Mission creep in Iraq continues as US launches airstrikes in Amerli – Threat Matrix

Mission creep in Iraq continues as US launches airstrikes in Amerli – Threat Matrix.

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4 responses to “Mission creep in Iraq continues as US launches airstrikes in Amerli – Threat Matrix

  1. Kinnison

    Mission creep…ask the guys that served in Mogadishu how that works out. And where, as the Obama/Hegel DOD drawdown proceeds, are we getting the planes, pilots and the munitions to do this mission? How much air support is being drawn away from our troops on the ground in Afghanistan? How many more air hours are being on the logs of the aircraft…planes that will not be replaced if they break? Actions have consequences.

  2. Doubt this bunch of reactionaries in the WH cares about the details, they’ll write “narratives” to spin it as they go along. They don’t even know whose side they’re on – ISIS/ISIL/IS was formerly Al Qaeda in Iraq. Many are those lovely “Syrian moderates” Obama armed and the raging hordes from Libya, whom Hillary assured us would create the grand Libyan democracy, but these fools assured us Al Qaeda was not a viable threat after their oh so glorious Arab Spring and killing bin Laden. Never let reality interfere with the storyline…. A few months ago they were hyping the “innocent little children” pouring across the border, so just wait until some of those “not-so baby-Jesus-like” ones screeching, “Allah Akbar” start attacking us. The gravest threat to our national security is our own politicians in DC!!! One can only wonder if we are too stupid to survive…..

  3. JK

    Mission creep?

    What, did Congress go into emergency session during my nap?

  4. JK

    Offered without comment except for a single excerpt – from 2007:

    … according to the former senior intelligence official and the U.S. government consultant. “We are in a program to enhance the Sunni capability to resist Shiite influence, and we’re spreading the money around as much as we can,” the former senior intelligence official said. The problem was that such money “always gets in more pockets than you think it will,” he said. “In this process, we’re financing a lot of bad guys with some serious potential unintended consequences. We don’t have the ability to determine and get pay vouchers signed by the people we like and avoid the people we don’t like. It’s a very high-risk venture.”

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/03/05/the-redirection?currentPage=all

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/03/05/the-redirection

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