This Is What Success Looks Like…

…if you hate Western Civilization.

Mosul, June 2014

Mosul, June 2014

Words like “stunning” come to mind.

Incompetence would be easy to explain away. Surely the Obama administration has shown itself to be completely inept with respect to the economics of the lemonade stand. But, when it comes to the United State’s position on the world stage, I just sense something else at work. One goes through a dozen explanations, each less plausible than the last. But finally, to paraphrase Arthur Conan Doyle, once you’ve eliminated the impossible, that which is left, regardless of how improbable…

I don’t want to believe it, but somehow, I get a sense that this is by design.

Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s current head of state has turned out to be one of the worst poker players ever. Insisting on a status-of-forces agreement that would have left U.S. Servicemen vulnerable to prosecution by Iraqi authorities, al-Maliki thought to push Barak Obama into making favorable concessions. It’s not a stretch to speculate that George W. Bush would have seen this as an opportunity for negotiation and compromise. Obama, on the other hand, saw this as an out. In December 2011, the last U.S. troops crossed over the border from Iraq to Kuwait.

The ensuing peace has been anything but, and this week units belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an Al-Quaida off-shoot, have taken over the city of Mosul. Some police and military units have reportedly yielded without firing a shot, many even dropping their weapons and fleeing, and the predictable flood of refugees have apparently jammed major routes in and out of the city.

Residents Attempting To Flee Mosul, June 2014

Residents Attempting To Flee Mosul, June 2014

Barak Obama said he intended to “fundamentally change” America, and the lemmings who cast their votes for him apparently never stopped to really think that one through. If declaring to the world that, going forward, The United States can never be counted on to follow through on behalf of it’s allies, then he has succeeded.

About Phil Christensen

The trail behind me is littered with failure. The trail before me remains to be seen.
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