Most Americans are so obsessed with the new Star Wars
and Captain America
movies that they can't be bothered to learn about what's really going on in the world. But frivolity is not an option for the Iraqi people: They are in the middle of a goddamned war
That's why most Iraqis know things that most Americans do not.
The Iraqis know that America and "the west" have spent many months pretending
to fight ISIS, with no discernible results. A large portion of Iraq (including the city of Mosul) remains under ISIS control.
The Iraqis know that a leaked DIA report
reveals that United States made a "willful decision" to use ISIS against Syria.
The Iraqis know that ISIS was funded by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, all allies of Washington.
The Iraqis know that the United States has a habit of using proxy armies to topple regimes it doesn't like: That's how Al Qaeda came into existence.
The Iraqis know that the U.S. deliberately allowed ISIS to take over the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra...
What angers the Syrian Army at the moment - and I was on their front lines about nine weeks ago - is that when columns of ISIS forces arrive in their thousands across the desert, clearly visible on American satellite pictures, the Americans don't bomb ISIS then. They let them attack the Syrian Army and beat them of course. That's how Palmyra fell, the Roman city whose temples are now being blown up by ISIS...
The Iraqis know that our ally, Erdogan of Turkey, personally profits from the shipping of ISIS oil.
The Iraqis know that the Turks have been shipping weapons to ISIS
When I was in the northern Syrian city - a northern Syrian city - I'll keep it anonymous to save the lives of the people in it - I was told by Syrian oil workers there that when they talk to their colleagues in the ISIS zone, their colleagues say that they're being assisted by Turkish oil engineers.
The Iraqis know very well that our ally Turkey covets large parts of Iraq.
And finally: The Iraqis can see the plain fact that, when Russia entered the fight against ISIS on the Syrian side of the border, there was -- at last! -- some serious
ass-whoopin'. ISIS can
be conquered -- rather rapidly -- if one is willing to put up an actual fight.
Now, in the latest example of just how tenuous Washington’s grip on the region has become, the Iraqi parliament's Security and Defense Committee is calling for the review and cancellation of Baghdad’s security agreement with the US.
“The government and parliament need to review the agreement signed with the United States on security because the United States does not seriously care about its fulfillment,” committee member Hamid al-Mutlaq, a senior Sunni lawmaker told Sputnik on Wednesday. “We demand that it be annulled,” he added.
Who will fill the void you ask? You guessed it:
"Soon, a meeting [of the committee] with Prime Minister Haider Abadi will be held, at which we will propose cooperating with Russia in carrying out airstrikes against IS and in the fight against terrorism in Iraq," another committee member said earlier this week.
America overplayed its hand. Did Obama and the neocons really think that they could keep up their double-dealing forever?
The Iraqis understand that allowing Uncle Sam
to "protect" them against ISIS is akin to hiring Michael Jackson as a
babysitter. What is Obama going to do when the Iraqi government tells us "Go away; we prefer Putin"?