President Obama has announced a strategy for fighting ISIS that, in many respects, is at odds with the interests of the allies in the Middle East whose support he is seeking. Trying to keep his allies happy and in line with the new ISIS battle has trapped the U.S. in a policy full of contradictions.
One can only wonder when we'll ever learn. Wars fought in vengeance can only lead to more war. The impulse to strike back without any comprehension of why we were struck only leads to more strikes.
Instead of going back to war in the Middle East, President Obama should announce alternative, and more effective ways to degrade ISIS. Here are a few suggestions.
As I write, our elected government, spurred by President Obama, has declared an interest in training opposing militants to fight ISIS. Not only does t...
President Obama left out the most important word of all in his speech outlining a strategy for Iraq: Iran. For if Iran is the 500 pound gorilla in the room with Iraq, it is the 800 pound monster in the Middle East.
I see the recent atrocities recited as if they were highlights from a horror film reel, and I am aghast -- at both the way in which our media culture has been processing these assorted tragedies, and the fact that our R. is going to land dead center into this brutal mess.
Wars often fail to solve the problems and ultimately make them worse. War has to answer to metrics, just as more peaceful alternatives do. The war in Iraq was a complete failure with enormous human and financial costs; ISIS is now one of the consequences.
Taxes and military service is what America owes its veterans, future generations, and any terrorist who gets in the way of freedom and democracy. Open up your pocket books, pick up a gun, and say goodbye to your family, because America needs everyone to chip in and protect liberty.
Measured according to the priority of civic life over war-making, the wars promoted by our recent presidents against the background image of September 11th are disturbingly paradoxical. This is because our wars of late have been "continuations of politics" that are deleterious to politics. They are offshoots of a prevalent occurrence in American life: the "anti-politics politics" in which, for example, candidates seek government office only to reduce government towards nothing. A nation deeply wedded to "anti-politics politics" effectively makes war against itself when it makes war at all. For it is never the enemy who silences the citizen, or cuts off debate, or shifts resources away from domestic needs. It is us.
Two weeks ago at a press conference, Barack Obama stated that he didn't have a strategy on how to deal with Isis, the Sunni extremist group in Syria. What this highly intelligent but at times guileless President could have said was that he was working on developing such strategy.
An audience member asked if it would have been better if Saddam Hussein had remained in power. Interestingly, after brief hesitations, the answers were a resounding no. Saddam was evil and the situation under him was untenable.
Within any given newscast, we can see Administration spokespeople wax on about ISIL while the anchors, analysts and correspondents keep saying ISIS, sometimes directly to one another within the same conversation. How are we to agree on a long term strategy to eradicate this evil if we can't agree on what to call them?
Winter is fast approaching and displaced Iraqis are in need of adequate shelter. A hunger winter could be facing millions of Iraqis. The international community needs to plan adequately to respond to this growing emergency in the Middle East.
Decades of entrenched autocratic mismanagement and abusive rule in the Middle East and North Africa cannot be erased overnight. Similarly, they cannot be reversed by foreign intervention.
There is a common refrain these days voiced by politicians who want to blame President Obama for ISIL. It is an extremely shallow argument. But it's a convenient one for those who do not like Mr. Obama, his leadership style, or his foreign policy in the Middle East -- or all three.
Why do these things continue to pop up? Why do people continue to kill in the name of some larger purpose, whether it be nationalism, god, or justice?