Islamic State militants have taken over Ramadi, the provincial capital of Iraq’s Anbar province. This is a defeat that should have never happened. The Iraq military vastly outnumbered the opposing forces. They had plenty of weapons and air support from U.S. jet fighters.
The Iraqi forces were not routed from Ramadi—they left of their own accord. Once ISIS approached the urban center, the forces trained to defend the city simply ran away. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight.”
The Iraqis left behind large numbers of U.S.-supplied vehicles, a half-dozen tanks, a similar number of artillery pieces, a larger number of armored personnel carriers and about 100 wheeled vehicles like Humvees. All this equipment is now presumed to be in Islamic State hands.
Over the past year, defeated Iraq security forces have repeatedly left military equipment that we gave them on the battlefield. Last June, we saw the Mosul disaster where 30,000 Iraqi soldiers ran away from 800 ISIS fighters. After we spent $20.2 billion to train and equip Iraqi security forces to defend their country, and at the first shot, they stripped off their uniforms and handed their weapons to the enemy in exchange for “safe passage” home.
The U.S. has carried out hundreds of airstrikes against Islamic State forces. A large percentage of those strikes are to destroy all of our vehicles that have gone wayward. The press has aided the false impression that we are making progress by repeatedly running footage of precision strikes. A more realistic image would be to show a map of the region that has steadily fallen under ISIS’s control.
It baffles me that President Obama has been able to remain untouched by what should be one of the greatest foreign policy disasters in American history. During the dark days of the Vietnam War, we never had vast amounts of U.S. weapons falling into the hands of the North Vietnamese army. Despite the fact that Iraq has fractured into three main groups Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds; the Obama Administration has continued the delusion of a “one Iraq” policy.
There have been few news story posted that point out how our strategy in Iraq has failed. I find it incredibly spooky how Obama’s name is never linked to this mess. Something tells me if I could see into the future he will not get out of office unscathed.
You may remember that the Anbar province was the focus of the 2007 Iraq War troop surge. President Bush deployed more than 20,000 soldiers to Iraq to stabilize the country. After spending over a trillion dollars on a war effort that lost 4,000 soldiers and left 32,000 wounded, we decided to gamble with a few more hundred lives. The surge worked, but it didn’t last.
I know that the District of Columbia recently voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Vice President Biden was certainly high on something when he called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, to reassure him of our support. According to an official White House statement, “The vice president recognized the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces over the past eighteen months in Ramadi and elsewhere.”
Republican Sen. John McCain, who chairs the Armed Services Committee is also stoned on something. He wants thousands of U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, including spotters who can better direct air strikes. We’ve already tried for eight years to fix Iraq. Going back in would be in keeping with the definition of insanity — trying the same thing and expecting a different result.
Bible prophecy tells us that all earthly kingdoms are directed by spiritual beings. The ability of ISIS to strike terror in the Iraqi military without even fighting is a strong indication that this cabal of evil is being guided by some powerful demonic force.
One good reason for America to stay out of Iraq is that we are not mentioned in Bible prophecy. Since Iraq, Syria, and Iran all have a role in the last-days, we should let them take the lead. Iran has already vowed to send Shia forces to retake Ramadi and key oil assets from Islamic State militants. If the folks in Washington were wise, they would wish Iran the best of luck and let our foes battle each other for a change.
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority” (Revelation 13:1-2).