Well, this is going great.
Our incompetent allies, who are supposed to do the heavy lifting against our enemies, got several hundred of their troops massacred during a weekend bloodbath, courtesy of ISIS.
Uhh, wasn’t the Obama administration the one supposedly training the Iraq military for four years leading up to our December 2012 withdrawal?
OR WAS BUSH SECRETLY PRESIDENT FROM 2009-2012??
I knew it. They really did botch the swearing in.
Apparently Bush has been president all these years.
Anyway, here’s what happened in Iraq Sunday. It suggests that Obama’s claim that it will take years to finish off ISIS is the ONE UNEQUIVOCALLY ACCURATE THING I’VE HEARD FROM HIM in a long time.
Meanwhile, there will exist what we’ve always tried to deny terrorists: a safe haven – and actually, a rather large one – from which to plan and launch attacks against the United States.
From the Washington Post:
The lead-up to Sunday’s crisis began a week ago, when the last road to Camp Saqlawiyah, just north of insurgent-controlled Fallujah, was cut by Islamic State militants. . .
The fall of the units protecting the supply route meant that the five battalions inside the base were completely besieged.
“There were no reinforcements, no food supplies, no medicine, no water, and then our ammunition began to run out,” said 1st Lt. Haider Majid, 28. “We called our leaders so many times. We called our commanders, we called members of parliament, but they just left us there to die.”
Soldiers said they sought help from Lt. Gen. Rashid Fleih, the head of Anbar Military Command. He told Iraq’s al-Sumaria news on Monday that the troops on the base were just complaining because they were trapped and “bored.”
Fleih said the army had delivered supplies while the base was under siege. But soldiers maintained that they received nothing, and thirst eventually forced them to dig a hole to dirty, salty water . . .
The major assault came Sunday. Soldiers interviewed said army commanders had sent word via walkie-talkie that a rescue mission was on its way and had taken control of a nearby bridge.
Shortly afterward, Iraqi army armored vehicles and military trucks arrived, and the men inside were dressed in the uniforms of Iraqi counterterrorism forces, the surviving soldiers said.
“We thought this was the support we were promised was on the way,” said Capt. Ahmed Hussein of the 8th Division. “The first three Humvees were ahead of the rest with some military trucks. We just let them in.”
One Humvee exploded in the middle of the camp. The two others drove to the perimeter and detonated. The rest of the Islamic State convoy was held back at the entrance, where the survivors said the militants carried out several more suicide bombings as they tried to break in.
Hundreds died during the attack and afterward as soldiers tried to escape through ISIS-controlled territory.
Meanwhile, over in Syria, we’re fighting ISIS without any of our troops even in a supporting role to call in airstrikes, gather intelligence, and so forth. And let’s face it, one of our allies on the ground there is Bashar Assad.
One day, serious scholars will look back on this operation, and rate it one of the “Top Ten Most Cockamamy War Strategies in History.”