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Obama Iraq Policy Bears Fruit – Rotten Fruit

In 2011, President Obama failed to make a serious effort to keep residual U.S. forces in Iraq, pulling them all out instead. He used the complete withdrawal for political gain, trumpeting that he had ended the war. And now we are starting to reap the potentially awful consequences of his failure.

On Monday, hundreds of prisoners escaped from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, many of them senior al Qaeda operatives our troops had risked their lives to capture. A Washington Post piece today suggests the absence of U.S. forces is to blame.

Hundreds of extremists were feared to be on the run in Iraq on Monday after al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the country launched a major assault on the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, offering a fresh boost to the group’s resurgent fortunes in Iraq and in Syria.

But even if the prisoners are recaptured, the scale of the attacks on the heavily guarded facilities reinforced an impression among many Iraqis that their security forces are struggling to cope with a resurgent al-Qaeda since U.S. forces withdrew in 2011, taking with them much of the expertise and technology that had been used to hold extremists at bay.

Obama is a peacenik from way back. That’s his MO. Hey, I’m a peacenik too, it’s just that I recognize the need for U.S. action to prevent and punish attacks against the United States and its interests.

That is, Peace Through Strength.

Obama’s utter aversion to military action is going to cause great harm to this country. And the political gain he surely hoped for from a total end to the Iraq war will be our loss. These escapees will immediately get busy planning attacks on the United States. And George W. Bush’s success in Iraq is being completely undone.

The jailbreak coincided with a relentless wave of bombings blamed on the extremist group that has killed hundreds of civilians in recent months, returning Iraq to levels of violence not seen since the 2007 surge of U.S. troops.

At least 46 Iraqis died over the weekend in bombings that targeted cafes and mosques, bringing to more than 450 the number killed this month. Twelve members of the security forces were killed in an ambush Monday in the northern province of Nineveh.

The gains of the surge are in jeopardy, said Aymenn al-Tamimi, a fellow with the Philadelphia-­based Middle East Forum who monitors extremist activity in Iraq and Syria.

“This is a significant milestone in the resurgence of al-Qaeda in Iraq,” he said. “A good deal of the progress achieved from 2006 onwards has essentially been undone now.”

This brutal, dangerous world requires U.S. leadership. Seeing none, the vacuum is being filled by our enemies. And they will be coming here to get us.

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36 Responses to Obama Iraq Policy Bears Fruit – Rotten Fruit

        • ummm, I also made the same mistake this morning. Rep. Mike Rogers(R) NOT Sen. Mike Lee. Although it is interesting to note that the House Rogers is pro arming Syria and the Senate Mike Lee is not.

          In my defense I am pretty sure Obama gets them mixed up too.
          Oops, umm mistake again. They are Republicans. They don’t give money to His Arrogance. Obama has no clue who they are.

  1. Obama is sacrificing Iraq on the altar of his hatred for George Bush. Unconscionable! I heard Michael Rubin speaking about the situation a few weeks ago. He said Baghdad is still a mess but there is prosperity abounding in other central areas. However, he said, Iraqis are all beginning to express their fear over Obama’s failure to protect them from outside forces in Syria and elsewhere. This was before the jail-break!
    And now, there is no one to protect us!
    WHERE IS THE LAME STREAM MEDIA???????????????????

    • They are barbarians.
      They stone women.
      They cut peoples heads off,…on camera.
      They crucify Christians, and torture them and burn their churches.
      Cut off the money and let them revert back to the roots of the religion that they insist on imposing on us.
      Let the different sects engage in a war against one another, and we will sit back and watch you destroy yourselves.

      These people are not ready to be civilized, they are still evolving.
      Time for the civilized people to put a stop to the deaths of our troops for what looks like to me a desperate attempt for the politicians to say,….see what I did !
      The politicians get the kudos both ways remember.
      One goes in, and one gets out.
      And everybody cheers !!!

  2. If you think they “will” be coming here to get us, you’re overlooking that they’re already here. Not only are they here, right here in our neighborhoods, but we’re probably supporting them, too.

    There is no peace in the Muslim world because they hate each other more than they hate us. Talks of hatred of non-Muslims, or attempts to destroy us or Israel or any other country is just a means to “community organize” their supporters.
    Our mistake, if you can call it that, was to help dispose and depose the almost moderate dictators who kept things to a low simmer and could be bought with some American dollars.

    I don’t believe for one second that the prisoners at abu Ghraib “escaped”, but rather they were “freed” by their jailers who waited for the right moment and have the same mindset as the al Qaeda organization.

  3. Is there any end to the list of failures by this pseudo president? It’s unbelievable, surreral. Every blog entry I read here is yet another failure at the hands of one Barack Obama, and it’s not little stuff; it’s major policy failures foreign and domestic. The economy, immigration, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Russia, the IRS, the NSA, race relations, the debt, Obamacare, energy, the EPA, just on and on and on.

    And yet where does he find the strength to strut to the podium, to still be so arrogant and narcissistic, to act like he’s the greatest thing since Abraham Lincoln? Unbelievable, freakin’ unbelievable.

  4. Preezy is a peacenik? Could have fooled me. From his drone kill list to his unconstitutional war in Libya, he is far from being a peacenik. In my opinion, he’s more of a soulless tyrant and a tool of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    The enemy is already here, Keith. For years the leviathan has failed to secure our national sovereignty and enforce our immigration laws. We’re to the point where our borders are wide open for all who want to enter, and the State Department is importing even more third world heathens with no regard for those who may wish America harm. My fear is that these invading enemies and the enemy within will make for the perfect storm of totalitarianism, and Preezy Revenge is the catalyst for that storm.

  5. Did anyone catch the clip yesterday of General Carter Ham on FOX? He was attending a Security conference of some such thing in Aspen. He said he was in a routine mtg at the Pentagon the night of Sept 11. He knew almost immediately that it was a terrorist attack. He called Panetta immediately. Panetta only talked to Obama once during the 7 hour siege. He (Ham) didn’t send forces to Benghazi because 1) it would have taken 6 hours; and 2) he wasn’t sure of the situation.
    But here’s the bombshell: Ham stated that the U.S. has not gone after the known attackers because the newly formed govt. of Libya is so ‘FRAGILE’! What??? More like MESSED UP! Whose idea was it to send troops into Libya without Congressional approval? And now he’s hiding under his bed – afraid of his own shadow. The killers of Ambassador Stevens and 3 others are roaming the streets freely – and Obama is getting a free pass. This is an act of cowardice, dereliction of duty, treason – you name it. Get the Special Prosecutor!

  6. And let’s not forget how badly he wants to quit Afghanistan, too.

    The guy might preside over more lost wars in 8 years than the US had suffered in 232 years prior to his coronation.

    But hey, at least he reads a mean teleprompter.

  7. My thinking is we should never, ever have been over in the middle east
    in the first place. These people are so totally different from the people
    of the United States. They are muslims, which make them hard to deal with. Look at Afganistan. First the Brits went there. Then the Russians
    went there and then we went there, and I can’t see that we accomplished much of anything. Think of the money we would save.

  8. Absolutely right on the mark, Keith. They (the muslim savages) will be coming for us right here in America and I fear the Boston Marathon Bombing was the start. All thanks to Dictator Obama and his fellow comrades in the Democrat Communist Party who hate this country with a fierce passion. All those brave Americans who gave their lives in Iraq and their sacrifice has been cynically and cold heartedly thrown away by Dictator Obama and his minions. The cost in American lifes here at home will be heavy.

  9. The last paragraph on your post is interesting.
    They are already here Keith, and the biggest one is living in the White House.
    The utter aversion to military action is going to cause great harm to this country.
    Yes it will, and the true leaders around the world see him as a weak, indecisive, puss that makes speeches,…..constantly.
    An arrogant paper tiger that talks tough and never backs it up.
    They laugh at him as do we.
    By the time he gets done reforming the military, it will be a shell of what it used to be.

  10. Just sick of those Americans who died there for what. I’m totally opposed to any intervention by our men and women in solving other countries’ problems.

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