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U.S. General Says Raiding Syria Is Key to Halting ISIS

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  • Libertarian
    Darien, CT
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    Airstrikes in Iraq Are Seen as Inadequate to Defeat a Foe That Crosses Borders is the start of a mindless escalation equivalent to Nixon's airstrikes into Cambodia during Vietnam war. If Obama wants to fight ISIS in Syria he has to make a deal with the devil. He needs Assad, Iran and Hezbolla to assist on the ground with our air support otherwise bombing Syria is useless.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Sorry; read in another "thread" (Foley murder) Jared's comments; that is very clear and well said. What you are implying is nonsense; I certainly do not see Obama engaging Syria without congress approvals these countries must decide their own futures and hopefully get rid of religeous fanatics themselves.

    Here is Jared's mail: Quote

    sbfriedman Wrote: What should be done? What would you do, if you were Obama?
    In short--nothing can be done that isn't lead by the Syrian and Iraqi people. They need to figure this out themselves, with as minimal help by the American military as possible. I'm okay with targeted airstrikes that have a detailed goal in mind, but I am not okay with us getting dragged back into a civil war and picking sides in it.

    With that said, we have to think long and hard before we bomb yet another country. Mr. Foley was not killed in Iraq, he was killed in Syria. If we are going to attack yet another Middle Eastern country that is involved in a civil war then I feel that the President needs to go back to Congress and ask them for the go ahead. I am tired of the Congress abrogating its Constitutional duties by refusing to vote to use force. If Congress wants to send our troops back into a combat zone, even if it is only by air and sea, then they should vote on it.

    It is terribly sad to see a journalist killed while covering a war, but that in and of itself is not a reason to alter our national policies. President Obama has been winding down the conflicts that our previous President got us into and we should not alter that course because some bad people are kidnapping and killing journalists. Iraq and Syria are quagmires that are impossible for for America to fix alone. The only way Iraq and Syria will get out of their current hell is by figuring it out themselves. America can't force peace on a warring people fighting a religious civil war. Unquote
  • Libertarian
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    Thanks for pointing out Jared's comment on Foley execution. This thread was a reaction to the New York Times headline where our generals are looking to expand airstrikes into Syria. I am the last person that wants that! I hope that Obama understands the moral compromise necessary to make air power effective. And mostly importantly effective for whom or what purpose?
  • Center Left
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    ISIS was recently quoted as saying....We have yet to quench our thirst for your (American) blood. That ought to get the war hawks on board with ideas that lead to the elimination of these very bad people.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    You are right Tony; hope some people down there get the brains to indeed to eliminate these guys; why do we always have to do the dirty work?
  • Libertarian
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    It's getting worse.

    Today's is: "ISIS Tightens Its Grip With Seizure of Air Base in Syria."

    "Recent military advances by ISIS in northern and eastern Syria have highlighted the lack of local military forces that can effectively battle the group, which President Obama last week called a “cancer” that must be eradicated from the Middle East."

    Unlike in Iraq where there is a sane well organized opposition on the ground like the pesh merga Kurdish forces; it appears that Assad, distasteful as he may be requires help to contain ISIS because he is not up to it. I believe that the Iran came to same conclusion when deciding to put Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon to help him out earlier this year. And so there you have it, in order to fight ISIS Obama is going to have to make nice to Iran and let Iran help Assad contain ISIS with their proxy ISIS, Hezbollah. Welcome to the middle east reality.
  • Independent
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    vincentlibertarian Wrote: It's getting worse.

    Today's is: "ISIS Tightens Its Grip With Seizure of Air Base in Syria."

    "Recent military advances by ISIS in northern and eastern Syria have highlighted the lack of local military forces that can effectively battle the group, which President Obama last week called a “cancer” that must be eradicated from the Middle East."

    Unlike in Iraq where there is a sane well organized opposition on the ground like the pesh merga Kurdish forces; it appears that Assad, distasteful as he may be requires help to contain ISIS because he is not up to it. I believe that the Iran came to same conclusion when deciding to put Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon to help him out earlier this year. And so there you have it, in order to fight ISIS Obama is going to have to make nice to Iran and let Iran help Assad contain ISIS with their proxy ISIS, Hezbollah. Welcome to the middle east reality.
    Sorry, to say that it is not as simple as that; don't forget all the parties there may change their preferences any day like chameleons; it is time our government understands that.