Thursday, June 12, 2014
Should The U.S. Military Return To Iraq?
June 12, 2014 Baghdad (S2N Media) The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, continues its march toward Baghdad. Nevertheless, what does ISIS actually want? Is it capable of holding the territory that it is capturing? What are its aims? What are the consequences if it succeeds in toppling Iraq's current, secular, government?
The threat of widespread regional warfare in Iraq is a reality. Armed Islamists spanning the Syrian border have seized Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, and a string of Sunni Muslim towns located along the southern edge of Baghdad.
Turkey and Iran may intervene to protect their political and security interests, and Iraq's Kurds have moved into the long-contested city of Kirkuk, which was abandoned by the Iraqi army.
Why does Iraq once again matter to the US?
They have 10% of the world's oil supplies. ISIS, if they take over Iraq, will become the richest and most well supplied Sunni Terrorist organization in the world. They have a good-sized swath of Syria already. If they want to form an Islamic Caliphate, they would be well on their way to gaining some potent leverage.
Unlike when the Bush Administration invaded Iraq under the false pretense of looking for weapons of mass destruction, the current Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki is inviting U.S. intervention in the current situation in Iraq. The invitation by Prime Minister al-Maliki raises the question; should the U.S. involve itself in Iraq's current affairs?
President Obama is taking the political high road in response to inquiries of involving the U.S.
"My team is working around the clock to identify how we can provide the most effective assistance to them,"
Obama said Thursday in an Oval Office appearance with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
"I don't rule out anything, because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter." - President Obama.
The U.S. has not been sitting back dormant on the current unrest in Iraq. The Wall Street Journal reported that US drones had in fact been flying secretly over contested sections of Iraqi territory since last year in a purely surveillance capacity to try to get some insight as to the insurgents' positions and capacity. In addition, the Obama administration has stepped up shipments of military hardware to Iraq in recent months, including assault rifles, transport helicopters and other equipment.
What do you think the U.S. should do?