Crimea is illegally occupied by Russia
Maybe the Middle East is a balance of competing forces. At the time that Obama withdrew US Troops, the US may have been more resented by the Iraqis. Staying longer may have built up more resentment against the US. Now the Iraqis are asking for assistance from the US.
One of the desired results of US policy is to have a reserve of respect from other nations. Obama has avoided over-playing US Power. Eventually, the ideal is for the Middle Eastern Nations, Tribes and Religions, to have a balance of power without US intervention or threats. Obama has been successful in avoiding creating more resentment than necessary.
If there was one clear solution that could be imposed and result in peace, then leadership in the sense of imposing boundaries would be possible. There is no clear solution for the Tribes and Nations that have been at war periodically over many centuries. When the balance is shifting toward massacre, then it is time for the US to step in, with minimal assistance, to avoid mass murders.
How did Our Oil get under Their Sand?
I was wrong on when BO sent aid.....that's about it! 75 Missiles.....I missed that part. But I am glad you did point out the rest arrived in 2014. Like I said. What happened did you forget to bring up that I pointed this out. Looks like I was Right as well as being wrong when Bo sent the Aid. But then I was going by the NY Times piece.
Did you want to share with all.....how BO's strategy has come to a failure. Or did you skip that part like you did when I said the aid was shipped in 2014.
US troops in the Middle East have been in danger for a long time.
Even President Ronald Reagan had a bad day in 1983.
"Suicide Bombers detonated each of the truck bombs. In the attack on the building serving as a barracks for the 1st Battalion 8th Marines (Battalion Landing Team - BLT 1/8), the death toll was 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 sailors, and three soldiers, making this incident the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since World War II's Battle of Iwo Jima, the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States military since the first day of the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive, and the deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since World War II. Another 128 Americans were wounded in the blast. Thirteen later died of their injuries, and they are numbered among the total number who died.[5
1983 Beirut barracks bombing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
How did Our Oil get under Their Sand?
Mornin' Gladiator. Good to see you back around. This was from Oct 21st and the New Iraqi PM. This is what our people are caught up in. Despite trying to help them from losing their country. If you check back in the thread, with what the Sunni have now come out and said, and al Nusra wiping out whats left of the Syrian Rebels. You can see why BO's plan has gone kaaaaaput.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday he wouldn't allow any foreign troops into the country to help retake territory lost to a Sunni Arab uprising being led by the so-called Islamic State. His comments were widely reported. But the following remark arguably didn't get sufficient attention: “We don’t need foreign combat troops. And there is no country in the world which would be willing to fight here and give you back your land even if they were asked to," he said.
But now Abadi has effectively said that if given a chance the US would have designs on Iraqi territory. His comment that foreign help isn't needed is risible – the failures of the Iraqi army in Mosul and Anbar provinces show that. But his comments, while popular in Iraq, could further endanger any US troops there.
This is the environment that a few hundred US military advisers and diplomats are operating in, not in the badlands of Anbar but in the heart of Baghdad. And hatred for the US runs fairly deep among the country's Shiite militias, as AFP reported, citing a policeman in Baghdad.....snip~
Iraqi PM Abadi says the US is not to be trusted. Really?