Bluedog:ALL IMO ............. JUST ONE REPORTER INSIDE IRAQ THAT SEEMS TO HAVE GREAT KNOWLEDGE AND THAT HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THE FIGHT .............AS HE STATED IT ONLY TOOK LIGHT ARMS TO PUT THEM ON THE RUN IN KOBANE ....
(See Article Below)
AND WHAT HAPPENED IN MOSUL THEY RAN LIKE RATS KNOWING THE BIG GUNS WERE COMING NOW ITS ALL BUT SILENT IN MOSUL HMMMMM .......
STRATEGY SEEMS TO BE THESE BAD GUYS LEFT MOSUL PAST THRU RAMADI ON THEIR WAY OUT THAT'S HOW I SEE THIS AND THEY WERE FORCED INTO THIS DIRECTION WITH ONE WAY OUT OF MOSUL ALONG THE WAY INTELLIGENCE WAS COLLECTED AND AS YOU SEEN 3 DAYS AGO IRAQ SAID THEY HAD THE UPPER HAND IN RAMADI ON ALL INTELLIGENCE ...........
REMEMBER PHOTOS CAN BE OLD AND USED LATER FOR PROPAGANDA..............PRAY FOR THIS WRITER TO HAVE SAFETY ...............
JIMO FROM INSIDE IRAQ ..............SAUDIS HAVE THERE BORDER READY FOR THEM AND THE U.S. HAS SYRIAN BORDER HEAVY FROM THE AIR IMO THEY WERE RATS IN A TRAP BEING TAKEN CARE OF ...................KEEP IN MIND DEMSEY 10 DAYS OR SO SAID ANBAR WAS NOT ANY WORRY TO HIM AND THEY HAD THIS INTEL THEN ............THEY KNOW THEIR EVERY MOVE AND FORCE THEM THRU A FUNNEL
IRAQ KNOWS AND THE US KNOWS WHAT THE SECURITY IS AND SO DOES THE CBI ..............THEY WILL BE DUST BY TECHNICAL ARMS AT ANY BORDER ESCAPE
NOW THE CBI HAS HAD THE GREEN LITE WHY BECAUSE THE IMF KNEW WHAT AND HOW THINGS WOULD END UP MONTH OR MORE .....SECURITY
AND NOW WE HAVE SENATORS COMING OUT AND PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS SAYING WE HAVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF TROOPS IN IRAQ AND THEY SAY CALL THEM WHAT YOU MAY ... (ADVISORS) OR TROOPS ON THE GROUND
AS THEY SPOKE TODAY ...........3 WEEKS AGO DAASH WAS IN MOSUL BUYING FOLKS CARS WAY BEYOND THE ACTUAL PRICE SO THEY COULD GET OUT OF MOSUL AND THEY FLED TO RAMADI OR THRU RAMADI ON A FAST TRACK OUT OF IRAQ IT WAS THE ONLY TUNNEL OF ESCAPE THEY HAD
AT THE STAGE COACH STOP THEY WERE LOOKING FOR WHAT EVER THEY COULD STEAL OF VALUE ON THEIR WAY TO SYRIA
GREAT CC TONITE FRANK AND DELTA WOOOOOOHOOOOOO KTFALWAYS FORUM.......... JIMO .......... Bluedog
Bluedog: » May 21st, 2015, 2:12 am Opinion……Truth and Lies in Ramadi
By DAVID ROMANO 1 hour ago
This week Ramadi fell to the forces of the Islamic State (ISIS). Ramadi is the capital of Anbar, the country’s largest (and overwhelmingly Sunni Arab) province. In geographic terms, ISIS’s control of the vast majority of Anbar gives it control over one third of Iraq’s territory. Its loss to ISIS represents a stunning blow to Baghdad and the American strategy against the jihadists.
Truth seems to have been lost in the rubble of Ramadi as well. Long after ISIS media began posting photos and video of a ghost town, eerily quiet as ISIS fighters hoisted their black flags over the city, Pentagon spokesmen were claiming that Ramadi had not fallen and the situation was “contested” and “still fluid.”
After they could no longer ignore the obvious, the White House, Pentagon and State Department spokesmen all repeated the clearly rehearsed, identical, lockstep language of political spin, claiming that this is a “temporary setback,” part of the “ebb and flow of war,” that it did not come as a surprise, that ISIS is “suffering setbacks elsewhere in Iraq and Syria,” and that “Iraqi forces with U.S. help would take back Ramadi soon.” Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters that “To read too much into this is a mistake. This is one fight, one episode, in which Iraqi Security Forces were not able to prevail -- today.” He then added that the Pentagon does not plan on changing its strategy in Iraq.
The failure in Ramadi is all the more striking because ISIS’ assault was not unexpected. In contrast to last June’s events in Mosul, this blow was telegraphed and the U.S. Air Force, the Iraqi Army, the police, Sunni tribal fighters and just about everyone else had ample time to prepare. Even if “Caliph” Baghdadi had called Prime Minister Abadi on the phone to tell him “By God, we are attacking Ramadi, the most important city in Anbar, and look forward to seeing your troops there,” the Iraqi forces would not have had more warning of this battle. Fighting for Ramadi actually began months ago, with the full ISIS assault occurring last week.
Yet Baghdad still lost it – despite all the weapons shipped from Washington and Tehran, despite all the supporting American air strikes, despite the fact that Ramadi is less than an hour and a half drive from Baghdad.
A small band of practically-friendless, lightly-armed Syrian Kurds pushed back the same ISIS terrorists from Kobane, yet thousands of Iraqi forces could not defend Ramadi. Iraqi forces who fled the city gave accounts about “running out of ammunition,” “not receiving promised supplies from Baghdad,” “police that had gone unpaid since six months,” and promised reinforcements never arriving. At around a hundred and twenty kilometers (eighty miles) from Baghdad, one would think that supplies and reinforcements should not have been that difficult for a government earning some $100 billion a year to provide to its forces in Ramadi.
Following the capture of Ramadi, ISIS also published photos of huge stockpiles of (mostly American) ammunition crates, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and other shiny new weapons that Iraqi forces left behind – which makes one wonder if someone is not telling the truth about lacking supplies and ammunition? Or perhaps supplies and ammunition were only delivered to Iraqi Army Shiite fighters who do not see the point of risking their lives to defend a Sunni town, while Sunni defenders of the city with a will to fight had little to work with?
With President Obama apparently intent on blocking Congress’ recently passed bill to directly arm Kurdish Peshmerga and Sunni Arab fighters combating ISIS, Washington does not appear interested in adjusting its hopelessly Baghdad-centric policy either. According to Ali Khedery, a former top U.S. official in Iraq from 2003 to 2010, there is a pressing need for a change of strategy: current U.S. administration officials in charge of Iraq policy need to be replaced with “a new set of egos that aren’t tied to policies that are failing.”
If the Obama administration continues with its current approach, more shiny new American weapons will end up in ISIS hands. Most of the rest will likely go to pro-Iranian Shiite militias responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers before 2011. These militias will now be called in to flatten Ramadi and in the process further alienate Iraqi Sunnis.
The alternative, of course, might be for Mr. Obama to replace some of his Iraq policy people and listen to what his own Congress has to say about the issue.
David Romano has been a Rudaw columnist since 2010. He is the Thomas G. Strong Professor of Middle East Politics at Missouri State University and author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement (2006, Cambridge University Press) and co-editor (with Mehmet Gurses) of Conflict, Democratization and the Kurds in the Middle East (2014, Palgrave Macmillan).
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rudaw.
About the Poofness Newsletter:
Hi, Folks -
Very late, now, so I'll assume the Poofness update will not be coming tonight and we should expect it Thursday, sometime. --hobie
tman23 The CBI SAID...The "NEW" must come FIRST...(are they meaning the new lower denominations) AS A PRELUDE TO LIFTING THE 3 ZEROS FROM THE CURRENCY...
If they are speaking of new lower denominations...THEN when they introduce them...SHORTLY AFTER (and there will be a time frame) THEY WILL TAKE AWAY THE LEGAL TENDER STATUS OF THE 3 ZERO NOTES...MEANING THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN THE MARKET...
BUT WILL BE EXCHANGED FOR A PERIOD OF 2YRS OR 10 YRS...(WHAT EVER THEY DEEM AN APPROPRIATE TIME).
tman23 ...yesterday the 19th was a voting dud as we suspected such last week it would be... SO...The 25th we are looking for the vote on the investment law...
And my money is on it being passed on the 25th...and IMO it is BIGGER than any other law at the present...
There was NO REASON NOT TO VOTE ON THE INVESTMENT LAW...OTHER THEN THEY ARE TIMING IT WITH???
Iko Ward: More uncharacteristic movement on Forex. The Rupiah has been climbing steadily all day, gaining 153 points since early this AM. The dong, while polling at 00.000, ticks down each day around15 points
IvanTulifitov: Iko vs. USD?
Iko Ward: Ivan...yes.....If the NYSE gained 3% in one day they'd be doing the happy dance out in the street.
[WCW] Well if 13303 got resigned we might have a ways to go just like last year and here we are
[Dinarblessed] WCW I would have been worried if 13303 was NOT signed..... always due in May and since it protects us, it was just what I wanted to see......
[Dinarblessed] WCW Just think of all that PM Haider al-Abadi has done since he took over....... i am keeping the faith
WCW] Yep faith is all we have we wait
[preacher53] An Alsatian went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote, "Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof."
The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog: "There are only nine words here. You could send another Woof for the same price."
But," the dog replied, "that would make no sense at all."
preacher53] A man goes into a cinema with his dog to watch a film. It's a romantic comedy and when there's a funny scene the dog starts laughing. A little later on there's a sad part and suddenly the dog starts crying.
This goes on throughout the entire film, laughing and crying in all the right places.
] A man sitting a few rows back has witnessed the entire thing and decides to follow the man out. In the foyer, he approaches the dog owner and says, "That's truly amazing!" "It certainly is," The dog owner replied, "he hated the book!"
preacher53] Kids Dog Joke 2: What happened to the dog that ate nothing but garlic ? His bark was much worse than its bite !