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Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Obama's ISIS plan is an optical success, but a results failure

So, Obama's plan is to destroy ISIS with overwhelming air power and by arming Iraqi and Syrian soldiers and rebels to do the fighting for us/themselves. 

Does anybody think this will work?

First, ISIS fighters are indistinguishable from civilians when viewed through a gun-sight camera at 20,000 feet. Unless we personally interview every person i
n Iraq, face-to-face, while pointing a gun to their head, we cannot eradicate them. 

Second, the Iraqi soldiers Obama wants to now further train and arm are the same ones who we've been training for the last 10 years and who at the first sign of trouble from ISIS, dropped their weapons and ran away. Have they suddenly discovered some guts?

Third, who the hell knows what we'll be getting by arming ANY Syrian rebels? The last time we armed Syrian rebels, they turned out to be ISIS. And the last two times we supported rebels who fought for regime change we ended up with a lawless Libya and an Egypt controlled by ideologues whose affection for the US is uncertain at best. 

How stupid are we? Without a total re-occupation of Iraq, we cannot defeat ISIS to the point that they are not a threat. Even then, they'll just flee to Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, or somewhere else to regroup. 

It is my belief that we are too late to the ISIS game to do anything useful except waste a ton of money dropping bombs almost uselessly in the desert. 

But at least we'll be creating weapons-manufacturing jobs back home......which if we were brutally honest with ourselves, is the real reason we are so eager to make war in the middle east on a continuous basis......how else would our politicians funnel money to the defense contractors who bribe them with lavish vacations, parties, and gifts? Or am I being to cynical?


Isaac A. Nussbaum said...

"Or am I being to (sic) cynical?"

No more cynical than James Madison.

“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. … No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

Ed said...

I am in complete agreement with you Isaac. The "sheeple" are far too eager to cede liberties over to the politicians who promise security, but who manufactured the threat in the first place.

This continuous state of war will not stop as long as there are politicians who recognize the power it gives them over the people.

This facade of war is the backdrop of "1984".