ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, or whatever you want to call them, has just taken Ramadi from the Iraqi Security Force. Again the Iraqis deserted their weapons as they fled the attacking black flags. ISIS slaughtered the civilian males who helped the Iraqis and all Christians, then left the bodies in the street as a reminder of their military strength.
ISIS now controls the main road to Bagdad 75 miles away to the south. Since the United States started its bombing campaign, ISIS has expanded into 10 countries from 3. They have killed hundred of thousands of people who were either Christians or helped the Americans or the established government.
The President of the United States considers this loss as nothing more than an early chess move by a pawn. He does not seem to be concerned by the expansion and success of the enemy. Obama, after 6 and a half years in office still refuses to admit he made a mistake with ISIS. During graduation at the Coast Guard Academy, Obama said the most important challenge for the graduates was global warming, and not the radical Muslims.
The air strikes have occasionally killed a leader from ISIS, but with their success on the ground, with their numbers growing and with their geometric expansion into other Middle Eastern and North African countries, ISIS has shown they are the varsity, not the JV. The President seems to be living in a fantasy world, and no one around him seems to be able to shake him and wake him up to reality.
Obama insists all military supplies go to the Iraqi government to be distributed to the various armies fighting ISIS. Haider al-Abadi, the new Prime Minister and leader of the country, refuses to supply the Kurdish troops because he believes they will attempt to overthrow him when this is all over. The Kurds are the best trained fighters and the group most loyal to the United States. They are starving for munitions and without weapons are impotent as a fighting force.
Iraq has enlisted the help of Iran in retaking Iraqi territory. Iran, a Shiite Muslim nation, has expanded its influence all through the region because they fight against ISIS ON THE GROUND. Iraq asks Iran for help rather than use the Kurds who are Iraqi citizens. Ramadi would not have fallen if Iraq would arm the Kurds. Iran has replaced America as the most influential nation in the region.
Last week President Obama invited the leaders from 6 nations to Camp David to discuss the Middle East and come up with a peace plan. The nations invited were Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates chose to skip the meeting for various reasons and send underlings in their place.
This shows the lack of influence the United States has in the Middle East. We are no longer trusted by these nations. Saudi Arabia is in discussions with Pakistan to purchase a nuclear weapon for protection from Iran. The Saudis only gave the U.S. an hours notice before the heavy Saudi airstrikes in Yemen because of the lack of trust between the United States and Saudi Arabia. President Obama has no credibility with these leaders. The relationship with these leaders is very similar to the one between the United States and Israel.
Speculation is these nations were upset with the United States over the proposed treaty with Iran and the lack of U.S. commitment in the region. They see Iran financing terror groups and using its military to dominate the area with military might just as Saudi Arabia does with oil. They are afraid that the U.S. will lift sanctions and allow Iran to expand its economy to cause more mischief. Russia has been selling Iran defensive weapons to protect Iran from attack by its neighbors over the nuclear question. On Wednesday, the Iranians announced they would not allow inspections of their nuclear program by anyone, period. North Korea also announced they now have the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on their missiles that could hit the U.S. North Korea is known to be supplying nuclear technology to Iran.
It will take years, if not decades for the United States to regain its stature with these nations. I just hope and pray that the world will still be here when that day comes. Meanwhile President Obama still thinks climate change is more important. Reminds me of Nero playing his fiddle while Rome burned.