The Tikrit Shuffle

Colonel Gary Anderson on strange allies in the big sandbox.

IRAQ-CONFLICT-IS

In the months that we have been halfheartedly attacking the Islamic State, we have waged war in a way that has alarmed our allies to a point where the Iraqis have turned to the Iranians for mentorship. In the meantime, President Obama’s tepid strategic approach to war has done the impossible. It has gotten the Middle East’s most bitter rivals, Sunni’s and Shiites, to agree with their mutual Israeli enemy on one thing, that America’s leadership is lacking.