BAGHDAD, IRAQ – Fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, a group more radical than al-Qaeda, have taken Tikrit, Iraq’s second-largest city, and now are on their way to Baghdad.
Isis swept through northern Iraq in the last few days with little to no resistance from government forces trained by U.S. troops.
Scenes of refugees seeking shelter and safety are a far cry from what Vice President Biden said in 2010 that we could expect after US troops pulled out, “I’m very optimistic about Iraq. I think it’s gonna be one of the great achievements of this administration.”
Isis is about 70 miles from Baghdad, that’s like Huntsville to Houston.
Iraq’s prime minister wants the U.S. to send military help, which led the president to do his impression of the godfather. (“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”)
President Obama says he probably will do something, but he doesn’t know what just yet. “My team is working around the clock to identify how we can provide the most effective assistance to them.”
While the White House tries to figure out what to do, ISIS is ready to give the folks in Baghdad a bad day.