Nate Jackson / December 2, 2015

Long War Update: Whose Side Are We On?

Iraqis think Obama is helping the Islamic State.

Among the many consequences for Barack Obama’s myriad foreign policy screw-ups comes this tidbit from The Washington Post: “Iraqis think the U.S. is in cahoots with the Islamic State, and it is hurting the war.” Such charges are “beyond ridiculous,” insists Col. Steve Warren, the military’s Baghdad-based spokesman. “There’s clearly no one in the West who buys it, but unfortunately, this is something that a segment of the Iraqi population believes.” Perhaps it’s because Obama gives that impression, not only casting aside American blood and treasure, but reportedly having military units warn Islamic State oil transport drivers before bombing their trucks.

Charles Krauthammer observed, “The chairman of the joint chiefs was asked whether he considers the drivers of the oil trucks by ISIS — the ones who export it — as combatants, and he said, ‘No, they’re civilians, trying to feed their families.’ And that’s why we actually dropped leaflets warning the drivers three-quarters of an hour before any air strikes. This is a joke and it comes not from the Pentagon, it comes from the White House. This has not been a serious air war and all the promises … are a joke as long as this president is commander-in-chief.” Just so, and the average Iraqi can hardly be blamed for hearing rumors of such events and believing that the U.S. is supporting the terrorists.

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