President Trump promised to “smash the hell out of ISIS”. He’s ordered his generals to come up with a plan to do just that. One would hope they would focus of doing the smashing in places where it might benefit the U.S. – Orlando, New York, allied areas in Europe, etc. Instead they are hinting at further action in Syria.
ISIS is in Syria, no doubt. We made sure of that. They’re all over Syria. And it’s very bad there. But, as bad as it may be, IT’S IN SYRIA. Last I checked, that was thousands of miles away in a place that barely concerns the average American.
Of course, this is just one option among many:
The top U.S. military officer declined repeatedly on Thursday to rule out committing U.S. ground troops to battle the Islamic State in in Syria, stressing that the Pentagon will present President Donald Trump with “a full range of options” to combat the terror organization.
Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the comments at a Washington research center as the 30 days that President Donald Trump gave military leaders to develop a strategy to fight the Islamic State are almost up.
“I’m in the business of providing the president with options,” Dunford said several times at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. when repeatedly pressed on whether those choices would include conventional ground troops.
Following through on a campaign promise, Trump ordered a 30-day review of the U.S. strategy to fight the Islamic State on Jan. 28. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to present him with the plan next week, according to the Pentagon.
Another Marine general once said, “war is a racket”. Times have changed, some trends with them. For instance, the U.S. no longer wins wars. In fact, it seems to enter into them with the express intention of not winning. Rather, they’re just something to do, to waste money and lives on. The racket lives on all these years later.
I suppose it is no good rushing to judgment just yet. But there is a pattern to beware of. However it happened, ISIS is our enemy. And they fight us here, on our soil, these days. That would be my preference for where to smash them. Eradicate them in The West. Syria, even before it starts, smells a lot like Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Iraq again, Sudan, some earlier Syria, and still Afghanistan. No bueno.
Any action in Syria, if it must happen, has to include cooperation with Russia, both to succeed and to avert a real war. And it might be nice, for once, to see the little countries of that stricken region solve their own damned neighborhood problems. Or, even better, maybe we could draft the banksters to fight their own war for once. Overly optimistic, yes.
I hope there are other, better options in the plan. We’ll know soon enough. Developing…