Air Strikes in Syria?

When asked about the possibility of air strikes against ISIS in Syria, national security adviser Ben Rhodes didn’t say no:

“We don’t rule anything out when it comes to the protection of Americans and the disruption of terrorist plotting against the United States. So we would not restrict ourselves by geographic boundaries when it comes to the core mission of U.S. foreign policy, which is the protection of our people.”

I believe that if we don’t go after ISIS aggressively now, in both Syria and Iraq, we’ll just have to pay the piper down the road, and the price will be much, much higher.

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Good Riddance!

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to step aside and support his designated successor Haider al-Abadi.

Congratulations?

Joe Biden called the new Iraqi prime minister designate Haider al-Abadi to congratulate him.  Really?  It feels more as if condolences would be in order.  Who the hell would want to be prime minister of Iraq?  Really, people, there are easier ways to fill your Swiss bank account.

Meanwhile Maliki is pulling a Dream Girls-style “and I’m telling you that I’m not going…”

Quote of the Day

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has “gone out of his mind, and lives on a different planet — he doesn’t appreciate the mess he has created.”

A senior Iraqi official

Finally!

So we’re finally arming the Kurds.  At this point, it appears that the weapons are coming from the CIA, but plans are in the works for the Pentagon to supply them directly, rather than sending weapons to Baghdad that never ever get to the Kurds.

The Kurdish Peshmerga are as tough and determined as they come, but toughness and determination without weapons and ammo won’t win against ISIS and their captured state-of-the-art American weapons.

I’m tired of seeing this ISIS sweep falsely spun as an Iraqi civil war.  This is a multi-state terror movement that must be destroyed.  We need to go after ISIS full bore, not just to protect the Yazidis and Kurds and Baghdad, but on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border (such as it now is) and in Lebanon and Jordan.

The combination of intelligence failures about ISIS’ strength and a president who didn’t want to hear the news anyway have made the task much harder than it would have been if we’d nipped them in the bud.  Now it’s time to mow them down before they flower further.

It’s not up to the Iraqi Shiites to get their act together because they can’t and won’t.  It’s up to us to keep an enormous swath of the Middle East from falling to barbarians.

Not Getting the Message

Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki announced today that he won’t be stopped from seeking a third term.  So efforts to form a government will now go on forever….

Maliki’s short-sighted, non-inclusive rule — pro-Shiite and anti-Sunni — created the conditions for ISIS to grab much of northern and western Iraq.  His refusal to go makes it easier for ISIS to stay.

It’s easy to say we backed the wrong guy all these years, but really, people, they’re all the wrong guy.