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 in 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?