We have completely lost control of "Iraq" which BTW doesn't exist anymore.Submitted by Smudge Pot on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:55
Vice news SHOCKINGLY REPORTS that "Falah Mustafa Bakir, the head of foreign relations for the KRG (Kurdish Regional Government), gave an interview to Vice News that contained several quite stunning statements...."
and here they are:
“The political landscape in Iraq has changed…the balance of power has changed…and now we are a neighbor to another emerging state in Iraq: The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Today, Iraq is not our neighbor – ISIS is our neighbor.”
I'm not sure what's so shocking. In a few weeks we saw ISIS/ISIL spring into power, "Kurdistan" become a hard reality, both of these groups acquired a pretty stunning cache of military hardware and oil fields, a "coup" in Bagdhad and heaven only knows what's going on in Kabul but Afghanistan as a nation disappeared a few years ago.
And that's what we have now. Bagdhad is basically all that remains of the former Iraq. Right now it's shiite government is trying to hold on and not become the next poster boys for ISIS brutality.
Suddenly I don't think you are gonna be hearing too much about "bomb Iran" for a while, they are one of the only viable checks on ISIS. But hearing a Peshmurga fighter indicate that they are dealing with a new state isn't shocking, it's pragmatic. Has John Kerry met with ISIS/ISIL leaders in the medeast? He's met with practically everybody else so why not?
Because these people don't want to negotiate, they want to cut his and our heads off. It's gonna be strange buying oil from these people given their propensity to chop people's heads off.
The article posted at zerohedge kinda reinforces this dumbfounded awareness...that there's not a dang thing we can do to stop this. Containment will be the next strategy and it will fail.