While President Obama returns from his latest California weekend of golf today, maybe he will contemplate the utter catastrophe that is brewing in Iraq under his watch.
Veteran CBS News foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan Sunday offered up an alarming summary of the types of weapons the Islamist ISIS group – which is literally rampaging through Iraq – may now be in possession of, including American fighting vehicles and, far worse, stinger missiles.
She even raised the possibility that terrorists could be in possession of F-16s and Apache helicopters, or may soon be. All of it of course American stuff abandoned on military bases and in the field by fleeing Iraqi soldiers.
Other equipment I’ve seen mentioned as in the hands if ISIS are Black Hawk helicopters, U.S. Howitzer cannons, and sophisticated radio equipment that could allow them to encrypt battlefield communications.
So President Obama left a bunch of sophisticated weapons in the hands of the Iraqi government and didn’t leave a military presence in the country to watch over them and scoop them up and take them home if necessary. Particularly the Stingers.
The U.S. has maintained dominance because of their dominance of the skies. If you now remove your dominance of the skies . . . You’ve taken away significant advantage that the U.S. has, and you’ve significant changed the dynamics of what we face . . .
We don’t know exactly how much these guys have taken.
Reporting from Baghdad, Martha Raddatz said ISIS would attack the United States right away if it could.
Those Stingers could bring down a civilian aircraft without any trouble at all.
But of course it may take ISIS a couple of years to get organized enough for to launch a major attack on the United States. It may be something for the next president to deal with.