Two months ago there were signs of an active attempt on the part of the government of Iraq to organize a successful fight against ISIS. For the moment it appeared as though leaders in Baghdad were ready to forget about sectarian concerns and seek to unite the nation against a foreign body that had entered. In order to be successful against ISIS it would have required the Shiite government in the capital to reach out to the 30% of Iraq citizens who are Sunni and seek a united front. This would require arming Sunni groups and offering them an important role in government. Alas, this never happened. It would have required the United States to cease opposing soldiers from Iran to play a role in the fight against ISIS. So, to no one’s surprise, the so called “fight against ISIS” has halted.
Instead of moving forward, the Iraq army is moving backwards. Units friendly to Iran have been kept out of the fight which has allowed ISIS to once again become successful. Sorry Barack, the Iraq government needs any and all soldiers ready to fight ISIS. It is time to unite with Iran and destroy the main enemy–ISIS!
Does President Obama have any logical foreign policy for the Middle East??