Rachel Maddow put it best: “ISIS desperately wants itself to be at war with the United States. They want a one-on-one bilateral fight where they’re the Muslim side and America is the other side. They want America to be at war with them. Instead of giving them what they want, President Obama is instead basically pulling a Poppy Bush and Colin Powell a la Gulf War I, basically trying to organize the whole world for a unified action against ISIS as a universally reviled threat.”:The real question is why McCain, Cruz, and the entire Fox News rabble are demanding that ISIS be given exactly what they’ve explicitly asked for. Thank goodness we’ve got a thinking president.
Golly, if we had only invaded Syria when McCain and the Republicans wanted, we could be on the same side as ISIS.
Now, wouldn’t that be fun?
Hard is the road of the cautious president.
Part of the President’s job is to develop strategies to handle foreign policy issues. It is disappointing that the President does not have a strategy for dealing with ISIS after having more than a year’s notice of their threat.
The leaders of ISIL are largely the folks from the former Iraqi military, or Baathists, that Bremer/Rummy/Cheney threw out of the government, not sorting ’em out, and letting them help rebuild the country, instead of turning everything over to Shia nut cases like Al Malaki. That was Bush “strategy” which constantly changed from 2002 until 2009, and screwed everything up.
At one time there were over 70 militia factions in Syria, and the right-wingers and “chickenhawks” on both sides said we had to give them arms to fight Assad, arm WHO- that included ISIS at the time!!
Neo, make sure you give credit where it’s due. That was 5 or 6 token soldiers each, not 5 or 6 total.
Awesome cartoon. Hitting the proverbial nail right on the proverbial head.