By Jim Emerson, staff writer
Obama press secretary Josh Earnest was asked by Fox News if preventing genocide of the Christian minority in Northern Iraq “Counts as being in America’s core interests.” (1) He answered that any military option to save the lives of innocent Iraqis would be handled on a case by case basis and that the only lasting solution for the situation in Iraq is political. Well the administration needs either a serious reality check or an enema as the Islamic State isn’t interested in negotiations or political solutions. Until the al-Qaeda spin-off is dealt with the brutality they unleash on their enemies they will not be deterred by token airstrikes or the mindless pandering rhetoric of Misters Obama or Kerry.
The capture of Mosul and Qaraqoush has forced Iraqi Christians to flee with the Yazidi minority into the mountains of the Kurdish region. The Kurds are more tolerant of Christianity and other minority religions, unlike the Islamic State which intends to wipe them out.
The New York Times reported information provided by Kurdish officials about airstrike targeting ISIS Jihadists in the Kurdish towns of Gwer and Mahmour. (2) Believing it to have been American planes attacking ISIS, the residents of the towns began celebrating. The Pentagon denied any American involvement, reporting that either Iraqi, Russian or the Turkish Air Forces were conducting the airstrikes. It was also suggested that Iran may be involved in order to assist their Shiite brethren.
Kurdish officials said the bombings had initially targeted ISIS fighters who had seized the two towns. A top Iraqi official in Baghdad close to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said that Americans had consulted with the Iraqi government Thursday night about starting the campaign. The government reportedly agreed and the bombing began.
Obama’s previous military and diplomatic involvement in the Middle East led only to disaster, at least for the existing nations involved, as the head of each country was removed and absolute authority was handed to the Muslim Brotherhood. These were “solutions” which benefitted only Barack Obama and his Jihadist allies.
Now it is reported that Barack is quietly calling for the removal of Prime Minister Maliki. (2) Mr. Obama has approved humanitarian airdrops for the population fleeing into in the Kurdish regions but will not approve any military strikes till the Prime Minister steps down. By then it will too late.
Update: Two US F-18′s launched a strike against an ISIS position near Erbil, the city which serves as the Kurdish capital. The Pentagon said “ISIS was using artillery [in the area] to shell Kurdish forces defending Erbil.”
(2) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/world/middleeast/obama-weighs-military-strikes-to-aid-trapped-iraqis-officials say.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Banner&module=span-ab-top-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news