ISIS Declares Caliphate In Syria And Iraq

ISIS caliphate
ISIS declares caliphate – those little derrick symbols represent oil fields.

Osama bin Laden’s vision of a Muslim caliphate in the Middle East is now a reality, thanks in large part to the USA. On Sunday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) pronounced the reformation of the caliphate—the historical Islamic state that once stretched over much of the modern-day Muslim world—with ISIS emir Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as the man in charge.

DSWright on FDL:

Al Qaeda’s strategy of trying to force a US overreaction with the 9/11 attack has proved considerably successful in destabilizing the regional regimes that opposed establishing a caliphate and promulgating fundamentalist Islamic law. …12 million people are estimated to live under the control of ISIS already and if the now declared caliphate continues its expansion it could be considerably more.

…Apparently using the US military to topple secular leaders did little to thwart the rise of Islamic extremism. In fact, it seems to have had the opposite effect.

Add to the “no one could have anticipated…” file. Which is getting pretty thick by now.

More info:
ISIS Declares Themselves an Islamic State
The Beginning of a Caliphate: The Spread of ISIS, in Five Maps

According to Bill Roggio of the Long War Journal, the proclamation of a caliphate was “a controversial move that is sure to send shockwaves throughout the jihadist world.”

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on July 1, 2014 - 7:23 pm

    MSNBC seems to be, if not beating, at least tapping the war drums. The theme is: Americans are too complacent, and ISIS is coming to get us. But there is no public support for another war – not sure if we even want 800 troops sent to Baghdad to help defend our over-sized embassy.

    I can still remember the theme song MSNBC wrote for Bush’s invasion of Iraq. After they fired Phil Donahue for opposing it.

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on July 2, 2014 - 7:56 pm

    Richard says:

    I can still remember the theme song MSNBC wrote for Bush’s invasion of Iraq. After they fired Phil Donahue for opposing it.

    Please don’t tell me if they have a new theme song for the third illegitimate invasion of Iraq. I’m thinking they don’t, for a reason, but I haven’t had cable for many years now.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on July 3, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Why ISIS’s ‘New Caliphate’ Claim Is Kind Of Ridiculous

    Most researchers date of the end of the formal caliphate at 1924, when Attaturk, a reformer who helped create modern-day Turkey, constitutionally abolished the institution within what was left of the Ottoman Empire and transferred its powers to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Since then, various Muslims (including the former leader of the Taliban) have occasionally taken the title of Amir al-Mu’minin, but few have taken ISIS’s extreme position of claiming the full power of the caliphate, where a leader assumes total legal and religious authority over Muslims near and far.

    ISIS’s relatively tiny sphere of influence within the Muslim world is also part of what makes its claim to the caliphate so shocking and theologically problematic for many Muslims. The organization argues in its recent statement that it is reestablishing the caliphate primarily because the “essentials,” or conditions, of a Muslim state have been established under their brutal rule. As such, they insist that all other Muslim groups — especially other extremist militias and terrorist organizations — are bound by God to honor their leader’s authority.

    “As for you, O soldiers of the platoons and organizations, know that after this consolidation and the establishment of the [caliphate], the legality of your groups and organizations has become invalid,” their statement reads. “It is not permissible for a single person of you who believes in Allah to sleep without having (loyalty) to the [caliph].”

    But even if such religious claims are contested, there is still special significance in ISIS invoking the power of the caliphate at the beginning of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. It is also probably no coincidence that they have staked this claim as they move to occupy Baghdad, a city where many previous caliphs ruled. In fact, it’s safe to say that outside of ISIS’s purported religious reasonings for claiming the caliphate, the move effectively functions as a massive recruitment tool; it catches headlines and raises eyebrows, and the majority of the group’s own statements revolve around repeatedly asking other Muslims to “rush” and “gather around your [caliph].”

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on August 7, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    U.S. Weighs Airstrikes, Humanitarian Aid In Iraq

    In recent days, the Islamic Group militants swept through villages in the north that are home to religious minorities including Christians and the Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion with ties to Zoroastrianism. Furthering their gains, the extremists seized Iraq’s largest dam Thursday, placing them in control of enormous power and water resources and access to the river that runs through the heart of Baghdad.

    …”The situation is nearing a humanitarian catastrophe,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “We are gravely concerned for their health and safety.”

    Earnest singled out the plight of the Yazidis. Thousands fled their homes after the Islamic State group issued an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious fine, flee their homes or face death. Many of the Yazidis now are trapped on a mountain without food of water.

    If Obama were to approve humanitarian assistance to the Yazidis and others, it could be delivered via air drops by the U.S. military. Airstrikes could be used to provide cover allowing the air drops to be made safely.

  5. #5 by clear! on August 7, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Should be pretty obvious by chickenshit air strikes have stopped fifteen years of unmitigated failed policy, no reason it is going to start working now.

    It’s wet noodle time.

    Time to review America, we all know it’s so hard for you.

  6. #6 by clear! on August 7, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    Ah..the peaceful and solutidinous days of welcome to the world..of Unintended Consequences.

  7. #7 by brewski on August 10, 2014 - 10:40 pm

    Andrea Mitchel declares Obama lied about ISIS intelligence. No one believes Obama anymore, even the lefties who elected him.

    • #8 by Richard Warnick on August 11, 2014 - 6:18 pm

      Link, please. And I certainly hope you didn’t mean to imply Andrea Mitchell is a “lefty.”

      • #9 by brewski on August 11, 2014 - 9:24 pm

        She is a DNC stooge.

        • #10 by Richard Warnick on August 11, 2014 - 10:05 pm

          Did you know she’s married to Alan Greenspan?

          • #11 by brewski on August 12, 2014 - 9:56 am


          • #12 by Richard Warnick on August 12, 2014 - 12:11 pm

            So, no progressive cred. At all.

          • #13 by brewski on August 12, 2014 - 2:02 pm

            I didn’t use the word “regressive”. Only you did. Try to keep up.

          • #14 by Richard Warnick on August 12, 2014 - 2:26 pm

            You included Andrea Mitchell in the category you call “the lefties.” Why not claim David Gregory or Joe Scarborough are “lefties” while you’re at it? They work for NBC too.

          • #15 by brewski on August 12, 2014 - 3:39 pm

            I base my “lefty” title to Mitchell on her cheerleading for Obama for the last 6 years.

            Gregory is left of center but not as shameless as Mitchell.

            Scarborough is center-right.

          • #16 by Richard Warnick on August 12, 2014 - 6:39 pm

            Cheer-leading for the Obama administration is pretty much a job requirement at MSNBC. Just ask Cenk Uygur.

            However, to equate Obama cheer-leading with being a “lefty” presupposes that President Obama himself is a “lefty,” which requires facts not in evidence!

          • #17 by brewski on August 12, 2014 - 8:24 pm

            Everyone is to the right of you and Trotsky.

          • #18 by Richard Warnick on August 12, 2014 - 9:11 pm

            Name one significant progressive policy of the Obama administration.

            Putting LED lights on the White House Christmas tree doesn’t count (I actually saw that on a list of Obama accomplishments by one of his defenders).

          • #19 by brewski on August 12, 2014 - 9:55 pm

            I didn’t say “regressive”. you did.

            He is a statist. More government for pretty much everything all the time.

            Unilateral action on the “dreamers”.

          • #20 by Richard Warnick on August 13, 2014 - 6:46 am

            You do know that the DREAM Act was originally sponsored by Republicans, including Senator Orrin Hatch?

            It’s a pattern. President Obama pursues a Republican agenda, and the Tea-GOP nonsensically screams about “socialism!” Progressives have an enthusiasm gap, and most of us won’t bother to vote for Dems in November.

          • #21 by brewski on August 13, 2014 - 8:27 am

            who cares whose idea it was, it is still regressive.

            Regressives make up a tiny sliver of the lunatic left. It doesn’t matter if you show up or not. No one cares about you. You’re insignificant.

          • #22 by Richard Warnick on August 13, 2014 - 7:48 pm

            Hold on just a minute, there. You’re against the DREAM Act? You think it’s fair to deport people who were brought to this country as children, grew up as Americans, even served in the military? And you consider Orrin Hatch a member of the “lunatic left”?

            That to me is the very definition of a tiny minority opinion. BTW President Ronald Reagan and both Bushes took executive action to change immigration policy.

          • #23 by brewski on August 13, 2014 - 7:54 pm

            The dream act does not deal with any problem. It deals with a symptom. If the problem was dealt with then none of those people would be here in the first place. So arguing about the dream act is a distraction from dealing with the problem which caused all this in the first place. It also makes the problem worse by advertising to the world that more should come here and we will bail all of them out too. So it is a pretending to do something by only addressing a symptom and making the actual problem worse.

            Lefties don’t think about problems, only symptoms. You just aren’t that smart.

          • #24 by Richard Warnick on August 14, 2014 - 9:04 am

            First of all, I hope you don’t include me in your “lefty” category. I’m an independent, a former Libertarian and Republican, and I’m still open to practical ideas like the DREAM Act that pre-date all the Tea-GOP craziness.

          • #25 by brewski on August 14, 2014 - 10:35 am

            Dream act does not solve the problem. Creates a bigger problem. Not practical at all.

          • #26 by Richard Warnick on August 14, 2014 - 10:39 am

            President Reagan’s immigration reform was supposed to stop employers from hiring undocumented immigrant workers. That’s what the I-9 form was all about. But after a short period of nervousness, the employers realized there would be no enforcement.

            Has any company exec ever been prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers? Case in point: the big raid on Hyrum back in 2006.

          • #27 by brewski on August 14, 2014 - 10:47 am

            We now know that the Reagan / Tip O’Neil era reform didn’t work. Nothing will work as long as the borders are open and people are rewarded to coming here illegally.

            My mother is an immigrant, my sister in law is an immigrant, half of my high school was immigrants. So I have nothing against immigrants.

            It is this open border plus reward for breaking the law which I am against.

            I don’t hear anyone saying how they are going to solve the problem.

            The Dream Act makes it worse.

          • #28 by brewski on August 14, 2014 - 10:49 am

            You are a Statist through and through. You can call yourself anything you want. You are still a Statist who believes the pathological liars of Media Matters and Maddow.

          • #29 by brewski on August 14, 2014 - 9:30 pm

            Supposed to?

            No it wasn’t. It was supposed to look like they are doing something while not actually doing anything. That is what government does. They just pretend to do things and then do nothing that actually works. The result is lower wages for you and me.

          • #30 by Richard Warnick on August 15, 2014 - 8:05 am

            You are always talking as if facts and evidence exist to support your opinions, but you’re short on links. Find me a study that says low wages are the fault of immigrants.

          • #31 by brewski on August 15, 2014 - 1:19 pm

            “The large Mexican influx in recent decades widened the U.S. wage
            structure by adversely affecting the earnings of less-educated native workers”

            National Bureau of Economic Research


          • #32 by brewski on August 15, 2014 - 1:19 pm

            I tried and it goes to spam.

          • #33 by cav on August 15, 2014 - 3:14 pm

            That’s correct. How soon I forgot the REAL reason I stopped commenting here.

            If there’s an apology in order, you’ve got it.

          • #34 by brewski on August 15, 2014 - 5:10 pm

            Richard, you asked for evidence, I gave it to you. You need to fix this spam shit. I also see that the Authoritarian Censors are working hard too.

          • #35 by Richard Warnick on August 16, 2014 - 1:09 pm

            That document you linked to is just another exercise in blaming the victims. How does immigration prevent employers from paying a living wage to their employees? Conversely, how would deporting immigrants improve wages? The Obama administration’s record deportations have not helped as far as I can tell.

            According to SourceWatch, the official-sounding National Bureau of Economic Research provides right-wing partisan propaganda masquerading as scholarly articles.

          • #36 by brewski on August 16, 2014 - 6:10 pm

            You asked me for a source and I gave you one. Then you dismiss it out of hand. So please tell me, why should I bother with your tiresome requests for sources since every time I do you just say it must be wrong because you say it is wrong?

            Do you even know who NBER is? They are not some fake official sounding source. They are considered the gold standard of economic analysis. They are the body that everyone uses and quotes when “officially” marking the beginning and the end of recessions. Their contributors include 22 Nobel Prize winners and 12 Chairmen of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. The are totally unbiased and credible. n one study, the NBER was ranked as the second most influential Domestic Economic Policy think tank.

          • #37 by Richard Warnick on August 16, 2014 - 11:15 pm

            I asked for a source because I doubt the usual right-wing claim that immigration causes low wages. Certainly NBER attempted to make that argument, but as we know correlation is not the same as causation.

            I know about NBER. They are the group that didn’t admit America was in Bush’s Great Recession until December 2008, a year after the recession actually started and safely AFTER the 2008 presidential election. NBER is funded by right-wing billionaires.

            Low wage employers cause low wages. McDonalds and America’s new low-wage economy explained.

            Any comments on the ISIS caliphate?

          • #38 by brewski on August 17, 2014 - 7:19 am

            Statements like that show you have no clue how labor markets work and how wages are determined.

          • #39 by brewski on August 17, 2014 - 7:23 am

            Your source is from some kid who has a degree in “policy” and writes sketch comedy. Not any expert on economics in any way shape or form.

          • #40 by Richard Warnick on August 17, 2014 - 9:16 pm

            I’m not an economist either, and I’m telling you that the NBER approach of blaming the victims and ignoring the role of employers in the low-wage economy is dishonest.

            But this post is about ISIS.

          • #41 by brewski on August 18, 2014 - 5:30 am

            You brought up the Dream act and all that.

            Also, the NBER didn’t “blame” anyone. They looked at data. You don’t seem to know what that is.

          • #42 by Richard Warnick on August 18, 2014 - 7:20 am

            You brought up the DREAM Act. But while we’re talking about data, the number of undocumented workers is unknown, and their wage information is also unknown.

            Any opinion at all about ISIS? Faux News says it’s all Obama’s fault (but they say that about every disaster).

          • #43 by brewski on August 18, 2014 - 8:45 am

            What is your question about ISIS? Are you asking me about ISIS or are you asking me about Fox Nexs?

            I have seen plenty of people on MSNBC saying it is Obama’s fault.

          • #44 by Richard Warnick on August 18, 2014 - 9:39 am

            Oh, I don’t know, I just thought it would be good to get back on topic. 😉

          • #45 by brewski on August 18, 2014 - 2:06 pm

            You know it’s bad when your former Secretary of State is running away from your foreign policy. Who needs Fox when you have Hillary “G450” Clinton.

        • #46 by brewski on August 17, 2014 - 4:17 pm

          you seriously need to fix the spam filter

          • #47 by Richard Warnick on August 18, 2014 - 9:48 am

            Lately it’s working very well. I used to have to manually get rid of lots of spam comments, now it’s maybe one a day.

          • #48 by Larry Bergan on August 18, 2014 - 1:45 pm

            NO, the spam isn’t getting any better.

            It’s me that’s been going through it and comments are still getting stuck.

          • #49 by Richard Warnick on August 18, 2014 - 2:19 pm

            I meant that less spam is getting past the spam filter. I don’t know about real comments (i.e. from a person not a spambot) getting stuck in the spam folder.

  8. #50 by brewski on August 11, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    I have tried to post links and it will not let me.

    • #51 by Richard Warnick on August 11, 2014 - 10:12 pm

      OK, I found it on Samuel Wurzelbacher’s website (he’s not “Joe” and isn’t a plumber).

      Andrea Mitchell criticizes the Obama administration all the time. I can’t imagine why anyone might think she’s a progressive. In this case, she has a point. It’s not very convincing for President Obama to claim lack of intel when Fallujah and many other areas in Syria and Iraq have been under ISIS control for months. This wasn’t a secret.

      The collapse of half the Iraqi Army (at least two divisions have completely ceased to exist, with several more combat ineffective) and the loss of Mosul could have been a surprise for anyone unfamiliar with the Iraqi Army where many units exist mainly on paper with half their strength AWOL on any given day.

      I certainly hope our intelligence wasn’t that bad. However, there is a long list of things the CIA failed to observe until it was too late. Ironically, Saddam’s lack of so-called WMD was NOT a blown call: In September 2002, George Tenet briefed President Bush on the fact these weapons didn’t exist.

      • #52 by Larry Bergan on August 12, 2014 - 9:13 am

        It didn’t matter what George Tenet thought. Sean Hannity had the reigns.

        It would have been silly season, under different circumstances.

  9. #53 by Anonymous on August 12, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    Obama declares Welfare State and Corporate Bailout State. All shall bow to the First of the Month. Checks for chips, and Universal Mediocrity for all Citizsheep.

    Those not participating will be jihaded, no more obamaphone for you. NDAA sets the precedent. Torture if bootlicking is not genuine enough.

    Citizens will be required to bow and genuflect to John Retard Keynes, phony money, derivatives traders, hedge fund managers, and likenesses of his worshit obama his’seff.

    The bombing begins in 5 minutes.

  10. #54 by brewski on August 13, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    We know what progressivism looks like when actually implemented. It looks like Zimbabwe.,_%25_of_world_average,_1960-2012%3B_Zimbabwe,_South_Africa,_Botswana,_Zambia,_Mozambique.png

  11. #55 by cav on August 15, 2014 - 9:28 am

    …holding my tongue in the presence of brewski’s ideological rattling…

    • #56 by Larry Bergan on August 15, 2014 - 6:49 pm


      Welcome back!

      The site is still broken, but it looks like you got through.

  12. #57 by piss poor website on August 15, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    No amount of glad handing progressivism can paste over how miserably this ideology has failed America. The damage done is not even all visible and already there are riots in the streets.

    This is the sign of it being of the US are now a turning back as the defunct corpse of the former US economy is stinkin’ up the place. Nothing left to do but deploy the goons, obama style, suppress dissent, then have the media lapdogs lie their asses off while the elites make their vacation plans…..probably permanent.

  13. #58 by piss poor website on August 15, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Any dissent with regard to progressive claptrap goes to spam. Censorship is the plug blocking the facts of a sinking ship.

    Be assured can’t float a boat that’s still gonna sink, then what?

  14. #59 by piss poor website on August 15, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    All in days ignorance, censorship cannot stem the tide of truth.

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