Wednesday, February 11, 2015

American Sniper & The Middle East Quagmire

This Blogger recently saw American Sniper, the tragic story of hero Chris Kyle, thought to be the most effective Sniper of the Iraq War, who killed many of the enemy to protect American Soldiers.  Kyle, who served four tours of duty was later murdered by a deranged Veteran, on trial just now, that Kyle was trying to help deal with war related stress issues.  How sad and ironic that Kyle, who survived Iraq and some of the most brutal fighting of the war, was killed by an American Veteran.  This really is the story of an American hero; but it also shows the Middle East Quagmire that we face. 

Many of those same cities in Iraq that cost so much American blood and treasure to pacify are now in the hands of ISIS, the Islamic Fascists that are brutally murdering innocent people of all faiths, in their quest to establish a Caliphate in the Middle East.  The fighting in the Middle East is between Sunni and Shia's Muslims, but also between presumably moderate and fanatic Muslims.  The United States and our Allies are caught in between tribal disputes that go back centuries.  And, if these battles could be confined to the Middle East, without impact on the rest of the world, we could tell them all to go pound sand; but that is just not the case.

These Islamic Fascists not only want to destroy Israel, they want to conquer all the countries of the Middle East and beyond to establish a Caliphate that would be a direct threat to our freedoms and way of life.  This threat is as bad as anything we faced with the Nazi's or Communists.  Obama's comparison that this is like a big city Mayor in the US dealing with crime is absurd and about as dumb a statement possible. While making the US completely Energy Independent would at least cushion our nation from some of the craziness happening in the Middle East, it will not help many of our allies that are dependent on Middle East oil.  And, aside from the Energy issue, the terrorism that is happening all over the world, will not stop as long as these Islamic Fascists are alive.

Socialist Emperor Pinocchio Veto Obama is asking for renewed war powers to deal with ISIS and Al Queda, which should be broad enough to allow the President to do whatever is necessary to defeat these Islamic Fascists.  However, at the end of the day, the army on the ground in Iraq and Syria must come from Iraq, Jordon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other Arab countries, since they are most immediately threatened by these Fascists.  Most important, we must arm the Kurds directly, since they have been most effective to date in fighting ISIS in Northern Iraq.  The United States should provide logistical support, special operations on the ground and air support to get the job done; but ultimately if Turkey and Arab countries don't act to defend themselves, defeating radical Islamic Fascists will not happen.  The best we can do alone is to kill them where ever we find them.    

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