REACHED FOR COMMENT, CRANKY TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "YOU JUST DON'T GET IT. I'VE LIED SO MANY TIMES NOW NO ONE CAN EVEN REMEMBER THEM ALL. I'M IMMUNE NOW TO CHARGES OF LYING -- WHICH WAS MY PLAN ALL ALONG."
US President Barack Obama has been bombing Iraq daily since August of 2014 and we're all supposed to pretend that is working.
Pretending requires forgetting that on June 19, 2014, Barack insisted the only answer to Iraq's crises was a political solution.
Since August of 2014, there's been no work on a political solution, no diplomatic infusion, just bombing -- just bombing and US Secretary of State John Kerry mistaking himself for the Secretary of Defense.
The bombings don't address the issues that led to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq.
At Australia's ABC, Zaid al-Ali observes:
The issue isn't whether the rule is Shia or not, it's what sort of rule they're subject to. It's certainly better than ISIS, but it's not good enough. What Baghdad needs to do to make sure that Sunnis and Shia and Christians and atheists are satisfied with their rule is to completely reform they're institutions.
So far, that's something Baghdad has been completely incapable of. Until that happens Iraq will be extremely vulnerable to terrorist attacks, to infiltrators, to civil unrest. That's the recipe for the next few years at least.
Again, this isn't being addressed with bombings.
The attempted liberation -- or 'liberation' -- of Falluja continues.
How's that going?
Well, for one thing, it's going with more US involvement in what is undeniably combat.
Yesterday, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter declared, "In that connection, while we're still in Iraq, perhaps worth mentioning that in the last 24 hours I guess it was, the commanders have used the Apache capability that we positioned there and that the president authorized them to use some months ago when they found an opportunity when that might make a difference. And that did occur and an ISIL target was destroyed as a consequence of that."
We'll note the remarks in full that the above was pulled from but we need to emphasize that this was a new development. Tom Vanden Brook (USA TODAY) explains, "Their use represents a deepening of American involvement in the war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIL." Barbara Starr (CNN) points out, "The U.S. had been pressing the Iraqi government for months to accept the offer to call in Apaches to help across Iraq in the fight against ISIS. The offer was rejected by the Iraqis in their campaign to retake Ramadi, but the U.S. official said the Iraqi government recently accepted the support."
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