Monday, April 27, 2009

Is the Obama Administration Going Backwards on Iraq?

When the Obama administration took office in January, they inherited a stable Iraq, in which U.S. troops had for over four years been relegated to training Iraq’s Armed Forces and Police and rebuilding its infrastructure.

Iraq’s government had held two democratic elections and was taking a more proactive role in running the country as the U.S. military’s role subsided.

That’s why the AP report about Sunday’s pre-dawn raid in the southern Shiite city of Kut that ended with at least one woman dead, after being caught in gunfire, and six suspects arrested for alleged links to Shiite militia factions, is so puzzling.

Jawad al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister denounced a deadly U.S. raid on Sunday as a "crime" that violated the security pact with Washington and demanded American commanders hand over those responsible to face possible trial in Iraqi courts.

With Pakistan’s government being threatened by an expanding Taliban takeover of large swaths of that nation, it seems as though the Mideast has gotten a lot more volatile since the Obama administration came in seeking to end many of the Bush policies there.


Superb Jon said...

Obama marks the end of the Burke Maritan Buckley model of conservatism based on collectivist labor unions, police suppression of the Bill of Rights, middle class subsidies for homes and schools under the watchful eye of Knights of Columbus, Opus Dei and the East Side Conservative Club. They had no qualms hijacking American policy in Vietnam or Balkans to papal ends, but when American interests opposed tose of the papacy in Iraq, they showed their true fangs (Frum, Unpatriotic Conservatives). They broke their own coalition with their foreign adventures and with their unwillingness to extend home and school subsidies to other races, as evidenced by their missing their own Obama moment when they could have elected a Kenyan pope. Every American boom has been caused by an Evangelical Revival and every major Depression by the domination of new Catholic immigrants. See for example George Marlin's history of the conservative party in New York or Paul Johnson's Modern Times, extolling the rise of Carolignianism of Adenauer, de Gaulle, and Gaspieri, forgetting that Hitler, too, was Carolignian and a Catholic altar boy. Carolignian Brzezinski spawned Zia al Haq, Khomeini, and bin Laden - breaks up superpowers via Aztlan and Kosovo as per Joel Garreau's Nine Nations. Brzezinski, Buckley and Buchanan winked anti-Semitic votes for Obama, delivered USA to Pope's feudal basket of Bamana Republics. Michael Pfleger and Joe Biden prove Obama is the Pope's boy. Obama is half a Kearney from County Offaly in Ireland. Talal got Pontifical medal as Fatima mandates Catholic-Muslim union against Jews (Francis Johnson, Great Sign, 1979, p. 126), Catholic Roger Taney wrote Dred Scott decision. John Wilkes Booth, Tammany Hall and Joe McCarthy were Catholics. Now Catholic majority Supreme Court. Catholics Palmisano, Grasso, Damato, Langone, Dioguardi, Palmieri destroyed American industry. Subprime construction mobsters had hookers deliver mortgages to banks. McCain's Keeting started it all. They find American cars too advanced to use or their mechanics to fix. Their slovenly, anti-intellectual work ethic produces vacuous, casuistrous blather and a tangle of contradictory regulations. NYC top drop outs: Hispanic 32%, Black 25%, Italian 20%. NYC top illegals: Ecuadorean, Italian, Polish. Ate glis-glis but blamed plague on others, now lettuce coli. Their bigotry most encouraged terror yet they reap most security funds. Rabbi circumcises lower, Pope upper brain. Tort explosion by glib casuistry. Hollywood Joe Kennedy had Bing Crosby proselytise.Bazelya 1992 case proves PLO-IRA-KLA links. Our enemy is the Peking-Mecca-Vatican Axis and the only answer is alliance with Israel and India.

Seane-Anna said...

The Mid East is unraveling under Obama because the forces of evil there know they now have a useful idiot in the White House.

Seane-Anna said...

Superb Jon, what the hell are you talking about?!

JMK said...

"The Mid East is unraveling under Obama because the forces of evil there know they now have a useful idiot in the White House." (Seane-Anna)
That's largely correct, although I'd say that, as the former head of the CIA's "Bin Laden Team" (Mike Scheuer" has said, "NO American administration, to date, has understood what they're dealing with in regards to radical jihadism."Scheuer lambasted the G W Bush administration, in his book Imperial Hubris for simply "Not killing enough of the bad guys."Scheuer, who initially oppsed enhanced interrogation techniques (including waterboarding) now readily admits "I was wrong,", noting that those techniques DID INDEED deliver critical information that saved many American lives.

JMK said...

"Superb Jon, what the hell are you talking about?!" Seane-Anna)
A fair question Seane-Anna and one I was going to ask myself.

The Obama administration is not only fully onboard with the homemortgage deduction that S-Jon suggests they aren't, but he's also onboard with the failed policies that created the current credit crisis - government encouraging, incentivizing and guaranteeing (through Fannie & Freddie) high-risk (subprime and other) loans to "help more people own their own homes."What's more, I'm a proud "half a Kearney from County Offaly" (my other half is Corsican and Northern Italian), and I can assure ANYONE that there's nothing at all subversive or untoward about the Kearney's from Offaly!

I was about to embark on my own bit of extended "frontier gibberish" as a response to S-Jon, but I decided that a little more decorum was in order.

Lance Christian Johnson said...

Superb Jon is a troll. He basically has two posts, and this is the same schizo crap that he posted on my page. I wrote about it, if you're interested:

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