Situation in Iraq

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 15, 2014
Iraqi Security Forces Drive on the Main Road Between Baghdad and Mosul

Today, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki issued a statement on the situation in Iraq.  Spokesperson Psaki also addressed claims by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) of a massacre in Tikrit. The Spokesperson said:

"The claim by [ISIL] that it has massacred 1,700 Iraqi Shia air force recruits in Tikrit is horrifying and a true depiction of the bloodlust that these terrorists represent. While we cannot confirm these reports, one of the primary goals of ISIL is to set fear into the hearts of all Iraqis and drive sectarian division among its people. We condemn these tactics in the strongest possible terms and stand in solidarity with the Iraqi people against these horrendous and senseless acts of violence. Terrorists who can commit such heinous acts are a shared enemy of the United States, Iraq, and the international community. This underscores the need for Iraqi leaders from across the political spectrum to take steps that will unify the country in the face of this threat. The United States will do its part to help Iraq move beyond this crisis and we urge all Iraqis to unite against this violence and continue to reject the path of hatred that ISIL represents."

Spokesperson Psaki underscored that the United States strongly supports Iraq and its people as they face security challenges from violent extremists.  Spokesperson Psaki said:

"....The Embassy of the United States in Baghdad remains open and will continue to engage daily with Iraqis and their elected leaders -- supporting them as they strengthen Iraq’s constitutional processes and defend themselves from imminent threats.

"As a result of ongoing instability and violence in certain areas of Iraq, Embassy Baghdad is reviewing its staffing requirements in consultation with the State Department.  Some additional U.S. government security personnel will be added to the staff in Baghdad; other staff will be temporarily relocated -- both to our Consulate Generals in Basra and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman.  Overall, a substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the Embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.

"We advise U.S. citizens in Iraq to exercise caution and limit travel to Anbar, Ninawa, Salah ad-Din, Diyala, and Kirkuk provinces; make their own contingency emergency plans; and maintain security awareness at all times.  We also encourage all U.S. citizens in Iraq to register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://step.state.gov in order to receive the latest updates from the Department."

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Maureen V.
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Massachusetts, USA
June 15, 2014
Iran. Possibility and common ground, once in many years.
Eric J.
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New Mexico, USA
June 15, 2014

I think next to the "Prime Minister's Question Time" , it's an interesting study into the inner working of a democracy to view the State Dept's "daily briefing", or the White House's for that matter.

But I gotta kind of experiential gut thought over the years that at this moment in history in particular , the public can't rely on the press to properly represent their concerns unless they ask good questions.

I understand we as a country can't mend the rift within Islam between Suni and Shiite, though Americans of the Muslim faith may seek to inspire tolerance and peace..and after removing a dictator who was himself declared by his people to be "our weapon of mass destruction"...and giving Iraq back to it's people, asking only that they grab that brass ring of freedom and make a functioning nation for themselves with a trillion dollars of our help....the folks who paid the ultimate price and those wounded all to give them their day in the sun , while doing their part to serve our national interest and maintain lasting peace and prosperity among all nations.

It's a disapointment to see folks we as a nation tried to help, trained and equpiied, turn tail and run having no leadership to inspire their courage to defend their freedom and those of the people...

A lot of critics out there...I really don't mean to be one....
We suffered a few setbacks on the road to stable nationhood as a democracy too.

We the people invested a lot in Iraq's future, it is not for us to double down on a bad bet...for it is far better to improve the odds that the hand the Iraqi's have delt themselves will ultimate bring them flush with their potential.

That does mean you step in once in awhile to lend a hand up, when folks stumble and lose ground. Because folks will remember who lent them that hand in their need to regain stability.

Whether one considers this "sectarian" in nature, or simply of greed and hunger for power over others being at the heart of it, allowing extremists to gain foothold...

Between Syria and Iraq, there must be upwards of 10 million displaced...and rising....despite all best efforts there still is no unfettered access to bring in humanitarian aid.

I also realize no Western nation has any "intent" nor contemplates putting so called "boots on the ground" in either country to put a stop to armed conflict and protect populations...

So here's my questions to; State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki ;

(If she'd be so kind as to "take" these questions from the gallery as it were...sans peanuts);

How are you'all (the international community, NGO's etc) going to deliver that vital humanitarian aid inside Syria and Iraq if no one is willing to put boots on the ground and carve a path through terrorists and dictator's minions to deliver it safely?

And if not our's, whose boots are willing enough to go there and do that hard thing?

Offhand I'd say the debate about gun control in America pales in comparison to the debate among nations of who who would find it in their national interest...to do right by other nation's citizens, but I suppose that'll depend on whether folks are commited to preserving civilization in the 21st century.

Seriouisly, as I put it on a thread regarding Climate change and carbon polution....if we as an international community can't deal with the social polution of conflicts, and deal with them effectively along with those displaced by them, how are folks ever going to deal with mass migrations and climate instability within nations when it requires a cooperative effort to even arrive at a working solution for any of these things?

The trend lines do not bode well....and I hope there's an answer to my questions.

EJ 6/15/14

Maurice P.
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United States
June 16, 2014
Without exception, every case of British-American "Regime change" imperial meddling has led to disaster. And it has become a very long list.

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