“The Iraq Disaster in Shocking Headlines, News Stories and Quotes….”

 

 

 

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“Four and a half years later, as you graduate, the landscape has changed. We have removed our troops from Iraq. We are winding down our war in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda’s leadership on the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been decimated, and Osama bin Laden is no more.”

“Thanks to the sacrifice and service of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in Iraq is over, the war in Afghanistan is winding down, al Qaeda has been decimated, Osama bin Laden is dead.”

“Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq– and we did. I said we’d wind down the war in Afghanistan– and we are. And while a new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead.”

We are leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq.”

The statements above were  made by President Obama as recently as last week.

Today in the News:

“Americans were being evacuated Thursday from a major Iraqi air base as Al Qaeda-aligned militants toppled cities in the country’s north and threatened to advance toward Baghdad.”

“ISIS, a merger of terrorist organizations Al-Qaeda and Jabhat-Al-Nusra, seized the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit.”

“ISIS has confiscated $429 million, making them the wealthiest terror group in the world.”

“Iraqi military abandoning their posts, while militants stage a parade of American Humvee patrol cars seized from the Iraqi army. Insurgents have also captured 2 helicopters, 15 tanks and armored cars also belonging to the United States.”

“The insurgents carry out beheadings as they cross Iraq for Baghdad. In one video insurgents are seen knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the middle of the night. They blindfold him, cuff him and carve off his head in his own bedroom. An image of the officer’s decapitated head was tweeted with the sickening message: “This is our ball. It is made of skin #WorldCup. In their push for the capital, 1700 Shia soldiers have been executed.”

“In another video, gunmen are seen carrying out discriminate drive-by shootings on motorists and pedestrians. Armed with machine guns, the insurgents film themselves shooting cars off the road then move in to video close-ups of the victims’ blood stained bodies slumped in the seats.”

“An estimated 500,000 Iraqi citizens have fled.”

“ISIS removes the border  between Syria and Iraq, to begin the establishment of an Islamic superstate.”

“The White House says the oil refinery in Baji, Iraq remains in control of the government of Iraq.”

“ISIS takes over the oil refinery in Baji, Iraq.”

“ISIS  is currently 70 miles from Baghdad, with plans on taking over the city.”

“Vice President Biden spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki by phone and expressed US solidarity with Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.”

President Obama says:  

 “No boots on the ground. Not being considered.”

The man in charge of ISIS is Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. He was in US custody at Camp Bucca Iraq, until President Obama closed down the prison camp and had him released in 2009. Days after Osama bin Laden was killed in May of 2011, Abu threatened violent retaliation for Bin Laden’s death and three days later claimed responsibility for an attack in Iraq that killed 24 policeman and wounded 72 others. Abu than pledged on AOI’s website that he would carry out 100 attacks across Iraq in retaliation for Bin Laden’s death.  It seems he has been true to his word.

The New York Times says President Obama does not offer the air support requested by the Iraqi government because the White House is,

“Reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that he insisted was over when the United States withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011.”

 

In 2011, Mitt Romney condemned Obama on his decision to withdraw all troops from Iraq:

“The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simple sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government. The American people deserve to hear the recommendations that were made by our military commanders in Iraq.”

Former Utah Governor, John Huntsman  said,

“President Obama’s decision, however, to not leave a small, focused presence in Iraq is a mistake and the product of his administration’s failures,” . “The president’s inability to reach a security agreement leaves Iraq vulnerable to backsliding, thus putting our interests in the region at risk. An ideal arrangement would have left a small troop presence that could have assisted with the training of Iraqi security forces and vital counter-terror efforts.”

Lindsay Graham, said,

“ISIS is now a military force that will allow Al Qaeda to plan attacks against the United States from Iraq. The next 9/11 is in the making as I speak!”

Senator McCain on the Senate floor today,

“We need a new team that knows what America’s national security interests are and are more interested in national security that they are in politics.”

“A residual force would have stabilized the country. Most military experts will tell you that.” “You ignore history of what we’ve done after conflicts, which is to leave a stabilizing force behind, which is what we could have done in Iraq and avoided this debacle that we are in today.”

“This decision will be viewed as a strategic victory for our enemies in the Middle East. It is clear that this decision of a complete pullout of United States troops from Iraq was dictated by politics and not our national security interests.”

“I believe that history will judge the president’s leadership with the scorn and disdain that it deserves.”

“White House spokesman says the situation in Iraq is “GRAVE” and has deteriorated over the last 24 hours.”

“President Obama says, during a press conference, that he would decide over the next coming days on a range of options presented by his National Security team. He then boarded a plane for a trip to the Cannon Ball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation. Then on to Laguna Beach to a $32,000 per person fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.” 

 

 

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