Main stream media is produced in such a way that it is difficult to discern what is actually being said.
Usually I can cut through the bullshit pretty quick, but, this one took several attempts to decipher.
-President Obama said that though the U.S. has "enormous interest" in Iraq, it is "ultimately up to the Iraqis" to resolve their conflicts
Ultimately up to the Iraqis to resolve their conflict? Reads good, but there is something else contained in this article that lead me to conclude- It's clear that an ULTIMATUM has been delivered with the help of ISIS from Obama to Maliki!
Put another way the "surprise" advance, that was no surprise, by ISIS coincidentally took place right at time when Maliki is vulnerable. Right after the Iraqi election. He needs to reach out to other groups in Iraq to make the first elected government, since troops left, happen.
Obama's babbling about Iraqis needing to resolve their conflict is a message to Maliki to either 'choose' the right people, the approved people, or their will be repercussions.
Including the possibility of Maliki being pushed out! Despite his big win.
I am not sure what Obama is aiming for? But am now certain the election win by Maliki triggered the use of ISIS to help bring about the Obama administrations desired results.
Nouri al-Maliki coalition biggest winner in Iraqi elections
A coalition led by Iraq's Shia prime minister has emerged as the biggest winner in the country's first parliamentary elections since the US military withdrawal in 2011, electoral officials said.The first ever election this nation has had since US troops withdrew and Obama is using ISIS to influence or even overturn the results of the election. The election has not yet been certified. Certification triggers a CALENDER that requires a new parliament to be seated within two weeks. It's going to be a frightful two weeks for Maliki and the Iraqi people.
The results boost Nouri al-Maliki's chances of a third term in office, although he still needs to approach other groups in order to secure a broader majority coalition inside parliament that will make the first attempt to form a government.
Iraq’s recent national election contributes to the administration’s belief that political actions can be taken quickly and visibly. Shiite parties won an outright majority of parliamentary seats, in results that will be certified in the next few days.
“Certification triggers a calendar that, among other things, requires the new parliament to be seated within two weeks,” the official said, and a series of timelines for forming a new government and choosing a new president, prime minister and other high-level officials
“It’s going to be very interesting to see the impact of this crisis on that process,” the official said.There you have it! The crisis was created to impact the election process.
The thumb screws being applied is more then clear in the paragraph below
This is very clear, to me, that ISIS is a terror asset controlled by, for simplicity, the US.Asked about a risk of the security situation on the ground getting out of hand while the administration waits for political movement, the official said, “That line may well exist. We’ll know it when we see it.” Obama, he said, has ordered military options prepared to “get ahead of” the line and to allow for quick action, if necessary.
The administration will be able to 'get ahead' of the line and act quickly should it become necessary.
But what type of action is being referred to here? If Maliki doesn't comply will ISIS march into Baghdad?
The WP article corrected the election win from Maliki being the winner to "Shiite parties winning an outright majority"- Not surprising, given that this is a Shiite majority nation.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite coalition won an outright majority of parliamentary seats in a recent national election. Shiite parties won an outright majority.Just another example of when an election doesn't go in the direction the US wants, the US ignores, derides, or worse enacts a regime change- That indeed looks to be the situation
Oh and one last item from WP
The official said the Obama administration was closely consulting with regional governments, which might be asked to provide assembly points or air bases for U.S. military action. Those consultations do not include Iran, he said, where talks with the United States remain limited to Iran’s nuclear program.
Let's see assembly points and airbases? Turkey is definitely involved.
Turkey has NATO airbases. Israel is possible. Jordan.
Anyone else have any thoughts on who Obama might be consulting with?