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Submitted by James Kunstler of Kunstler.com,

Obama Pushes Iraqis to Mend Sectarian Rifts


— Headline, The New York Times

Have they tried diversity training? I doubt it. That’s not how things are done in the Shithole Formerly Known as Iraq (SFKI). They’re headhunters now. For the moment the ISIS hasn’t had the inclination to shrink any of their trophies. Their method for preserving the memory of all that is the smart phone video of decapitation posted on the Internet. So let’s skip the part where both sides talk about their feelings.

It all happened pretty quickly last week, but in case you haven’t noticed, Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall over there. The bonehead American news media affects to be too stunned to even ask the pertinent questions, starting with: is that all it took to undo eight years and — what? — maybe two trillion dollars in US-sponsored nation-building? Oh, plus 4,000 US dead and 50,000 wounded. So, my question would be: when do the political recriminations kick in? Pretty soon, I reckon, and when they do, expect them to be fiercely perverse. The theme of who lost Iraq? may cost more than who lost Vietnam?

How perverse is the loose talk of Iran joining forces with “the Great Satan” to support the Shiite-dominated government of Nouri al-Maliki. Prediction: not going to happen. Events are moving so quickly that the ultimate nightmare scenario is at hand: the ISIS penetrates the “Green Zone” surrounding the US embassy in Baghdad. They take hostages and commence systematic decapitations of American personnel. This is not something I would like to happen, mind you. Just saying. And the thought must have loosened a few sphincters down at the US Department of State, too.

You can be sure that Obama will be blamed both for pulling out in 2011 and then not going back to war, to protect our two trillion dollar previous investment. I have to imagine that distrust for civilian control of the US military by a corps of rising officers will reach never-before-seen depths. It may not be expressed right away, but the knock-on effects of political breakdown in the Middle East could go long and far in upsetting US politics. The defeat of Eric Cantor is just the beginning of what could be the unraveling of the federal system.

The Iraq fiasco already threatens to spike oil prices way beyond the $107 level of today. That will crush whatever remains of the US economy all over again. God knows what it might do to the financialized Rube Goldberg shadow economy of counterparty booby traps that overlays an abyss of unpayable debt. You can’t squash price discovery forever, and one morning you might wake up to discover that the price of all those shenanigans was your political heritage.

Oh, one more thing: not much attention is being paid to Saudi Arabia, but note that it has been the chief sponsor of Sunni insurgency everywhere but Saudi Arabia itself, and that the genie they let out of that flask will probably come back and tear that country to shreds, especially in so far as King Abdullah at age 90 is a virtual mummy, and that many other clans besides the Saud tribe have designs on the throne (and its mighty revenue stream from oil production). Add to that inter-tribal tension the possibility of an ISIS-style insurgency in Saudi Arabia itself, with righteous Islamic puritan warriors drawn from all over the region, and you have quite the recipe for a global clusterfuck. Surely a lot of things would get broken in the event. Given all the jealousy and ill-feeling and toward Saudi Arabia, it is a wonder that over the last 30 years no mischief-makers have, for instance, blown up the Ras Tenura oil terminal on the Persian Gulf. That would put the schnitz on global oil supply lines on a world war scale.

For the moment, it is hard to see how anything can be salvaged in Iraq. The ISIS may cause enough havoc there to shut down Iraqi oil production forever. They can start World War III. They can inspire insurgencies across the whole Islamic world and beyond. The caliphate they establish will then have to figure out how to support a population twenty times as great as the region truly can support with a medieval economy. Sooner or later, they’ll be selling shrunken heads in the souks.

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jubber's picture

Only US markets could celebrate the fall of Iraq, and spunking $4 Trillion away

Hippocratic Oaf's picture

Read 'Obama pushes' and stopped right there


madcows's picture

Pushes as well as he lifts weights.

GetZeeGold's picture



Sooo....I guess the war against terrorism is over now?

Stackers's picture

Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays

BKbroiler's picture

Great writing style, love the approach.

ZerOhead's picture

Fine Young Cannibals   ISIS Greatest Hits...

Shia' drive me crazy (I can't help myself...)


NotApplicable's picture

I stopped reading as soon as I saw "Submitted by James Kunstler."

Why any Tyler thinks this kid's opinion has any relation to reality is beyond me.

Pinto Currency's picture


After running guns and money to Al Qaida in Syria (which AQ assets have now flowed into northern Iraq) with the US State Dept, Hillary for Pres 2016 will be the hottest T-Shirt in northern Iraq.

Perhaps Tony Blair helping Hillary as special advisor on Mid-Eastern affairs.

svayambhu108's picture

|Only US markets could celebrate the fall of Iraq, and spunking $4 Trillion away

The system cannot take negative feedback, will trepidate and break. - Great Chief Law of Systems

Keyser's picture

It's coming as the mussies just won't let it be, the Crusades 2.0 will be nothing like 1.0...  In 50 years, the religion of peace will be an idle memory or will be the dominate force on the planet... No in-between... 


TheReplacement's picture

Don't forget the manpads.  At least one American helo crew has been shot down with a recent vintage Stinger missile that was verified by the military to have been checked out of inventory by the CIA.

Yes, Islamic rebels/terrorists/whatevers have been armed by the CIA and are using those arms directly against US forces.  This isn't stuff leftover from the 1980s.  This is now, today.  We are literally fighting ourselves and paying taxes and blood for both sides.

Now, go pay your taxes.


SafelyGraze's picture

"is that all it took to undo eight years and — what? — maybe two trillion dollars in US-sponsored nation-building? "

I am confused by your question

it took us eight years and two trillion dollars to reach the point where our ISIS unit can do its job



ZerOhead's picture

It amazes me that otherwise intelligent individuals cannot understand that a unified Shiite controlled Iraq is not in the stated MICC, Israeli/neocon nor the multinational oil companies best interests. Same goes for Assad in Syria.

ISIS weapons, financing, intelligence and even training were provided by ourselves, the Saudis and the Qataris yet somehow this is an organic sunni extremist insurgency that came out of nowhere... to destroy Syria first.... met up with some unexpected headwinds... and it is now threatening all the good we did getting rid of Saddam by trying to break up Iraq.

They desparately need new Hollywood scriptwriters to write a more believable story...

Schmuck Raker's picture

"....all the good we did...."


conscious being's picture

Syria, Iraq and Iran are being driven to cooperate to fend off their common menace.  Imo, they are likely to crush the ISIS cannibal crew and in the process make the Shia Cresent a political instead of just a demographic entity.

Another win for Vladomir.

Lebanon has a part to play in this as well.


BKbroiler's picture

the writer's approach... douches

Slave's picture

Mark my words, TPTB want the War Party back.

This Iraq situation is gonna piss off sooooo many people and mid terms are coming. Red team already projected to win back Senate and keep the House. And then they'll implode the market in 2015/2016 and it'll be all Obama's fault.

Mark my words.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

What do you mean ' want the war party back' ? That would imply they went somewhere and aren't in charge now. I don't know who you have been watching for the last 6 years, but the war party hasn't gone anywhere.

Calmyourself's picture

WW1,2,Korea, Vietnam who is the war party anyway, you mean the repuglicrat party right..

Harbanger's picture

 Look up Wilson, FDR, Kennedy and Johnson.

SAT 800's picture

Especially Wilson; especially twice Wilson; I'd up tick you twenty nine times if I could for mentioning Wilson; because everything starts somewhere; there's always a first instigator; and Wilson instigated us into WW1; against the perfectly rational opnion of the American People who thought; Meh ? the europeans are haveing their period again; so waht? Thereby turning a problem into a history changing world shattering disaster. Nice Work; Wilson !

Calmyourself's picture

Yeah if you read a bit closer I am blaming them...

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

THe neo con message is being pumped out there loud and clear. Now that Maliki won't play shoeshine boy, and that the irregulat NATO arym ( ISIS, JNA, IF, etc ) are practiced up from all their work and support by the west in syria, why not let them go have some fun..


Now we can start talk about "partitioning" Iraq into 3, despite normal sunnis hating ISIS, or needing more military intervention.


THat's OK, Iran will help, so to the US, bussy up to them in image at least because that is your only hope. You blew your blood and treasure on a fake war on terror only to create a real war on terror while china, iran, and russia have risen.


I wish the wheels would just fall off already.

ZerOhead's picture

I'll settle for them simply pulling their heads out of their asses and stopping the madness.

I just don't think that a new rising Eastern Imperialism will do any better for the average global serf than the Western one has...

Freebird's picture

Sure...the terrorists now have their own nation

SAT 800's picture

Who Won ? Is there a trophy?

Idaho potato head's picture

Well they got some spiffy equipment out of it, I'd consider that a trophy .

Colonel Klink's picture

Pushes, as in pushes back into Reggie.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Is Berri equipped with a back up alarm?

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

More ass backwards reporting. If the west stopped supporting radical jihadis Iraq could not only be salvaged, but could prosper.


If you're talking as a western media mouthpiece and are saying "salvaged" in the sense of being aUS puppet, then probably no.

gcjohns1971's picture


I don't see that Yellen's finger pressing the 'zero' key will get tired before adding it all back to the biggest bank's accounts so they can continue buying Tbills and stocks.

madcows's picture

It's all Bush Jr's fault.  He got us into the war, and kept us there to do nation building.  I can hear the Bush blaming already.

Flakmeister's picture

  If the fucking shoe fits, wear it...

McMolotov's picture

If only we had kept troops stationed in Iraq for a century, then we would have "won" the war.

Crazed Weevil's picture

If only we hadn't given a fuckton of weapons to an Al-Qaeda affiliate to fight in Syria only for them to turn around and use them on something else...

McMolotov's picture

It always seems like a good idea at the time.

pods's picture

That is the same line that I used one New Year's days some time ago!

She looked much smaller in the dark.


Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

It's a great idea now for some people. Any weapons manufacturer is having a hayday with all this. On one hand, the govt buys weapons and gives them to the al quada 'freedom fighters' in Syria, but then once those guys cross a line on the map the become 'terrorists', and have to be killed, which means the govt has to buy more weapons. Then more 'freedom fighters' must be trained and armed, then killed once the cross that border. Round and round we go. Create a problem, then sell the solution. It's like the broken window fallacy writ large. Except with people's lives instead of windows. Krugman must have a raging hard on for all this. According to him, this kind of shit should fix everything.

Idaho potato head's picture

And with the mega giveaway to pooleese here, it's gonna be a watershed year for the military arms trade, go long!

Urban Redneck's picture

Only to FUCKING RETARDS in Foggy Bottom so dense that instead of forced sterilizations (for the good of the motherland) they should have been taken to the basement and shot.

Seriously, it's not like there aren't a lot of revolving door and permanent desk jockeys who don't personally remember how colluding with the Saudis against the Russians had "unintended" consequences before/during/after 9/11/01.

Sure, it was going to be different this time... instead of colluding against the Syrians with just the Saudis, someone had the brilliant idea of bringing in the Libyans, Qataris, and Turks, and who knows who else. These sorts of people should be prevented from making it to the Double Jeopardy round in the first place (see above). One would have to be Hitlery/Nudelman stupid to thing this was going to work out better (for anyone other than the MIC).

(your implicit sarc tag was duly ignored)

Jack Burton's picture

Indeed! In reality, this whole disaster lies at the foot of Obama and his CIA who decided to fund, arm and train Al-Qaeda in order to fight a proxy war against Syria. With no viable border between the nations and sunni Jihadists on both sides, it was only natural the arms and money would be used to fund a giant sunni Jihad entity, the very one driving on Baghdad right now. CIA at work again. The US fondness for alliances with A-Qaeda have gotten the Neo-con crazies at CIA into the business of being active funders and armers of ISIS.

Why do Americans allow the lunatics in State Department and CIA to keep their jobs, when all they do is fuck things up. See Ukraine for the giant fuck of the 21st century, all of which was cooked up by State Department and CIA.  These fools keep earning big paychecks from us taxpayers while they destroy the world with their crack pot schemes of empire on the cheap. The Syrian proxy war in which the USA is firmly allied with Al-Qaeda is the direct cause of the ISIS madmen taking over parts of Iraq.

Jethro's picture

Hindsight is 20/20....again.....and again.....and again....

Jack Burton's picture

Thats right! We won the war and then liberals pulled out the victorious troops. We won the Vietnam war, but just as victory became complete, the liberals pulled out the victorious troops. Now we see the victory in Afghanistan under threat as liberals are planning to pull out the victorious troops. Iraq is a model of how to fight and win a necessary war of defense against a real threat, the victory was complete and occupation had the nation on a path to peace and prosperity, until liberals pulled out the troops. Libya is a mess ONLy because liberals in congress refused to supply 100,000 troops to occupy Libya. So we see the real problem, it is not too many wars, it is too many liberals screwing up all the victorious wars. Who lost Iraq, Vietnam, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria etc. etc. It was the radical liberals who refused to support our victories and instead undercut the US war machine at every opportunity. ISIS is winning because Liberals prevented Obama from bombing Syria. How do I know? Well, I heard it on FOX this morning. What more proof can you ask for.

Iraq under Bush was a great American war victory, Iraq is being lost now because liberals are not allowing a second bombing campaign and invasion. Meanwhile in Syria, the CIA is pouring money, weapons and diplomatic support behind the radical Al-Qaeda Islamists. Since these same Islamists hold both Syrian and Iraqi border positions, the amrs and money flow both ways. Nobody in CIA seems to have figured out that Syria is a back door funding mechanism for ISIS. ISIS is using American money and arms supplied by CIA via Turkey.

Do all these wars make sense? When I was a little kid, America was up to it's lips in Vietnam. Billions on money and tens of thousands of men were being bruned up in this war in a place nobody even knew existed before the US inavsion. At the end of it, everyone was fighting over WHO lost Vietnam, as if it was ours to lose in the first place. The general agreement was according to what I read and heard that the USA had won the war, and then Liberals undercut the victory and lost Vietnam to the communist nationalists, the same communist nationalists that the USA now seeks as allies against a rising China.

Iraq is a symptom of what happens when the neo-con crazies run Washington. An rememebr who first called neo-cons the Crazies???? Yes, that's right, it was none other than Ronald Wilson Reagan, who threw them out of his administration. But now, uner both parties, the neo-cons have come back and run Washington from top to bottom. Reagan was right, but nobody listened to him, even he could see that they would destory America.

madcows's picture

I'm a conservative.  I see no need to be fighting someone else's wars.  I'd rather spend the money on protecting our own borders.

I believe in a smaller government that enables prosperity, not suppresses it or redistributes it.  What is my incentive to work when all I do is try to climb over government made hurdles, and anything I have left is taken and given to someone that hasn't worked.

I believe in individual responsibility.  If no one is responsible, except the "government", then everyone will be irresponsible, and that's a recipe for disaster.

I don't think those beliefs are a bad thing.  So, when you slander everyone by throwing around the "Neo-Con" label, I think you're no different than any Lefty/Righty.  You just slander and name call.    Congratulations, you're just as dispicable as any washington pol.