The Iraq Disaster in Shocking Headlines, News Stories and Quotes

TweetPhoto2by Leigh Bravo   6/13/14
“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.”

President Obama made the statements above 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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9 Responses to The Iraq Disaster in Shocking Headlines, News Stories and Quotes

  1. Anniel says:

    My heart continues to ache for all these poor people who trusted us. Even such a sick man as Obama should feel shamed but apparently he does not. How can anyone understand the horror that is happening all around us.

    • David Ray says:

      Unfortunately this isn’t new for liberals.
      Ted “splash” Kennedy prided himself in cutting off all aid to South Vietnam after Watergate. The dire carnage inflicted on the South Vietnamese was jaw-dropping. Most liberals just moved on. Some like Michael Medved, John Voight, and others began their climb over to conservative ranks.
      Now it’s a repeat of history. Our allies in the M.E. are now on the receiving end – this time courtesy of Obama.

      Had Kennedy and B. Hussein just been their usual incompetent selves, I’d almost understand. But both fools put heart-felt effort into pulling the plug on our allies.
      No wonder our enemies call our liberals “useful idiots”. (I hear Rodman and Kim Jong are better buds than Hugo Chavez and Cindy Sheehan were.)

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    Mark Steyn has used this as an example of why the United States has become a harmless enemy and an unreliable friend. The consequences for our national standing will be felt for years. Even if we get a strong president elected in 2016, who would want to trust that his (or her) replacement wouldn’t abandon them? On the other hand, it’s uncertain what Obama actually could do given that there is no public support for renewing a significant American involvement in Iraq. But he has made a whole series of mistakes (such as bluffing over red lines), and it’s very apt that the jihadists reportedly are moving into Samarra, where they’re keeping an appointment with Obama’s foreign policy.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    One of the problems with the Iraqi situation is that it require “big picture” thinking and a realistic appraisal, free from delusions. Once in Iraq then, yes, pulling out can be a problem. But we shouldn’t have gotten into Iraq in the first place without the commitment to the kind of total reform and rebuilding as happened in Germany and Japan.

    But that is impossible unless you first convert the populations to Christianity (or any other religion but Islam).

    • David Ray says:

      I fully agree with the eloquent simplicity of having a “big picture”. Simple common-sense and Yankee know-how would’ve secured us endless success.

      How did we win against Germany and Japan? We killed them into submission. We targeted generals. We fire-bombed civilian cities. It was full throttle!
      We sure as shit never negotiated, and we sure as shit never burdened our troops with a staggering 26 rules of engagement. (Over half the “Band of Brothers” would’ve been busted under those rules.)

      In short, we needed a Commander-in-chief with the mentality of a Ronald “We win; they lose” Reagan. We needed high ranking officers with the mentality of a Curtis “Bomb ‘em into the Stoneage” LeMay.
      Instead . . . What we inherited was the idiocy of Wesley Clark type fools purging the real fighters like Colonel Allen West and rewarding dish-rag generals like General “If our diversity becomes a casualty” Casey. (General “It’s fun to kill the enemy” Mattis apparently need not apply.)

      Sometimes it’s the small things that trip your alarm bells. Mine was George W., in the aftermath of 911, taking off his shoes in a mosque and sucking up to the religion of peace for a photo op. That’s NOT how we gear up for winning the big picture. (Keeping Norman Mineta as Trans Sec confirmed that was no mere photo op.)
      Simply put: If you fight, you do ALL of it, or you do NONE of it. (George W. chose SOME of it.)

  4. Anniel says:

    Leigh, I am so grateful to you for putting this article together. I can’t tell you how important I feel the information you gathered is, and I wish we could emblazon it across the skies.

    • Leigh Bravo says:

      Thank you Anniel, for the compliment on my article. I am trying so hard to appeal to a wider audience so there is hope that those who currently oppose us might see the truth and be willing to open their minds to the reality of what is really happening around the world. I will be posting some new reports from a source in Iraq who is “in the know” and am hoping to receive weekly updates and reports from him that I will post on my blog whenever he sends them. Keep your eyes open for a new posting today or tomorrow on what is really happening in Iraq!

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Unfortunately, it appears that this will only be fun for those who really get off on mass murder. Crucially important, but quite unpleasant. Much like the “camp of the saintlets” in Arizona.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Andy McCarthy has an excellent article relevant to this subject: Don’t Blame Iraq on Obama Alone.

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