NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell reported on MSNBC that Saudi Arabia is mulling whether or not to send troops to Iraq, to “protect their interests” there.
According to Mitchell, Saudi Arabia is “deeply skeptical” that Iraq’s government will be able to quell the unrest. Over a hundred Iraqi civilians died today, including at least 15 from a bombing at Baghdad University.
For some reason this isn’t well-remembered. But it points to something that the MSM doesn’t seem interested in looking into: That Saudi Arabia has backed ISIL with money and moral support, and continues to do so even today.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now threatening Baghdad, was funded for years by wealthy donors in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, three U.S. allies that have dual agendas in the war on terror.
The extremist group that is threatening the existence of the Iraqi state was built and grown for years with the help of elite donors from American supposed allies in the Persian Gulf region. There, the threat of Iran, Assad, and the Sunni-Shiite sectarian war trumps the U.S. goal of stability and moderation in the region.
Now, none of this is a mystery and, if truth be known, the US privately views ISIL as a bulwark against a de facto Iranian takeover of Iraq (an event I predicted would become unavoidable if the US refused to treat Iran as an open enemy and pull Tehran’s fangs – violently, if necessary).
A lot of this is tied up in Obama administration terror of another oil strike, which would sink the US deep into a depressionary episode economically, with a presidential election looming just two years away.
But Bush’s original refusal to engage Saudi Arabia and Iran as the enemies (and supporters of Muslim terrorism) that they are guaranteed that Iraq would eventually fall apart, as those two regional powers battled for control inside Iraq’s borders. In the meantime Americans, disgusted with the failure of the Bush Democracy Project and rightfully questioning the need for more American blood to prevent Muslims who have no concept of democracy, cheered Barack Obama when he bowed to the inevitable and “brought our boys home” (on a timetable designed, signed, and implemented in the beginning by Bush himself – a fact that Bushbots today would very much like you to forget).
Frankly, leaving Iraq split between a heavily armed and fanatic minority of Sunnis backed by Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states, and a much larger majority of Shia supported by Iran, was a recipe for disaster – a recipe written by the Democracy Project warriors of the Bush regime.
Now we have the same neocon idiots who backed the original Bush policy failures demanding that Obama repeat them. That’s not going to happen. Nor are we going to do what we could easily do and destroy ISIL from the air. The US still knuckles under to Saudi backdoor demands that we leave ISIL and the Sunni minority in place.
We’re walking a razor’s edge between disaster today and disaster tomorrow in the region now, and are even less safe from Muslim terror than we were in 2001 – and much less free at home as well.