We have worked hard to extricate ourselves from the Muslim black hole that has sapped our nation’s strength and resolve which we mistakenly got lured into eleven years ago. We were just about to put our nation’s hand on the edge to lift ourselves out and back into the light of freedom and peace when its pull sucked us back down into its darkness.
We’re up to 3,000 American troops back into Iraq. It’s reported: “White House budget officials said they would ask Congress for $5 billion for military operations in the Middle East against the Islamic State, including $1.6 billion to train and equip Iraqi troops. At its height in 2006 and 2007, the Iraq war was costing the United States more than $60 billion a year.” Our plan is that we “would establish training sites across Iraq” and “to help Iraqis and Kurds as they plan a major offensive expected next spring against Islamic State fighters who have poured into Iraq from Syria.”
Yogi Berra would say if he were with us: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Rick Blaine would say: “Play it again Sam.” My friend Llyonnoc when he heard this said: “We’re going to hell in a handbag.”
After spending the $60 billion a year we see that we accomplished little more than bringing into existence the most barbaric group of people who ever banded together in the history of mankind, ISIS, or at least one of them. We can’t forget the Killing Fields of Cambodia courtesy of the Khmer Rouge, the concentration camps of the Nazis, or the gulags of the Soviets for those lucky enough to live to reach them. Here is an inside look at the members of the group; we’ve already seen their self-published videos of the beheadings of two Americans and others as well as the many where they line up captured soldiers, civilians, both men, women and children, and murder them in cold blood.
It’s enough to turn our blood cold with horror but must we be the ones who respond to it while the rest of the world passes by? I’ve said no, we tried our best and the results have been horrible. There is no reason to think they will improve by doing again what has been shown to be ill advised and plainly wrong headed.
Turkey, Saudi Arabia, other Arab states, and Iran have much more to lose than we do from the ISIS threat. They are happy, very happy, to have us sit back and do what they should be doing. They are adding nothing on the ground to the fight – their troops remain safely at home in nearby barracks while ours travel half way around the world to fight their war.
Keep in mind the guy sending them back won the Nobel Peace Prize. Everything in his body makes him prefer not to do it. He knows the mission is doomed. We are dropping back into the black hole. That why he took our troops out of there in the first place. Why he lost his courage to hold fast just as he was reaching his goal I can only attribute to his lack of interest in his job. He’s tired. His corner has tossed in the towel. The golf course and cocktail parties beckon. He’ll pass on the mess to someone else.
He had recognized that this is not our fight. He put the Muslim nations on notice that they had better put on their fighting gear to save themselves. ISIS has as its stated goal: “to form an Islamic state, or caliphate, over the entire region, stretching from Turkey through Syria to Egypt and including the Palestinian territories, Jordan and Lebanon.”
When we started bombing ISIS we got some symbolic assistance from five Arab states: Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar. The reason is: “these states see ISIS as a threat to their own domestic security. ISIS’s ideology doesn’t only condemn the “infidel West;” like al Qaeda, it is also dead set against the existing regimes in the Arab states, and wants the states themselves to fall and be replaced by a caliphate”
But these countries won’t defend themselves with ground forces. They want us to do it for them. What a mess we’ve got ourselves in not to realize this. We should tell those countries who are most threatened to pick up the cudgel of war themselves. It’s their fight.
Obama was cowered by the outcries of the generals and war hawks at home. You know it won’t stop at 3,000 troops. (It’s actually around 10,000 when you add in the air craft carriers and supporting air elements.) It won’t stop at $5 billion. It may never stop.
You know what we will lose in butting in on the Muslim wars. For one, if we destroy ISIS we’ll have revived al Qaeda. As noted, al Qaeda is a direct threat to us and not those Muslim nations. We’ll further empower Assad who we want to remove from power in Syris.
We must let the Muslim families work through their own hatreds in their own lands. We went in there in error; we’re going back in error. In the end, which may never come, all we will have gained through all these misconceived efforts will be the alienation of new generations of Muslims.