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Hillary Never Thought Al Qaeda Would Take Over Iraq

From the Daily Caller:

Hillary Clinton: I ‘Could Not Have Predicted’ That Al Qaida Would Take Over Iraq

By Patrick Howley | June 12, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that she “could not have predicted” the effectiveness of the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group that seized control this week of two major Iraqi cities.

And she is the smartest woman in the world. So obviously no one could have seen this coming. (Except for all the people like us who did.)

The Islamic State in Iraq and [Syria] (ISIS), which has pledged allegiance to al-Qaida since 2004, captured the western Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul, expanding its influence across the entire Sunni-dominated western region of Iraq in addition to Syria — where it remains one of the strongest rebel factions fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad. The group, led by enigmatic terrorist Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, evolved out of al-Qaida’s Bush-era presence in Iraq, adopting a version of its current name as early as 2006.

And, as we have just noted, Mr. al Baghdadi was released in 2009, while Mrs. Clinton was Secretary Of State.

Clinton, the Obama administration’s first Secretary of State and a presumptive 2016 presidential candidate, admitted that she underestimated ISIS in an interview Thursday with NPR’s Terry Gross at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

So she thought it was safe to let her hair down. She was among friends.

“So this is not just a Syrian problem anymore,” Clinton said. “I never thought it was just a Syrian problem. I thought it was a regional problem. I could not have predicted, however, the extent to which ISIS could be effective in seizing cities in Iraq and trying to erase boundaries to create an Islamic state. That’s why it’s a wicked problem.” …

Lest we forget, Mrs. Clinton supported Mr. Obama’s plan to supply and fund the Syrian ‘rebels’ fighting Bashar Assad. Even though they were warned that they were Al Qaeda supported terrorists.

U.S. military leaders predicted as early as 2006, during a dismal period for al-Qaida and prior to Clinton’s term at the State Department, that al-Qaida would re-generate in Iraq…

Intellectual giants like Hillary and Obama don’t need experts to tell them what to think. They already know more than any expert in any field. After all, they went to law school.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 13th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Hillary Never Thought Al Qaeda Would Take Over Iraq”

  1. captstubby says:

    After a trip to the local gas( beer, lottery, pizzas) station ,[$1.57 a Gal.],
    and reading “could not have predicted” ;

    They already know more .
    part 2

    On 1 January 2009, the United States handed control of the Green Zone and Saddam Hussein’s presidential palace to the Iraqi government in a ceremonial move described by the country’s prime minister as a restoration of Iraq’s sovereignty. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he would propose 1 January be declared national “Sovereignty Day”. “This palace is the symbol of Iraqi sovereignty and by restoring it, a real message is directed to all Iraqi people that Iraqi sovereignty has returned to its natural status”
    After President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, some anti-war groups decided to stop protesting even though the war was still going on. Some of them decided to stop because they felt they should give the new President time to establish his administration, and others stopped because they believed that Obama would end the war.

    February26, 2009, Prime Minister of Iraq Nuri al‑Maliki said at a press conference that the government of Iraq had “no worries” over the impending departure of U.S. forces and expressed confidence in the ability of the Iraqi Security Forces and police to maintain order without American military support.
    After six years, peace vigil ends
    By Lanz Christian Bañes/Times-Herald staff writer
    Posted: 03/20/2009
    BENICIA – About 40 anti-war protesters held what they said would be their final rally Thursday, six years after the United States-led invasion began against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
    Patricia Kneisler, who has led the Benicia Peace Vigil for five of the last six years of the conflict, said the weekly demonstrations on First Street and Military began to subside after President Barack Obama’s election in November.
    “People are really conflicted now,” Kneisler said, explaining how many of the demonstrators felt they should not be protesting the war while Obama established his administration.
    The Benicia Peace Vigil was begun by a group led by Danika Carter Cavulich, a member of the Solano Peace and Justice Coalition, with its first protest coinciding with the day the first bombs fell on Iraq.
    Attendance has dramatically fallen from an initial group of dozens of people to, at one point, no one showing for the Thursday afternoon’s rally.
    In contrast to the recent sparse turnouts, about 40 de-monstators came to the vigil’s final hurrah, which included balloons with peace signs, pickets and cheers as passing vehicles honked their horns in support.
    RedBird Tate, who has lived in Benicia for 10 years, was among those who believes the protests should have ended when Obama was sworn in as president.
    “Obama is my hope. He’s going to kick butt and take names,” Tate said, holding a sign and an effigy of former President George W. Bush, complete with faux flames.

    On 30 June and again on 11 December,2009 the Iraqi ministry of oil awarded contracts to international oil companies for some of Iraq’s many oil fields. The winning oil companies enter joint ventures with the Iraqi ministry of oil, and the terms of the awarded contracts include extraction of oil for a fixed fee of approximately $1.40 per barrel . The fees will only be paid once a production threshold set by the Iraqi ministry of oil is reached.
    From the mid-1980s to September 2003, the inflation-adjusted price of a barrel of crude oil on NYMEX was generally under $25/barrel. During 2003, the price rose above $30, reached $60 by 11 August 2005, and peaked at $147.30 in July 2008. Commentators attributed these price increases to many factors, including the falling value of the U.S. dollar, reports from the United States Department of Energy and others showing a decline in petroleum reserves worries over peak oil, Middle East tension, and oil price speculation.
    For a time, geo-political events and natural disasters indirectly related to the global oil market had strong short-term effects on oil prices, such as North Korean missile tests, the 2006 conflict between Israel and Lebanon, worries over Iranian nuclear plans in 2006, Hurricane Katrina, and various other factors. By 2008, such pressures appeared to have an insignificant impact on oil prices given the onset of the global recession. The recession caused demand for energy to shrink in late 2008, with oil prices falling from the July 2008 high of $147 to a December 2008 low of $32.
    The price of oil underwent a significant decrease after the record peak of US$145 it reached in July 2008. On December 23, 2008, WTI crude oil spot price fell to US$30.28 a barrel, the lowest since the financial crisis of 2007–2010 began, and traded at between US$35 a barrel and US$82 a barrel in 2009

    Oil prices stabilized by October 2009 and established a trading range between $60 and $80.
    Forecasted prices and trends
    According to informed observers, OPEC, meeting in early December 2007, seemed to desire a high but stable price that would deliver substantial needed income to the oil producing states, but avoid prices so high that they would negatively impact the economies of the oil consuming nations. A range of 70–80 dollars a barrel was suggested by some analysts to be OPEC’s goal.
    Some analysts point out that major oil exporting countries are rapidly developing; and because they are using more oil domestically, less oil may be available on the international market. This effect, outlined in the export land economic model, could significantly reduce the oil available for trade and cause prices to continue to rise. Particularly significant are Indonesia (which is now a net importer of oil), Mexico and Iran (where demand is projected to exceed production in about 5 years), and Russia (whose domestic petroleum demand is growing rapidly).
    In May 2008, T. Boone Pickens, an influential oil investor who believes the world’s oil output is about to peak, predicted oil prices would hit $150 a barrel by the end of the year. “Eighty-five million barrels of oil a day is all the world can produce, and the demand is 87 m,” Mr Pickens said in an interview with CNBC. “It’s just that simple.”
    In June 2008, Alexei Miller, head of Russian energy giant Gazprom, warned that the price of oil is likely to hit $250 a barrel sometime in 2009. Miller said that while speculation had played a role in oil prices, “this influence was not decisive.”Bloomberg reported that, as of mid-June, “At least 3,008 options contracts have been purchased giving holders the right to buy oil at $250 a barrel in December”.
    Also in June 2008, Shukri Ghanem, head of Libya’s National Oil Corporation, said: “I think it [the oil price] will go higher. That is a trend that will continue for some time. The easy, cheap oil is over, peak oil is looming.”
    On 26 June 2008, OPEC President Chakib Khelil said in an interview: “I forecast prices probably between $150–170 during this summer. That will perhaps ease towards the end of the year.” Iran’s OPEC governor Mohammad-Ali Khatibi predicts that the price of oil would reach $150 a barrel by the end of this summer.
    Near-term peak oil proponent Matthew Simmons predicts a rise to $300 a barrel or higher by 2013 as sweet crude petroleum becomes more scarce and major producers begin failing to meet demand.
    In November,2008 prices fell below $60 a barrel,
    Petroleum prices had fallen to below $35 in February 2009, but on 6 May 2009 had risen back to mid-November 2008 levels at about $56.
    February 18, 2009
    California continued to lead the continental U.S. in gasoline prices by a wide margin, with the cost climbing an additional 7.6 cents to $2.291 a gallon. That was still 90 cents below the year-earlier price.
    The rise in gasoline prices has largely been the result of planned refinery maintenance and cutbacks in production, analysts said.
    Oil prices spike as Iraq violence flares
    By Mark Thompson @MarkThompsonCNN June 12, 2014

    LONDON (CNNMoney)
    Oil prices spiked Thursday to levels not seen in nine months as escalating violence in Iraq sparked worries about crude exports.
    Light crude oil futures touched $106 a barrel, up nearly 2% and the highest price since September 2013.
    The price of oil is one of many factors that determine gas prices. Gas futures rose by 1.7% to $2.95 a gallon, signaling a possible rise in prices for consumers.
    Oil prices have been climbing all year on strengthening global demand, reduced output from OPEC nations and other producers, and fear that the Ukraine crisis could disrupt Russian energy exports.
    The latest gains were triggered by this week’s dramatic advance across northern Iraq by extremist Islamic insurgents.

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