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First are you aware of what the acronym K.I.S.S. stand for? In case it has eluded you…Keep It Simple, Stupid!
That would be excellent advice to our policy makers.…..they have been all over the map with their assessment of the ISIS operation……they appear to be a dog chasing its tail……
This all started with a stutter step when Syria turned ugly…..and then there was a humanitarian effort for people trapped on a mountain…..escalated into airstrikes after the Iraqi army failed to live into its high marks that the admin was giving it…..then the US realized that we could not do it alone and we put together a coalition to hide our true intent……more airstrikes in Iraq and then expanded those into Syria….all the while ISIS kept getting stronger and expanding its control.
The whole time we, the public, were told that we had a plan and it was working well…..the problem was that No one could elucidate just what that plan was and how it was proceeding….other airstrikes were being effective while ISIS continued to expand….
Now the dialog is turning…….
The nation’s top military leader told Congress Thursday that the United States would consider dispatching a modest number of American forces to fight with Iraqi troops as they engage in more complex missions in the campaign against Islamic State militants.
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Iraqi forces are doing a better job, but he said an effort to move into Mosul or to restore the border with Syria would require more complex operations.
There you have the beginning of the end of the BS that NO American ground forces will be used……
Sec. of Defense, Hagel to Congress……
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday the U.S.-led air war against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will intensify and that the American people must prepare for a long and difficult struggle.
Hagel defended the U.S. strategy during a House of Representatives hearing, saying, “As Iraqi forces build strength, the tempo and intensity of our coalition’s air campaign will accelerate in tandem.”
“A long and difficult struggle”….setting the stage……the perfect timing is amazing…….
And then the news from today……US will go after Assad…….
The Obama Administration today realized what everyone else has known for some time, that their strategy in the new ISIS war in simply not working. Unfortunately, they seem to be shifting toward even deeper escalation of the war, particularly in Syria.
Officials are now describing the “Iraq first, then Syria” strategy for destroying ISIS as “untenable,” and while continuing to present the war goal as the destruction of ISIS, they seem to be heading down the road of less direct conflict with them.
Interesting turn…..we must deal with Iraq first….the sectarian problems….the problem of ISIS…..and the need to keep an eye on Iran……and praying that the Iraqi military will stand up when needed.
Then we bite off the head of another worm with Syria…..Assad forces, Khorasan (SEAL team of AQ), al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, ISIS and Kurds that are about as dependable as a rattlesnake in heat…..
All the while this strategy is working itself out……we need to keep an eye on Lebanon, Turkey…..Jordan is hinting at problems….and then the bully of the neighbourhood, Israel…..all it will take is this group to do something stupid and all this strategy will go to crap and in a hurry.
At what point does this strategy start making sense?
Apparently I have missed it.
The more complexity built into the plan the more possible for a complete breakdown…….and this is where K.I.S.S. comes into play! Maybe a better strategy would be to set small attainable goals before moving onto a total picture.