“This explicit, shameless backing of ISIS demands Obama’s immediate impeachment,” Lyndon LaRouche said yesterday upon being briefed on the latest developments in Iraq. “ISIS is the detonator for thermonuclear war.” Indeed, the developments of the past 24 hours or so look like a cauldron ready to boil over, and everything coming from in and around the Obama administration is designed to make it worse.
For example, retired Adm. James Stavridis, formerly commander of NATO, now the Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, wrote a couple of days ago on the Atlantic Council blog that NATO could jump into the fray by:
- waging cyberwar to counter jihadist propganda
- Assembling a team of NATO special forces to deploy alongside the US special forces teams already there
- NATO special forces teams, backed by airborne intelligence and surveillance assets, could cross the border from Turkey into both Iraq and Syria
“in order to understand what is happening on the ground, provide an unbiased conduit of information and intelligence, and prepare for possible NATO operations in either Syria or Iraq.”
This insanity was complemented by another set of three options being considered, according to an unnamed Obama administration official cited by Bloomberg. To address an ISIS with 10,000 fighters and a $2 billion war chest, the official said what is being considered by the Obama administration is:
- to conduct limited military strikes
- To pressure Maliki to step down (i.e., regime change)
- To work with the Saudis to get Sunni tribesmen to break with ISIS
Secretary of State John Kerry in fact was in Riyadh for a number of days last week, where he discussed exactly such a strengthened Saudi role, according to senior U.S. intelligence sources. Furthermore Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of much of the bloodletting in Syria, has been brought back into the fold by King Abdullah, after apparently being in a sort of limbo for several months after being removed from his post as head of Saudi intelligence. Abdullah has made Bandar his “special envoy” — to whom, the news reports don’t say, but sources tell EIR that Bandar has been brought back because of his close contacts with Sunni tribes in Iraq.
Meanwhile, ISIS is threatening war against much of the rest of the world. According to a report in The Hindu, dated yesterday, Ibrahim Awwad al-Badri, commander of the insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has vowed war against several countries, including India, in a Ramzan speech released online late on Tuesday. In the speech, al-Badri calls on believers to take up arms during the month of penitence, and terrify the enemies of Allah and “seek death in the places where you expect to find it, for the dunya [worldly life] will come to an end.”
Al Badri says: “Muslims’ rights…are forcibly seized in China, India, Palestine, Somalia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Caucasus, Sham (the Levant), Egypt, Iraq, Indonesia, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Ahvaz, Iran (by the rafidah (shia)), Pakistan, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Morocco, in the East and in the West.” (All text as in original released by ISIS.)
Iraq’s ambassador in Washington, Lukman Faily, went to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Tuesday, to tell official Washington that Iraq is being forced to turn to other countries — namely, Iran, Russia, and Syria — to get help in its fight against ISIS, because US aid, which Iraq would prefer to have, is so slow in arriving.
While the Obama administration is de facto moving to topple Maliki and bring about regime change in Iraq—to the delight of ISIS—the Russians have announced that they will not sit idly by and watch the disintegration of Iraq and the entire region. In Baghdad, the Russian ambassador to Iraq, Ilya Morgunov, said that Russia will deliver 5-10 more Su-25’s by the end of the summer. He also said that Russian technicians are in the country to assemble the aircraft but Russian pilots will not be flying them. Josh Rogin, writing in The Daily Beast, reports, however, that, according to diplomatic sources, Russian pilots will be flying combat missions in those jets, “due to a lack of Iraqi pilots with the proper training”—a report that has not been confirmed.