Who is Training ISIS?

Iraqi officials told the Guardian that two divisions of Iraqi soldiers – roughly 30,000 men – simply turned and ran in the face of the assault by an insurgent force of just 800 fighters.

Inept Iraqi army
Daily Wisdom
The US could not build an Iraqi army
Iraqi “Army” leftovers.

How come The US been training Iraqi “army” for years, spent Billions of dollars.

And the Iraqi “army” is useless.

Who is training ISIS soldiers?

Whoever it is maybe we need their help to train the Iraqis?

Pandora’s Box that “W” Opened.

America was lied into the Iraq war.
Some are evil. Some are stupid.

To begin with let me state the following:  I am convinced that Bush’s administration committed an act of treason by pushing the United States into the criminal war and occupation of Iraq.

Greed and arrogant ignorance motivated these people who now have the nerve to blame the Obama administration for Iraq being torn apart by sectarian violence.

Balance of power in the Middle East.

There was a fragile balance of power for a while.  Iraq and Iran were at each other’s throats.

With the reckless invasion and occupation of Iraq, the US broke the power balance and allowed the destabilization of the region.

And now the mess in the Middle East.

The mess that the British started by creating countries and borders without taking the nationalistic and religious differences into consideration.

Iraq with a 60% Shiite majority and Kurds as a semi-independent region but ruled by the Sunni minority .

Syria is an ethnic and religious patchwork.  Three quarters of the around 22 million Syrians are Sunni Muslims.  Alawites and Christians each represent 10 percent of the population.  On top of that, several hundred thousand Druze, Shiites and Yazidi also live in the country.

The reckless actions of the Bush administration invading Iraq and breaking the fragile standoff between the Sunnis and Shiites in the region created a vacuum of power and an opportunity for different groups to advance their agenda. 
Once the strongman, Saddam Hussein, was removed and the governmental structure dissolved, the long simmering religious animosity took over.  And currently the Sunni militias supported by Saudi Arabia advancing to Baghdad are establishing the Sunni region that includes part of Iraq and part of Syria. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_State_in_Iraq_and_the_Levant

So what now?  Restore the balance.

Shiites in Iraq are supported by Iran.  Sunnis are supported by Saudi Arabia and the rich Golf states.

Should the US use it’s military?  To do what?  To support whom?

Who do we support?  And how?  Both sides!  The U.S. and it’s allies should work with both sides making sure that neither side gets a clear advantage…but not direct military support.  Do it behind the scenes.  Use proxies.  Use diplomacy or whatever means possible. Quietly!  And don’t let these chihuahuas like McCain and Graham change your course.  They will yap no matter what you do.

Iraq and Syria are not real countries and will break apart sooner or later.  The ISIS – – the so-called Islamic Republic is dangerous and should be controlled and defeated.  Iran and Iraqi Shiites will take care of this.

The goal is to push both sides toward some kind of agreement that will stop the violence but will keep them busy watching each other. 

Keep Sunnis and Shiites busy fighting each other.
The unending fight

The Odd Couple

For you, Mr. McCain and for you Mr. Graham, my advice would be to regain your long-term memory and also some thinking abilities and accept that you two are irresponsible chicken hawks.

McCain and Graham fools
Tough guys. Sacrificing lives of others

“While many Iraqis are responsible for this strategic disaster, the administration cannot escape its share of the blame,” the senators said in a joint statement.  “When President Obama withdrew all U.S. forces … over the objections of our military leaders and commanders on the ground, many of us predicted that the vacuum would be filled by America’s enemies and would emerge as a threat to U.S. national security interests.  Sadly, that reality is now clearer than ever.”

“The administration’s narrative that Iraq’s political leadership objected to U.S. forces remaining in Iraq after 2011 is patently false,” said McCain and Graham, military hawks with an active interest in Middle East affairs.  “We know firsthand that Iraq’s main political blocs were supportive and that the administration rejected sound military advice and squandered the opportunity to conclude a security agreement with Iraq.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/04/mccain-graham-blame-obama-for-al-qaeda-related-takeover-fallujah-call-situation/

Sound Military advice?  Sound military advice?

For you, Mr. McCain and for you Mr. Graham, my advice would be to regain your long-term memory and also some thinking abilities and accept that you two are irresponsible chicken hawks.

Talking heads
War criminals responsible for countless death’s and sectarian violence.

And it would serve you well to remember that you supported this unlawful invasion in a country that posed no threat to America. And, the two of you, considering your frequent advice to President Obama, should have known that invasion and destruction of the Iraqi society would lead to sectarian violence.

And now, after this totally unnecessary and criminal war caused mayhem and destruction in Iraq, with thousands of Americans dead or injured and a ruined economy, you have the nerve to blame President Obama for ending the war, ending the disastrous campaign that could not be sustained anymore?  Have you no shame?

Military advice?  Military’s function and duty is to execute orders of the Commander In Chief, not to make policy.  It is your job, your duty, to conduct sound policy here and abroad.  And both of you have failed!

And it would be a sound policy for the two of you to shut up and go away…for the greater good of our country.

FREEDOM DAY AND WAR CRIMINALS

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki declared a new dawn on Saturday as Iraq celebrated the departure of American troops at a ceremony held amid tight security and without Maliki’s key political rivals.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki declared a new dawn on Saturday as Iraq celebrated the departure of American troops at a ceremony held amid tight security and without Maliki’s key political rivals.

Saturday marked the end of the 2008 security pact agreed by then President George W. Bush and was the last day for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq, nearly nine years after the invasion that toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein and allowed the Shi’ite majority to take power.

“I declare this day, the 31st of December, on which the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq is complete, as a national day,” said Maliki in a televised ceremony, surrounded by security officials in dress uniforms.

We paid a heavy price during this long occupation:

If ever there were a complete foreign policy disaster, it has been the Iraq war.  Most foreign policy failures are imperfect.  At least elements of the failed policy made sense at the time.  By invading Iraq, the U.S. carried idiocy to perfection.  The Iraq war was and remains a catastrophe for the United States in every way – strategic, economic, political and moral.

Here are some results of this idiocy:

The cost of warf
Heavy price

US Troops Wounded – 32,226, 20% of which are serious brain or spinal injuries. (Total excludes psychological injuries).

US Troops with Serious Mental Health Problems – 30% of US troops develop serious mental health problems, particularly PTSD, within 3 to 4 months of returning home.

Iraqi Civilians Killed (Estimated) – On October 22, 2010, ABC News reported “a secret U.S. government tally that puts the Iraqi (civilian) death toll over 100,000,” information that was included in more than 400,000 military documents released by Wikileaks.com.

Economic burden:

The Daily Beast, October 27, 2010, published   “How the Wars Are Sinking the Economy,”  an  important update on the cost to Americans of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan:

“Nobel Prize recipient Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard budget guru Linda J. Bilmes are revising their original $3 trillion war cost estimate.  As Bilmes reports, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are at least 25 percent costlier than previous projections—the cost of the wars will reach between $4 trillion and $6 trillion.”

The cost of caring for war veterans:

“Taken in context, history shows that the cost of caring for war veterans typically peaks 40 years after a conflict ends. The peak year for paying out disability claims to World War I veterans didn’t occur until 1969; the peak for paying out World War II benefits was in the 1980s, and we have not yet reached the peak cost for Vietnam veterans.  Even the Gulf War of 1991, which lasted just six weeks, now costs more than $4 billion a year in veterans’ disability compensation.

The medical and disability claim patterns for almost a million troops who have returned from the wars and, based on this record, we’ve revised our estimate upward to between $600 billion and $900 billion.”

http://realneo.us/content/cost-wars-iraq-and-afghanistan-will-reach-between-4-trillion-and-6-trillion-veteran-costs-pe

But the war was not bad for everybody.  Some corporations raked in  hefty profits:

the 1%
War is good for them!

From 2003-2006 alone, Halliburton’s division, KBR, Inc.,  bilked government agencies to the tune of $17.2 billion in Iraq war-related revenue .  This is estimated to comprise a whopping one-fifth of KBR’s total revenue for the 2006 fiscal year. Thank you Mr. Cheney!

“A private equity fund,  not an  Exxon-Mobil, was strangely the  number two profiteer in the Iraq war.  However, Haliburton’s DynCorp subsidiary, a cleverly run fund, has raked in $1.44 billion.

The Washington Group International parlayed its expertise in  repair, restoration and maintenance of high-output oil fields to $931 million in Iraq-related revenue from 2003-2006.

Environmental Chemical, the privately held Burlingame, California company, has stockpiled $878 million by the end of fiscal 2006 for munitions disposal.”

http://www.businesspundit.com/the-25-most-vicious-iraq-war-profiteers/4

To sum up, my take on the invasion and occupation:

Iraqis have a new holiday. Iraq’s Prime Minister announced a new Iraqi holiday – Freedom Day, freedom from American occupation.  What a  price Americans and Iraqis paid for this holiday!

I think about about America…and about sacrifice.  Sacrifices by 1%, but not the 1% that profited from this war, not Halliburton, not Black Water.  I think about the  of 1% who gave their lives for what they were told was “our freedom.””Fight for our freedom.”  I think about War Criminals who sent our soldiers to invade another country.  These criminals do not know the meaning of the word freedom.  Their God is money.

I tried to analyze what I felt when I heard about the new Iraq’s Holiday…Anger.  Anger at those who pushed our country into this devastating war.  Anger at the cowards who sent our soldiers to die for their egos and profits, cowards like Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz.  Anger at our buffoon president – George W. Bush.

That is were you belong
Criminals

I feel angry that the opportunists, the war-profiteers and buffoons who are both war criminals and  just simple criminals, have not and are not being prosecuted.  I feel angry at the media which continues to have criminals like Cheney appear as “experts” on  their shows.  I am angry at the current President who did not have the guts or even attempt  to prosecute the people who are responsible for hundreds of thousands dead and crippled Iraqis and Americans.  I am angry and sad that war profiteers like Halliburton made record profits paid with out tax dollars and our economic well- being and our soldiers’ blood.

I am sad that this illegal war devastated thousands of families in our country and in Iraq.  I keep asking myself how could it happen in America, in a democracy?  How did Americans allow this war?

I think it is Fear…Fear masterfully injected in our consciousness by those who really rule America – The Industrial-Military Complex and their puppets.

I feel shame thinking about fallen soldiers and their families – “you are fighting for our freedoms” – they were told, “you fight them over there, so that we do not have to fight them over here”, “you fight for your loved ones”.

Liars!

Liars and criminals!

The ultimate price
Why?

You started this war out of greed and cowardice.  1% of Americans sacrificed everything and for what?  So that the other 1% will profit from this war.

How painful is it for the injured soldiers, how painful is it for the devastated families, for children who lost their parent?

I wonder if they keep asking quietly and hopefully.

Why?

Guilty

It is easy for cowards to be brave behind backs of others, from the save distance. You could care less about lives lost, devastated families, orphaned children. You could care less about kids who lost their mother or father for no good reason.

By Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today.
It should remind us of how little we knew about Iraq and how Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, Bush and others
pulled the wool over our eyes.
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their pro-war crowd warned us Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass
destruction that he might use against neighboring countries.
But they said fixing the problem would be simple.

Guilty

You orchestrated the invasion of an independent country by falsifying the evidence.

No supporting evidence of WMD, no smoking gun.

You are guilty of lying to our country,  lying to the citizens of your country who  trusted you  to protect them. That was your responsibility

You betrayed a CIA agent and put its field agents working on our security in grave danger.

You deliberately put American young people in harm’s way, you lied to these young people telling them they were invading another country to protect our freedoms.

You are criminals. You are cowards hiding behind our soldiers. You did not hesitate to send Americans to die. To die for your lies.

You did not hesitate to kill hundreds of thousands civilians of an independent country,  a country you invaded without just cause

You are cowards. You evaded military service.  No, you never fought in a war;  you have always been cowards. It is easy for cowards to be brave while cowering  at a safe distance  behind those in harm’s way. You could care less about lives lost, devastated families, orphaned children. You could care less about kids who lost their mother or father for no good reason.

Tens of thousands injured soldiers, young lives ruined. All that because you lied our country into this criminal, illegal, pointless war.

But you are fine. Enjoying life, writing books, making speeches.

I accuse you of war crimes. I accuse you of the great harm you brought upon our country and on the world.

Guilty.

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Carl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld.

The country has to know.

The world has to know.

You are criminals and should be treated as such.

And that is how history shall  remember you.