Wednesday, May 25, 2016


In truth, the US military could defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria if it had the orders to do so, but it doesn’t, not because we as Americans don’t want to see it happen, but the politics of the Middle East exclude that option, for a foreign nation to do what they can but won’t do, because it’s about a complex array of issues going back to the post World War II delineation of the countries and going back hundreds of years between two opposing dialects of Islam, along with the economic and political issue of which Middle Eastern nation rules that region.

This is what the Bush-Cheney doctrine with the neocons knew but ignored. And it’s what the democrats don’t want to talk about, that we can’t solve the Middle East without provoking a greater war which is now global. So all the politics aside, the war against the Islamic State is winnable but not in the global political arena where we would become the enemy, something that poltics can’t solve. It’s why, like it or not, we’re there for a very long time with no end in sight and no victory in mind, just less of the worst.

ps. updated for spelling errors.

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