ISIS Declares War on America, America Declares War on ISIS

ISIS inspecting an Iraqi M1 left behind
ISIS inspecting an Iraqi M1 left behind
If you are not with them....
If you are not with them....

This has been a long time coming, the ISIS threat to the Middle East region, and American intervention. America may be a reluctant warrior, but we are more than capable when the decision is made.

ISIS' genocide in the Kurdish area is growing. The group has taken Iraq's largest dam, the Mosul Dam, and now control electricity and water for millions. President Obama finally has ordered airstrikes against ISIS targets with large footprints-meaning, artillery, tanks, large groups of men. About 300 American advisers are in the Erbil area in Northern Iraq and are embedded in the Kurdish forces to spot for the America airstrikes, which have taken out a few artillery units.

The American F-18 dropped their 500-lb. payloads demolishing the ISIS convoy and artillery site. But, while it raises morale, it does nothing to halt ISIS who has the advantage by being a non-conventional army, operates in small groups of highly mobile men and very dispersed. So, President Obama's show of force is about public relations after America left Iraq with no residual troops to maintain security. Without America to do it, a vacuum occurred providing opportunity for Iran, ISIS.

One only has to look at the end of the Vietnam war in 1975. When America went home to lick its wounds, Southeast Asia suffered a similar vacuum. Within two years, the mass murders by communists in Laos rampaged, over two million. The Oscar winning movie, The Killing Fields, depicts this well and what people did to flee certain death. America washed her hands of the region then and that is what filled the void. So, what is happening in Iraq now is following a similar fate from ISIS.

Long ago, President Obama called them a "JV team". ISIS is having the last laugh now and bold enough to challenge America in bold ways. Obama must be embarrassed by what has happened in Iraq and he is to blame to some degree because of his military policy-which has been "hands off".

As ISIS continues to grow stronger, it will force Obama to take them seriously and to act with much more military force, it may not work, but neither will talking to ISIS! Only America, so far, has been willing to help the blight of those trapped by ISIS and threatened with genocide. The Kurds and Iraqis are glad America came back, even if it is more symbolic.

Surely, should ISIS attack towards Erbil, where many Americans are, the wrath of America might be felt. Maybe then, Obama would fully support supplying the Kurds all the ammo and weapons to defeat ISIS in that area. But the ISIS leader is another "desert fox". If ISIS does not threatened Erbil or others in the area, they still win by controlling Mosul and the Mosul Dam, by threatening Baghdad with encirclement and a vast amount of Iraq. They know America will not re-enter Iraq with soldiers with this President, so, ISIS would be wise to leave Erbil to the Kurds and consolidate. They also have seized a city in Lebanon. They are largely funded by Kuwait and Qatar, both friends of America.

ISIS is the type of foe that is resolute in its cause. They just don't care about anyone not in their belief system. They win by using fear and propaganda long before they actually attack to cause panic and chaos. That is what happened at Mosul. The Iraqi army fled.

If ISIS does plan to seize Erbil (they are within 30 km of it), President Obama will have to fully support the Kurdish army or face more horrible genocides. The blood will be on Obama's hands.

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john000 2 years ago from Superior, Arizona

I recall a peace treaty in 1973 , not sure America went home to lick its wounds in Vietnam? The comparisons just do not apply. I watched Haiphong burn in the early hours of our bombing campaign; the North Vietnamese licked a lot of wounds for another year. It is not popular to look at that war with honest clarity . Have u noticed anybody asking the question, "Were all of these mid eastern countries better off before freedom".

There is a lot of power available to use, some might say it is awesome power. If the Iraqis want to be free from terror they can have it if willing to bleed. If not, so be it. Americans all seemed hot for the power vacuum ,

That is what was predicted for decades under Americanpresidents, hence support of dictators. Now we have it. Let them enjoy it. I am using pad and not so good at it,forgive grammar and punctuation.


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perrya 2 years ago Author

You have good points. But, America did go home from Nam to lick their wounds. Like Iraq, we were very sick of war and a war going nowhere. The peace treaty was a farce. Iraq is another Vietnam in that sense-endless, unless the Iraqis step up for themselves. The US can help, but that is it. Yet, the US simply cannot leave the area and allow ISIS to grow and threaten.


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john000 2 years ago from Superior, Arizona

OK. I understand. Not sure why the peace treaty was a farce? Yep, it was broken - my recollection it lasted 2 years - sure, the ARVIN broke it as they probably intended all the time. Maybe we should never have peace treaties with Communists and terrorists?

Drones, missiles, chemical bombs, etc, etc - you can hold a barbarian at bay if you want. Cost? A lot of money spreads around when weapon systems are built. It helps the economy. Sure, we would probably like to house the poor with it, but you can't have it both ways. One can hire surrogates and mercinaries to foment disruption. There are all manner of ways to relatively cheaply destroy an enemy. Just requires imagination - which our politics will not accept as we refuse to acknowledge that the world is a very nasty place. Just ask Putin.


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perrya 2 years ago Author

Yes, just waiting Putin to move into the Ukraine and seize part of it especially if Donetsk falls, and it seems like it will.


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pocono foothills 2 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

@perrya-The Russia-Ukraine mess creates a lot of consternation for me, becuase my wife is from Russia and of course, it doesn't matter what my opinion is, because in her mind no matter what Russia is right. It's like trying to convince her that America had nothing to do with the sinking of the "Kursk."


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perrya 2 years ago Author

I get it. Very patriotic, which is okay to a point but not blindly.


Kyle 2 years ago

@Pocono

Well, I hope she is at least hot.

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