We have been distracted by Gaza and the R2P campaign against Russia. While we have been so deflected, IS in Iraq have been busy.
The idiot press has interpreted IS' consolidation of its gains as exhaustion or some other nonsense. In fact they have been; prosecuting their war against the Syrian Arab Government, chopping heads as the opportunity presents, and bringing their forces, both guerrilla and conventional into position for an offensive against the Iraqi "Government." Yesterday, they destroyed a bridge across the Tigris between Samarra and Tikrit thus isolating the Tikrit and Beiji areas from any movement north toward these key places. At the same time IS forces sit on the eastern and western flanks of the supply lines of GOI forces at Samarra.
It is now clear that the happy, reveling Shia crowds celebrating Eid al-Adha face the prospect of Sunni cooperation with IS west of the Tigris in the Adhamiya Sunni barrio of Baghdad . That is where the airport and the US Embassy are located.
To "top things off," there are now a lot of of suicide attacks and fighting in the Sunni towns south of Baghded that are located just south of the capital and on the roads leading to them. Closure of the two main roads leading south from Baghdad will isolate the capital. It is inevitable in that case that the airport will be attacked at least enough to make it unusable. That will seal the fate of Shia Baghdad. IS must be sharpening their machetes (or whatever they use). To quote Eddy Izzard, "kill, kill, kill, ah. lunch."
All this will add another burden of defeated adolescent fantasy to the Obama seminar.
Judy Miller, once of the NY Times, used to tell me that I was a pessemist. Do they still employ the hasbara shill (maybe?) Michael Gordon? pl