Strategy?
Mosul Madness in a Collapsing Middle East
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  • lord acton

    The peoples of the middle-east/North Africa is in the middle of their 30 years war. The Peace of Westphalia seems a long way off at this point.

    • Fat_Man

      A mere 30? No 1400.

      • Curious Mayhem

        More like 100.

        • BobSykes

          No, Fat_Man is right, 1400. And it won’t end until (or if) Islam ends.

  • gabrielsyme

    Look, more Christians laid at the tender mercies of Salafist thugs on account of repeated American foreign policy incompetence.

    No status of forces agreement to stabilise Iraqi security? Check.
    Support for Syrian rebels leads to terrorist refuge? Check
    American-supplied arms making their way to terrorist groups in Syria? Check.
    Terrorist groups imposing dhimmitude on minorities? Check.
    Post-invasion Iraq inherently unstable? Check.
    Post-invasion Iraq exposes minorities to targeted violence? Check.
    American-supplied arms seized by terrorists in Iraq? Check.

    Almost any course of action would have been better than that chosen by successive American administrations. As much blame as Bush deserves for beginning the involvement in Iraq, he probably can’t be blamed for failing to anticipate the massive incomptenance of his successor which has led to (let’s be blunt) civil war re-emerging in Iraq. Brilliant work, Obama. Ensure Iraq remains weak by failing to get a status of forces agreement, then antagonise Sunni allies in the Gulf States, and help create a deadly stalemate in Syria where al-Qaeda gets to enjoy a base of operations and grows in money and manpower, whence they can come back and destabilise Iraq.

    Truly, the mind boggles at Obama’s blood-drenched incompetence.

  • lukelea

    “If the Obama administration [sic, WRM] has a strategy for dealing with this situation . . .”

    Face it: There are no “Western-style” solutions in this clannist, Islamic corner of the world. The American people have learned that lesson by now. It’s time the political class did too and moved on to issues over which it does have the power to influence in positive ways: low-wage imports, mass immigration, new statutory limits on the length of the working day.

    If it starts addressing the bread-and-butter issues that really matter to American working families it might shore-up popular support for the one country in that region we really do care about. Otherwise there is tragedy ahead.

    WRM & Co. need to get ahead of the curve.

    • B-Sabre

      Maliki is reaping what he helped sow, by antagonizing the very people (the Anbar Awakening councils) who helped end the last al Qaeda insurgency, by backing the Alawite Bathists in Syria, and playing bag man for the Iranians as they shipped men and arms to Assad. It wasn’t just ISIS that threw the Iraqi army out of Mosul – the Sunni civilians in the city took up arms and threw out the army when ISIS attacked.
      The best thing we can probably do now is help the Kurdish Regional Government “man the lifeboats” and lay the groundwork for their eventual independence from the Iraq state when it implodes. Then there’d be two countries in the Middle East that like us.

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