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ISIS Declares War on America, America Declares War on ISIS
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.