Saturday, September 27, 2014
From 2003-2013, the US military spent a ton training the Iraqi army in combat. They also armed them to the teeth with guns, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and more.
This was an army, you’ll recall, the military just finished destroying in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Morale, we’re sure, was at an all-time low.
It shouldn’t have been a surprise, then, when all that training and team spirit-building weaponry ended up in vain. When ISIS invaded northern Iraq from Syria in June, Iraqi forces barely shot a shell. They immediately deserted or retreated, abandoning the millions of dollars of American equipment.
Ironically, these abandoned weapons were much better than those the U.S. refused to give Syrian rebels months earlier. The U.S. military didn’t want them to fall into the wrong hands… namely the hands of ISIS.
Instead, the ever-brilliant government planners simply put all their chickens in one coop — in Iraq. And handed ISIS the ranch.
And after the Iraqis fled, ISIS scooped up all the high-tech American toys and used them to seize cities in Iraq and terrorize its citizens. It also allowed them to plunder hundreds of millions from captured banks…
Making them the richest terror organization on Earth.
The US then had to intervene on behalf of the Iraqi Kurds. The Kurds were fighting with old and rusty Russian-made weapons against ISIS’ fancy new American-made weapons.
Ahhhh… the smell of government inefficiency in the morning.
“We can’t erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm,” Obama said in response to threats from ISIS (or, as the House likes to call them now, “ISIL”).
“ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in the way.”
This sounds familiar, no?
These radicals have declared their uncompromising hostility to freedom,” Bush said in a 2006 speech to Congress. “It is foolish to think that you can negotiate with them.”
Just replace Obama’s “network of death” with Bush’s “axis of evil” and… waddya’ know… it’s 2002 all over again.
Even if we defeat ISIS itself, but don’t understand its appeal, it will only reappear in another, potentially even more deadly form, just as ISIS now appears more malignant than al-Qaida.
It’s similar to having a kitchen full of cockroaches because you left food to rot on the counter. But instead of cleaning up your act, you just sprinkle poison on the rotten food.
When ISIS shows the world a video of them beheading an innocent civilian, they are doing their best, not to appear evil, but to draw us into the very same evil that we see in them.
Seeing such evil, it is extremely difficult to resist the urge to utterly destroy it — and yet, the only sure way to destroy such evil over time is not to recreate it in ourselves, by our own similarly sweeping actions which will inevitably involve the deaths of innocents, as they already have in the past, excused by the phrase ‘collateral damage.
We ought to know by now: One man’s collateral damage is another man’s holy martyr. Surely, at this point, we have had more than enough of both.
“More government” always means more of something, but not always more of something a productive individual desires!
In other words we are playing into the hands of killers, by becoming those killer’s as well. Reality is we want to destroy all the weapons possible and make the playing field fair and even? Sorry, we have did what we should not have and now will be in this for years to come. We had no business in the middle east as our borders never have went that far. But, because of greed we destroyed others lives to continue fattering ours. At what cost will this really cost us?
I am afraid that we will soon be no longer enjoying all these glutton fast food and nighty clubs as we have destroyed other countries and people in this melting pot have become very war minded now. Lone Wolves and even a few packs are developing now as I write this. Where is the beginning going to be. Afraid if you have not seen that by now then I feel sorry for you. As that beginning is still blewing nightly and will until every state has a boiling kettle as we have now started in the Middle east.
When Obama first announced U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, most people had no idea that it was to destroy U.S. military equipment in the hands of ISIS. The story of how it happened would be funny if it weren’t true.