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June 18, 2014
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Jerry's Ink


SOLVING OBAMA'S PROBLEMS IN IRAQ


"I am very optimistic about – about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You're going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You're going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government."

Can you believe that crap? That was a statement by Vice President Joe Biden to Larry King on February 11, 2010.

Does this scare you? It scares the hell out of me.

Granted that Joe Biden is a bit of idiot. But that was a statement rewriting history and there are innocent, sweet Democrat voters, some of whom read this column, who believe this crap.

They believe that Barack Obama – who was against the surge that saved Iraq seven years ago, and who recently pulled out all our troops from Iraq and started this recent mess – has done a wonderful job and his foreign policy has been brilliant. They believe that every mellow word that comes out of Barack Obama's wonderful, handsome mouth is true.

Perhaps President Obama should address those Iraqi soldiers and policemen from Mosul and Tikrit who recently had their heads cut off by ISIS terrorists (who are al Qaeda's nasty brothers) and explain to them that they can't be headless and dead because al Qaeda no longer exists. According to CNS news: President Barack Obama has described al Qaeda as having been "decimated," "on the path to defeat" or some other variation at least 32 times since the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Not too long ago Obama said, "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."

How clueless can this administration be?

We're on our way to a Saigon-like pullout in our embassy in Baghdad. Almost half the country is in the hands of marauding Sunni killer mobs.

So what's the solution in Iraq?

Pull out. Pull out. Pull out.

Get out of Baghdad. Get out of almost all of Iraq.

Let the Sunnis and the Shiites kill themselves in an insane religious war that has gone on for centuries. Let Iran come in and fight on the side of the Sunnis and let them die, too.

Give up on the rest of Iraq except for the Kurdish region.

Recognize and help establish the creation of a sovereign state called Iraqi Kurdistan with its own government and parliament. The capital will be Kirkuk.

Recognize Iraqi Kurdistan as fast as a great president named Harry Truman recognized Israel on May 14, 1948.

Then Obama should get on his hands and knees and beg the Kurds to allow the United States and our allies to station as many as 10,000 to 20,000 soldiers to protect the Kurdish region.

They will be safe. There are no religious nuts in the Kurdish land. No land mines. The Kurdish people are peaceful as a whole, adherents to a large amount of different religions and creeds, perhaps constituting the most religiously diverse people of west Asia.

Helping to build Iraqi Kurdistan. It is an opportunity for Obama to do more than talk.

It's an opportunity for Secretary of State John Kerry to stop wringing his hands and instead of concentrating on global warming in a hundred years, Kerry should be working to solve a problem that will affect all of us today.

Why would the Kurds allow the U.S. to have an army on their land? Because they know that historically, after the Sunnis and the Shiites finish duking it out among themselves, they always come after the peace-loving Kurds.

It's an opportunity for the Kurds to have their own land and to have an oil-rich country (the Kurdish region is blessed with an estimated 45 billion barrels of oil).

There is precedent here. The Kurds are in a good place because of their leaders' strategic decision to ally actively with the Americans in 2003. The cooperation extended to placing Peshmerga forces under U.S. command.

An Iraqi Kurdistan is a great idea, if I must say so myself.

How good an idea?

We'll know in a few years when Joe Biden takes credit for it.

If you wish to comment on "Jerry's Ink" please send your message to jerry@dfjp.com.

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    Saigon to Baghdad Verite
    June 17, 2014 | 08:59 PM

    I think Jerry's idea of an independent Kurdistan is good in theory, but just a few glitches in his plan:

    1) Kurdistan has to declare its independence and establish a legitimate government before the U.S. has anything to "recognize"; 2) Allowing U.S./UN troops to be stationed in Kurdistan should be a pre-condition of any U.S. support, so no need for Obama to beg for anything; 3) 10,000-20,000 U.S./UN troops isn't going to cut it since Kurdistan would have no trained standing forces of its own to defend themselves; 4) Hamas, Hezbolah, al-Queda, Taliban, Boko, et al, are not about to abandon their dream of "Caliphate"; 5) Putin isn't going to just sit around while the U.S. continues its nation-building hegemony. Especially now that he owns Crimea and Russia's naval base there.

    Last but not least for American parents ... Whose sons and daughters will serve in defending and protecting Kurdistan? Not Jerry's! BC

    Bill Crandall
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    June 19, 2014 | 08:36 AM

    they are not Obama's problems in Iraq, they aren't even the United State's problems. The problems are Iraq's problems and Iraq should fix them. Why do we think we can go over to the middle east and establish countries? why do we need to get involved? In the past, our involvement in the middle east has caused more problems that it has solved. What happens in Iraq is none of our damn business.
    Al Qaeda has ben decimated. Isis is not Al Qaeda. You even call isis the nasty brothers of Al Qaeda, indicating that even you recognize that they are a distinct and different group only loosely related to Al Qaeda.
    What do you think about the benghazi terrorist admitting that susan rice was correct this whole time?

    jimmy
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    Kudos to Jimmy
    June 19, 2014 | 09:27 PM

    Wow Jimmy! Don't know who you are but excellent commentary.

    We should mind our own business in Iraq because the sectarian differences separating Al Qaeda and its off-shoots are never going to change. And thanks for citing ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), which I failed to mention.

    It's all a shitty mess that's been going on for centuries - most notably since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, largely thanks to us and Great Britain.

    Why we think the U.S. can solve this problem when the Israel/Palestine "issue" remains unresolved after 65 years of bullshit diplomacy and negotiaiting is a complete mystery to me.

    In any and either case, it's all about Branded religion and land ... all in the name of God. Just like the early and bloody Christian crusades; Spanish Inquisition; Puritan and Nazi "cleansing"; etc.

    Fast-forward to Jerry's point about Saigon and Vietnam, when I served in the U.S. Army (against my will because I was drafted) and watched as we great Americans slaughtered and bombed men, women and children at will, simply over the "Domino Theory" of Communist expansion. What a national disgrace!

    All of which is to say and to your point Jimmy, will we ever learn to mind our own business and stick to our economic and social "knitting" at home? We seem to be tearing ourselves apart right here, right now! BC

    Bill Crandall
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    Solving the Kings Problems.
    June 24, 2014 | 09:00 AM

    I agree with much of what Jerry says. A "stable Iraq" is an oxymoron as stated by a mega moron! But if the King is going to send troops anywhere, he should start with the south side of Chicago (where Al Capone would be afraid to walk the streets) then deploy them to Detroit where a mother can't send her kid to the corner grocery store for fear he or she might come back in a box! I say let all these nose pickers in Iraq kill each other and do the planet a favor! FL

    Frank Luca
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