reduce the flow of foreign fighters through its territory, but not enough to shut down the key network that supports Al Qaeda-Iraq.
Crocker alternated between a sense of accomplishment for a state of relative calm that he deemed almost unthinkable 18 months ago and repeated caveats that progress could still unravel, particularly with a quick U.S. withdrawal.
He warned that Iran and Syria could perceive a vacuum and carry out their "less-than-benign intentions,"
Iraqi and US forces dealt al Qaeda in Iraq a major blow last week during a raid in Mosul that killed the terror group's top facilitator, who was based out of Syria.
Iraq is free to choose its own path in a dangerous region and that is a good thing. But they do not act in a vacuum. Iran and Syria and others attempt to influence them and not in ways that are good for peace-loving people. We sacrificed the lives of thousands of US troops to allow millions of Iraqis to taste freedom. Now that they have had the barest sip at that nectar, our naif in chief will dash their hope.
Syria has been one the main facilitators of foreign jihadi infitration to Iraq where they killed hundreds of American troops. They housed, fed, equipped and transported thousands of these suicide cultists
The Syrian Christians to a man told me that the “freedom fighters” where nothing more than Sunni Jihadists looking to take advantage of the various “Arab Spring” movements that had been successfully overthrowing stable dictatorships throughout the region in favor of radicalized Muslim groups affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda.
I don't believe I can add much to this beyond, too late jackass.
One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity "just muscular enough not to get mocked"