9.26.2014

THE CONSEQUENCES OF DABBLING AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE

Engaging ISIS in a long campaign may create more jihadists than it eliminates

Written by R. James Towe  james@sollicitus.us

America's F-22 Raptor (US Air Force)
The analysts discussing the current air campaign against ISIS have one view in common: they believe that stamping out the Islamic State will be a slow and arduous process, taking years, not months. 

In an area perpetually mired in conflict, a lengthy American presence is distasteful among many Arabs. Current events reinforce a tenet of al-Qaeda and Islamic State doctrine that decries the evils of Western imperialism and decades of US support for tyrants. Arguing the invalidity of that perspective and recalling the delicate balance the West had to maintain during the Cold War is useless in this time and place. The West's tinkering with the Middle East is viewed by the region as just that: abuse at the hands of imperial powers.

9.16.2014

AMERICA FIGHTING ISIS ON THE EMOTIONAL CHEAP

The president has vowed to defeat ISIS, but will the less than passionate approach make America's involvement more lengthy?

Written by R. JAMES TOWE  james@sollicitus.us

An Alleged Execution by ISIS
On Monday, the Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicly rejected President Obama's invitation to join forces against ISIS. 

There is a sense of disbelief that an American president would attempt to enlist the brutal Iranian regime in a fight against terrorism. A regime that itself is defined as a 'state sponsor of terror' by the president's Department of State. The irony.

9.10.2014

THE NECESSARY EVIL OF SUPPORTING SYRIA'S ASSAD

Bashar al-Assad may be America's best asset against the Islamic State.


Written by R. JAMES TOWE  james@sollicitus.us

Aiding Syrian Rebels will lead to disaster.
In September of 2013, President Barack Obama's self-imposed 'red-line' regarding Syria's chemical weapons, boomeranged its way back to the White House.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad crossed the 'line' when his military unleashed chemical weapons against a mixture of rebel fighters and civilians. The president hesitated and ultimately failed to act. Russian President Vladimir Putin, an Assad ally, stole the show as he reached an agreement that ultimately removed Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.