ISIS Ramadi

Focus on Obama’s Terrible Iraq Blunder

I remember walking down the ruined streets of Ramadi in the spring of 2007. The vista resembled pictures of Berlin in 1945: ruined buildings everywhere, water bubbling in the streets from water mains damaged by too many explosions. But what was most remarkable was not the evidence of violence but, rather, the fact that no insurgents were shooting at my military escorts or me.

“A few weeks ago you couldn’t drive down this street without being attacked. When I went down this street in February, I was hit three times with small-arms fire and IEDs,” Army Colonel John W. Charlton told me as we drove into town in his up-armored Humvee. But now Ramadi was eerily quiet; by the time I visited in April, not a single American soldier had been killed in Ramadi for weeks. Everywhere there were Joint Security Stations and Observation Posts where American and Iraqi security forces worked side by side to keep the peace.

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  • In short – Obama’s retreat from Iraq is what caused the rise of ISIS. Will he say he’s sorry? Don’t hold your breath.

    • Obama wants to pull out of the ME completely.

      The battle against ISIS is more a prolonged retreat.

    • just a thought

      Sorry? I’m sure he’s quite pleased at how “well” everything is proceeding according to plan.

    • He wants ISIS to win. An unstable region in the heart of Islamism will rid the region of minorities.

      And let’s not forget his support for Iran.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Iraq is like a corporation: an artificial entity, intangible and existing only in contemplation of outside international constructs.