Do you remember the stuttering coming from WH on the subject? Clearly, the job of WH speaker is an unrewarding and ball-breaking task. Especially these days, when even the person, so far widely considered a worst POTUS ever, feels it necessary to take a shot at the speaker's boss:
“We waited too long,” Carter told Star Telegram writer Jim Jones. “We let the Islamic State built up its money, capability, and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria. Then when [it] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn’t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned.”However, this is not so much about political squabbles but about the mass murder going on in the Kurdish city of Kobani, overtaken by ISIS butchers, about people like this one:
Nareen, may she rest in peace, the Kurdish defender of Kobani, whose head was gleefully displayed by an ISIS murderer recently. While another experienced butcher of Kurds, Mr Erdogan, prevents any military assistance to the last surrounded defenders of the city, located two or three kilometers from the Turkish border with Syria. So far nothing ISIS is doing in Kobani goes against Erdogan's wet dreams.
The situation is complicated by the close ties between the town’s Kurdish defenders and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, which has waged a three-decade insurgency for self-rule in southeastern Turkey. Ankara has been deeply reluctant to allow weapons or Kurdish fighters to cross the border.ISIS is doing what Erdogan himself would dearly like to do, in other, less politically correct, words. In the coming hours the remaining Kurdish fighters and innocent citizens of Kobani will be methodically slaughtered, under a watchful eye of their Turkish and Syrian neighbors, both parties being rather happy with the turn of events, considering Kurds being a general irritant for so many years... And this:
Turkish officials said they cannot be expected to conduct a ground operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria on their own.- this is so much crap: Turks never intended to move a finger to help out the Kurds in Kobani. NATO or no NATO. The Turkey's refusal to assist Kurds in any way even extends to denying US and other coalition members the use of Turkish airfields for operations against ISIS. A swell friend indeed...
Here is what is going on in Kobani as we speak. Take a look, if you are not too sensitive. And while talking heads argue whether Kobani's fall would be symbolic setback for Obama Syria strategy (what strategy, exactly?), the blood on the streets of Kobani is flowing unimpeded.
And meanwhile, poor White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest keeps plugging:
Islamic State terrorists continue to gain ground in the Syrian city of Kobani, but the White House downplayed the significance of this development for President Obama’s anti-terrorism strategy in Syria.Can you not admire the man's steadfastness while facing an impossible task? I can't.
“I would not agree with that assessment,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest when asked if the loss of Kobani would be the first sign that Obama’s strategy to degrade and defeat ISIS had failed.
Update: and you can't get more insulting than this (from Independent, too):
Isis on the verge of victory in Kobani as US strategy lies in ruins