The major Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Mosul, Tikrit and Baiji have all fallen to what the popular media are referring to as “Al-Qaeda-inspired” jihadists. They fall under the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” banner, but many are likely Sunni opportunists seeking to upset the current order consisting of a Kurdish-dominated north and a Shi’ite central government.
Is Baghdad next? What now?
Here’s a round-up by The Washington Post.
Here’s another one by The New York Times that outlines Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s request to President Obama for air support, which have so fsr been rebuffed by an administration insistent on closing the U.S. chapter of a struggle for Iraq that could go on for a long time.
And flush with a few victories, here’s some ISIS propaganda care of CNN.
According to TV footage, Iraqi police and soldiers are stripping their uniforms and blending into the hundreds of thousands who are fleeing the fighting. Without the U.S. to provide a little heart, some of them have apparently become cowardly lions. I’m not surprised and not amused, either.
Truman concurs and figures a little something from The Doors might be fitting today. This snippet comes from the first few minutes of one of his favorite films – a classic that needs no introduction. If you need some help to figure out what movie I’m talking about, click here … then choke yourself.
(Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s almost Thursday, but better late than never for this crazy week’s Hump Day Song.)