Crisis in Kurdistan: The Obama Debacle
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#1 Aug 14, 2014
The Obama administration, afraid to be credited with the splitting of Iraq, has appeared more fearful of Kurdish autonomy than Kurdish destruction. While the IS battled for supremacy within the region, Baghdad and the United states declared oil originating from the Kurdish region as stolen, despite the Supreme Court of Iraq stating the contrary. Any actor who perpetrates the alleged criminal act of purchasing the oil will likely face charges and be banned from future southern Iraqi Oil fields dealings. Rather than assisting the Kurdish people in thwarting the IS, the American administration had focused entirely on how to keep the KRG embattled and financially blockaded enough to no longer seek autonomy.
Only with the global community rising up in the face of potential genocide and unprecedented instability, the pensive, conforming, tarrying, Obama administration finally confronted their fear of saying the word “Iraq” and did what should have been done months ago: provide incentives for Shiite politicians to oppose the divisive al- Maliki: provide the Kurdish people with financial and military aid: protect billions of dollars worth of foreign investments; ensure that American weaponry doesn’t fuel the creation of a genocidal, fascist Islamic state. For months the KRG has pleaded with the Obama administration for military aid, only to be told to first acquiesce to the demands of Baghdad. Financially starved and militarily drained, with all of Iraq on the brink of destruction, the Kurdish region, had finally received American assistance
On the subject of the Al Qaeda splinter group becoming a significant threat, President Obama stated,”If a junior varsity team puts on Lakers uniforms, does that make them Kobe Bryant?” That splinter group has become a full-fledged military force, in no small part due to the United States’ complete failure to recognize, at the least, a significant regional threats. President Obama’s previous support for an administration that fails to honor the Iraqi constitution or the Iraqi Supreme Court, and his complete forsaking of the Kurdish and Sunni people has contributed to the division and disenfranchisement that so frequently breeds terror.While the ever-pleasing President Obama accomplished his main goal of satisfying his constitutes enough to win two terms, the abrupt, vote pandering exit and political misinterpretations that followed have brought Iraq back to crisis. An administration that places more importance on electioneering than human rights and moral responsibilities certainly doesn’t embody change anyone can believe in.
If the IS is destroyed tomorrow, the United States will pressure the Kurds into giving Kirkuk to the central Iraqi government, regardless of whether or not al-Maliki is present. The KRG has questioned the constitutionality of the Iraqi oil Ministry’s deals with foreign oil companies, as the disputed land’s ownership has yet to be determined by referendum. The Iraqi constitution granted right wont stop the United States and Baghdad from requesting Kurdish withdrawal from their ancestral homelands -and a return to a unified Iraq. The Obama administration and Bagdad could never militarily force a Kurdish exit, especially due to many years of positive media portrayals of the the Kurds. If the IS happens to be contained after the KRG loses land to the extremists, America’s largest obstacle in obtaining Iraqi unity would be removed- without the political and global complications of taking the land directly back from the Kurds. Conflicting motives make poor allies.However,with the insatiable need China and Russia have for oil, the Kurds are not short on potential allies who don’t mind crossing America.
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