JK posted a must-read link on my last post: “Why the Iraq Offensive Will Fail” by Michael T. Flynn, retired US Army Lieutenant General/former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Flynn clearly articulates the threat and steps to take to defeat the enemy, but first let me quote him from this politico.com article:
“Yet to defeat an enemy, you first must admit they exist, and this we have not done. I believe there continues to be confusion at the highest level of our government about what it is we’re facing, and the American public want clarity as well as moral and intellectual courage, which they are not now gettingThere are some who argue that violent Islamists are not an existential threat and therefore can simply be managed as criminals, or as a local issue in Iraq and Syria. I respectfully and strongly disagree.”
“We, as a nation, must accept and face the reality that we and other contributing nations of the world are at war, and not just in Iraq. We are in a global war with a radical and violent form of the Islamic religion, and it is irresponsible and dangerous to deny it. This enemy is far broader than the 40,000 or so fighters in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. There also exists a large segment of this radical version of Islam in over 90 nations abroad as well as here at home. Just ask those countries from which foreign fighters are flowing into the Levant to support this “jihad.””
The entire Flynn article is a must read, as he lays out steps he feels we must take to defeat. not only the Islamic State, but the broader fight against adherents of a violent and radical form of the Islamic religion. In the Cold War we battled a virulent communist ideology and in WWII we fought virulent forms of totalitarianism. Sadly, many, out of religious tolerance ingrained in our American psyche, tiptoe around the threat posed by radical Islam, perhaps better called Islamic Imperialism, where the stated goal is to annihilate all non-Muslim peoples and establish an Islamic Caliphate to rule the world.
Listening to “experts” analyze Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda for over a decade, well, I often thought certain opinions got cherry-picked as the definitive summation, while often, it seemed like many “experts” weren’t even really listening to what Al Qaeda spokesmen and Bin laden were saying in their numerous communiques. When individuals or groups of individuals repeatedly declare war on your country and fellow countrymen, it’s wise to take them seriously, yet far too many of the “experts” consistently tried to whitewash the religious elements to these declared “holy war” edicts from Al Qaeda. Likewise, the Obama administration spends more time trying to conjure up straw men (right-wing, domestic sovereign citizen hordes) threats to play cheap partisan one-up-manship games with a threat emanating from a large number of Muslims’ interpretation of Islam.
“The problem isn’t that ISIS is ‘medieval’. The problem is that Islam is.
What progressives mistake for modern Islam, whether while touring Algeria or on the campus of their university, is really an Islam whose practice has been repressed by the West while its ideology remains untouched. Modern Islam is in a state of contradiction. It’s a schizophrenic religion whose doctrine calls for supremacism but whose capabilities prevent it from exercising the full measure of its doctrines.
Islam is the 90 lb. weakling that wants to be the school bully. It can’t punch you in the face, so it stabs you in the back and then blames someone else. When you punch it back, it plays the victim.
This split between ideas and power forced Islamists to resort to sneakier tactics, from terrorism to mass migration, to fulfill the spirit of their religion. The underlying imperative is to restore a conquering Islam capable of humiliating non-Muslims in Muslim lands and expanding into non-Muslim countries. That is why Saddam and Iran pursued weapons of mass destruction. Why Muslim armies tested themselves against Israel. Why Al Qaeda built a decentralized terrorist network with cells around the world.”
“The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.
Virtually every major decision and law promulgated by the Islamic State adheres to what it calls, in its press and pronouncements, and on its billboards, license plates, stationery, and coins, “the Prophetic methodology,” which means following the prophecy and example of Muhammad, in punctilious detail. Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly all do. But pretending that it isn’t actually a religious, millenarian group, with theology that must be understood to be combatted, has already led the United States to underestimate it and back foolish schemes to counter it. We’ll need to get acquainted with the Islamic State’s intellectual genealogy if we are to react in a way that will not strengthen it, but instead help it self-immolate in its own excessive zeal.”
And now we have our own US State Department effort – a newly unified Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, under the directorship of Richard Stengel, whom you may listen to speaking to an NPR reporter about the new strategy here. He stated they’re looking for “credible new voices” (like Muslim Imams opposed to ISIS, former Islamic terrorists, etc.). In other words, our government once again is on a search for illusive “moderate Muslims” to aid our fight, so expect this effort to work out as well as the search for those illusive “moderate Syrian rebels”. And for those who want to say the administration is on the ball, catch this part in a February 16, 2015 New York Times report, “U.S. Intensifies Efforts to Blunt ISIS’ Message”:
““We’re getting beaten on volume, so the only way to compete is by aggregating, curating and amplifying existing content,” Richard A. Stengel, the under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, said by telephone on Monday. Until now, he said, the efforts to counter ISIS could have been better coordinated.
Many of the plan’s details are still being worked out, but administration officials are expected to describe at least its broad outlines during three days of meetings, sponsored by the White House and beginning Tuesday, intended to showcase efforts underway in the United States and abroad to combat what the authorities call violent extremism.”
In case you missed it: : “Many of the plan’s details are still being worked out” , in other words, President Obama once again announced another #nothingburger “plan”. Want some fries and Heinz ketchup with yours John Kerry? Never fear though, those cheerleaders at the US State Department have their hashtag signs and tweets ready to fight the Islamic State…. One, two, everyone #Yes, We Can….