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ISIS Is Iraq's Problem, Not Ours

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Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 12:40 PM Current | Bio | Archive

You can tell it’s a slow news cycle when the media’s focus is on an insurgency in Iraq being waged by two-bit clowns.
 
And that’s exactly what they are.
 
Yet Americans are being sent back to Iraq, ostensibly for embassy security. But it won’t stop there, because it never does. The real story isn’t some fringe group that can’t play nice with al-Qaida, but the incomprehensible mistake of increasing America’s presence in the Middle East.
 
If we look at the situation objectively, perhaps the insanity of putting boots back on the ground could be stopped, preventing America from getting sucked into yet another Middle Eastern conflict that can never be won.
 
Present: Let’s stop making ISIS insurgents out to be God’s gift to military prowess. While some are battlefield veterans, most are bored or brainwashed imbeciles inept at waging any serious military campaign. Hell, they can’t even get their name straight. Are they ISIS? ISIL? Islamic State? In Arabic, their name is “al dawla al islamiyye f’il iraq w’al sham,” which is the most apropos. “Sham” being the operative word.
 
ISIS is a sham. How hard is it to kidnap two unarmed reporters in your own territory and behead them? Or take over remote, defenseless towns, and then march fellow Muslims to their executions? Nothing is as cowardly. They hijack Islam, hiding behind the Koran by spewing deliberately misinterpreted platitudes to justify their actions.
 
ISIS, or whatever they’re called, is a virus on world civilization. They don’t merit international coverage, and definitely don’t warrant an increased American military presence in Iraq. Their “effectiveness” is due only to the impotent, corrupt Iraqi government.
 
So let’s stop elevating them to the world stage.
 
Past: To gain a long-term solution, it is imperative we look at past mistakes to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself.
 
The majority of blame for Iraq’s chaos goes to President George W. Bush. In the aftermath of 9/11, Bush got bullied by neoconservatives hell-bent on going to war (again). Saddam Hussein was used as a bogeyman, despite no evidence of his involvement in 9/11. The result? Shock and awe regarding how naïve Bush was in thinking American troops would be treated with a coronation of roses. Instead, they received a bouquet of bullets and bombs.
 
Iraq descended into lawlessness, as thousands were killed, including many Americans. And that carnage continues.
 
Hussein was no angel, but as a secular leader with an iron fist, he kept the extremists at bay while maintaining a regional balance of power. And don’t forget that he was an American ally during the Iran-Iraq war, and, most noteworthy, was a bitter enemy of Osama bin Laden.
 
Since Hussein’s overthrow, there have been thousands of car bombs in Iraq. Invading Iraq and deposing Hussein, the only man capable of maintaining order, was a huge blunder.
 
Another was America’s blind support of rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad. True, Assad is a ruthless dictator, but as an avowed secularist, kept fundamentalists in check. But now, the rebels have provided safe havens for terrorists in areas captured from the Syrian government. And here’s the worst part: ISIS rebels ended up with many American weapons.
 
Similarly, American-backed rebels took out the nonfundamentalist Moammar Gadhafi, despite these being the same folks who comprised the largest foreign fighting force battling American soldiers during the Iraq war. Consequently, Libya has also devolved into chaos (Benghazi comes to mind).
 
America keeps trying to impose its will in the Middle East. And it keeps blowing up in our faces, literally. Yet the chorus is growing about a sending a greater American presence to Iraq.
 
Future: Time to cut our losses and realize that Iraq is “unwinnable,” especially since America has never been able to define victory. The Kurds, among others, must deal with ISIS and other extremist groups. We should supply them with weapons and intelligence, and continue airstrikes, but the answer for America is to pull out, not jump in.
 
Get the troops home, stop playing policeman in Iraq, and let Assad take back Syria. Until then, give our flyboys all the live-fire practice they need to make ISIS skulk back into their squalid holes.
 
Of course, the ultimate answer is achieving energy independence, since we would no longer be forced to rely on Middle East oil barons for our lifeblood.
 
America would be wise to heed the words of Sir Edmund Burke in formulating its exit strategy: “Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.” 
 
Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.
 
 

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