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September 20, 2014



Obama’s just not that smart©.


Who hasn't he lost?

Sandy   fallow districts~engorged capitol  Daze

And General Conway, USMC, retd, former Commandant, says yesterday, not a snowball's chance in Hell of the resident's plan working...


Centralcal on iPad

Man the photo of Obama on Drudge right now is mighty scary.

Sandy   fallow districts~engorged capitol  Daze

Oh, and I call third, or"show" although truth be told, I started my comment before there were any Jane and MarkO had posted, difficult doing this on a phone/communicator.


"Only minutes before the breach, Obama had boarded his helicopter on the South Lawn with his daughters and one of their friends, who was joining the Obamas for a weekend getaway to Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. First lady Michelle Obama had traveled separately to Camp David."


It's like Michelle & Barack don't even like each other.


At least they don't pretend, like the Clintons.


Could we all do a nationwide rock, paper scissors on what to call these guys?

Jim Eagle


I prefer the universal Islamic Terrorist because there is not a nickle's worth of difference between any of them either here, there or anywhere.

Frederick's team won 5-1 with one kid getting a hat trick + one:)

Sandy   fallow districts~engorged capitol  Daze

Islamic NAZIs. ...?


I prefer IS myself.
That's what they call themselves and it states simply and plainly what they wish to do and become and what a pure Islamic state adhering closely to all tenets of the faith looks like; hell on earth.

Sandy   fallow districts~engorged capitol  Daze

IS --> islamic Supremacists ...?

Has the benefit of using their "IS" but identifying them for what they are, in addition to being islamic, also "Supremacist"

No matter what, I have tried to stop using isis & isil because it clouds the discussion.


How much have the separate transports to the same destinations cost us?


If you count the separate trips to Hawaii and Martha's Vineyard I'd say it's in the millions. I've probably left out a destination or two.


Who hasn't he lost?


Some Guy

I prefer:

Statehood Hope'n Islamic Twits

Rick B

Gelerntner has a pice on NRO which summarizes my feelings regarding the Amalgamated Headchopper situation. I don't have any problem whatsoever with the Kurds as spear point of the eradication effort. The Kurd ROE make recidivism unlikely among the headchoppers they encounter.

The Turks got their hostages back, France and the US are bombing Mosul to soften it prior to the Kurds beginning their urban renewal effort, refined product inventories in Headchopper Land continue to fall and no American jackass has mentioned Pottery Barn rules.

I'm quite willing to wait for the Silent Arab Spring prior to declaring the current state of affairs unsatisfactory in Syria and Iraq.

Centralcal on iPad

From a Josh Jordan tweet:

@NumbersMuncher: Gallup: Obama job approval falls four points overnight to drop to fifteen points underwater at 40-55.


Down and down he goes . . . Hurry, hurry, hurry.

Sandy   fallow districts~engorged capitol  Daze

Kurds might/might be persuaded to "liberate" Mosul, but it will take more convincing than just A few shipments of new German weapons. Mosul would add to a strategic geographic buffer between Kurdistan and the arabs.

It is the stuff of fantasy, though, to expect that after such a liberation, that the Kurds would consider "giving back" Mosul to the central government in Baghdad.

The geographic area we have known for the entirety of our lives as Iraq, is gone. The Kurds will not rejoin the arab portion to the south, even if Baghdad gets its stuff together and some how (fat chance) is able to drive the headchoppers out.

Just won't happen.


very much on point, Sandy, the Baath drove the Kurds out of Mosul back during the Anfal campaign,


he might have had some Iranian contacts, Barzani did as well as I recall, but he didn't serve as a blatant Iranian agent,

Rick B


It's not just Germany. I agree the Kurds would not give Mosul back but they may just seek to turn it into a flaming pile of trash as an object lesson for the Sunni headchoppers.

Sandy   fallow districts~engorged capitol  Daze

I'd like to see just what is being given. I think much of the blather about support to the Kurds is just that, I.e. non-lethal military materials being called "arms." Elsewhere I read some time ago that Canadian aid, for instance, was just uniforms, or something similar.

I've got info on a dissent machine, BRB.

Sandy   fallow districts~engorged capitol  Daze

Dissent s/b different. gawd, Android autocorrect...

Sandy--Engorged Capital~Fallow Districts--Daze


(The article you linked was from 27 Aug..., not that it was not accurate, but like a Missourian, you gotta show me, not just tell me what you will do...)

From two sources with good access and significant time in country,
(I think I posted some of this on JoM a couple weeks ago), date of information 5/6 Sep:

First, from Erbil:

Highly reliable source reported 5 September as follows: German Military arriving with Military gear at EIA (Erbil) today – aircraft will stop in BIAP (Baghdad) first for inspection. Gear on route for Pehmarga forces:

16,000 automatic rifles, 40 machine guns, more than 750 anti-tank weapons and missiles, flare guns, 10,000 hand grenades, armored trucks, one fueling truck, and five personnel transport vehicles.

Our comment: Will be interesting to see if any of this shipment reaches Kurds. No previous ones of almost any kind, that is weapons or humanitarian, have as Baghdad and Washington have wanted to limit the autonomous ability of the Kurds.

and second, from Baghdad:

In the “for what it’s worth” column, there is, not surprisingly, a huge amount of activity in Baghdad right now on weapons and ammunition procurement. Latest effort being put together by a team of US and Jordanian business people is to equip Iraqi Bell 407/412 Helos with Hydra 70 rocket launchers and .50 cal Gatlings; and to refurbish some AH-1 Cobras being provided by South Korea.

The Iraqis, however, are their own worst enemies in some areas. The 140 M1 tanks they acquired? They decided to buy only small quantities of up-front ammo on cost grounds; and consequently have been taking container deliveries of 20 – 30 year old inventory from the USG to stop gap since the IS issue arose. Had they ordered what was recommended to them in the first place, they would have been an effective force. As it is, the old adage about a tank without ammunition being nothing more than a very expensive target is holding true.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese received a “donation” from the Saudis and are looking at weaponizing their fleet of UH-1’s. Apparently, this is their #1 priority right now.

... the Canadians have been providing a great deal of “soft” equipment into theater (helmets, vests, uniforms); and the Brits are shipping in a ton of .50 cal ammo over the course of the next several weeks. At least these countries are doing something.

Sandy--Engorged Capital~Fallow Districts--Daze

Mosul is a big place, Iraq's second largest city...

...err, perhaps I should have said, the IS's largest city.

No matter.

The Kurdish manpower necessary to destroy the IS holding Mosul, and to defeat IS reinforcements from Syria, which would undoubtedly immediately start flowing into the AO, would be significant indeed. IN such a scenario, either the Kurds would need to send more men, or risk defeat, even if/IF the US and frenchies were to provide air support. Without precision engagement (not likely without US controllers) in a dense urban environment, US CAS (either NavAir or USAF) could easily hit Kurd forces as well as IS forces. The potential for a real soup sandwich.

More, the amount of Kurd men and material needed for such an objective would likely reduce force posture in other key areas, e.g. the existing Kurdish "Iron Curtain," the deployments of Kurd forces to newly acquired areas (e.g. Kirkuk and smaller towns, villages, and land mass) , and general security posture.

All in all, without some "security guarantees" from a patron, I find it difficult to believe that the Kurds would expose themselves to a significantly weakened security posture for current responsibilities, in order to take Mosul, even if they go with liberal ROE, that is kill everyone and let G-D sort it out, a sow-the-sand-with-salt approach.



The way I see it that is exactly the point. A stalemate no victors, none vanquished. The Kurds will get what they need to safeguard their area, the Shi'as will have their area safeguarded by the Iranians. Those caught in the middle well, good luck to them.


the Iranians aren't a guarantee, they have fielded forces both in Iraq and Syria, with mixed results,


the core of ISIS as was with their predecessor was Sunni tribesman, the ones who ran the Anfal, whose grandparents were part of the Golden Square,



You are right, safeguarded is a bad choice of words, backed-up would be a better description.

The Sunni ISIS has promised to destroy Karbala as they have done 2 or 3 times previously during previous incursions in the past. The Iranians have pledged to protect their holy place.

Sandy--Engorged Capital~Fallow Districts--Daze

The IS is already encircling Baghdad, requiring US airstrikes a few days ago against IS targets SOUTH-WEST of Baghdad (1) which is evidence of the IS long-term plan to encircle and then strangle BAghdad (2).

(1) http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2014/09/us_air_campaign_against_islami.php


With the temperatures now moderating in Iraq, the real fighting can begin.

Over the next few months one can look to the IS tightening the noose around Baghdad (as well as increased bombings etc inside BAghdad) and increasing IS activity to the east, Southeast and south of Baghdad toward Basrah.

A snowball has a better chance in hell than this effed-up approach... (3)

(3) http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/19/retired-head-of-marine-corps-obamas-isis-strategy-doesnt-have-a-snowballs-chance-in-hell-of-succeeding/

Sandy--Engorged Capital~Fallow Districts--Daze

Iranian "back-up" to Iraqi central government forces, in numbers sufficient to make a difference, will be a sight to behold.

I would not hold my breath, for several reasons.

Miss Marple

From a previous thread, look what showed up on Twitter:

Richard Besser ‏@DrRichardBesser 15m

SUNDAY on @ThisWeekABC: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel discusses w/ me his @TheAtlantic magazine article “Why I Hope to Die at 75”

See, it is going to be one of those "things which we need to have a discussion about". I figure there will be more of this in the coming months.


Surely in the 20s when the Brits pulled out,
two things happened, the Ikwan raiders moved north, in the Shia highlands, there was further dispossession of the Shia from the professions, as Batuta pointed out,


yes, Carlos Slim's had a field day at such sloppiness,



Barring some drastic changes, I do agree that Baghdad is in grave danger. This will be a big test to the current strategy, how effective will aerial bombing be once inside the city's perimeter.

How many of the 40% Sunni now in Baghdad will join ISIS as the noose gets tighter? How do you tell ISIS from others when they are inside?


And it came to pass that God said: Obama, if you can find 10 righteous "moderate" Islamists, I will save your foreign policy

Miss Marple


It's the dog's fault. Yeah, that's the ticket! Blame the dog!

Sandy   fallow districts~engorged capitol  Daze

Q. "How do you tell ISIS from others when they are inside?"

A. One group is choping heads; the other group, not so much...


Kurds just entered Syria from Turkey and Iraq to help the Syrian Kurds..Great guys..and gals. Deserve much more support form us/


Curtain, reviews come down on taxpayer-funded climate change musical

The play, which is actually entitled "The Great Immensity," and was produced by Brooklyn-based theater company The Civilians, Inc. with a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, ended its run early amid a storm of criticism from reviewers and lawmakers alike. It opened a year late, reached just five percent of its anticipated audience and likely fell short of its ambitious goal of informing a new generation about the perceived dangers of man-caused climate change.

Plus, it apparently wasn't very good.

NSF = Government + "Science."


The Iraqi Kurds have well more than 35,000 trained troops, but at the same time they must defend against the Shia.

The savages are playing all sides against the middle and we have little to no direct influence on any of the players. Our media is basically ignoring our involvement expect in the power wars of Washington.

American men and women are going into danger again and we are being kept in the dark. OPSEC or White House CYA?


I don't see the point of this "war." It's not about protecting the Iraqi people from the headchoppers or Sharia law. That's the last thing this is about.

Democrats never cared about the Iraqi people. Obama himself said he wished they'd stayed under the domination of the ghoul Saddam and his sadistic sons, and that even if he knew the surge would work, he'd have been against it just to make a political point. Just like Vietnam, they don't care if millions of people are slaughtered, as long as they can make their political point.

We did a great thing by liberating those people. The lady with the purple finger, the constitution they voted on, the multiple elections. All we had to do was stay in place and they'd be educating their sons and daughters right now, creating businesses, growing a country.

Obama threw that all away, on purpose, damning a lot of innocent people to their fate. The only reason we're back there is because the jihadis made Obama look bad. That's why there's no strategy. He couldn't give a damn about the people there.

I realize that nation building and the thought of helping to create a democracy - where people were formerly hung from hooks, had their tongues cut out, their wives raped on video, their daughters plucked from wedding parties, forced into limos and sadistically killed by the leader's own sons for sexual thrills - was idealistic, but it was working. It was a strategy.

Why don't the Republicans ever call them out for this immorality?

Sorry for the long post, but the whole thing just disgusts me.

Comanche Voter

Panetta and Gates are do dumb that Obama had to let them go. They were taking the shine off his brilliant strategy.

And I've got a bridge to sell you--cheap.


Truly, Ext, this is why Chalabi had to be demonized, why Powell came up with that ridiculous 'pottery barn', Iraq was all jagged shards, members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad
(Zawahiri and Papa Beetle) were already in place, Fitz had to do his witch hunt, even though Rove probably didn't help himself

Sandy   fallow districts~engorged capitol  Daze

Well said--no apologies necessary, Extraneus.



yes, we are in the best of hands;



Amen, Extraneus...amen.

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