Kerry promises 'intense and sustained' support for Iraq

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Neurochuck wrote:

So who in Iraq does not want to kill Americans ?

Jun 23, 2014 6:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
GRRR wrote:

I find it amusing that some Iranian officials believe the US is trying to regain control of Iraq. Quite the opposite. The US would actually prefer to not have to own any responsibility for the failures of Iraq, including Al Maliki.

Although I understand the confusion, as certain architects of the Iraq War and Reconstruction — Dick Cheney and Paul Bremer — have lately taken to the public airwaves and print to demand greater military action. But you see, they only do so as to shield their original failures, including the invasion of Iraq, followed by the appointment of Al Maliki in the first place.

Jun 23, 2014 6:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
nose2066 wrote:

This story: “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq’s prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government..”

Shouldn’t that read: “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Ukraine’s president in Kiev on Monday to push for a more inclusive government…” ???

Jun 23, 2014 7:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
KJeroH wrote:

ISIL is first and foremost an Arab problem. They’ve been funded and armed by the Sunni-dominated, oil rich Gulf states — both as a brutal means to stomp on any Shia illusions of gaining power through Arab spring-like uprisings; and their usual bribery to keep themselves off the target lists. However, the al-Queada offshoots are potent and decentralized and out of control.

Jun 23, 2014 7:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MonitorLizard wrote:

GRRR: Maybe the US would “prefer not to own any responsibility for the failures of Iraq?” And Obama and his cronies quiet about their wish to have Malaki buckle under though there is reported chi-chatting about this “behind the scenes.” That is is horse pucky.

Jun 23, 2014 8:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChuckRanger wrote:

If you asked any group in Iraq just what they wanted and what would make them happy, they would hard pressed to come up with a decent answer, and if the did it would hard for us to understand.

Jun 23, 2014 9:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

This has to be the ultimate in double talk. But I’m sure there will be much more.

During the invasion to topple SH, the policy of the US was to distance and oust the Sunnis minority from power, to discharge the army and to alienate the Baathist party from government. Now that the new government is in trouble and the oil leases may be in jeopardy, and the government of the man they put in place may fall, they want the Sunnis included again.

Do you think Maliki may be asking, “why should I believe one word out of these double talkers and hopelessly compromised US politicians”?

Can anyone in Iraq believe the US ever knew what it was doing there? I can just imagine in what contempt Iraqis hold the US now.

I suspect the very first thing ISIL will do when it has toppled the government will be to tear up all the leases. That was why the US invaded Iraq in the first place and lied about it during every miserable year it was there.

Jun 23, 2014 9:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
1996MEdition wrote:

How can you be more inclusive with a group that wants nothing except to destroy what little modern civilization exists in Iraq and replace it with a medieval caliphate? Look what’s happening in Mosul. It will soon be convert to Sunni or die.

Jun 23, 2014 10:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TOTL wrote:

Malaki is already Iran’s puppet there. We know it, they know it. Kerry’s trip was political pablum. If we truly want to get something out of this mess, recognize the Kurds as a separate entity, let them work with the Turks to establish their autonomous area. People don’t seem to realize that Syria was a proxy war between the Shia of Iran and the Sunni in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi’s poured millions to the “rebels” and Iran backed Assad. There were close to 10,000 Iranian regular troops in Syria at one point. The proxy war is now getting out of hand as the Obama administration woefully underestimated Malaki and the Iraqi government’s ability to sustain itself w/o our support. Instead of taking a measured withdrawal, he caved to the irrational political expediant of pulling out by a set date, rather than as the situation developed. Foolish strategy. When your putting up building or building a dam, do you declare you’re done at a certain date and walk away? No. You try to hit the planning date, but if you’re not done, you finish the job according to the plan. Foolish execution.

Jun 23, 2014 11:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BioStudies wrote:

So Kerry wants Iraq to accept bonafide terrorists into the government but in his own country he calls people trying to uphold the constitution terrorists. This man isn’t a war hero he’s a war criminal.

Jun 23, 2014 11:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
boreal wrote:

The US’ plate is certainly seems to be full. Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Israel, Syria, Ukraine, Russia, the Far East; can they manage it without any further undue self-inflected pain?

Jun 23, 2014 11:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:

working with the iraq govt is a waste..they are Irans’ puppets, which is why, the sunni tribes aren’t helping defeat the invaders…kerry should talk to obamas buddies in tehran..they owe obama a great deal ,for his total silence, when he had a chance to change the world for peace, by helping the people in the streets of iran, during their arab since then, all is silent and the old angry men still rule ..they owe obama..time for obama to collect, if he can on this debt…

Jun 23, 2014 12:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
boreal wrote:

Sorry, forgot to add Afghanistan, Pakistan. Any more I missed? Well, how about the porous US – Mexican border?

Jun 23, 2014 12:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
BGoldberg wrote:

Disgusted and repulsed I am by Iraqi military. Talk about wimps and spineless jellyfish. I want to know why we bothered to spend upward of 25 billion in that God forsaken area just to have these so called “forces” run like little girls and totally abandon borders. We are beyond stupid if we spend one more dollar there. Period. Let Iran,IRaq, Jordon, etc. figure things out themselves. It doesn’t matter to me to “leads” these countries. Doesn’t make a difference. I’ve watched the history of that area and don’t think there is any strong probability for any form of effective governing or societal control. Too much tribal warfare, long running hatefulness towards each other’s “religious” interpreations, too many people totally hardened and out of the realm of decency or civility. Get out of there America, and stay out for everyone’s sake.

Jun 23, 2014 12:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Faxplz wrote:

WHEN WILL OUR US GOVT LEARN?! We keep allowing our govt. to get into the world’s business, then we’re shocked when the world hates us and uses our own weapons against us and our few allies.

I’m 48, born in the USA, never a felon, I should run for president on a platform of minding our own business and taking care of Americans and I’d win.

Jun 23, 2014 2:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
branchltd wrote:

What does ‘intense and sustained’ translate into?

Jun 23, 2014 2:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlmartel wrote:

Kerry’s “intense and sustained” assistance is to say more words. He wants Iraq to defeat ISIL/ISIS “with the incredible urgency” that might be related to the incredible Hulk except that the big green guy is more believable than Kerry’s words. I have recommended air strikes with US precision missiles to solve one part of the crisis, allow rebuilding of Iraq’s military, and buy time for negotiations for Iraq’s unity. Neither the Bush regime nor the Obama regime have taken my advice, so the US has destroyed itself during the past 13 years.

Jun 23, 2014 2:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yodipota wrote:

Of all people this incompetent nincompoop gives assurances, just like his Boss and the red lining, you can keep your doctor promises among others.

Jun 23, 2014 2:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gentalman wrote:

I remind a story of two cats fighting for one loaf and when the approached to a monkey for justice.The result was both cats lost loaf to monky’s advantage.Us is waiting on the side with hope but Maliki is a seasoned statesman who has so far managed many ups and downs.
We don’t know what is going on behind doors,We as a public shall never undestand why both Iran and US are silent with apparantly no actiev role in such a serious war!These days in most of the small countries innocent people die due to proxy war on their land.

Jun 23, 2014 4:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gentalman wrote:

Here are two statesmen,one with the world view and the other having strong view of local affairs.Let’s see who has the upper hand.In the meantime innocent bystanding people are dieing.

Jun 23, 2014 4:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bighammerman wrote:

If Obama knew what he was doing Iraq and the US would not be in this mess. Obama spent too much time on the golf course and showboating to see this coming. When Obama says he didn’t know he is telling the truth but he should have known. Obama needs to resign or Congress needs to remove him from office,

Jun 23, 2014 5:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bighammerman wrote:

If Obama knew what he was doing Iraq and the US would not be in this mess. Obama spent too much time on the golf course and showboating to see this coming. When Obama says he didn’t know he is telling the truth but he should have known. Obama needs to resign or Congress needs to remove him from office,

Jun 23, 2014 5:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
longtail wrote:

The best “intense and sustained” support for Iraq now would be to help the Iraqi people partition into three sectarian countries so they can finally find some peace.

Jun 23, 2014 6:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AnLaN wrote:

I don’t think the Iraqi’s know what they are doing and neither will anyone else. All I see is the politics of hate and revenge hiding behind religion. This is an all too familiar story that will continue to end in tragedy. These people aren’t worth the effort. Maybe after they have exhausted themselves they will finally figure it out. But then again, maybe not. They are rewarding themselves with their blind stupidity and inability to rationally look at their situation. No one emerges from armed conflict a true winner. Everyone loses something during a conflict.

Jun 23, 2014 6:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:

Bighammerman: You don’t make sense. What did Obama do to cause this “mess” in Iraq? There was relative stability in Iraq and the Middle East until the Bush Administration removed the one thing that kept Iraq from crumbling into chaos: Saddam Hussein. We had no-fly zones to protect the Kurds and Shiites, and weapons inspectors to keep Saddam honest. There was no al Qaeda function in Iraq. Iraq, with Saddam in power, kept Iran in check. It was ugly, but it was working.

Then Bush, the dumbest president in US history, came to power and opened Pandora’s box. They removed the one thing that was holding it all together. Now there is no realistic “solution.” GRRR is exactly right in his post. Cheney and company are now trying to rewrite history. They are floating the nonsense that we need to go back into Iraq. That way as this monumental disaster unfolds, they can say, “Hey, it wasn’t us. It was Obama. He should have…bla, bla, bla.” So in the meantime they’re trying, without success, to make it Obama’s fault for NOT going in or for not staying in Iraq. It’s a much harder sell then if Obama actually went back into Iraq. Then Obama would bear some responsibility, but Obama’s smarter than that, and is certainly smarter than Bush and Cheney. Iraq was one of America’s biggest mistakes. Period.

Jun 23, 2014 6:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
111Dave111 wrote:

Silver Lining Department: Syria Hands Over Last Of Declared Chemical Weapons Stockpile.

Jun 23, 2014 7:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
edgyinchina wrote:

We’ve made soooo many mistakes over the years when it comes to Iraq. I hope that somehow, we’ll finally start making some good decisions…

Jun 23, 2014 8:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carnivalchaos wrote:

edgyinchina: Me too. Though Americans loath to state it, we acted shamefully, and we carry on as if causing the deaths of so many people and contributing to the chaos is no big deal. It is a big deal, and so was the fact that we were cozened into invading that country. Shame on the Bush Administration and shame on us for going along.

Unfortunately, things are so chaotic over there that good decisions on our part will mostly go unnoticed. The best we can do is limit more harm to our country and our costs, and see if we can play any positive role in helping to negotiate a peace of some sort. And any agreed upon arrangement will probably be short lived. Iraq has a lot of oil and, therefore, a lot of incentive for various entities to work their wills on the “country.” And we’re a major example.

Jun 23, 2014 9:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Marla wrote:

The only thing we should be providing Iraq is a complete and total pull out of American intervention. We royally messed things up there, our ONLY course of action now should be to make reparations (as best we can)for the damage we’ve done and get the heck out. Perhaps provide humanitarian assistance where possible as well.

Jun 23, 2014 11:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dd606 wrote:

Yes, intense support… After the whopping 300 “consultants” are sent over… they’re going to send over some nice sandwiches, and maybe some juice boxes. That should help.

Jun 23, 2014 12:23am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Invictuss wrote:

That tard Kerry should apologise to the Iraqi people that the usa literally ruined they country….

Jun 24, 2014 3:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Leatherrope wrote:

Kerry thinks he can shape Iraq politics. The Iraq government is corrupt. Period.

Jun 24, 2014 3:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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