Full piece here (published 06/17/14)
Not so fast.
Why would ISIS fight against the Peshmerga (Kurdish military forces) and the fleeing Maliki troops, and any opposition they face on the way to Baghdad?
As for the Kurds, why not just defend your land and interests, lay low and angle for the best, especially without provoking Turkey:
‘The Kurds have drawn their battle lines north of Mosul, across the south of Kirkuk province, and through northern Diyala province. So long as ISIS respects that line, Kurdistan would have very little reason to invite war.’
Why support American forces now when you’ve been burned in the past and America has so little influence?
Another VICE dispatch, talking to an Iraqi Army member having fled to Erbil, in Kurdish-controlled territory:
We could do much worse. This blog is generally sympathetic to Kurdish aims: Independent Kurdistan-A Good Outcome For American Interests?
In his book Where The West Ends, Michael Totten describes visiting Northern Iraq briefly as a tourist with a friend, and the general feeling of pro-Americanism in Kurdish Northern Iraq that generally one can only feel in Poland, parts of the former Yugoslavia etc.
Related On This Site: Longer odds, lots of risk: Adam Garfinkle At The American Interest’s Via Media: “The Rise Of Independent Kurdistan?”…From Reuters: ‘Analysis: Syrian Kurds Sense Freedom, Power Struggle Awaits’