"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.
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