If you'll all indulge me for a moment.....
Oh, it is, indeed, good to be back. If you want to know where I've been for the past week, listen to the opening monologue of yesterday's edition of American Daily Review. I spent almost half an hour on it - and if memory serves, managed to not cough even once (without hitting the cough button first). Guess I really am a broadcasting pro, even if my bank account doesn't show it.
Anyway, where were we? Oh, yes, we are a captive audience to how the Middle East is being remade and reshaped into something not necessarily unrecognizable to us, but rather all too recognizable in its frighteningly threatening nature to the U.S. and the national interests Barack Obama no longer allows our country to have.
The latest manifestation of this new anti-American dynamic is what amounts to a hostile takeover of O's phony war against ISIS:
The Iraqi military has announced an agreement on "security and intelligence cooperation" with Russia, Iran and Syria to help combat the Islamic State group.
In a statement released Sunday, Iraq says the coordination will "help and cooperate in collecting information about the terrorist Daesh group," using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.
You could look at this as the answer to the Iraqi's government's "cry for help" over three months ago. It was a general distress signal, if you'll recall, so issued because Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi had given up on the United States and its Fearless Leader's refusal to do what is actually necessary to crush ISIS as the Bush Administration did its al Qaeda-In-Iraq precursor. As I wrote at the time....
[T]his is a failure of the world - a failure of character and honor. Why it should take the entire world to crush a single sub-national terror network of a few tens of thousands of jihadists, no matter how well-financed and how slick their recruitment pitches, has always baffled me. Not unlike the way that a "world" that prefers to avert its eyes, retreat from defeatable threats, duck fights, on the absurd rationale of "war-weariness" in the complete absence of any recent conflict of remotely sufficient magnitude in cost and carnage to justify it has always appalled and disgusted me - especially since each retreat, each duck, each running away, each delusional exercise in existential denial increases the chances to a certainty that such a cataclysmic conflict is inevitable....
There is no reason why the Islamic State should be allowed to devastate the United States, any more than there is any reason why the Islamic State should be allowed to dismember Iraq and Syria, any more than there is any reason why the Islamic State should have been allowed to rise from the ashes of al Qaeda-In-Iraq to which the Bush43 Administration had interred it. But that's what Barack Obama and the American Left wanted, and that's what they got.
And Iraq's incorporation into the NMEO (New Middle East Order) of Ali Khamenei and Vladimir Putin has rendered that transition complete. There is now officially no way for the United States to regain the status and influence and power-projection capabilities in the Middle East that we had four short years ago short of a direct military confrontation with two nuclear-armed regional superpowers, one of Barack Obama's own deliberate creation. Uncle Sam, in short, is out, and can never get back in.
The Obama Doctrine to perfection, ladies and gentlemen.
And when I described Czar Vlad's NMEO as a hostile takeover of The One's phony war against ISIS, I was not exaggerating:
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday branded U.S. support for "rebel forces" in Syria.....
All five of them.
....as illegal and ineffective, saying U.S.-trained "rebels" were leaving to join Islamic State with weapons supplied by Washington.
And, of course, Vlad is absolutely right about that. That was the whole point of O's "Syrian rebel" training program.
In an interview with U.S. networks recorded ahead of a meeting with Barack Obama, Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deserved international support as he was fighting terrorist organisations.
Even though the Assad regime and its Iranian sponsors are themselves terrorist organizations.
"In my opinion, provision of military support to illegal structures runs counter to the principles of modern international law and the United Nations Charter," he said in an excerpt of an interview with U.S. television networks CBS and PBS released by the Kremlin.
Over two years ago I wrote on this site that we did not have an ally in the Syrian "civil war," and that we should either stay out of it entirely or full-bore invade the country, crush ISIS and al Qaeda's al- Nusra group and oust Boy Assad all in one swift, massive blow. Instead, Barack Obama followed a "middle" path of arming mythical "Syrian rebels" and pretending to fight the Islamic State that was guaranteed to strengthen the latter at the expense of both the Syrian and Iraqi governments. This would draw both firmly into the Iranian orbit. And his punting of his own "red lines" crisis to Vladimir Putin ceded the Middle East to the Russian sphere of influence.
That process is now complete.
Again, The Obama Doctrine to perfection.
Anybody out there still think Red Barry is "incompetent"?