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Liz Sly and Ahmed Ramadan of the Washington Post report thatInsurgents seize Iraqi city of Mosul as troops flee

BEIRUT — Insurgents seized control early Tuesday of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, including the provincial government headquarters, offering a powerful demonstration of the mounting threat posed by extremists to Iraq’s teetering stability.

Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, overran the entire western bank of the city overnight after Iraqi soldiers and police apparently fled their posts, in some instances discarding their uniforms as they sought to escape the advance of the militants.

In Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced a “general mobilization” and asked parliament to declare a state of emergency, saying the government would not allow the area to fall “under the shadows of terror and terrorists. ... “When the battle got tough in the city of Mosul, the troops dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts, making it an easy prey for the terrorists,” he told a televised news conference in Baghdad.

The airport and the prisons are also under control by the insurgents.

Republicans will probably blame this collapse of Iraqi troops on the Obama administration, but it is clear the not only the justification for the war fabricated by the Bush Administration let by Dick Cheney bogus, but the entire neocon strategy and concept of post war stability deeply flawed from the beginning.

This represents yet more evidence of the failure of the neocon ideology from top to bottom, and will not be the last.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 07:19:32 AM PDT

  •  Perhaps (10+ / 0-)

    Hillary will have a comment about the horror unleashed by the war she championed. #hardchoices

    •  And obviously (1+ / 0-)
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      PrahaPartizan

      if Our President had gotten his Iraqi Troop Surge, none of this would have happened. #uttersnarkaliciousness

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 08:05:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Typical...go after (4+ / 0-)

      a democratic senator for a war that a GOP President elected to start.

      Why blame the GOP when you can go after a democrat?
      After all, at RedState they are blaming the GOP...not.

      By all means lets make sure that the Democrats pay for Bush's war...because in the end, it is always the democrats fault, right David?

      •  Well, she did vote for it, and (3+ / 0-)
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        Sparhawk, JesseCW, 420 forever

        she's Our Anointed Candidate for President.

        Nice to know what she stands for, don't you think?

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 08:20:47 AM PDT

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      •  Re (2+ / 0-)
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        JesseCW, 420 forever
        By all means lets make sure that the Democrats pay for Bush's war...because in the end, it is always the democrats fault, right David?
        It is in this case. Clinton is perhaps the single Democrat most to blame for this mess. She could have opposed it (and she had extra star power for being Bill's wife and being a New York senator) but she didn't and now thousands are dead.

        Why would we ever want someone with this record of failure in the White House?

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 08:50:58 AM PDT

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      •  Problem: HRC isn't the only Democrat (2+ / 0-)
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        JesseCW, corvo

        Unfortunately more than a few democrats in congress jumped on the bush/cheney warmonger/war - oil profiteer bandwagon-- and what did it get us?

        wars are funded by Congress, not the POTUS; so most of congress is to blame for the Iraq disaster, the democrats as well as the repuglicans.

        Mosul falling to extremists; the only surprise is it took this long for it to happen. The fact government forces ran for the hills instead of defending the city is a good indicator of how weak and vulnerable Iraq is.

        Now what? what keeps the entire nation from falling?

        "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

        by Superpole on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 08:53:31 AM PDT

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        •  Iraq (1+ / 0-)
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          Toyotabob7

          Congress may share responsibility but the blame lies with the Bush administration. I recall all of the "evidence" of WMDs and Iraq as a terrorist heaven supplied to congress, the citizens and the rest of the world. Congress didn't create that evidence. They reacted to it.

          •  No, the blame is shared. (2+ / 0-)
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            Superpole, JesseCW

            Most people with functioning consciences and a nodding familiarity with the news knew that the "evidence" of WMDs was bogus.

            That would eliminate, of course, most Congresscritters.

            Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

            by corvo on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 10:24:46 AM PDT

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          •  NOPE... (2+ / 0-)
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            corvo, JesseCW

            the whole purpose of the three branches of the federal government is checks and balances, remember?

            Most of us here knew the Iraq war was ginned up by bush/cheney, but numerous democrats in congress did not know?

            gimme a break, please.

            congress totally failed to provide the needed checks against the executive-- regarding both wars of choice.

            "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

            by Superpole on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 01:50:34 PM PDT

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          •  Nonsense. Even were the WMD claims (1+ / 0-)
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            PhilJD

            credible, "preventative war" is a crime against humanity.

            ProTip - the people who like to play PVP MMORPG's often see this site as one.

            by JesseCW on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 03:03:27 PM PDT

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      •  Which branch of our government has the power (2+ / 0-)
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        corvo, WattleBreakfast

        to start a war?

        ProTip - the people who like to play PVP MMORPG's often see this site as one.

        by JesseCW on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 10:11:27 AM PDT

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  •  Well, if ISIS got their weapons from the (1+ / 0-)
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    corvo

    Syria contingent, it's going to be tough to blame Bush for this.

  •  Just wondering (5+ / 0-)

    where are the good guys with guns..

    •  Excellent snark ;-) n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      InAntalya, Superpole, JesseCW

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 08:28:56 AM PDT

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    •  Serious Pundit answer: (0+ / 0-)

      They're the fine folks from Blackwater.  That's why we pay them more than our own soldiers.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 08:44:54 AM PDT

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    •  Back in the US, since December 2011. (1+ / 0-)
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      Toyotabob7

      And NOT sitting on giant bases in Iraq, or fighting Sunni insurgents in Mosul.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 09:23:04 AM PDT

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  •  Mosul Is in Kurdistan (2+ / 0-)
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    InAntalya, Toyotabob7

    And Kurdistan is Sunni.  While the Iraqi national government is Shiite.  The uprising in Mosul is essentially the same problem which occurred in Fallujah and Ramadi.  Until the sectarian differences can be resolved in fractured states like Iraq, we won't see any peace.  The rebels in Syria have less and less to do in Syria, so we're seeing their migration to other areas with grievances to settle.  The world has seen similar outcomes before, even in western Europe after the end of the 100 Years War and the Thirty Years War, when mercenaries suddenly found they needed new paymasters to replace the old.  Persuading the genie to go back into the bottle is always more difficult than coaxing it out.

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 08:56:30 AM PDT

    •  The Kurds in Iraq get on reasonably well with (5+ / 0-)

      the Iraqi government.

      There isn't so much of a local uprising in Mosul as there is the ISIS expanding northeastward, and this could very well turn out badly for the ISIS because it will probably cause the Kurds in Iraq to become much more involved in the battle against the ISIS.

      The world is bad enough as it is, you have no right to make it any worse.
      Lamb chop, we can quibble what to call it, but I think we can both agree it's creepy.

      by InAntalya on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 09:14:26 AM PDT

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  •  As they are driven out of Syria, they go to Iraq. (0+ / 0-)

    I don't think the Obama administration or the neocons are really the driving factor here.

    Sunni fanatics don't like the Shiite Crescent.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 09:18:24 AM PDT

  •  So AQ decided to start fighting Kurds now? I'm (0+ / 0-)

    not sure it will work well for them.

  •  Nothing to do with the Iraq War (0+ / 0-)

    EVERYTHING to do with Syria.  Remember Syria, and how the Left crawled into their frightened tortoise shells, in the long time honored tradition of championing humanitarian causes?  Well, we pretty much knew where these factions were, camping out on the Syrian border with Iraq, using Syria as their base to terrorize Iraqi towns.  All the whining let them fester, move deep into Syrian rebel territories, and now take over LARGE areas in Iraq.

    What, not our problem?  Are their skins too dark, their religion too weird to make those human lives worth something?  Apparently so.  Imagine if that was you over there.  Ok, since it looks like a pocket book issue, how about this:  We're still decades away from alternative fuels, and there's a ton of oil in Northern Iraq, which now has to deal with Al Qaeda off-shoots looking to make a name for themselves with bloodshed.  What does that mean?  Gas = $$$$$.

    Sick.

    'Slower Traffic - Keep Right!'

    by luvbrothel on Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 11:34:10 AM PDT

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