Who didn’t see this coming?
Seriously, the dissolution of the Iraqi state was inevitable after Shrub and The Dark Lord’s illegal misadventures in that benighted country; we spent years destroying Iraq’s military, pillaged the civil infrastructure (READ: oil), only to leave the nation looking like a gutted pumpkin guarded by colorfully costumed children. Children, it turns out, who at their first severe test raced to discard their uniforms while fleeing.
Mosul was just the beginning. There is oil in Mosul , yes, but the great preponderance of it is in the south, near Basra. And don’t forget Kurdistan. And that busted oil pipeline to Turkey? Forget about it: who would invest the millions upon millions necessary to finish the repairs in a country literally tearing itself apart?
In fact you can put all of Iraq’s future plans – and any foreign investment therein – on hold for the foreseeable future. Hell, where would you get the workers? Nearly a half million people have fled Mosul alone, including what once was Iraq’s military.
It’s so dire Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki attempted to have his parliament declare a state of emergency…but far less than half of that body bothered to showed up.
Just a couple of hours ago Obama stated that Iraq needs ‘more help.’
“I don’t rule out anything because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria for that matter,” he further stated.
The context of that is again oil; no one wants the ISIS (or even the Kurds) to control Iraq’s oil production facilities. After all didn’t The Coalition of the
Damned Willing just spend a decade and trillions of dollars clearing that sort of rabble out in order to ensure the multinational oil concerns uninterrupted access?
5 will get you 8 the US is back in Iraq in less than 2 months.
And why? 1 Because we’ve never had a more coherent energy policy in America other than what The Seven Sisters, Saudi Arabia and the Bush family have dictated.