John Ransom

Oh, and they lost Iraq too.

You can add Iraq to the list of countries that Obama and Hillary screwed up.

And if you think it’s bad now, just wait.

The Bush administration will look like masters of clarity as Iraq descends into chaos.

At the very least they look competent in comparison.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an Al Qaida inspired army, has captured key cities in Iraq and have said they intend on marching all the way to Baghdad.

“Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured Baiji and Tikrit in their southward offensive,” says our contributor NightWatch, “The news reports suggest they met little resistance. They executed six government policemen they captured. One analyst reported at least 160 killed and over 100 wounded in fighting on 11 June. More ominously, television footage on Wednesday evening showed ISIL fighters patrolling the streets of Duluiyah, a small town just 60 miles north of Baghdad.”

The rate at which the insurgents are taking ground shouldn’t surprise anyone. But Hillary Clinton isn’t just anyone.

She wants to be president.

“Hillary Clinton says what's happening in Iraq is ‘a dreadful, deteriorating situation’ and she's surprised by the effectiveness of the al-Qaida-inspired group that has captured major cities there,” reports the Associated Press. “The former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential contender weighed in Thursday on the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, that led this week's seizure of key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq. The group has vowed to march to Baghdad.”

And they will fight for Baghdad because no one will stop them.

“Violent internal instability is centripetal,” says NightWatch “meaning that it seeks a center of power. Thus ISIL will attempt to capture the key government buildings in Baghdad. Once its fighters leave the predominantly Sunni areas [north of Baghdad], however, the fighting will get tougher. The Shiites of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad reportedly are arming again. Another fight for Baghdad seems unavoidable.”

Whether she’s surprised or just stupid, Clinton has to shoulder the blame, along with Obama, for their failure to secure a long-lasting peace in Iraq.

This scenario of a long civil war in Iraq was avoidable.

Obama and Clinton were given an Iraq that was stable.

That was the point of invading Iraq to begin with.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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