Open Thread for 7/3/15…..The Islamic State is gonne be around for a while…

The more I hear about it?

The more I think the Islamic State is NOT gonna be dislodged from Iraq and Syria….

Let’s look a couple of things….

ISIS controls about 1/3 of Iraq….

They are Sunni based,  a religious Muslim group which comprises more than 1/2 of the country…

The minority Shia muslims run the country and get along with Iran…

The people running the military in ISIS are the top Saddam military guys that got kicked out by the Bush people…

The ISIS military is small, about 5,000 to 10,000 it is reported…

But THEY FIGHT….The Iraqi Army doesn’t….

While the US and it’s allies are doing air strikes….

They have little political will to put ‘boots on the ground’……

All of this HAS to be making the White House aware that in the end?

Iraq WILL  become THREE separate places….

While it was cobbled together by conquers….

The religious thing will probably divide the country by Sunni (ISIS), Shia (Present Iraq) and Kurdish  factions….

Somebody tell me if I have this wrong….

Cause I don’t think so….

116 thoughts on “Open Thread for 7/3/15…..The Islamic State is gonne be around for a while…”

  1. jamesb101 July 11, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I think Cruz is trying to do what SO MANY OTHER GOPer’s do with the primaries…

    After a head-scratch or two, now I see you mean


    Proofread before you send, James, please, please, pretty pretty please!

    Don’t be the slave of auto-correct (much as you need it)

    1. The auto correct spells what IT wants!

      I typed out sell…

      It changed it….

      On the iPhone it’s not like laptop I’m now or the iMac where you get the BIG picture…
      Thanks for the correction….

      I am a slave to NO ONE!
      Except my bills…

    2. He, he, he….

      In my defense?

      People have NO idea how many times I clean up their spelling omissions here….

      It’s a thankless jobs….

      But I have others to point to things out….

  2. And Cruz secretly desires for Hillary to take the White House too, or he wouldn’t be praising Trump.. We need to expose the truth. Corey can’t do it by himself.

    1. I think Cruz is trying to do what SO MANY OTHER GOPer’s do with the primaries…
      SEE BOOKS!
      And the NY Times is screwing him
      So he’s trying to use the media direct to get around the Times…

  3. Also ,apparently in on the “conspiracy?”

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer who says Trump is telling it like it “truly is”

    This “line “that the GOP establishment is trying to spread that Trump is being condemned by the party in general is no longer viable.

    Except for Bush and Rubio ,there is a lot of hedging and some outright support for Trump and his wild talk,from all sorts of Republicans.

  4. the TV series “the Strain” a horror series about vampires in NYC starts season two tomorrow night on FX. I enjoyed the first season. I don’t watch much TV, but I make an exception for this. Only sci-fi fans would be interested.

  5. Wow – the pope is meeting with an LGBT activist in Paraguay. Catholics like Manila should be proud.

    1. Can papal meeting with LGBT activist change attitudes in Paraguay?

      Gay rights activist and atheist Simón Cazal never imagined he would be one of Pope Francis’ biggest champions during the pontiff’s visit to Paraguay.

      In fact, the director and co-founder of SomosGay, or We Are Gay, was shocked when he was invited to the pontiff’s meeting with civil society.

      “I thought it was a joke,” he told CNN during an interview at the group’s headquarters in Asunción.

      More @

    2. Cuomo, Senate GOP roll back some provisions of SAFE Act

      In a rollback of key provisions in his landmark gun control law, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo agreed Friday to suspend sections of his SAFE Act covering ammunition sales.

      Under the agreement with State Senate Republicans, New York will suspend indefinitely its efforts to require background checks for ammunition purchasers and to create a database of buyers….

      Morew @

      1. Walker tweets presidential run earlier than planned

        Scott Walker is running for president, he announced in what appeared to be an unintentional tweet on Friday.

        The Wisconsin governor isn’t expected to formally announce until Monday, but on Friday afternoon, the Republican appeared to tweet a black-and-white image of himself waving onstage that read, “Scott Walker is running for president.”

        The tweet was still viewable under his account later Friday afternoon, but had been taken down by Friday night….

        More @

  6. As an example of how some Republican presidential candidates are trying to co opt Trump,Ben Carson says he could see Trump as his VP candidate!

  7. I’m not saying that the Bush after SC scenario is necessarily invalid,but I could just as easily see Bush losing all four of the early contests(Iowa, NH, Nevada and SC).

    Except for raising money,which is important I admit,he has been generally unimpressive.

  8. Cruz is trying to position himself to inherit Trumps support when he he drops out.

    The question though is can Cruz survive as a viable candidate until that time happens?

    1. Trump has enough money to hang in till after South Carolina, when Bush will probably start to pull away from the pack..
      That would be too late for Cruz…

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