[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]President Obama appears relatively at ease with the thought of ISIS dominating Iraq and taking-over land that was secured by U.S. forces at a significant cost, both in terms of lives and U.S. taxpayer dollars.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Though he has been unwilling to commit to a plan of action with the same level of zeal with which he attacks instances of perceived racism in America, he has outlined a flimsy plan to train recruits in Iraq to combat the monsters who have been on a successful rampage, killing in the name of Allah.
The main problem: according to reports, Baghdad has not had a single recruit for the last four to six weeks.
According to Defense Department officials, there are five recruiting and training facilities in Iraq, but one of them, Al Asad, has not seen a single recruit from Baghdad in over a month.
Obama confirmed this dearth of recruits on Monday after a conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi,
“One of the things that we’re still seeing is, in Iraq, places where we’ve got more training capacity than we have recruits.”
“Part of my discussion with Prime Minister Abadi was how do we make sure that we get more recruits in. A big part of the answer there is our outreach to Sunni tribes. We’ve seen Sunni tribes who are not only willing and prepared to fight ISIL, but have been successful at rebuffing ISIL. But it has not been happening as fast as it needs to.”
The Hill explains:
The Al Asad air base is one of the primary training site for Sunni tribal fighters, which the U.S. has left entirely up to the Iraqi forces out of deference to Baghdad.
At one point earlier this year, there were several hundred U.S. troops — including about 300 Marines — training other Iraqi forces at the base. It is unclear how many are there today.
The training and equipping of Sunni tribal fighters became more urgent after the fall of Ramadi last month, which is the capital of Anbar Province — referred to as the “Sunni heartland.”
Sunni forces who were defending the city said they had not received any training or equipment from the central government, which is dominated by Shiites.
The U.S. has resisted directly training or equipping Sunni forces out of concern it could undermine Baghdad, which views the Sunni population with mistrust, and worsen sectarian tensions.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]Of course, the lack of willing recruits is hardly surprising. Top military advisers have repeatedly declared that Iraqi forces are unable and unwilling to hold territory previously occupied by U.S. troops and ISIS’ successful warpath has only served as an affirmation of that analysis.
The question now is: will President Obama finally try something new to defeat ISIS before they come knocking on our door? Is a rerun of the same failed plan the best he can come up with?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]