ISIS reportedly took control of the Mosul dam in Iraq, and is approaching the oil fields of the Kurds:
The price of Brent crude rose above the $105 mark on Thursday after reports that Islamist militants were creeping closer to the semi-autonomous Kurdish region’s oilfields. Two car bombs killed nine people in the Kurdish-held Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk after an offensive by Isis fighters that has put Kurdish forces under pressure.
Meanwhile, in Washington: “The White House confirmed Thursday that President Obama’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., will include a campaign fundraiser and a brief return to Washington, D.C., for business meetings.”
That’s the president’s two-week vacation.
Until then, the president is reviewing U.S. options… and reviewing them… and reviewing them…
President Obama is considering options to assist trapped minorities in Iraq, including possible airstrikes and airdrops of food and medicine, a government official said.
The administration has been mulling options for weeks…
As mentioned in today’s Jolt, “The American Spectator” used to refer to a magazine. Now it’s our foreign policy.
’The American Spectator’ Used to Refer to a Magazine; Now It’s Our Policy
Anchoress’ latest is phenomenally depressing, so I’ll just link and mention the quote from an Iraqi Yazidi member of Parliament: “Our sisters are being taken and sold as slaves in the slave market! . . . I speak here in the name of humanity! Save us! Save us! Genocide in the 21st Century! We are being slaughtered! We are being exterminated! An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the earth!”
The plight of the Yazidis, as of this morning:
Politicians appealedfor emergency aid for thousands of minority Iraqis who have been stranded with little food on a mountaintop in the country’s north, surrounded by al-Qaeda-inspired rebels.
For nearly two months, Kurdish forces had managed to protect the area from the Sunni extremists, who have rampaged through much of northern Iraq, slaughtering opponents, destroying ancient shrines and demanding that people of other religions convert or die. But last weekend the famously tough Kurdish fighters suffered their first setbacks in the Sinjar region, prompting hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee.
An estimated 10,000 to 40,000 of them sought refuge on the craggy peaks of Mount Sinjar — largely members of the minority Yazidi sect. They fear death if they descend into areas controlled by the extremist rebels, who consider them apostates. Kurdish forces have so far failed to break through the militants’ lines to reach them, despite launching a counteroffensive early this week.
The Iraqi government conducted two airdrops of aid to the desperate refugees, but humanitarian workers said they did not come close to meeting the growing need. Some of the water bottles in the aid bundles cracked open.
Remember when we had an administration that referred to people as “evildoers”? And how all of our social betters scoffed at how simplistic and insufficiently nuanced and childish that was? Anybody else have a better term for ISIS, and those pro-Russian separatists shooting down airliners, and Hamas leaders hiding in schools and hospitals, and that Taliban sleeper agent who killed our major general? How about those illegal immigrants who just killed a border patrol agent?
“I think it is important to remember that Hamas acts extraordinarily irresponsibly,” Obama said, “putting civilians at risk” with its taunting of Israel, and its placement of rocket launchers in civilian areas during conflict with the Jewish state.