With each new Obama scandal pushing the older ones to the background it's easy to forget that Iraq remains in dire peril of becoming a terrorist playground providing cover for those who continue to threaten attacks on the United States.
McClatchy newspapers recently reviewed testimony of top Obama officials before Congress documenting how well aware they were of the threat posed by ISIS before it took over one third of Iraq.
The group’s operations “are calculated, coordinated and part of a strategic campaign led by its Syria-based leader, Abu Bakr al Baghadi,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk told a House committee on Feb. 5, four months before fighting broke out in Mosul. “The campaign has a stated objective to cause the collapse of the Iraqi state and carve out a zone of governing control in western regions of Iraq and Syria.”Also in that hearing we heard that the Obama Administration repeatedly turned down requests from the government of Iraq to strike ISIS when it was in staging areas vulnerable to bombing and well before it took over major cities. Obama is known as the drone President in countering threats elsewhere but in not so in Iraq. Instead, after ISIS surged Obama sent a few hundred troops to Iraq. In over a month that's been his only response and it's done nothing to stem the growing tide of terror. Obama simply checked the box and headed off for another round of fundraisers.
The testimony raises an obvious question: If the Obama administration had such early warning of the Islamic State’s ambitions, why, nearly two months after the fall of Mosul, is it still assessing what steps, if any, to take to halt the advance of Islamist extremists who threaten U.S. allies in the region and have vowed to attack Americans?
In fresh testimony before Congress this week, McGurk revealed that the administration knew three days in advance that the attack on Mosul was coming. He acknowledged that the Islamic State is no longer just a regional terrorist organization but a “full-blown” army that now controls nearly 50 percent of Iraq and more than one-third of Syria. Its fighters have turned back some of the best-trained Iraqi units trying to retake key cities, while in Syria, it’s seized nearly all that country’s oil and natural gas fields and is pushing the Syrian military from its last outposts in the country’s east.
“What started as a crisis in Syria has become a regional disaster with serious global implications,” Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Christians are fleeing Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, after being forced to convert to Islam, pay a tax or die. Islamic fanatics have destroyed Christian shrines. Reports also indicate that all women in Mosul may be required to submit to the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation. Talk about a war on women.
Worst of all, the blood lust of these terrorist monsters continues. Mohamed Elomar a jihadi from Australia who joined the blood fest in Iraq posed proudly with the heads of slain Iraqis. Calling himself the Australian Zarqawi after the monster U.S. troops killed in Iraq in 2006 Elomar uses his Twitter feed to brag about his crimes by posting graphic pictures. Below is one such photo. You have been warned: