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Obama Must Be So Happy Today

ISIS Declares Islamic Caliphate

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You know that nobody is going to lift a finger here, right? It’s a done deal. 90% guaranteed.

The leaders of an Al Qaeda splinter group that has seized vast portions of northern and western Iraq have declared the establishment of an Islamic state and demanded allegiance from other Muslim groups.

In an audio statement posted online that coincided with the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a spokesman for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), announced that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was the “caliph,” or leader, of a state whose territory extended from the city of Aleppo in northwestern Syria, to Diyala province in northeastern Iraq.

The spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, described al-Baghdadi as “the imam and khalifah (caliph) for the Muslims everywhere.” He also said that with the establishment of the caliphate, the group was changing its name to just the Islamic State, dropping the mention of Iraq and the Levant.

“The legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the caliph’s authority and the arrival of its troops to their areas,” al-Adnani continued. “Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day.”

Muslim extremists have long dreamed of recreating the Islamic state, or caliphate, that ruled over the Middle East, much of North Africa and beyond in various forms over the course of Islam’s 1,400-year history.

“Experts” predict that such a bold move will lead to lots of internecine fighting: Muslim Type 1 vs. Muslim Type 2. Gee, such a prediction; breathing leads to lots of muzzie vs. muzzie fighting.

But the really interesting part of this is that neither Iran nor Al Qaeda is in charge. Hey, you snooze, you lose.

And Team Obama steps in it again ...

State-run [Iraqi] TV aired footage Sunday of the arrival overnight of five Russian Sukhoi fighter jets. They are the first of 25 warplanes expected to be delivered under a contract agreed to by Moscow and Baghdad, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement provided to CNN.

The announcement follows a comment by al-Maliki that militant advances might have been avoided if Iraq had proper air power, in the form of fighter jets that Iraq has been trying to get from the United States.

“I’ll be frank and say that we were deluded when we signed the contract” with the United States, al-Maliki told the BBC in the interview last week, which was released Friday.

Iraq has now turned to Russia and Belarus to buy fighter jets, he said. “God willing, within one week, this force will be effective and will destroy the terrorists’ dens,” he said.

U.S. officials were quick to reject al-Maliki’s complaints.

U.S. fighter jets have not been slow in coming, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told CNN. The first two promised F-16s “weren’t expected to be delivered until the fall, which is still months away,” Kirby said. “And we were in the process of working towards that delivery.”

Yeah, but Admiral Cucumber, Iraq needed fighter planes two years ago. Not 2 of them, but 50. And it sure as heck needed fighter bombers back in January, plus ordnance, when ISIS started its push. They didn’t have to be brand new ones. Just air worthy ones. Simple but reliable, and they only had to be fast enough to outrun those MANPADS. I mean, duh, WTF: we left everything else over there, why not leave them some old planes? Or sell them some stripped down and refurbished ones? I’m sure you could have found at least a couple dozen jets with some decent service life left and given them fresh tires and a coat of paint. Pilots? Ground crews? Oh please. How many years were we over there? In all that time, while you were building up their army, you couldn’t train a couple hundred guys to be pilots, bomb jockeys, mechanics, and avionics dudes? Shit, they don’t even need jets. Once again, a fast piston engined fighter, or a medium two engine turboprop jobbie converted to a small bomber would have done it. Or even smaller; a whole fleet of those little Super Tucanos would get things started.  They don’t need hardly any of the electronic wonders inside either. Radar, GPS, a simple targeting system, basic missile warning. Cheaper to make, faster to build, easier to maintain.

Dopes.


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