Militants seized control of the airport, TV stations and the governor's offices in Iraq's second-largest city as police and soldiers ran away from their posts in Mosul on Tuesday, a stunning collapse of the security forces that has raised questions about Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's ability to hold the country together.
In perhaps a sign of just how serious the threat is to Iraq's stability, al-Maliki took to the airwaves to call on all men to volunteer to fight, promising to provide weapons and equipment.
"We will not allow for the remainder of the ... province and the city to fall," he said in a live broadcast carried on Iraqi state television.
The militants are believed to be members of the extremist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, an al Qaeda splinter group also known by its acronym ISIS. Many foreign fighters are believed to be among their number, senior police officials said.
Joe Biden's idea was to partition Iraq into three distinct states--one Sunni, one Shia, and one for the Kurds up north. If we had gone with that plan, Iraq would be less of a failed state than it is now, but it would still be a brittle, violent place. This region will be fought over again and again until someone can play the part of strongman and slaughter the weaker groups opposed to a centralized power.
Large tracts of Iraq will soon be in the hands of groups crazier than al Qaeda and meaner than a snake on LSD in a petting zoo. Once the country gets around to electing Rand Paul the next president, get ready for Iraq War III, starring Sylvester Stallone and the Texas National Guard.
Not a single neoconservative will ever be held accountable for Iraq. My guess is that it's all Obama's fault, now and forever.