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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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By Rob Meltzer
Jan. 3, 2014 6:11 p.m.



Al Qaida’s Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, in seizing two cities in Anbar Province, is making a political and military point. Even as the Obama Regime wants to declare victory in the war on terror, the Obama Regime is responsible for creating a new and dangerous entity that can seize territory for a government we set up, and it can hold that territory. Al Qaida is very open about the source of its recent success. First, it credits Obama with killing bin Laden. Bin Laden had very narrow and limited and constrained goals for his terrorist organization, believing that driving westerners from Arab lands was adequate to allow the growth of indigenous Islamic governments. The other factions of Al Qaida believed that the group should grow and merge from a terrorist organization into  a full blown Islamic caliphate. Bin Laden was always a control freak in terms of business records, but Al Qaida since the death of bin Laden has emerged as a full blown and fully organized government in exile, only lacking territory to govern. Obama, in killing bin Laden, has made Al Qaida a hell of a lot more dangerous. Second, Al Qaida credits American failures at nation building in Iraq. Iraq had very few similarities to Vietnam until last year, when the Iraqi Shia government commenced a series of policies that seemed not only self-destructive, but outwardly hostile to its own best interests. Al Qaida was able to allow the Iraqi Government to simply drive Sunnis into the Al Qaida camp. Of course, the frightening thing about the fighting in Anbar Province is that Al Qaida has no intention of stopping its conquests when and if it consolidates its hold on a chunk of Iraq. Its next step is linking with Al Qaida forces in Lebanon and Syria, as well as portions of Jordan, North Africa and East Africa. Already, American officials in Iraq are muttering the phrase “re engagement,” which suggests that the United States is concerned enough to be considering options beyond material and advice. Whereas the US could walk away from Vietnam in 1975, the United States cannot walk away from the global war that is looming in the Middle East. For one, even our European allies, China, Japan and Russia are growing somewhat concerned both about the consequences on global trade routes and the prospect of a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia and god knows who else astride the energy pipeline and trade pipeline of the world. Worse yet, since the United States has created this situation, and has made it worse, the interesting question is what the Obama Regime plans to do about it. Another example of failed Obama Regime policy making everything worse, and apparently no idea what to do next.

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