Obama and his sycophants are busy praising him for getting the United States out of Iraq, but ignore the implications of that for U.S. national security in the region. We never should have invaded Iraq and I was an early critic of George W. Bush for starting a war we did not need. Worse, Bush’s war changed the strategic picture in the region and helped Iran spread its influence.

So comes Barack Obama, who simply follows the withdrawal timetable that George W. Bush had agreed to. Damn them both. Bush’s stupidity in Iraq should haunt him to his grave. And frankly, if there are fires of hell for causing thousands to die for nothing, then he will have a well deserved hot seat. Obama, rather than proposing a more sound, strategic policy, proved to be lazy. He went along with the Bush plan and essentially abandoned Iraq to Iran. Iran now controls the center and south of Iraq, which is dominated by Shia Iraqis. The Kurds have the north and the Sunnis dominate in the west. The center of power lies with the Shia in the center.

What should he, Obama, have done? Come up with a policy for containing Iran before we abandoned Iraq to Iran. Instead, he simply voted present.

We saw a similar surrender in the hype surrounding the ridiculously named “Arab Spring.” The only thing flowering in North Africa–Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Tunisia–is more Islamic extremism. Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak was an aging dictator, true. But he did keep the muslim radicals in check. Rather than facilitate a transition to a regime willing to work with the United States against Islamic extremists, Obama voted present again and did nothing. The absence of leadership created a vacuum that the Muslim Brothers happily filled.

Now, in the latest unrest in Mali and the terrorist attack in Algeria, we are seeing the fruits of Obama’s failure of vision and policy.

To paraphrase Billy Joel, Obama did not start the fire, but he sure is hell helping toss fuel to keep the flames hot. The terrorists who attacked the gas facility in Algeria came out of Libya. In Amenas is in one of the most isolated, desolate spots on the earth. It is on the Algeria’s eastern border with Libya. The terrorists who carried out this attack had insider knowledge. They didn’t just drive to some neighboring town, check-in to a hotel and prep the attack. Getting there without air lift is very difficult. While I applaud the tough response of Algeria, the Government of Algeria also is covering up evidence that some of its own security police, who were supposed to guard and protect the plant, apparently cooperated with the terrorists.

And what is Barack doing about this? Nothing. He’s acting like a forest ranger obsessing about cigarette butts while ignoring the raging forest fire over the ridge. It is highly likely that much of Barack Obama’s second term will be dominated by worries about the very Islamic extremists he claimed to have vanquished with the death of Osama Bin Laden.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • JohnnyTwoDog

    The In Amenas attack was a spontanious protest about a video.
    Just ask Susan Rice –

    Iraq will haunt Dubya long past his grave.

  • stodghie

    this is an article by corsi whereby china covertly trades off debt for access to land and other perks that give them power and privilege here never heard of for another nation. i’d say that is a surrender policy larry.

  • KenoshaMarge

    It takes a very special kind of arrogant fool to take a situation that the Bush Administration created and make it worse. When you have a petty little man who thinks he is always the smartest man in the room there isn’t much chance that wiser heads can/will advise him. There isn’t much chance he would allow “wiser” heads near him let alone acknowledge them.

    Bush is responsible for the debacle that Iraq became with the ousting of a POS dictator that at least kept the lid on the simmering kettle.

    Obama is responsible for supporting the debacles in both Libya and Egypt. In his case the MSM anointed him and painted pretty word pictures of an Arab Spring.

    Well winter’s here now and I don’t believe we are going to see a “pretty” spring in the Middle-East no matter how the MSM tries to convince us that it isn’t one big shit sandwich!

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  • Fred82

    Any surprise here…..

    Infiltration of military/security organizations has been an M.O. of al Qaida and Co. since the days of EIJ. In fact, I would say it goes further back than that with regards to Islamist movements.

    But don’t tell that one to the Leftists. The Leftists still think AQ and Co. are poor, well meaning noble savages that are a little short on intelligence and education.

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      They are all part of the same global secular liberal revolution. That is, until AQ gets its hands on the naive fellow travelers. The question is, will these suckers still be praising AQ as their heads are being sawn off, just as the brownshirts shouted “Heil Hitler!” as the SS was executing them?



    I really hope this is not true

    China : American land for debt payment

    • JohnnyTwoDog

      Except it comes with this byline: by Jerome Corsi
      And the site is overrun with articles about FEMA coffins, secret underground bunkers for the “Elites” and black helicopters.
      No ads for tin foil hats though.




    this makes me sick. bomber billy ayers keynote speaker at teachers meeting

    • Fred82

      I have to admit……

      I am hard pressed to think of bigger shitbirds than Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

      I try hard, but there just don’t seem to be any bigger shitbirds on this planet.

      • KenoshaMarge

        How about the shitbirds that invited him to be a keynote speaker at a “Teacher’s Meeting.”

        Do you want teachers who would sit and listen to this criminal trash teaching your children?

        “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

        • JohnnyTwoDog

          Marge, you are confusing shitbirds with asswipes.

          • KenoshaMarge

            Ah, thanks for enlightening me. I see the differance now. Same family different critter.

    • getfitnow

      And all hell breaks out when Sarah Palin or Ann Coulter are invited to speak on campus.



    backtrack ousts another general, this time the head of central command


    stolen from Angie at the crawdad hole


    • driguana

      Worse….Afghanistan is not a window to Europe or the Americas…Mali is…and once it goes, so will numerous other strategic places in the Sahel…Guinea, Senegal, northern Nigeria and Mauritania are the most significant.



    hostage death toll reaches 48 in Algeria

    these were people from all over the world not just America.
    the muslims seem to feel that since backtrack has battened down the USA, there is no country in the world to fear and they can kill or maim at their hearts content.

  • Hokma

    I think he did start the fire.

    Beginning with his apology speech in Cairo it sent a clear message to the radical Islamist world that the U.S. would no longer be a threat. And they were right.

    This radical Islamist uprising would have taken out Saddam eventually anyway if he were still there.

    Once having gotten into Iraq, I think the real mistake then as for Bush to follow the Rumsfeld strategy of doing it on the cheap and just settling for Tehran.

    At that times was the opportunity to drive forces to the Iran border and saber rattle since at that time the Middle East as still fearful of the U.S. following 9/11 and our quick takeover of Afghanistan.

    But you are right that Obama had the opportunity to better secure Iraq away from Iran and could not care less.

    I am still unsure as to whether Obama is a fool or his plan as to intentionally reduce U.S. influence around the world.

    • elizabethrc

      Your last sentence speaks to the truths about Obama’s plans for America. Yes, he IS a fool, a naive one, which makes him even dangerous, but he is also a malignant personality in his hatred of America. Like his ‘friends’, he uses them and when he’s gotten all he wants, he tosses them aside. So, too will he do to our country. It’s important for him to prove to himself just how powerful he is and what better way than destroying an entire country?!
      Each affront to America makes my anger at him grow as I realize the depth and breadth of his plans for this beautiful country. The impotence I feel makes me long for one strong, lone voice to stand up with a message which will reach the relevant half of this country and make them see what they have wrought.
      Gallup has shown that Obama’s poll numbers are dropping since the election and as of yesterday stands at 48% approval. Would that people are catching on and turning from him. Could it be that his second term might turn into a horror for him as people move away from him?
      One can hope. Second terms being what they so often are, this might prove a nightmare for him. Unfortunately, with the damage he’s yet to accomplish, it will continue for us until he and the Dems lose their control.

      • TeakWoodKite

        If Obama is cornered by the march of time then he is a very dangerous corned rat. Obama is a direct threat to national security, a clear and present danger, in ways that no POS TUS, has ever been before.
        Yet, he was selected for 4 more years to reek havoc by way of Constituional attrition.

  • TeakWoodKite

    Arab Sprung…4 years of death by indifference. Sick.
    I have been wondering for a decade how Iran could be contained given the circumstances In Iraq. Iran had been working to develop a intel net in Iraq a log time before we showed up.