With the crisis in Iraq worsening by the day, a ranking Pentagon official with knowledge of the situation has shed some light on the Obama administration’s inaction in an exclusive statement to The Daily Caller.
“The Pentagon is split and the administration is paralyzed,” he said, calling the gridlock “horrendous.”
“Joint Chiefs Chairman [Martin] Dempsey is an asshat yes man,” he continued. “We have congressional authority to use force for the Iraq War, as it never expired, but people are putting targeting packets through unnecessary bureaucracy to slow events to the point that — they hope — the situation is overcome by events. Bad call. So fucked. Reads like another chapter in [Robert] Gates’s book.”
While the Iraqi government is accepting military assistance from Russia and Syria, the Obama administration has yet to authorize the airstrikes Iraqi officials have repeatedly asked for.
“Time is not on our side,” Iraqi ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday. “Further delay only benefits the terrorists.” (RELATED: House Intel Committee Chair Blames Administration For Iraq Crisis)
“The professional staff says ‘Do it’ but State and CIA say ‘No,’ for political reasons,” our source said. “Once again split, like in Libya. Pentagon will never admit it. So fucked up. We should take limited action and generals who have no direct combat experience are making bad calls.”
Iraq’s first parliamentary meeting since the April elections went disastrously on Tuesday, with Sunnis and Kurds walking out after the majority government refused to replace Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. (RELATED: Iraq’s Kurds Likely To Vote On Independence In Coming Months)
ISIS, which now calls itself simply “the Islamic State,” declared its conquered territories a caliphate on Monday. An official document urged Muslims to “gather around your caliph [Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi], so that you may return as you once were for ages, kings of the earth and knights of war.” (RELATED: Iraqi PM Slams Kerry, Rejects Unity Government)
“Targeting packets for action are going through processes they don’t need to keep us from getting involved,” our source reiterated. “They should be simple, but are being sent to the White House because the lawyers there are notorious for wasting time and looking for an excuse to say ‘No.’”
“[Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism] Lisa Monaco will waste time and say no if it’s a problem for Obama. We should have acted last week.”