CommunityThe Bullpen

US Sending Weapons To Iraq To Use Against Weapons US Previously Sent To Iraq

It’s almost like war is a business. The Pentagon announced on Thursday that the United States would be sending 2,000 AT-4 anti-tank rockets to Iraq. While the Department of Defense emphasized that the rockets were being sent to help combat suicide car bombs, there is another target anti-tank rockets might be needed for in Iraq these days – US tanks and other vehicles in the hands of ISIS.

That’s right, while ISIS is mostly made up by local reactionaries living out a fantasy from the 7th century the weapons they now have in their possession are cutting edge tech. After the Iraqi army first collapsed ISIS gained control of numerous US weapons and vehicles sent to the Iraqi army including modern US tanks. The kind you might need anti-tank rockets for.

Now with the recent fall of Ramadi to ISIS forces the militants have a new cache of US weapons:

The ISIS fleet of captured U.S. military vehicles, including M1A1 tanks, grew by more than 100 when Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) fled the provincial capital of Ramadi 60 miles west of Baghdad and abandoned their equipment , Pentagon officials said Tuesday.In addition, “there were some artillery pieces left behind,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, but he could not say how many.

About 100 wheeled vehicles and “in the neighborhood of dozens of tracked vehicles” were lost to ISIS when the last remaining Iraqi defenders abandoned the city of about 500,000, Warren said. The tracked vehicles were mostly armored personnel carriers but “maybe half a dozen tanks” were in the mix, Warren said. He did not say what type of tanks they were. Photos posted by ISIS on social media purported to show about 10 M1A1 Abrams tanks in their possession and large amounts of captured ammunition.

Well this is an interesting game – send weapons to Iraqi army which loses US weapons retreating from ISIS, then send more weapons to Iraqi army to fight now better-armed ISIS only to retreat again and lose more US weapons to ISIS. Rinse, repeat, and consider buying defense stocks.

But don’t worry, the US military will also be attacking some of the US military equipment – ISIS won’t get it all right away. But look on the bright side, now we have somewhere to send all those tanks that the Pentagon did not want but Congress demanded be produced.

And you thought Washington didn’t have a jobs program.

Previous post

The Roundup for May 21st, 2015

Next post

Shameful Texas Court of Criminal Appeals wimps out in Keller day care case

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.


  1. Alice X
    May 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    That’s a feature, not a bug.

  2. bsbafflesbrains
    May 22, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    They probably have a line item in profit projections of Boeing Annual Report….Required resupply due to enemy acquiring current supply – 75% projected.

  3. Bluedot
    May 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Your tax dollars at work.

  4. Bluetoe2
    May 22, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    More profits for the MIIC. Let the good times roll.

  5. Alice X
    May 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    In 1943 the Congress quietly scrapped the WPA. The country was essentially at full employment.

    Of course that changed after the war. The employment turmoil and pent-up wage demands with Truman’s missteps in dealing with them led to the Republican taking Congress in the 1946 election.

    If the President had been Henry Wallace, as it should have been, things might be very different.

    That brought about Taft-Hartley, the regressive anti-labor undoing of the Wagner Act, which Truman vetoed but was overridden.

    It also brought about the National Security Act, with the NSA, the CIA and the MICC. This Truman signed.

    Neither laws have been overturned by the D wing of the UniParty.

  6. ThingsComeUndone
    May 22, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    “(20 June 2014) – The armour on five of Iraq’s M1A1 Abrams tanks was penetrated by anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and six helicopters were shot down between 1 January and the end of May, The New York Times quoted an unnamed US official as saying on 13 June.

    The official said 28 Iraqi Army Abrams had been damaged in fighting with militants, five of them suffering full armour penetration when hit by ATGMs.” “While they have new equipment to improve situational awareness, they do not have the depleted uranium amour package that increases protection over the tank’s frontal arc.”

    We went cheap and or did not want Iraq to be a threat to US and gave them tanks without Depleted Uranium armor. Next question can the AT-4 anti-tank rockets we just gave Iraq beat Abrams tanks with DP armor?

  7. ThingsComeUndone
    May 22, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Just looked at the link no mention that AT-4 anti-tank rockets can take out an Abrams tank even without depleted Uranium armor.

  8. ThingsComeUndone
    May 22, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    “The AT4 (also variously AT-4, AT4 CS, AT4-CS, or AT-4CS)[6] is an 84-mm unguided, portable, single-shot recoilless smoothbore weapon built in Sweden by Saab Bofors Dynamics (previously Bofors Anti-Armour Systems). Saab has had considerable sales success with the AT4, making it one of the most common light anti-tank weapons in the world.

    The designation “CS” represents “confined space”, referring to the propellant charge being designed to operate effectively within buildings in an urban environment.[7] It is intended to give infantry units a means to destroy or disable armoured vehicles and fortifications, although it is not generally sufficient to defeat a modern main battle tank (MBT).”

    ” although it is not generally sufficient to defeat a modern main battle tank (MBT).”

    No wonder the Iraqi PM was going to Russia to try and get some weapons as FDL reported yesterday?

  9. JamesJoyce
    May 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    This is not like “The Blob!” It is much worse…..

    This is a featured movie, “Bug.” We should not have to watch this stupid repeat movie especially when you have benefit and wisdom of General, turned president, warning us all of, “Bug.”

    “Ike” recognized “Bug” in 1961. This new “bug,” was a different version or strain of “bug,” America squashed on the other side of the pond.

    DEET don’t work on this bug.

    It runs on greed, money, power is coercive and morphs all the time. “Bug,” is hard to recognize for some. One must be alert and knowledgeable to spot “Bug.”

    “Ike” talks about it here. What is required to keep this “bug,” from becoming a “movie feature” as it has? I wonder what Ike’s TV rating were that night, on 17 April of 1961 and if anyone listen?

    Sending good money after bad money, attempting to correct mistakes of initial bad money makes all the money bad.

    This could be the basis for a pretty good comedy. Sad reality is, this is reality! It is pure, “Bug!”

    What would “Ike” do? What are we to do?
    I don’t know….

    “Bug,” seems to be consuming us more than our enemies, real or illusory? I think that is what “Ike,” feared most of all… “Bug,” from within…

  10. Bluetoe2
    May 22, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    This has to make the masters of the lawn jockey in the WH very pleased.

  11. ThingsComeUndone
    May 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Our parasite/ruling class as it loses self control will kill the host body

  12. angryspittle
    May 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    How can we stop this fucking insanity?

  13. angryspittle
    May 22, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Yep. I have said for years that the PTB got Wallace kicked off the ticket in favor of Truman who they knew they could manipulate. One of the worst political decisions in the 20th century except for the MIC’s profits.

  14. bsbafflesbrains
    May 22, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Edwin Pauley of Pauley petroleum was the prime mover in canning Wallace for Truman.

  15. ShawnCathcart
    May 22, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Daniel McAdams commented recently on the Ron Paul Liberty Report, that after taking Ramadi ISIS forces held a huge victory parade to celebrate. To say that this parade was a target rich environment is a huge understatement. That the U.S. did not attack the personnel and vehicles in the parade says a lot about the government’s agenda. The opportunity to destroy ISIS was missed, the opportunity to profit from the ISIS victory was not.

  16. Shutter
    May 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Whats good for the arms industry is good for America.

    Until the fat lady sings and then all hell breaks loose.

  17. Petrushka
    May 22, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Neither laws have been overturned by the D wing of the UniParty.

    Though they easily could have been more than a few times.