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Who Is Really Winning the War Against ISIS?

January 17, 2015—Hello everybody and thank you for tuning in. A recent headline caught my attention. It says, “Iran eclipses US as Iraq’s ally in fight against militants.” Now this is rather ironic because we have not been friends with the Iranians. We have been antagonizing them for a long time. All of a sudden, we find out that the fight, the war that we have been fighting in Iraq, which has essentially going on since 2003, has not been won by us. It’s not been won by the Iraqis. It looks like the Iranians won the whole thing.

This was well known early on because the government that was put in place were Shia, and the Shia identify with the Shia of Iran. We overthrew a Sunni government under a pretense that they had weapons of mass destruction, which was not true. Now the Iranians have come in and they’re helping out and we’re sort of being quiet. We don’t say we coordinate anything but, in a way, the United States is sort of welcoming because the Iranians are moving into Iraq to go after ISIS.

Since we have done such a poor job, we’ve more or less precipitated the growth of ISIS. ISIS is in Iraq and that means al Qaeda is in Iraq. Our failure there says that, “Boy, if the Iranians can come and help us out of this, the big deal, this would be helpful.”

It’s just like ISIS being our enemy, they also wanted to get rid of Assad. The Iranians want to preserve Assad and yet, we like them and they’re to get rid of ISIS, so it becomes rather complex.

The Iranians are doing quite well for themselves. We have sanctions on them. They’re supposed to not be able to trade. They’re probably being hurt by lower oil prices. They just sent $10 billion worth of weapons into Iraq and got paid for it, because Iraq has similar oil. It looks like they’re doing pretty well on trade. Of course the Iranians identify with trading with Russia and China as well. It’s rather amazing that they’re doing this well.

The American people, though, don’t quite understand how this comes all about. And because it’s complex, they sort of want to just forget about it. We have been there and we’re unsuccessful and now the Iranians are there. The big question that comes up: what’s going to happen to Syria? What if the Iranians are very successful in Iraq and push the ISIS out of there? Then maybe instead of supporting our position against ISIS, then they go and they become much more vocal, and with the use of their forces, too, defend Assad?