SEPT. 24, 2014 -- You don't go to war killing people and getting killed -- reluctantly. Willing to fight always beats reluctance.
Here, President Obama is trying to organize the country, organize Congress, organize the government in Iraq, organize the Iraqi army, train the moderates, train the reluctant, and announcing that the United States doesn't intend to fight on the ground. That's organizing a political campaign, not organizing a war.
to cover himself politically with today's headline in the Wall Street
Journal (9/24/14) "U.S. Promises Long Campaign in Syria".
Barack Obama is the constant campaigner. He studies the polls and has
become the Campaigner in Chief. Treating ISIS as a political campaign
won't do - particularly if it involves religion.
Arabia there's no freedom of religion or separation of church and state.
The Wahhabi schools, the Salafi institution, is financed by the government
and teaches intolerance. It teaches that other Muslims, who are not Salafis,
are not really Muslim. In the ninth grade in Saudi Arabia, all children
are taught that Christians and Jews are infidels and ought to be eliminated
- to be killed. We call ISIS "Sunni militants" (New York
Times, 8/12/14) or "Sunni extremists" (New York Times,
8/5/14), but ISIS is only fighting what they've learned in the ninth grade.
There are many of these Salafis scattered in the Mideast, and they enthusiastically
finance ISIS. Fighting the religious only makes the religious more determined.
moving faster than President Obama's organizing and training. The only
course is to nip ISIS in the bud. Drop SEALs or Special Forces into the
two headquarters of ISIS in Syria, kill off the leadership, and then round
up the disorganized in Syria and Iraq. It won't be short, but it won't
be three years, as has been announced. There ought to be a class or course
in the Presidency where President Obama could learn. He would make a good
Senator Fritz Hollings of South Carolina served 38 years in the United States Senate, and for many years was Chairman of the Commerce, Space, Science & Transportation Committee. He is the author of Making Government Work (University of South Carolina Press, 2008).
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