Actually it is not a secret. Bill Maher has been telling anyone who would listen the best way to get rid of ISIS – let the Arabs do it.
Endless Miles Of Sand. A Few Goats.
Pretty simple eh? Think about it – ISIS’s goal is to establish a Caliphate in the sand and rocks of Syria and Iraq. The folks who should be worried about that are Bashar al Assad and Haider Abadi. And if these guy got really worried, they might start talking to some of their neighbors about getting a little help before the Caliphate reaches their borders. ISIS has 10s of thousands of troops; Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc., have close to a million. If Arabs think ISIS is such a stinking problem, they have the means to solve it themselves.
What? Me Worry?
But why should they if they have the West to be their surrogate? US politicians can make jokes about how lousy the typical Iraqi foot soldier is but they are the ones laying low while the western allies and the rebel forces they back take the fight to ISIS.
Got The Abeed Again (Snort, Snort)!
It’s not like the West should be learning something new here. We have been fighting Saudi Arabia’s enemies for them since the 1950s. Once Hussein was toppled, nobody saw any Iraqis coming out of the woodwork to stop the sectarian fighting the led to ISIS’s formation. America has been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan for 15 years while the Afghan government watched from the sidelines then stole as much money as they could carry before we finally left. The average American is too dumb and ill-read to have figured this out. But the military did – its one thing to defeat the enemy in battle but quite another to have a government that uses that defeat to establish a stable state. Today, the United States military want troops on the ground in Middle East about as much as Bill Maher does.
It is election year and you would think the country’s long range middle east strategy would be discussed by both candidates. Not a word.
I Swear His Nose Was Bigger Than A Stromboli.
Clinton and Trump have talked about ISIS though. Clinton would continue Obama’s current strategy – lots of bombs, support for the ‘good’ rebels-of-the-day, and stealth Special Forces pitching in to kill bad guys when things got real messy.
It’s A Secret. By The Way, They All Have Little Wieners Don’t You Know.
Initially Trump said his approach would be to ask ‘my’ generals for a grand plan and then implement it. One of his people quietly told him that was actually what Obama was doing, hence Hillary kind of covered it already. Trump, never one to let a little foot in the mouth cause a fluster, immediately pivoted and said he had a ‘great’ plan to defeat ISIS but it was a ‘secret’. If he explained what it was, then ISIS could undo it.
That makes perfect sense. But it is unlikely that Trump’s secret plan is to let the Arabs figure out what to do with ISIS. Trump’s plan probably involves a lot of harrumphing, bombing, and just doing more of what we’re doing – only louder.
That’s the sad thing. We already know that whether or not the West defeats ISIS, there is no strategy as to what happens next in the Middle East. The only ones who can come up with that are the people who live there. So let them.
The whole thing is frustrating. Most American’s don’t even know where Syria is located, let alone have any empathy about ISIS carving it up. But most Americans identify bad Arabs with terrorists and killing terrorists is what we do in this country. A savvy political leader would start educating Americans that whoever controls a lot of sand and rocks thousand of miles away from us, means zilch. It might be important to the people who live there. If it is, let them figure out their future without our help.