General Qassim Suleimani is a top Iranian general. He is also in Baghdad organizing Iraq's response to ISIS/ISIL, similar to his role in Damascus the last couple of years against the same military opponent. George Bush broke Iraq and now Iran is taking it off our hands, 15,000 Sunni bandits and the oil reserves all together.
Of course our MSM talking heads forget that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham were out two months ago calling to arm the rebels in Syria. Same as MSM forget that these same Salafi bandits kidnap and murder Christians, including leaders of the Syrian Orthodox church. These ignorant Republicans have supported "Convert or Die" Salafi bandits since 2011.
The irony of these situations can hardly be overstated.
With McCain and Graham making fools of themselves, the spin doctors are acting out their own Obama Derangement Syndrome in full glory.
This corporate press disjunction from the situation on the ground in Iraq is rooted in their avoidance of one basic fact, the 800-pound gorilla in the room:
- In the last 200 years foreign actions, including American actions, have never mattered less for the politics of Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East.
We did break Iraq. That part remains in force. Our Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Paul Bremer mal-governance broke Iraq. We threw in bombs and followed up with a one-man Tea Party. Infant mortality tripled -- contrary to CIA publications during the occupation -- and in all some 1,961,000 Iraqis died.
Coalition of the Willing went in based in part on claims generated by Ahmed Chalabi, who was being paid both by CIA and by Iranians. Eventually in 2011 this same Chalabi centered a political effort on behalf of Iran that prevented President Nuri al-Maliki from approving a Status of Forces Agreement, a.k.a. "SOFA." maintaining American troops in Iraq. (Chalabi: B.A. from M.I.T., Ph.D. from Chicago.)
al-Maliki had not won the election. The Iranian deal brokered by Chalabi was what put him in office.
Come 2014 the roof is on fire.
MSM corporate media repeat over and over that the invading bandits are "al Qaeda minded." They can't handle it that the ideology is Saudi Salafi. That these irregulars have been financed out of the Gulf States and that these favorites of the Republican Party have killed Shi'ia and Christians by the thousands.
Then what are called Think Tanks get in the act with what gets passed off as strategic historical analysis.
These folks are serious. As in "serious people." When Trump talked about the Obama birth certificate, he could have been doing comedy. Thing is, this is the Republicans' best minds vetted through the Foreign and Defense Policy Studies operation at American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
"A plan to save Iraq from ISIS and Iran" from Jack Keane and Danielle Pletka (an Australian) writing for American Enterprise Institute in The Wall Street Journal on June 17, 2014:
...only the United States can provide the necessary military assistance for Baghdad to beat back our shared enemy.
Setting aside for the moment the question of whether this administration has the will to intervene again in Iraq, here are the components of a reasonable military package that can make a difference:
• Intelligence architecture. Iraq's intel screens went blank after the U.S. military pulled out in 2011. Washington needs to restore Baghdad's ability to access national, regional and local intelligence sources, enabling the Iraqi military to gain vital situational awareness.
• Planners and advisers. The Iraqi military needs planners to assist with the defense of Baghdad and the eventual counter-offensive to regain lost territory, as well as advisers down to division level where units are still viable.
• Counterterrorism. Special operations forces should be employed clandestinely to attack high value ISIS targets and leaders in Iraq and Syria.
• Air power. Air power alone cannot win a war, but it can significantly diminish enemy forces and, when used in coordination with ground forces, can exponentially increase the odds of success.
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We will get back to this list and review it at the details. It's an example of the silliness that sounds so impressive at political meetings in Washington.
Because these people are "serious people" and they have gone to such lengths to appear knowledgeable and important, that WSJ article turns out to be the very worst part of the MSM mishmash. Worse than the Birthers, right wing Senators recently offering support for Cliven Bundy, or Sarah Palin's reign as a sex symbol:
We will return to AEI and WSJ trying to do "serious" strategic analysis after considering what General Suleimani is doing. Keep in mind that "arm the rebels" from February 2012 to a couple months ago and that WSJ piece are the best that our right wing policy wonks can do.
For the NeoCons and their herd this is brilliance.
And so, that brings us back around to General Suleimani, a man raised in eastern Iran in a rural tribal society who has a 5th Grade education. This is a man who had to walk out from his village as a pre-teen together with one friend to go find a school.
Suleimani, 57, holds rank as Major General in the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. His job is that he has led Qods Force, which is the unit of IRGC that handles operations outside Iran.
Today Qassim Suleimani is in Baghdad.
The PR story has him "arranging a defense for the capital." And of course this is the big story, the change to history that will move events forward. You have to know who Suleimani is and why he has such impact in the Shi'ia world.
He has been leading troops in combat since his 20s. He rose during the Iran-Iraq War to command a sector of the war front. (He also went out at night doing his own recon missions; a match to General Douglas MacArthur during WW I and sometimes in the Philippines in WW II.) His reach today extends to the Lebanese Hizb Allah and his own Iranians commandos fighting to maintain the Shi'ia government in Syria. He has snuffed drug operations and opposed the Sunni Taliban with operations inside Afghanistan.
Suleimani has had troops in training or in combat one place or another almost every day for the last 35 years. His first task in Baghdad was to use his network and Iranian resources to begin recruiting Shi'ia men to form a very large Iraqi Hizb Allah, an Army of God.
A secondary effort reached out to the Shi'ia veterans of the Iran-Iraq War. These are men in their 50s and 60s. Otherwise, they had been largely ignored. That war is recast as "Saddam's War" with emphasis on destruction to the Shi'ia south.
Last Friday, General Suleimani took his guard in to the presidential offices and took control over Nuri al-Maliki. He laid down specific actions for the Iraqi government. He set limits on coordination of forces.
This was not a private one-on-one meeting. The General assembled staffers and several leaders of the current government to assure compliance.
al-Maliki has been useful for political purposes. That phase of Iraq's development is over.
General Suleiman's strategic goals speak to local politics:
-- Subvert the centuries old Arab/Arabic vs. Persian/Farsi Persian conflict with this fresh Sunni vs. Shi'ia blood fight.
-- Build an army. By fall of 2014 he will have his 500,000+ in Hizb Allah with AKs and experienced leadership, another 200,000+ reliable Iraqi army, and 50,000 Qods Force shock troops. That gives a 750,000:15,000 or 60:1 advantage. Plus tanks.
-- Define combat objectives. After the mass murders from these Salafi bandits in Mosul and other cities, a war of annihilation has to be expected. No prisoners.
-- Assess force positions. The first problem for a September attack from Suleimani's army will be to move quickly to seal off the Syrian border. And the Jordanian border.
The rest of it can be left to sessions of "Call of Duty" or a stiff Zombie game. What this massive, well equipped army finds, it will kill. And after that is done, the map comes out.
-- Distance from Baghdad to Damascus: 754 kilometers, 469 miles.
A long day's drive by armored column, if General Suleimani does not engage in grinding actions along the way to kill every last Salafi bandit.
He has Qods Force officers and commandos in Syria now, plus thousands of the Lebanese Hizb Allah. Throwing 250,000 men with full modern weaponry up there to end that fight will be the Keep It Simple Stupid opportunity.
As to the right wing Wall Street Journal and American Enterprise Institute "Plan" cited earlier:
-- America is not going to have a role in this fight.
-- Any American intelligence on the Sunni bandits would be appreciated, of course. (America turned down General Suleimani's offer to help crush the Sunni Taliban. He offered 20,000 Afghan troops he would train as commandos on Iranian soil.)
-- Suleimani's recruited Iraqi veterans will be better at leading the Iraqi Hizb Allah than any combination of Americans. Going out at 60:1 the army that Suleiman is building do not need help.
-- Special Forces and airplanes are distractions. SF guys carry nifty combat hatchets, but going into the field at 60:1 overall and likely 20:1 for experienced field forces, Suleimani's army will have more to worry about from friendly fire events and bobby traps than from their Sunni opposition.
Suleimani = 5 to the NeoCons/WSJ/AEI = 0.
Ultimately he ends the war connecting up with his Lebanese Hizb Allah, IRGC commandos, and the Shi'ia Assad forces in Damascus sometime mid-2015. Logistics could drag moving into Syria. The meet-up could come as late as mid-2016 with an extra 100,000 dead Syrians on the fire.
The new Sunni Caliphate is erased.
Have I mentioned that General Suleimani has a 5th Grade education. Every time out he gets 5 things right. One for each year ain't so bad. "How does so-and-so do at 5th Grade problems ???" -- not a bad question.
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The West insists on tagging these Sunni irregulars as "al Qaeda connected" or "al Qaeda minded."
There is no al Qaeda. There was once a War on Terror as sloganized by the Bush propagandists. So much for that.
Obama won that one decisively. There's a few CIA web sites claiming to be al Qaeda. There's twitter postings claiming to be ISIS/ISIL.
America has suffered all of 10 real terrorist killings in the last 5 years.
3 at Boston, 3 in Algeria, 4 at Benghazi, Libya. Obama has won that war. That's against the numbers under Reagan with 675 dead, Clinton with 444, and Bush43 with 3,206.
10 is a win. Yeah, Obama has destroyed al Qaeda.
There's phony stats out there claiming terrorism is on the rise worldwide. They've taken to counting local war casualties and genocide deaths as terrorism, which is a major change to the body count rules. Plainly the Muslim inflicted genocides in Africa are genocide, not al Q international terrorism.
And from Tehran, even outside religious circles, a deep "Thank you!" is due the Saudis for their blunder joining forces with Israel and their paid NeoCon agents after 9/11 to get America to destroy Saddam Hussein.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia got what they wanted. They eliminated their greatest Sunni rival when Saddam was hanged. Death came to 1,961,000 other Muslims, but from the Saudi point of view these people were mostly Shi'ia. In sum, Operation Iraqi Freedom destroyed the economy and any will to fight an external enemy in Iraqi society.
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And of course General Suleimani is on the CIA and Israeli hit lists as a "terrorist." Mostly that is a favor to the Saudis and their NeoCon Experts At All Things.
EU agrees officially. Switzerland also condemns him. CIA has been doing the Saudi's murders for them for decades.
Suleimani is called a terrorist because he has people in the villages in Syria fighting these Sunni financed Salafi bandits. He arranges support for any and all Shi'ia communities in Syria. That is the mission for Iran. Blocking a Saudi takeover of Syria, blocking creation of a Caliphate is not what the Saudis want.
So CIA and the Department of State put General Suleimani on their official hit list. You could also say that he was Prematurely Anti-Caliphate and Anti-Mass Murder -- P.A.C.A.M.M. Similar to FBI's "P.A.F." tag for Lefties in the 1940s, for opposing Hitler in the 1930s.
For minds such as Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei and His Eminence Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Suleimani may be seen to be Allah's gift to punish the unrighteous.
So of course the Saudis pay the right people to get their enemies on the list to put an American drone on them. Exploit the political marriages, the likes of Bandar Bush and Paul Wolfowitz. Go for it. Fire the missiles. Blast them off the planet. Saudis to Israel-connected Neocons/DoD/ to drones --- and money-money-money makes the world go around.
Makes cowards of us all. Unless you have that 5th Grade education. And believe that in Paradise as a martyr you will live in the belly of a small green bird that sings in a tree below the throne of Allah.