For John, BLUF: If we are going in regarding ISIL we need to plan on going all in. Nothing to see here; just move along.
As we recall, our Senior Senator, Ms E Warren, has spoken out regarding ISIL, saying
"We need to be working now, full-speed ahead, with other countries, to destroy ISIS. That should be our No. 1 priority," she said in a wide-ranging interview promoting her latest book, A Fighting Chance.♠♥She also said in that Interview:
"We can't get pulled into another war in the Middle East," she said. "We need to be working with others to close ISIS down."This attempt to deal with the problem of ISIL, but without putting boots on the ground, brings this graphic to mind:
I would like to be clear that the end game needs to be lead by the Arab nations in the region. The thrust of ISIL is that those Arab nations are corrupt and do not follow the ways of Islam. Those nations are the ones threatened. And, it is their youth who are providing a big chunk of the young ISIL recruits. But, it is unlikely we will be able to stand off shore, sending in air attacks. It reminds me of this Comedian Jonathan Winters line:
I’d like to be going with you, but they need me here. I shall however be observing from some 5000 yards away through heavy lenses.Here is the thing. If we fail to quickly and totally squeeze out ISIL inside a few days, they will take umbrage at our actions against them and plot a way to get back at us, here in the homeland.
Remember the Doolittle Raid of 18 April 1942? A direct response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Little of physical damage, but a big psychological boost to the home crowd and a stick in the eye to the Japanese.♦ That is the kind of thing that might happen, albeit more low tech.
Regards — Cliff
♠ From The Hill, 3 September 2014.
♥ A Fighting Chance came out 22 April of this year. Who thinks she isn't preparing for a run at the Democrat Party Presidential nomination in 2016? And, it is a free ride, since her Senate term isn't up until 2019 (election in 2018).
♦ The response of the Japanese Army, the Zhejiang-Jiangxi Campaign, is said to have killed upwards of 250,000 Chinese civilians.