If you want to go to Iraq you have my permission to go there right now.
But the USA need to stay away from that place unless an attack is launched on the USA from there, In which case we need to do whatever we have to do.
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AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
This is becoming a rapidly deteriorating situation. There is a growing risk of the violence spreading into Jordan and other neighboring countries.
The U.S. needs to target ISIS supply lines in Iraq and ISIS command and control facilities inside Syria. There are clearly identifiable targets that could be hit with maximum effectiveness and minimum risk to civilians.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is threatening to take control of Balad Airbase, Iraq’s largest airfield and one of America’s most important military outposts during its occupation of the country.
Today, Balad still has plenty of vehicles and aircraft on the base that any terrorist group would covet, including Russian-made transport helicopters, surveillance planes, and a fleet of pickup trucks fitted with heavy machine guns.
Now, that airbase is coming under fire—and is in danger of falling into the hands of ISIS, according to U.S. intelligence officers, internal reports from Balad, and outside analysts. Reuters reported Wednesday that the base was now surrounded on three sides by insurgents and taking heavy mortar fire.
ISIS Tries to Grab Its Own Air Force
Sunni militants have fought for a week to take over Iraq's largest oil refinery in Beiji, north of Baghdad.
The refinery is located in the heart of the Sunni-dominated areas in northern Iraq, where the militants have swallowed large swaths of land since June 10. Along with a nearby power plant, the refinery supplies Iraq with a third of its refined fuel and nearly a tenth of its electricity, according to Barclays analysts.
Iraq militants launch fresh raid on oil refinery
ISIS is not yet capable of carrying out its threat to attack the U.S. and President Obama wants to "make sure that they never can," Secretary of State John Kerry told ABC News today.
The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has made threats to attack Americans and other western countries, and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron recently said he fears ISIS is a danger to the West. But when asked whether ISIS has the ability to strike the U.S., Kerry said, "Not yet."
"Certainly one of the considerations we have is to make sure that they never can. But that's exactly what the president is busy trying to determine now, is: What is the best way to approach that so that we are most effective and, frankly, in a way that is sustainable over the long haul?" he said.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius