Why we must destroy ISIS . . . S.L.
On the eve of September 11th Obama made a speech to the American people regarding his intentions concerning the Islamic State.
It is remarkable that this same man declared two weeks earlier that he does not have a strategy for dealing with ISIS, or ISIL, or just plain IS - (take your pick they are all one and the same).
Bottom line up front: ISIS is a threat to the United States and the rest of the civilized world. In light of this, Obama's speech is quite possibly the weakest pronouncement since Neville Chamberlain described his plan for dealing with Hitler and the Nazis.
Barack Obama failed to make his case why the United States should go back to Iraq, and in stating that we must, he failed to describe any kind of plan or inspiration involving victory.
When ISIS rolled out on the battlefield mid-June my immediate reaction was to head down to the recruiters and sign back up. It pains me that much to see the United States win a war, then hand our hard won victory over to the enemy we fought for the better part of ten years. I saw this first hand in Southeast Asia and I don't want to see it again. The only thing that stopped me was knowing that with the total lack of leadership we have in the Whitehouse, for me to don the uniform again would be a total waste of time.
One of the principles of the philosophy of STORMBRINGER is that when a country embarks upon war, the greatest war crime is to do anything other than commit fully to victory. It seems that Barack Obama is proposing just that - war by increment.
For the record, here is an example of how to inspire a nation in a struggle against Evil:
Ronald Reagan: 'Here's my strategy on the Cold War: we win, they lose.'
Sir Winston Churchill: "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
Contrast & Compare the above with: “We will also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL’s control. Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition.” - Barack Hussein Obama
This is what we get from a politician built his career on the premise that the war in Iraq was wrong from the outset, who decried the war effort a failure even as we soundly defeated first Saddam Hussein and then the terrorist threat that followed, and who declared our own military to be little better than war criminals and the security contractors to be murderous mercenaries.
Am I the only one who sees the incredible irony of all this? On May 1, 2007, at an address to a CENTCOM Coalition Conference at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, George W. Bush explained why he thought it would be a mistake to abandon the surge strategy and immediately withdraw U.S. combat forces.
He said that the option proposed by people like Senators Obama, Clinton and Biden was to “pull back from [Baghdad] before the Iraqis could defend themselves against these radicals and extremists and death squads and killers. That risked turning Iraq into a cauldron of chaos.”
The terrorist organization ISIS is an existential threat not only to the countries surrounding them in the Middle East, but to the entire world. Consider: they are savage murderous bent on wanton destruction. They have vast financial resources. They have 20,000-31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria and hundreds of these fighters are from the UK and the United States.
We did not take the al Qaeda threat seriously enough during the 1990s, and the result was almost 3000 deaths on 9/11. The French mathematician and philosopher Henri Poincare stated, "If it happened once, it can happen again."
We are in a war not of our choosing. The enemy we are up against is determined, resourceful, they are the epitome of Evil Incarnate, and their stated intent is to kill each and every one of us, sparing our women of child-bearing age to use as breeders and our children to convert and keep as slaves.
And sadly, to prevail in this conflict will take a lot more leadership at the national level than what we have available at this time.
Endstate: We MUST that IS seriously, and this means we must commit to their absolute and total destruction.