September 13, 2014

Does ISIS Demand A Radical Rethinking of U.S. Middle East Policy?

Let's leave aside the fact that the majority of ISIS is made up of pig ignorant barbarians who behead people for fun, take women as slaves, employ child soldiers, commit mass killings, and spread previously eradicated diseases such as polio.

They are a plague. It's self-evident. We don't need to hear denunciations from the Bullshiter-In-Chief to be against ISIS.

But is ISIS an enemy of the United States?

Has it attacked Washington's embassies, military personnel, military sites, civilian buildings?

No. It has done none of that.

But it has received training, arms, military guidance, and money from Washington and its top allies.

According to a report by Aydinlik daily, ISIS planned the attack on Mosul in late February in a hotel in Istanbul under the supervision of the Turkish intelligence agency.

Washington has made itself an enemy of ISIS for public relations purposes only. ISIS is a strange enemy for the U.S. The reality is that U.S. allies are supporting and sheltering ISIS (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, Turkey) and U.S. enemies are fighting ISIS (Iran, Assad, Hezbollah, PKK).

Two years ago, top Obama administration officials wanted to use drones to assassinate the PKK's leadership, as a favour for Turkey, which it refused on the grounds that the plan was totally insane and counter-productive.

Two months ago, it was the same PKK fighters that Washington wanted to wipe out just yesterday who rescued the trapped Yezidis refugees hiding from ISIS on Sinjar mountain, a tragedy that President Obama used to justify renewed U.S. military action in Iraq. Obama has never bothered to mention the PKK's decisive role in the rescue operation.

The picture that is being painted is that Washington has no idea what it is doing in the Middle East, but that hasn't stopped it from using drones and other tools of air power in the region.

Maybe they would have more success if they knew the lay of the land better.