I knew that immediately upon Barack Obama getting out of Iraq that everything our men and women fought and died for was lost. And I was right. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to recognize that for all the decades that Saddam Hussein fought Iran and controlled the Shiite with an iron fist – that once Saddam was gone, and given a chance, Iran would move to make Iraq theirs. As of today, that surge is on. This Is An Act Of War Against The Sunni
Iraq’s Shiite-led government issued an arrest warrant Monday for Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, the country’s highest ranking Sunni official, on terrorism charges.
The move, a day after the last U.S. troops left Iraq and ended the nearly nine-year war, signaled a sharp new escalation in sectarian tensions that drove Iraq to the brink of civil war just a few years ago.
Interior Ministry spokesman Adil Daham told reporters about the warrant on Monday and state-run television aired what it characterized as confessions by alleged terrorists linked to al-Hashemi.
Since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and his Sunni-dominated Baath party regime, the Sunni minority has constantly complained of attempts by the Shiite majority to sideline them.
Al-Hashemi is one of the leaders of the Sunni-backed political bloc Iraqiya, which has just suspended its participation in parliament to protest the control of key posts by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The boycott decision by Iraqiya, headed by Ayad Allawi, was in response to the government’s failure to share more powers, particularly the authorities over the security forces, said Sunni lawmaker Hamid al-Mutlaq, a member of the bloc.
Iraqiya narrowly won the most seats in last year’s parliamentary election, but Allawi was outmaneuvered by al-Maliki, who kept the premier’s post after cobbling together key support from Shiite parties.
For over a year now, al-Maliki has effectively controlled the Interior and Defense Ministries, which oversee the police and military, while conflicts between Sunni and Shiite politicians have delayed the appointment of permanent ministers.
The dispute is a reminder that the U.S. left behind an Iraq still riven by sectarian division. The United States completed its withdrawal from the country, with the last troops crossing the border into neighboring Kuwait early Sunday.
It is the sectarian violence that we took on the responsibility to contain. Since Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been in charge, the situation has become ripe for a takeover by Iran. Expect to see the situation in Iraq deteriorate and devolve into war. The Kurds in the North will no doubt be crushed if they do not fight Turkey, and when they do the whole of the Middle East will become the catastrophe we all knew it would. But Obama was too stupid, or blind or most likely, ideologically driven to stop. I expect within the next year you will see violence, death and bloodshed on a level not seen since the reign of terror known as Saddam Hussein.