It is truly hard to fathom the profound nature of the catastrophe that is the Obama presidency. On every front, domestic and foreign, our nation is taking an axe to the gut. Recovery from all this will be a Herculean feat. The disaster we face as a result of this man’s unfitness for the job – and mistaken policies – can hardly be overstated.
Iraq is now in a state of civil war. Insurgents have just seized control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. Not just any insurgents. Al Qaeda-backed extremists. Between Syria, Iraq, Libya, other portions of Africa, and soon, once again, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda and other islamist extremists will have a mind-numbing panoply of locales available in which to train and launch attacks against the United States.
From the Wall Street Journal:
The capture of Mosul by rebels linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, is the latest evidence of the weakness and disorganization that have beset Iraq’s security forces since the U.S. forces withdrew from the country in December 2011.
It also underlines the group’s determination to establish an Islamic emirate encompassing the Iraqi-Syrian frontier, weaken the already fragile Iraqi state and expand the theater of the three-year-old civil war in neighboring Syria.
Residents of Mosul said they were shocked at the ease of the rebel takeover of government buildings, television stations and military installations where U.S.-supplied fighter airplanes, helicopters and other heavy weaponry are based.
“The whole of Mosul collapsed today. We’ve fled our homes and neighborhoods, and we’re looking for God’s mercy,” said Mahmoud Al Taie, a dentist. “We are waiting to die.”
Obama was handed a victory in Iraq by George W. Bush. All he had to do was maintain it. Instead, because of his incompetence, unseriousness, and the political necessity of declaring he had “ended” the Iraq War, he pulled all our troops out and left the United States with no influence over events.
God help us as Iraq descends into chaos. And God soothe the souls of all the American servicemen and women who died for a cause that is being squandered, and comfort their families who miss them.