As the situation in Iraq deteriorates, Vice President Joe Biden sends a message of support to the government which is, increasingly, losing its grip on the country, most conspicuously the city of Fallujah, which was secured by U.S. forces in 2004.

As Rebecca Shabad of The Hill reports:

“The Vice President emphasized that the United States stands with Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Vice President expressed concern for those Iraqis who are suffering at the hands of terrorists and praised the recent security cooperation between Iraqi Security Forces and local and tribal forces in Anbar province,” the White House said in a statement late Monday.

That concern, however, goes just so far and probably does not make up for what Yochi Dreazen and John Hudson at FP describe as:

Washington's refusal to provide Baghdad with the F-16s and Apache attack helicopters that could turn the tide in the bloody fight to recapture the key cities.

There is support. And, then, there is air support.

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