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The Words No Politician Has The Courage To Speak About Defeating the Islamic State

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While the President golfs, and Democrats running for reelection try to figure out how to avoid having their picture taken with him, the Islamic State has just captured the Tabqa air base in Syria.  Following the group’s capture of two other Syrian military bases, the rout of Assad forces at Tabqa gives ISIS effective control of Raqqa Province, which abuts the Turkish border and, according to New York Times reporter Ben Hubbard, whose capital city, Raqqa, has long served as the group’s de facto headquarters.

In an August 24 article Hubbard observed that “Syrian rebel groups that formed to fight Mr. Assad’s government never managed to take the air base, and while Mr. Assad’s forces have been bombing ISIS from the air and killing its fighters, they lack the ground troops necessary to challenge the group’s hold on terrain.” (emphasis ours)

In a short decade, the political-military organization of al-Qaida in Iraq has morphed into the Islamic State, which, notes The (UK) Observer’s Jason Burke, now controls a swath of land from western Syria to western Iraq running religious schools, bakeries and power plants, exporting oil, levying taxes and organizing parades of tanks, conducting a potent overseas outreach operation and fighting a war on several fronts.

President Obama has said, in effect, that the Islamic State is a problem for Iraqis and Syrians to solve, and optimists in the Obama administration look to the precedent of Iraq’s “Awakening Movement” and its fight against al-Qaida in Iraq in 2005 and 2006, when Sunni tribes turned against ISIS’s predecessors on account of their violence, insensitivity and lack of respect for local vested interests as Jason Burke put it.

Yet, says Burke, Syria and Iraq today constitute an immeasurably more complex operational environment and the Awakening fighters who took on al-Qaida could do so because the US army was there to provide protective firepower. Almost incomprehensible brutality is an integral element of the Islamic State’s way of exercising power, terrorizing opponents and attracting supporters. Anyone trying something similar to the Awakening Movement in ar-Raqqa or Mosul right now would not last long in Burke’s estimation.

It also worth noting that in 2005-2006 al-Qaida in Iraq was a localized terror group in Iraq. Today, ISIS recruits fighters and potential terrorists from around the world and trains them in military techniques and its nihilistic brand of radical Islam.

“Airstrikes against ISIS inside Syria will not be helpful. Airstrikes will not get rid of ISIS. Airstrikes are like just tickling ISIS,” Hussam Al Marie, the spokesman for the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in northern Syria, told The Daily Beast. “ISIS is not a real state that you can attack and destroy; they are thugs who are spread all over the east of Syria in the desert. And when they are in the cities, they are using civilian buildings. So airstrikes will not be enough to get rid of these terrorists and at the same time, they might hit civilians. That’s the problem.”

For members of the Syrian opposition in Washington, America’s policy to fight ISIS in Syria has to consist of much more than helping the FSA; the opposition is calling on Washington to do more to support civil society in Syria and combat ISIS’s ideology as well as its military prowess, the Free Syrian Army leader told Josh Rogin, senior correspondent for national security and politics for The Daily Beast.

After the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the Islamic State is an “an imminent threat to every interest we have,” and that “[ISIS] is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They're beyond just a terrorist group.”

"It is possible to contain [ISIS],” Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, adding that the group’s momentum has been stopped. But military action may not be enough to regain control of the region. Political reform -- and the battle for hearts and minds -- are critical.”

Given the Islamic State's recent capture of the Tabqa airbase, General Dempsey's claim that "the group’s momentum has been stopped" seems at best somewhat out of touch.

So let’s summarize: The Islamic State is “beyond just a terrorist group” and now controls a swath of land from western Syria to western Iraq running religious schools, bakeries and power plants, exporting oil, levying taxes and organizing parades of tanks, conducting a potent overseas outreach operation and fighting a war on several fronts. Airstrikes alone won’t get rid of the Islamic State or ISIS say those who have been fighting in the region for years, but none of the forces in the region have the troops to challenge the group’s hold on terrain. Furthermore, military action alone may not be enough to gain control of the region, what is needed is some ill-defined political reform and to win the battle for the hearts and minds of the Muslim people of the region, but the counterargument to ISIS and the Islamic State’s radical Islam remains unspoken.

So now that we’ve summarized, please allow us to translate: What they are all talking about, but no politician has yet had the courage to say, is the only way to defeat the Islamic State is American “boots on the ground” and “nation building” on a scale beyond anything attempted since the end of World War II and the reconstruction and political remaking of Germany and Japan.

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Nation Building

No way to anymore nation building. We need fence building. We need to build a massive fence across our borders especially our southern border.

The situation in Iraq and Syria is similar to Vietnam. More Vietnamese had a greater desire to impose communism than did the number of Vietnamese desiring freedom. The Viet Cong fought harder, there were more if them, they wanted it more. They got what they wanted!

Who makes up the ISIS army ? It is composed of people local to that area. ISIS is mostly made up of True Believing Muslims from Iraq, Syria as well as other nearby places. They want the caliphate, they are Allah fearing Muslims and they believe they are doing Allah's work. If more of the local people do not want freedom from tyranny than want the Caliphate it is a lost cause. We will never change their minds. This is a religious war with religious fanatics.

We need to:
close our open borders.
stop Muslim immigration into the US.
Support allies in the region
forget about nation building over there.
Any military actions must be limited to destruction of the enemy and then withdrawal.

The fact of the matter is

The fact of the matter is that groups like these will always exist in the Middle East...here its a conglomeration of AQ in Iraq, Rebels against Assad, and hacked off Sunnis. Iraq is an imaginary country made up by the British after WWI, and handed over to Saudi Prince Faisal. We created ISIS by invading Iraq and out policies re: Syria and Assad. Once upon a time Republicans recognized limits on American interests.

IMO we'll probably have to deal with ISIS the old fashioned way: Special & Black Ops.

UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE CONCLUSION OF WAR

We should learn from our successes. Unconditional surrender is the only acceptable end to military conflict! The attack on 9/11 was the biggest attack on America in history — bigger than Pearl Harbor! We declared war on terrorists and states that support them. We almost immediately conquered Afghanistan and then Iraq. That was a good start. Iran also supports terrorism and sent soldiers to kill Americans — an act of war — so we should have conquered it. Syria supports terrorism and sent soldiers to kill Americans so we should have conquered it. Saudi Arabia is the ultimate instigator of terrorist philosophy and the primary financial supporter of it. We should have taken it. This would have put the U.S. in control of most of the Middle Eastern oil supply. We would then have conquered the rest of the Middle East and occupied it for at least 60 years. We would have used the revenue from the oil to pay for our wars, develop and civilize the Middle East! Don't say their culture is so foreign that they are not capable of being civilized. That is a racist conclusion. Until 1945, the culture of Japan was totally foreign to the West. We occupied and civilized her. We still occupy her. Now, she poses a threat to no one.

Cuttural Differences

The comparison between Japanese culture and Muslim Arabic culture is not correct. They are not equivalent. The medieval samurai culture of Japan was much better organized and developed in many ways and their culture was more uniform. The Middle eastern Arab-Muslims are first of all a stone age tribal nomadic culture that is irreparably torn along religious and cultural lines. They don't want democracy or a republic or a a parliament. They want a religious state. Their mindset and culture is totally different from medieval-Shogunate Japan.

THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS!

Culture is a learned behavior. We changed the Japanese and German cultures. Moslems are human beings. After 60 years of control of their religion, media and education we can teach them the benefits of democracy and individual liberty. They might not want it now but their children and grandchildren will!

ISIS is Evil

ISIS is evil incarnate. Defeating it won't do the trick. It must be destroyed.