Friday, June 20, 2014

Iraq: Further Down the Rabbit Hole of Unknown Unknows


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Random thoughts on Big Guy’s random thoughts on Iraq:

We have had advisors in Iraq through our embassy, and we're prepared to send a small number of additional American military advisers -- up to 300 -- to assess how we can best train, advise and support Iraqi security forces going forward.

Three words: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. ‘Nuff said.

Iran can play a constructive role if it's helping to send the same message to the Iraqi government that we are sending, which is that Iraq only holds together if it's inclusive and if the interests of Sunni, Shia and Kurd are all respected...

Which of course makes as much sense as expecting Hanoi to “send the same message” to Saigon as we were sending them.

And going forward, we will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it.

Didn’t we try that once before?

Above all, Iraqi leaders must rise above their differences and come together around a political plan for Iraq’s future. 

I wonder if that applies to the American people as well?

…it's clear that only leaders who can govern with an inclusive agenda will truly bring the Iraqi people together.

Ditto, my comment above.

In related news: ISIS seizes Saddam-era chemical weapons complex. Wait, what? I thought there were no weapons of mass destruction. Didn’t Ms. Megyn just inform the real Dick Cheney the other night that he was wrong about that, as well as everything else? You don’t suppose Dick Cheney was right all along and we just never located the WMD do you? Oh well, what difference, at this point, does it make?

And finally, a curious gesture has emerging among ISIS terrorists; they’ve adopted an American Sports expression, generally reserved for champions: WE’RE NUMBER 1!

isis terrorist we're#1Just when you think things can’t possibly get any odder, they suddenly get even curiouser and curiouser.

Spider holes, rabbit holes: again, I ask, what difference at this point does it make?


There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know. – Donald Rumsfeld

Unfortunately for Barack Hussein Obama, we’ve blown through the known knows, the known unknowns and now we’re up to the unknown unknowns.

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