From The Wall Street Journal:
Moscow’s intervention would rival U.S. influence
By Matt Bradley and Ghassan Adnan | Updated Oct. 6, 2015 4:00 p.m. ET
BAGHDAD—Iraqi Shiite lawmakers and militia leaders are urging Russia to launch airstrikes on Islamic State militants in their country, a sharp reproach to the U.S.-led air campaign targeting the extremist group.
Since Moscow began bombing opponents of the regime in Syria last week, the lawmakers and militia leaders have pressed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to invite Russia to intervene in Iraq. Mr. Abadi said last week that he would welcome Russian airstrikes in Iraq as long as they were coordinated with the U.S.-led coalition.
Iraq’s Shiite politicians, who dominate the government, were largely united in their praise of Russia’s intervention and calls for Russian airstrikes.
“We welcome Russian airstrikes in Iraq to help hit Islamic State headquarters, target Islamic State supply lines from Syria and target the oil smuggling lines,” said Moeen al-Kadhimi, a spokesman for the Badr Corps, an Iranian-backed militia and political party that plays a front-line role in fighting Islamic State. “We welcome Russia as they have advanced military technology and can help with intelligence.”
Many Iraqi Shiite politicians have close ties with Shiite Iran, and Tehran is one of the closest allies of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, whose regime is dominated by the Shiite-linked Alawite minority. Iraq’s government said last week that it had sealed an agreement with Russia, Iran and the Syrian regime to share intelligence in an effort to combat Islamic State.
There’s more at the link. But two more paragraphs, further down, tell a damning story:
Mr. Abadi on Tuesday called the U.S.-led coalition “a small help” and said he sought to maintain cordial relations with both the Americans and Russians.
“This doesn’t mean that I reject the small help. Even the one single bomb would be helpful to me,” he said at the opening of a hospital.
After President Bush liberated Iraq, and turned the country into a functioning democracy, albeit not without problems, President Obama has reduced the United States to what the Iraqis call “a small help.” In the fight against Da’ish, the United States under Barack Hussein Obama, with a military so expensive and so huge, has been reduced to “a small help” in the major fight on the international scene, against a foe dedicated to conquering and killing.
In a military so strong that the White House can consider changing policy to allow transsexual people to serve in the military,¹ a military which prides itself on being the best in the world, we can manage to be only “a small help” in a most critical battle. Apparently the Obama Administration’s dedication to “soft power” has left them unable to project hard power anymore. President Obama can lecture foreign countries, saying that they have a need to accept homosexuals, but against a foe which executes people for being homosexual, the Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces does almost nothing.
If Barack Hussein Obama had deliberately intended to emasculate the United States and our military, he couldn’t have done a better job of it than he already has.
¹ – Something both Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering running for President, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have endorsed. The Army is letting go thousands of captains and majors with actual combat experience, because of a lack of funds, but the Democrats want to recruit service members who will demand expensive medical and surgical “treatment” for their disorder, and be virtually undeployable for much of their “military” service.
Also published in The First Street Journal.