Man oh Manischewitz, that first pebble of truth tumbled down the Middle East policy slope, and then another, and now here comes the avalanche - and not from low- and mid-level analysts leaking their frustration to the media, but straight from the top:
Iraq and Syria may have been permanently torn apart by war and sectarian tensions, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said on Thursday, and many in those countries no longer identify as Iraqis or Syrians, agreed the head of the CIA.
The candid remarks at odds with the Obama administration's official policy came at an industry conference and followed by a day Defense Secretary Ash Carter's reminder to the Pentagon's senior intelligence corps that they are expected to give him their unvarnished views.
Carter's admonition followed allegations that the military command overseeing the war against the Islamic State distorted or altered intelligence assessments to exaggerate progress against the military group, according to the Associated Press.
Boy, what a naif Ash Carter is. The Uhura Protocol - "Be careful what you wish for - you may get it" comes immediately to mind. I'm sure that the SecDef gave that order fully expecting his top military chiefs to compliantly spout the Obamunist "ALL IS WELL! ALL IS WELL!" party line....
....but Lieutenant-General Vincent Stewart and Director John Brennan saw and made the most of their opportunity to flee the proverbial reservation, such must their professional alarm be at what's coming as a result of Barack Obama's abandonment of Iraq and clandestinely funneling military aid to the Islamic State. Policies that could not have produced any other result than the one we're seeing, creating the worst refugee crisis in seventy years. Which is, of course, why I believe they were deliberately intended to accomplish that end, nuclear-armed Sunni and Shiite jihadist groups and regimes running wild across the globe, a Muslim tidal wave sweeping across and inundating Europe, bringing about "Eurabia" years, even decades, sooner than would otherwise have been possible.
Because Barack Obama's legacy will be an America brought down to the level of the rest of the world.
THAT is his objective, not to "keep Iraq and Syria whole," as the Regime keeps bogusly insisting. Which wouldn't be possible in any circumstances apart from restoring fascist dictators to rule both of them, who would be willing to ruthlessly do what it would take to eradicate the ISIS Caliphate, as we certainly aren't. Which, as I recall, was the original status quo ante that President Bush (justifiably, although he didn't take it far enough) and Barack Obama (disastrously from malign and deliberate neglect) overturned.
My, my. I guess foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, really IS more complicated than going to Cairo and giving a BS speech.