FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF AND COMMANDER IN CONFUSED LAND BARRY O IS ON FAMILIAR GROUND -- SHAKY AND SINKING.
HE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT HIS FIRST COMBINED EFFORTS HAD SUCCEEDED IN IRAQ AND FORCED THE ISLAMIC STATE OUT OF MOSUL AND AWAY FROM THE DAM.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, BARRY TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT 'SUCCESS' IS A VERY FLEXIBLE TERM."
A busy day for Iraq with violence and political overtures, various US cabinets making statements and US President Barack Obama speaking on the topic.
Let's start with CENTCOM which issued the following:
TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 18, 2014 – U.S. Conducts More Airstrikes Near the Mosul Dam
From a U.S. Central Command News Release
TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 18, 2014 — U.S. military forces today continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft to successfully conduct 15 airstrikes near the Mosul Dam.
The strikes damaged or destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions; an ISIL checkpoint; six ISIL armed vehicles; an ISIL light armored vehicle; an ISIL vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft artillery gun, and an IED emplacement belt.
All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.
Since Aug. 8, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 68 airstrikes in Iraq. Of those 68 strikes, 35 have been in support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam. These strikes were conducted under authority to support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense forces as they work together to combat ISIL, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.
Barack noted the dam in his speech today as well, "Today, with our support, Iraqi and Kurdish forces took a major step forward by recapturing the largest dam in Iraq, near the city of Mosul. The Mosul dam fell under terrorist control earlier this month, and is directly tied to our objective of protecting Americans in Iraq."
So this was a success?
Forget your feelings on bombings. Along with all that the Kurdish and Iraqi military do, the US military conducted 35 air strikes in approximately five days and with that, the US government insists, the Islamic State is no longer in control of the Mosul dam.
How many air strikes did IS conduct?
I'm pretty sure that number is zero.
US military might used to bomb repeatedly -- 35 air strikes -- is what it took to apparently rescue one dam.
That's really not looking good for the US military, the Iraqi military and/or the Kurdish military.
The only one who comes out looking strong in that recap is IS.
We're all aware that Iraq has more than one dam, right?
In that general vicinity alone, Iraq also has Duhok Dam, Badush Dam, Bekhme Dam, Dukan Dam and Dibis Dam.
That's not a full listing of Iraq's dams. It's not even a full listing of the dams in the Tigris river basin (the Ephrates river basin also has dams).
But this is what it took to wrestle one dam away. Barack's spoken of the alleged danger of that dam -- probably more to justify his own actions.
Baghdad would be flooded!
That was the claim. It popped up on the chat and chews all weekend which is how you knew it was a White House talking point.
No, Baghdad would not have been flooded.
There is not a grand Slip and Slide between Mosul and Bahgdad that will carry the water through.
There is dried land, land that bakes in the summer heat. Iraq's supposed to reach 116 degrees F on Tuesday and 117 on Wednesday. We all get what happens in those temperatures, right?
Most of the water from the dam -- had the dam been ruptured -- would have endangered very little -- even Mosul itself may not have seen water standing for hours.
But it was a talking point.
To justify the actions taken.
Barack declared this afternoon, "If that dam was breached, it could have proven catastrophic, with floods that would’ve threatened the lives of thousands of civilians and endanger our embassy compound in Baghdad."
No, the Baghdad Embassy was not in danger of 'flooding.'
Barack's going to have to work hard at scaring Americans.
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