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Obama playing catch up with Kurds and ISIS

Behind the proverbial eight ball is exactly where Obama is these days all over the place. It is happening for several reasons:

Kurds can use U.S. help in combatting ISIS
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  1. Lack of focus of priorities demanding attention
  2. Lack of capacity from deficient staffing
  3. Slowness in managing events that creates timeliness mistakes

That is quite evident in the Kurd situation where this ethnic group has proven to be consistently valuable as a stronghold of people who can defend themselves in their pursuit of self determination. Americans have let them down because we attempt to appease others such as Turkey, the central Iraq government and more. We have taken Kurds for granted which is a gross mistake.

Now, ISIS has walked all over Iraq. For awhile, ISIS steered clear of the Kurds, but this week ISIS took control of water and oil assets that belonged to the Kurds. The Kurds are weakened economically as a result, and have lost strategic power. That happened because the U.S. and allies failed to support the Kurds.

A report from Martin Matishak at The Hill this morning calls for the U.S. to help the Kurds. It may be too late. It is too late because circumstances on the ground have eclipsed the opportunity. Uprooting ISIS will be more difficult now that they have secured territory.

This is a cause about which Congress would be more vocal, but they are distracted and worthless.

“US must help Kurds halt ISIS, say members

By Martin Matishak - 08/05/14 04:10 PM EDT
The Obama administration needs to boost its military support to Iraq’s Kurdish minority, which has suffered a string of setbacks in the last several days battling a Sunni militant group, according to key members of Congress.

This week, fighters from the insurgent group known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured a slew of cities in northern Iraq and seized control of the country’s biggest dam in Mosul, which produces power for much of the surrounding area.

The defeats have been an embarrassment for Kurdish peshmerga forces, which are widely regarded as highly trained and, until this week, maintained security throughout their territory even as ISIS rolled up large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

“It would be wise for the United States to lend air support, through the use of drones, to the Kurdish forces because if we do not it is going to be a humanitarian nightmare of unspeakable proportions,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) told The Hill on Monday.”

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