I have been ranting about the incompetency of the US battle plan for ISIS…..yes, the bombings are having an effect but that is all it is an effect…..there needs to be a new way of thinking this “war”…….that is if a victory is to be declared……
I may have found that new plan…….
One of the escalations announced back in December, a US ground deployment of 200 special operations troops is now in place and active in Iraq, according to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who says they are working closely with Iraqi forces.
The troops are being described as a “specialized expeditionary targeting force” and appears to be designed to better provide targeting data for US and coalition warplanes for pounding ISIS territory.
The deployment also likely is related to Carter’s talk of one of his goals for the ISIS war being an increase in assassinations of ISIS leaders, with the US boots on the ground trying to provide some intelligence on where those commanders are.
Let me say up front before some angry old fart thinks I am being a “bleeding heart” (insults…the tool of the uninformed)……I understand the old concept of “cut the head off the snake and the body dies”…..in other words go after the “leaders” of ISIS with the hope that it will demoralize the fighters to forgo any further actions….
Assassinations would be an effective way to destroy the organism……the problem is Executive Order #11905 signed by Pres. Ford…..for those that would forget this piece of work……
In 1974 the Congress established a committee to investigate possible U.S. involvement in plots to assassinate foreign leaders deemed hostile to U.S. interests. Specifically, the committee investigated the alleged involvement of theCentral Intelligence Agency(CIA) in plots to kill Patrice Lumumba of the Congo, Fidel Castro of Cuba, Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, General Rene Schneider of Chile, and Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam. The absence of a written record and the failing memories of principal witnesses prevented the committee from conclusively demonstrating that presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, or Nixon personally authorized the assassination of any foreign leader. However, the evidence did show that between 1960 and 1970, the CIA was involved in several assassination plots.
The committee reported its findings in 1975 to a dismayed Congress. Public outcry was loud and immediate. At the urging of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, President Gerald R. Ford signed an Executive Order banning all federal employees from committing assassination as a tool of U.S foreign policy or for any other reason. Exec. Order No. 11905. The order was extended by President Ronald Reagan 15 years later to also preclude hired assassins.
And to this day assassinations are illegal for the US to sign onto…..lets see….Obama’s healthcare is illegal…according to some…..all Executive Orders are unconstitutional….according to some……but yet the one by Ford and Ronnie are somehow not that important….why is that?
Again before some a/hole starts in with the insults…..I am for anything that will help win against ISIS that does not mean American troops (notice I use “troops” and not “boots on the ground”….I refuse to belittle the troops by making them impersonal) have to die…..
All I am saying here is that this action is illegal if we are to follow the laws of the country……or we could just pick the ones we like and disregard all the rest…..that is what some people would have us do….
Ronnie and his CIA head found a way around the EO that Ronnie had signed onto…..self-defense…..action is permissible for a targeted assassination if there can be proven it is an act of self-defense…..you know the lawyers will be working on this argument as I type……(damn I just took that argument away from the opposition)…….
A couple of quotes come to mind…….
“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”
“Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.”
“Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.”
After writing this draft….I read a piece from Tom Vine…..it is no secret that I am not satisfied that the US is going about the war with ISIS in a realistic way….and the article made some excellent points…..
Solution? Step up and declare all out war on ISIS and then go for broke…..this will not happen……cowards are afraid of what such a vote will do to their political ambitions…….
But speaking of solutions……the Brookings Institute has a white paper out about this subject……and their conclusion is that there are NO good solutions for the situation in the Middle East and the handling of ISIS……
Personally, I do not trust most think tanks and their conclusions….but with that said this is a piece that needs to be read…..
Now let me do what I always do…..inject a historical context……
There was a plan back in the ’50’s about a possible solution to the problem of the Ba’athists in the Middle East…..a plan by another Roosevelt, Kim to be accurate, and it looks a lot like what is happening these days in US foreign policy…….
The problem is that there are NO easy answers to the problems in the Middle East and any oversimplification is disingenuous……and in no way helps the situation……