Peshmerga with beat-up tank they took from Saddam, now in action against ISIS.
Regarding my link to the Kurds asking for weapons to be provided them directly, an anonymous commenter said:
How many times must we learn this lesson? It's a ongoing hoodwink. We must stop arming ANY Muslim! We must stop teaching them tactics too. To those we seek to aid as mercenaries - food and water only, maybe some medicine. True FRIENDS would appreciate food and water. Over and over we are played - cuz over and over our own weapons go missing. All while we, the AMERICAN people, who Pay For those weapons are barred from having those same weapons ourselves! Time to end the idiocy.
To which a reader responded to me via email, commenting upon the comment:
So long as we are in the business of fighting proxy wars, arming the Kurds is not the same as arming the Taliban in Afghanistan or ISIS in Syria or Al Qaeda in Libya. As DeGaulle noted, nations do not have friends. They have interests. Our interest is in stability as cheaply as possible. If we were really serious about peace in the Middle East, we would divorce ourselves from Muslim or commie produced oil. That just will not happen.So absent a complete conquest of North Africa and Arabia we need to get comfortable with finding associates who are interested in similar things. When I went into Kurdistan for the first time in March of 2003 to take Mosul, it was remarkable the stark contrast between the Kurds who actually had their collective asses together and their Islamo-socialist neighbors to the south. If you cannot tell the difference with a Kurd who happens to be Muslim and a jihadi Turk or a Salafist Saudi than please refrain from opining on Islamic politics.I would agree that Islam is a war plan dressed as a religion, however, unless you have a whole lot more people willing to kill women and children for Jesus, we need to fight the battles we can win. Supporting the Jewish State and the true moderate Muslims is a damn good way to get what we want (free market oil), while keeping the bad guys at bay while they continue to devolve into failed nation states.