Skip to comments.Iraqi Drama Catches U.S. Off Guard (Senior U.S. Off.: Makes you want to kill yourself)
Posted on 06/12/2014 6:30:34 AM PDT by kristinn
At a closed-door gathering of Gulf states in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Arab counterparts all signaled agreement on one thing for the first time: Islamist forces seizing territory in Syria and Iraq had become a regionwide menace that can't be ignored.
What they didn't agree on was what to do about it, U.S. officials said.The fall this week of the Iraqi cities Mosul and Tikrit to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham rebel group shows how the insurgent threat is outpacing the response and posing a challenge to President Barack Obama's approach of limiting U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts.
The quickly unfolding drama prompted a White House meeting Wednesday of top policy makers and military leaders who were caught off guard by the swift collapse of Iraqi security forces, officials acknowledged.
State Department and Pentagon officials have long warned about ISIS's desire to create an Islamic state based in the Sunni-dominated parts of Iraq and Syria.
Now, current and former officials say Washington's options for helping the Iraqi army fight back are limitedboth because the threat in Iraq is so entrenched and because the U.S. hasn't invested in building up moderate allies on the Syrian side of the border.
Some military officials now believe ISIS is the single greatest terrorist threat the U.S. and its allies facestronger than the al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen or Africa and far more powerful than al Qaeda's central leadership in Pakistan. Other senior U.S. officials say ISIS has yet to carry out any attacks directly targeting the U.S.
"It makes you want to kill yourself," a senior U.S. official said of the intelligence on ISIS, which was presented by U.S. and Gulf allies during the May meeting in Jeddah.
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“You know what.... Let the middle east just kill each other. They will never, ever stop. Tell them that they are on their own and if they decide to attack Israel or the U.S. well nuke them off the planet. And mean it.”
Maybe it’s time for the countries over there like the Saudis to get their hands dirty for once and start policing their own neighborhood.
Ping to Mullah Baraq: take the hint
Embrace le suck.
I totally agree.
So al-quaeda is not on the run?
How can you catch someone “off guard” when you weren’t “on guard” to begin with?
Our brand of democracy would never have worked in a Muslim nation.
They are busy ya know. Spying on Americans, building new data centers, surfing social media. Important stuff.
I think they rely too much on electronic means as opposed to humans on the ground.
They are a reflection of the culture in Washington. The analysts are only as good as what their worldview allows them to see.
Bomb Mecca and it’s over. Not kidding. That black rock sitting in that shrine down there.
Islam believes that its invincible. It can’t be brought down and never will be.
You take that out, and Islam falls.
Sounds simplistic, but there are few that understand ME Islam at its roots. These aren’t learned, sophisticated people in a religion that withstands fundamental questions about the dogma that underpins it.
In the Carribean, we took on about 300 Haitians to repatriate them back to Haiti back in 1991 or so. Maybe 1992. They started getting rowdy on the forecastle, so one of the BM2s got the ‘Oscar dummy’ we used for man overboard drills (you hoist the ‘oscar’ flag in the mast to signify to all ships you have a M.O.).
He threw it on the deck and started beating and stabbing it.
End of unrest. Period.
People in the developed world take their freedom to openly question religion for granted. It’s not done in most of the world. You buy in, and that’s it.
your gas prices are about to go up.
"Trust me, ladies.. He's black and he can talk good and we get free condoms!" (applause)
Oliver North was interviewed this morning and he said that veterans are contacting him and talking about suicide due to whats happening in Afghanistan and Iraq. The blood of these men will forever be on the hands of Obama and his minions.
Why is anyone shocked?
We can’t even defend our own southern border.
Barry is using his “stash” to fund this new terrorist organization.
I’m sure the ObamaQaida-sympathetic administration will do the right thing ..
and run a Red Crescent flag up over the WH ..
and make it official.
It’s either incompetency.. or??
None Dare Call It.. Uhhhhh
“It makes you want to kill yourself,” a senior U.S. official said
Don’t let me stop you, 0bama sycophant.