The news from Syria and Iraq has generated many articles regarding the bloodbaths in Palmyra, an ancient, historically valuable city, and the major city of Ramadi, close to Baghdad, with the Iraqi government punishing the refugees instead of assisting them in their time of need. Now Daesh is advancing toward Habbaniya military base which will result in even more weapons being transferred from the Iraqi military to Daesh.
Iraq's security forces were not "driven from" Ramadi, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff said acidly in Brussels, they "drove out of Ramadi."
There is one common thread with these actions: Iraqi forces running away from the battles like little girls, running so fast that they leave the weapons the U.S. military gave them and continues to give them. We saw this in Mosul one year ago, so this is definitely a regular habit.
"They were not outnumbered, but in fact they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight. They withdrew from the site. And that says to me, and I think to most of us, that we have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselves," said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. But then he stated that the supply of training and equipment would continue, in the hope it would develop such a will.
Albert Einstein allegedly said that the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
The Kurds and Sunni tribesmen, "have the will to fight," added Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. "They are on the ground begging, saying, 'please give us the heavy weapons, the arms, the ammunition that we need to be able to fight against ISIS.' Instead, the Iraqi government is relying completely on this Iranian-backed Shia military."
"These Iraqi security forces have cut and run. They cut and ran and dropped their weapons when they were faced with their first real battle with ISIS," she added.
In Ramadi, Shiite militias are attempting to retake the city, but that's too late for the people who were executed, women who were raped, and property stolen or destroyed by Daesh savages.
British General Tim Cross said that Iraq's military is blighted by poor leadership and a lack of cohesion.
More like a complete lack of cojones.
In contrast, the Kurds fought a bloody battle for Kobani and eventually won in a similar manner to other battles won because the heroic victors just wouldn't quit, e.g. Bastogne. And they did it largely without U.S. weapons because the Obama administration believes that only the Iraqi army is deserving of military aid. Female fighters played a major role in the victory, with some of them paying the ultimate price for their valor. Residents have returned to Kobani only to find booby-traps left by Daesh and total devastation.
A map of the region will illustrate the situation. Daesh has achieved one of its prime goals, that of creating a caliphate stretching across Iraq and Syria and controls 50% of Syria.
Jordan manages to defend its border even though its neighbors include both Syria and Iraq, while Daesh has been allowed to seize the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq. But Jordan and the Obama administration have somewhat different points of view regarding local Islamists.
"We are facing at least three different armed groups on the Syrian side," said Gen Tawfiq al-Tawalbeh, who until recently was head of Jordan's Public Security Directorate (PSD) and the man tasked by King Abdullah II to shore up the country's internal security. "In the far west we face al-Nusra Front, then in the middle there is the Free Syrian Army, beyond that there are the soldiers of the Assad regime. So we face a lot of threats, a lot of challenges."
Note that he placed al-Nusra, the Free Syrian Army, and Assad's forces in the same camp. He did not describe the Free Syrian Army as freedom fighters; he described them as "threats" and "challenges."
Also notice in the referenced BBC News article that the woman working at the Jordanian Public Security Directorate call center is wearing a uniform with no head covering of any kind. The Jordanians appear to be the only ones who understand how to run an Islamic country.
"The fundamental issues in Iraq are not the threat of Daesh. The most important threat to Iraq is the absence of political reconciliation," opined former US ambassador to Iraq and Syria, Ryan Crocker. "There is clearly a drift towards division in Iraq. People speak of a Jihadistan in the areas where Daesh is present, they talk about Kurdistan and they talk about a Shiistan. Those are not yet facts but they could become facts if this course of events is not shifted. So now is the time."
Crocker, like the combined Bush and Obama administrations, has his boots firmly planted in the past. Shia and Sunni do not get along and never have gotten along. And the other groups in Syria and Iraq -- Christian Assyrians, Christian Armenians, Kurds, non-mainstream Muslims, and other peoples who are not "people of the book," i.e. Muslims, Jews, and Christians, were only protected by the albeit brutal tactics of Bashar al-Assad. Assad kept a lid on Syria's version of Pandora's box. Saddam Hussein also kept a lid on things, but he murderously oppressed the Kurds because they pushed for autonomy, if not outright independence, the same reason Turkish President Erdogan oppresses them.
Of course, perhaps the emphasis on supporting the government of Iraq is that U.S. multinational corporations, especially ones which deal in oil and gas, have contracts with Iraq, even though much of the oil now goes to China, hardly our best friend in the world. Using 2014 data, $815.8 billion has been allocated for the war in Iraq since 2003.
Daesh is indeed the worst threat in the region, with Yazidi and other girls being bought and sold in Daesh slave auctions:
After attacking a village, [Daesh] splits women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over. The women and mothers are separated; girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness. The youngest, and those considered the prettiest virgins fetch higher prices and are sent to Raqqa, the IS stronghold.
There is a hierarchy: sheikhs get first choice, then emirs, then fighters. They often take three or four girls each and keep them for a month or so, until they grow tired of a girl, when she goes back to market. At slave auctions, buyers haggle fiercely, driving down prices by disparaging girls as flat-chested or unattractive.
We heard about one girl who was traded 22 times, and another, who had escaped, told us that the sheikh who had captured her wrote his name on the back of her hand to show that she was his 'property.'
The girls are tortured and/or murdered for refusing to serve their new masters, with these actions justified by Daesh via its Questions and Answers on Taking Captives and Slaves and the Koran:
[Daesh members] commit rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution and other acts of extreme brutality. We heard one case of a 20-year-old girl who was burned alive because she refused to perform an extreme sex act.
Turkey, which also shares a border with Syria and Iraq has chosen a clear path toward Sunni Islamism under Erdogan. At first, Turkey looked the other way as Daesh recruits traveled to the killing fields, but now Erdogan is prosecuting people who were investigating his giving weapons to Daesh. Erdogan claims that the trucks only contained aid, but the evidence proves otherwise.
"Who were those who tried to stop MIT trucks in Adana while we were trying to send humanitarian aid to Turkmens? ... Parallel judiciary and parallel security ... The prosecutor hops onto the truck and carries out a search. You can't search an MIT truck, you have no authority," Erdogan buffaloed.
We cannot force Erdogan to give the Kurds autonomy, so let's just throw Turkey out of NATO. Erdogan is taking advantage of NATO and the West via his personal agendas of maximizing his personal power, leveraging Turkish nationalism, and trumpeting political Islam, in stark contrast to what the founder of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, would have done.
The solution does not require a large number of U.S. boots on the ground. Supply the Kurds with weapons and they will eliminate Daesh from their territory. Yazidis and Kurds are ethnically the same, so the former will benefit from Kurdish independence. Give them all the air support they need. Separate the northern part of Iraq to create an independent Kurdistan. The Bush and Obama administrations have been horribly wrong on this from the start.