APPALLING – AT 9:18 A.M. ET: Yup, Obama's national-security is sure spectacular. (See post just below.) Why, the victories just keep piling up. From The New York Times:
WASHINGTON — Iran has resumed shipping military equipment to Syria over Iraqi airspace in a new effort to bolster the embattled government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, according to senior American officials.
The Obama administration pressed Iraq to shut down the air corridor that Iran had been using earlier this year, raising the issue with Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq. But as Syrian rebels gained ground and Mr. Assad’s government was rocked by a bombing that killed several high officials, Iran doubled down in supporting the Syrian leader. The flights started up again in July and, to the frustration of American officials, have continued ever since.
Military experts say that the flights have enabled Iran to provide supplies to the Syrian government despite the efforts Syrian rebels have made to seize several border crossings where Iranian aid has been trucked in.
“The Iranians have no problems in the air, and the Syrian regime still controls the airport,” said a retired Lebanese Army general, Hisham Jaber, who heads the Middle East Center for Studies and Research in Beirut.
And Mr. Maliki’s tolerance of Iran’s use of Iraqi airspace suggests the limits of the Obama administration’s influence in Iraq, despite the American role in toppling Saddam Hussein and ushering in a new government. The American influence also appears limited despite its assertion that it is building a strategic partnership with the Iraqis.
COMMENT: Incredible, isn't it? Is this why American soldiers sacrificed life and limb? Obama was warned that, if he pulled all U.S. troops out of Iraq, we'd have no leverage left to apply to the Iraqi government. The warnings were accurate.
Does anyone take the American president seriously?
And once again we see betrayal by an Arab government. No matter what we do to help Muslim countries, they knife us in the back. When will we learn that they don't share our Western attitudes toward mutual appreciation and respect?
Our foreign policy is, today, one of shafting our friends and appeasing our enemies. It is noticed, especially, in the Arab world.
September 5, 2012