September 25, 2014
Here We Go Again Again Again Again…

Couldn’t have said it better myself, so I won’t. Here’s Frank Rich on Obama’s idiotic descent into the Big Muddy:

In truth, we already have boots on the ground in the form of “special forces” and “advisers.” The moment they start returning to America in body bags, or are seen being slaughtered in ISIS videos, is the moment when the recent polling uptick in support for this war will evaporate. That support is an inch deep, and Congress knows it, which is why members of both parties fled Washington for the campaign trail last week rather than debate Obama’s war plan. As Paul Kane of The Washington Post pointed out, the Senate could not even fill up the scant allotted time (five hours) for debating the war, and “so at one point a senator devoted time to praising the Baltimore Orioles for their successful baseball season.” Next to this abdication of duty, Congress’s disastrous rush to authorize war in Iraq in 2002 looks like a wise and deliberate execution of checks-and-balances.

Almost everything that is happening now suggests this will end badly. We’ve failed to curb ISIS in Iraq because, for all the happy talk about its inclusive new government, Sunni Iraqis have yet to rally behind their new Shiite prime minister Haider al-Abadi any more enthusiastically than they did behind the despised Nouri al-Maliki. As for our expansion into Syria, even if we can find and train 5,000 Syrian “moderates” to fight the Islamic State, it will take a year to do so, according to our own government’s no doubt optimistic estimate. And they’ll still be outnumbered by ISIS forces by at least four-to-one. Nor do we know all the unintended consequences that will multiply throughout the region — as they have in every other American intervention in the Muslim world — with each passing month.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 25, 2014 12:06 PM
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America sucks, apparently, at "creating democracies" or at "coalition building".

We have gotten terribly good at terrorist building, however, in recent decades.

Myself? I DO wish someone would quash ISIL, but I sure as hell don't think we can do it alone, if at all, this late in the game. I do actually think they will be a threat...specially once they've slaughtered their way thru the "local"populace in the Mideast and need fresh meat. These guys DO think it is the 7th century again.

Not that most Americans had enough time in history books to know wha that means.

Posted by: Syrbal/Labrys on September 25, 2014 12:35 PM

Well, it seems only fair that America should clean up the mess it left in the Middle East, and ISIL is part of it. It's just depressing to see that America once again resorst to the means which created this mess in the first place. But I'm afraid this time the only language these guys understand IS violence. By the way, for the first time even forces from Saudi Arabia and even Qatar are fighting the spirits they've cited.

Posted by: Peter on September 26, 2014 10:07 AM

I'm not sure we know how to clean up the mess we made. And I AM afraid the ISIL bastards don't speak "rational". All I see is a huge bloody murdering mess and I can't even imagine a solution that doesn't involve a lot of lifeblood shed and dollars we don't have to spend.

Posted by: Syrbal/Labrys on September 26, 2014 11:53 AM

What's going on are no simple anti-terror strikes. It's the 4th Gulf War (in my count). And if ISIL can't be stopped *now* it might well become the eye of a muslim hurricane that will change the world. And I think it can only be stopped by an alliance including Iran and Russia. The "axis-of-evil" has changed and this time it's even real ...

Posted by: Peter on September 26, 2014 1:20 PM
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