aside DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA, WE’RE COUNTING ON YOU TO FIGHT ISIS

Syrian refugees
Syrian refugees

Dear President Obama, Your comments to republicans about their lack of discipline in demanding a halt to the welcoming of Syrian refugees into our country is right on message, but short on delivery. While you are in the Philippines with other world leaders keeping track of current news, I am sure this highly publicized attitude by our elected officials was embarrassing. Still, it is at times like these that we need our leaders to  take the highroad.

Republicans spouting off against refugees
Republicans spouting off against refugees

This republican led, fear mongering of denying Syrian refugees entry  into our US borders, is easy to resolve by having our intelligence professionals inform our US congress about what our vetting process entails to reassure them of its thoroughness. Because there are only 10,000 Syrian refugees being invited to be part of our country, it is feasible to consider a monitoring system after their arrival.

Syrian refugees
Syrian refugees

The benefit to the US is that these new American residents can be a treasure trove of intelligence as to what is really going on in Syria. Some Syrians already speak English, are highly intelligent and well educated. Many have risked their lives to escape ISIS rule.We would be fortunate to have their input.

In addition, it is disheartening to listen to these same officials who keep squawking about what we should be doing or not doing in the middle east when too many of them, are clueless about this part of the world.

From left to right, T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), King Faisal I, originally King of Syria and then King of Iraq; Gertrude Bell, instrumental in drawing the original boundaries after WWI
From left to right, T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), King Faisal I,  King of Syria and then King of Iraq; Gertrude Bell, instrumental in drawing the original arbitrary boundaries after WWI (From Ottoman Empire)

Yes, your strategy to avoid to placing our exhausted  US military men and women in harm’s way again is well placed. Too much information, advice and promises provided to you by our Pentagon, military officials, intelligence experts, diplomatic professionals and middle east leaders have been faulty, misleading, and ineffective in producing  promised results. Too often, there have been those delivering counsel based on their own hidden agendas. Your exasperation over the US being pulled back into this middle east chaos, to be mired in a never ending US role in this region has to be worrisome.

G20 Leaders
G20 Leaders

Most Americans feel as you do. Yet, this is the time when we need for you to work with us. PersonalIy, I am looking for concrete objectives which are realistic, reasonable and achievable in this part of the world without placing any more of our US military unnecessarily in harm’s way.

Examples of some objectives are as follows:

1.) So, that the American peoples become supportive of your tactics designed to defeat ISIS, talk to them as to why the US military is targeting ISIL / ISIS.  Explain how ISIS/ ISIL are Islamic zealots who are certain that they are acting under the direction of Allah. As they attain more land, recruit more like minded followers and as they have terrorist successes around the world, they become emboldened.

U.S. President Barack Obama boards Air Force One for travel to the Philippines.
U.S. President Barack Obama boards Air Force One for travel to the Philippines.

Their goal is to provoke western powers to respond to their brutality conducted in the west, by placing our non Muslim (infidels) soldiers on their soil.

They want nothing more than to instill western fear and hatred towards all Muslims as a result of their cruelties. This is why our President Barack Obama is pushing back on republicans wanting to equate their terrorist actions to the entire Islamic population. Also, this is why he is angry at  republican leaders who are stoking peoples fears as they maneuver to deny 10,000 Syrian refugees entry into our country, because this is counter to our national interests. This rhetoric is assisting ISIS to achieve their objective of inflaming the west’s antipathy towards all Muslims.

ISIS is looking forward to Apocalyptic end times. To attain this feat, they want the Western powers’ non- Muslims to enter into battle with Muslims within their territories, which is another reason, why our president has been firm in his intransigence about sending in more US soldiers.

ISIL fighters
ISIL fighters

2.) The second objective is to puncture their ideology by humiliating them publicly. When folks who are being recruited, observe that the ideology of ISIS has no substance, then their power will be diminished. There is no way to contain the growth of ISIS without exposing their belief system as a fraud. This is why we have to conduct a counter propaganda campaign.

3.) Accept President Holland’s invitation for the US and Russia to join forces with his French military air power to impair the ISIS permanently. Do not listen to the naysayers  who will question your alliance with an enemy, Russia and Putin. This is a time to lead and mend fences.

President Francois Hollande
President Francois Hollande

Do not focus on pushing Syria’s President Bashar al Assad out of power at this inopportune time because this would lead to another power vacuum.  Work on a plan to transition out President Assad from power with an interim governing body in place, that would be acceptable to Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Upon defeating ISIS, you can insist on a political solution to end the chaos in Syria and Iraq.

4.) Empower our middle east friends, who have proven their competence and dependability like the Kurds in Syria and Iraq; and the Jordanian military, with the supplies and equipment that they have been requesting instead of all the delays. Do not resort to previous losing tactics like waiting for the decade old, US trained Iraqi military to act after their having lost two major battles even though they far outnumbered ISIS combatants (leaving their equipment, Humvees and weaponry behind for ISIS to collect); and then supporting a Syrian rebel army which we tried to establish in 2015 to the tune of millions of dollars, which resulted in a troop of  5 soldiers.

ISIS
ISIS

5.) Petition the UN to use all possible tools, to develop political solutions which are in the best interests of Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Lebanon, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other middle east parties to create a path way towards stability and peace. This is a when our allies like Turkey and Saudi Arabia’s input should be heeded and respected but without the power to impede any reasonable resolutions because of Turkey’s long history of hatred towards the Kurds  and / or because of Saudia Arabia’s (Sunnis) fear of Iran (Shia); with their wish to curtail the power of Shia Muslims in the region.

modern middle east map

The 2003 US military action against Iraq and the toppling of President Saddam Hussein, his cohorts and his elite military, who were all Sunnis in a Shia majority country with a large Kurdish minority, has taken off the band aid placed in this region after WWI. This was when the drawing of countries and boundaries were arbitrarily done with no consideration as to the needs of the various tribes with their different traditions, histories, cultures, and religious beliefs, going back thousands of years. It is now time to attempt the division of Iraq and Syria to accommodate the Kurds, the Shia, the Sunnis and any other minority groups in their own governing entities. This is a multi year process, so it is imperative for the UN Security Council and unbiased experts to start planning for this by early 2016.

Today, Iraq which is now Shia led with a Shia majority, has not been inclusive in governing with the Sunnis or the Kurds which is the reason for this never ending conflict, as all of the Islamic insurgency groups in this region are Sunnis (the one exception is Hezbollah of Lebanon) wanting to reclaim some power. Until this situation is addressed, there is nothing that can be done to end this tragedy from continuing forever.

5 comments

  1. GRAZIE MILLE!! As always I am grateful for your support and thank you for this reblog. Our republican brothers and sisters are going even more nuts over this middle east news.

  2. I keep trying to give Barry O the benefit of the doubt like with he must have something going on and plans initiated that we don’t know about but I don’t think he understands any of it or knows what to do. His refusal to use term “Islamic terrorists” is astonishing. How can it be the religion of peace when the ultimate goal is to establish an exclusively Islamic caliphate world wide with the extermination of all other people? If that’s the case can any non Muslim nation trust them, take in refugees or see any of them as allies ?

    • I refer to ISIS as more like an Apocalyptic cult than Islamist terrorists.. The president is attempting to make sure that peoples don’t conflate ISIS with the Islamic faith of the billions of folks that practice it in peace.We need the help of Islamic peoples in the middle east area and we need American Muslims to come forward whenever they notice anything of concern. Passions already become inflated against Muslims whenever something like this happens. President Obama does not want to add to this.

      The IRA in Ireland was never called a Christian extremist group and the Christians who were committing genocide on their Muslim brothers and sisters in the Balkans, were never referred to as Christian extremists. Why not? Because it wouldn’t have been fair to confuse people acting ugly with the entire Christian faith. Our Muslim brothers and sisters who are good decent folks, deserve the same courtesy especially when we have to deal in a world with billions of peoples who are of the Islamic faith.

    • I know that some of the president’s critics frequently use the talking point that because he will not say words like “radical Islamic terrorists” that this translates to him not having a reasoned strategy for fighting ISIS. The following info may help you feel better on this subject.

      This is not widely publicized but you can check for yourself. Recently a blogger was complaining that General Petraeus written commentaries on the subjects of Syria and Iraq, sounded too similar to what the President has been saying. There is a reason for this. He has been advising him.

      I noticed this tidbit on the following article: .Gen. Petraeus still advising White House – CNNPolitics.com http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/16/…/david-petraeus-isis-white-house-...

      Here are excerpts:

      “The National Security Council and Obama administration have been consulting with Petraeus on matters related to Iraq and ISIS, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed on Monday. Earnest did not elaborate how long Petraeus has been advising the White House since his fall from grace, but Newsweek reports the retired four-star general has been in the role since last summer.”

      General Petraeus does legitimately have an academic and on hands knowledge of middle east issues as well an adequate understanding of our military.

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