These are, mind you, the same Sunni jihadists whose friends and allies the U.S. is arming in Syria. The incoherence of the Obama foreign policy is reaching comic proportions: it is now possible for a man to be a freedom fighter and receive American assistance in Syria, and then cross over the (bulldozed) border into Iraq and be regarding as an “extremist” and a “terrorist.” All of this proceeds from the Washington establishment’s unshakeable unwillingness to examine the ideology and belief system motivating the jihadists.
So now Obama and Kerry are contemplating aiding groups aligned with al-Qaeda, which murdered 3,000 Americans on 9/11, in Syria, and aligning with “Death to America” Iran against groups aligned with al-Qaeda in Iraq.
“Kerry: US open to working with Iran against extremists in Iraq,” by Olivier Knox, Yahoo News, June 16, 2014:
Secretary of State John Kerry cautiously signalled on Monday that the United States would be open to cooperating with Iran militarily in Iraq to beat back al Qaida-inspired fighters who pose an “existential” danger to that war-torn country and may look to target Europe and the United States.
“This is a challenge to the stability of the region. It is obviously an existential challenge to Iraq itself. This is a terrorist group,” Kerry told Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of a State Department conference on saving the world’s oceans.
Prodded on whether the United States would consider cooperating militarily with Iran, Kerry replied: “Let’s see what Iran might or might not be willing to do before we start making any pronouncements.”
But “I think we are open to any constructive process here that could minimize the violence, hold Iraq together, the integrity of the country and eliminate the presence of outside terrorist forces that are ripping it apart,” the top U.S. diplomat told Couric.
“I wouldn’t rule out anything that would be constructive to providing real stability, a respect for the (Iraqi) constitution, a respect for the election process, and a respect for the Iraqi people to form a government that represents all of the interests of Iraq — not one sectarian group over another,” he said.
Kerry’s comments came as President Obama looked at possible air strikes to stem the surge of extremists in Iraq known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). ISIS fighters have seized Mosul, which is the country’s second-largest city, and Tikrit, which is Saddam Hussein’s hometown. Overnight, they captured the city of Tal Afar, and American officials feared enough for Baghdad that they partially evacuated the US embassy there while beefing up security.
Kerry said Obama was giving “a very thorough vettting [sic] of every option that is available,” including drone strikes, and underlined that “we are deeply committed to the integrity of Iraq as a country.”
Kerry said that the United States and many of its key allies are “deeply concerned” about the possibility that some of their own citizens may number among the foreign fighters fighting alongside jihadists in Syria’s civil war — and may return home bent on carrying out attacks there. He said citizens from Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States number among the foreign fighters in Syria.
Asked whether the next 9-11 attacks could come from Iraq and Syria, Kerry replied that fighters like those in ISIS “clearly are focused not just there, but they’re focused on trying to do harm to Europe, to America and other people and that’s why we believe it is so important for us to be engaged.”
Asked whether ISIS could take the capital, Kerry replied “I don’t believe that they will in the near term” and expressed skepticism that they could at all. And he underlined that he was “absolutely convinced” that the United States had “the security it needs” for its embassy in Baghdad.
Kerry echoed sharp recent criticisms of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose iron-handed government is blamed for minority Sunni unrest fueling groups like ISIS, but stopped well short of saying he should resign.
“It’s up to the Iraqi people,” Kerry said. “I don’t think the United States should be issuing instructions or orders. I don’t think any country should.”
As the top U.S. diplomat, Kerry has played a central role in what may be the Obama administration’s biggest foreign policy gamble: negotiations with Iran over its suspect nuclear program. Those talks resume this week with time running short to reach a deal that would lift crippling economic sanctions in return for steps designed to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons….