This is what happens when you declare half a war against enemies or are fully in it. What’s he going to do now, escalate? Allow the United States to suffer a defeat that will resonate with all our allies? Permit an Islamic state to range over half or all of Iraq?
President Obama thinks he can pretend we’re not fighting a war, but the rest of the world knows better.
So . . .
According to reports today, Iraqi troops are “up against a wall” in Anbar province as ISIS continues to advance toward Baghdad despite U.S. bombing. U.S. bombs in Syria are mainly pissing everyone off and aiding Bashar Assad.
WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT ANBAR PROVINCE WHEN AMERICANS ALREADY DIED TO SECURE IT?? Just hearing the phrase “Anbar province” brings up such disturbing memories.
Frankly, as much as I hate to say it, Bashar Assad may be the best solution for Syria at this point. Better him than Islamists or another five years of war trying to train Syrian “moderates” who will end up killing everyone they don’t like if they ever assume power.
This from today’s Washington Post:
The U.S.-led air war in Syria has gotten off to a rocky start, with even the Syrian rebel groups closest to the United States turning against it, U.S. ally Turkey refusing to contribute and the plight of a beleaguered Kurdish town exposing the limitations of the strategy.
U.S. officials caution that the strikes are just the beginning of a broader strategy that could take years to carry out. But the anger that the attacks have stirred risks undermining the effort, analysts and rebels say.
The main beneficiary of the strikes so far appears to be President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces have taken advantage of the shift in the military balance to step up attacks against the moderate rebels designated by President Obama as partners of the United States in the war against extremists.
The U.S. targets have included oil facilities, a granary and an electricity plant under Islamic State control. The damage to those facilities has caused shortages and price hikes across the rebel-held north that are harming ordinary Syrians more than the well-funded militants, residents and activists say.
Here’s CNN’s dismal assessment of the situation in Iraq: