• U.S. to Iraq: If Russia Helps You Fight ISIS, We Won’t

    October 28, 2015

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    Posted in: Iran, Iraq, Syria


    This. Is. Hilarious.

    Honestly, I can’t stop laughing. I gotta wipe the tears out of my eyes, seriously. I feel like I need to start including the line “This is real. It is not from the Onion” as a standard disclaimer.

    But They Promised

    So it seems the U.S. has told Iraq’s leaders they must choose between American support against Islamic State and Russian support. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Iraqis “promised” they would not request any Russian airstrikes or support for the fight against IS.

    Dunford told reporters he had laid out a choice when he met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. “I said it would make it very difficult for us to be able to provide the kind of support you need if the Russians were here conducting operations as well,” Dunford said. “We can’t conduct operations if the Russians were operating in Iraq right now.”

    He said there was “angst” in the U.S. when reports surfaced that al-Abadi had said he would welcome Russian airstrikes in Iraq. The U.S., Dunford said, “can’t have a relationship right now with Russia in the context of Iraq.”

    And Now, We Laugh

    We begin laughing in that the U.S. does not seem to have any problems with the Iranians (who are also active in Syria, supporting Assad) working out in Iraq. The Iranians overtly have special forces, leadership and trainers on the ground there, have sent in armor and by many accounts supplied limited numbers of ground troops. But that seems to be OK.

    The hilarity continues because the U.S. sort of started off welcoming the Russians into the fight against IS in Syria, at least until the U.S. realized it had been played by Putin, and that the Russians in fact did not share American goals (who would have thought it?) and instead supported Assad. I mean, Russia has been Assad’s only supporter, ally, and benefactor for decades, and the Russians maintained their only remaining overseas military base in Syria since forever, so it made perfect sense for the U.S. to believe they would not side with Assad, right?

    It is even funnier when you realize the U.S. has no real goals or business left in Iraq, except now to have hissy fits to make sure that it is Iran that retains defacto control there instead of the Russians.

    And of course, since the Iraqis “promised” not to take Russian help, well, that makes it a done deal, right?

    Plus if the Russians did step in, what would the U.S. really do? Pack everything up in Iraq and just come home? Leave the Russians to guard the American Embassy? Hah, as if the U.S. would just leave Iraq.

    But the true amusement is that if the Iraqis want the Russians to help — maybe as “volunteers” — there is not a damn thing the U.S. can do about that, other than move aside, as is happening in Syria.

    Seriously, this is what’s left of American foreign policy?

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  • Recent Comments

    • RICH BAUER said...


      We’ll always have Afghanistan.

      10/28/15 8:46 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...



      god that’s funny. I needed that.

      Meanwhile, Iraq lifts it’s middle finger to the USG…


      And then…there’s this…

      “Iraq, another resource-rich country, faces its own legacy regarding the Kalashnikov. During the US occupation, AK-47s were purchased by the US for Iraqi security forces from Jordan at $60 per unit. At the start of the conflict, 350,000 AK-47s were sourced in Serbia and Bosnia by private security contractors in Iraq.”unquote

      Irony of the day. The US..buying the worlds largest weapon of mass destruction…ie..the Russian AK-47’s …for Iraq.


      bartender… you got it.. a bottle of TwoRollingEyes with a 100 proof LaughOftheDay chaser.

      “I feel like I need to start including the line “This is real. It is not from the Onion” as a standard disclaimer.”

      No one will believe you.

      10/28/15 9:23 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      America doesn’t do “power sharing” yet we accuse many tribal groupings in the Middle East of not having evolved to see the importance of power sharing. We are also war and weapons junkies who are dealers/pushers to support our habit. No POTUS will ever shut down the MICC to become a second Herbert Hoover.

      10/28/15 9:50 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      “Seriously, this is what’s left of American foreign policy?”


      I’m not a fan at all of Russian policy, but it’s extremely worrisome that somehow, our policy seems to be as bad or worse that what Russia’s policy usually is. That’s just … wrong

      Without much effort, the Russians seem to be setting us up in Syria. And why are we taking the bait???

      Maybe the Russians can do some good in that somewhere deep in Alexanadria or Arlington, VA, the lights will go on and some brilliant politico will say, yanno, we need to get our A-game on. The Russians see an opportunity and meanwhile complacency, not to mention fondness for Cuban cigars and other luxuries, seems to be plaguing whoever is making these reality-devoid policies in Virginia before springing these broken ideas to our leaders

      It is feeling alot like pre-World War I, when leaders and their circles were drunk with arrogance and power

      10/28/15 2:21 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Kyzl Orda said…”It is feeling alot like pre-World War I, when leaders and their circles were drunk with arrogance and power”

      Ding ding ding!! Give this contestant a prize!!

      10/28/15 8:09 PM | Comment Link

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