Bear in mind, there is no exit.
The only solution to defeating ISIS and ISIL, which are initiatives to replace existing governments with Sunni sectarian replacements as a caliphate, is for the citizens living in the affected areas to resist, and for members of the Arab League to support them in restoring alternative governments. Therein lies the largest challenge in the Middle East. That is, Middle Eastern governments are often no better than the radical Islamic State.
The free world advocates democratic pluralism, and that is an uphill climb. Iraqis don’t seem to want to fight for that. Who knows what Syrians are fighting for as we only seem to know what they are fighting against.
While congressional representatives in both parties believe that the situation is a stalemate, this analyst believes that is way too optimistic.
The U.S. Middle East foreign policy is one or more of several things:
- Overly ambitious
- Insufficiently comprehensive
- Insolvent in the sense that Americans can’t afford it
That is why handing off to the Arab League and stepping back to assess is a better strategy. Sometimes, you just have to stop doing and take a time-out.
Oh yes, there is another alternative regarding the Sunnis in Iraq that have not supported their central government, that is to treat them the same as ISIS. Level Ramadi, for instance, without regard for civilian casualties. Is that what Republicans want?
Or, do they want American soldiers to fight there way back in “again” to clear it out for a repeat performance? Then what? Do we plan to camp out there forever? What is the exit strategy. Believe it, there isn’t one.
“Congressional Dems, Republicans agree Obama’s Islamic State strategy is now, at best, stuck in neutral
Published May 24, 2015FoxNews.com
Top congressional Democrats and Republicans agreed Sunday that President Obama is not winning the fight against the Islamic State, with one of his top House supporters acknowledging a “stalemate” at best.
The criticism from Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was not unexpected following the Islamic State last week taking over the Iraq city of Ramadi, then pushing into the Syrian city of Palmyra.
“Clearly ISIS has gained momentum … as we’ve seen the ground that they have gained both in Iraq and Syria,” Gabbard, an Army combat veteran who has criticized Obama for not calling Islamic State “Islamic extremists,” told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, acknowledged the U.S.-effort to stop the Islamic State appears stuck.
“I don’t think we’re winning, but I wouldn’t say we’re losing either,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I think it’s something of a neutral stalemate.””