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US Faces Using Ground Forces Against ISIS

Monday, 09 February 2015 01:12 PM Current | Bio | Archive

“Samuel chose to be a soldier, and soldiers die. Sent to be slaughtered by the men in the government.  . . . I have seen nothing in (government’s) behavior that would persuade me that it has gained either in wisdom, common sense, or humanity.”

 — Colonel William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) in Legends Of The Fall.

These words are as applicable today as they were in the film’s time period of 100 years ago. And nowhere more than America’s suicidal policy in the Middle East.

What was once unthinkable has now become imperative. Parents whose children are thinking about joining the military need to impart full knowledge of what can be expected. We’re not talking about boot camp, the toll of military life on families, or the dangers of traditional warfare. Instead, the extremely high likelihood that they will be engaged in the Middle East; specifically, what will happen should they be captured by ISIS or al-Qaida.

What awaits them should they be forced to eject or captured while fighting? A fate worse than death. Literally. Just ask the Jordanian fighter pilot. But you can’t, because he was reduced to ashes. ISIS saw to that.

He drew the short straw, where beheading with a short knife was too humane. Instead, he was placed in a cage for his captors’ enjoyment. When they had their fill of torture, they doused him with gasoline. Then, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh watched as ISIS ignited the fuel, knowing he was seconds from an excruciating death.

Most Americans won’t watch the video, but they should. And they should think about what will happen when an American serviceman is on the hot seat. ISIS got worldwide publicity from the Jordanian pilot’s death, but an American? That would up the stakes a thousand-fold.

War is hell, but the butchers in the Middle East take it to another level. While barbaric, ISIS is also extremely calculating. They know that both political parties in Washington will respond with more calls for military action, gullibly taking the bait in the naïve belief that, “this time,” increasing our presence where we are despised will miraculously change how we are viewed.

We are again being drawn into a battle where achieving success is impossible because it cannot be defined. And because our arrogance has blinded us, our fighting men and women will be used as pawns in the politicians’ war that can’t be won.

When will enough blood and treasure be expended for us to realize what we need to do? Consider:
  • As a gesture of goodwill, we should hand over our ISIS prisoners. To Jordan.
  • This latest episode of terror has been brought to us, directly and indirectly, by the very people to whom we have sworn allegiance by prostrating ourselves at the altar of Islamic Crude?
Despite having the world’s largest reserves of oil and natural gas, America still continues to ignore much of that Godsend. Instead, we make the conscious choice to rely on, and pay top dollar to, some of the very same people with whom we are at odds.

It’s time to stop the greatest transfer of wealth in human history (foreign aid and trillions of American petro-dollars to the Middle East) and keep that money at home.

We’re only involved in these firestorms because we need Middle Eastern oil barons to keep their crude spigots open. Consequently, we are forced to maintain large diplomatic and military presences, making us viewed as occupiers, and swelling Islamic resentment toward America.

If we drilled on a wider-scale, we wouldn’t be bent over the Middle East oil barrel, and therefore, wouldn’t be there. Truth is, we wouldn’t give a damn about those countries if we didn’t need their oil. Evidence? When millions were massacred in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, America didn’t intervene, because Rwanda has no oil. Ditto for most conflicts around the globe:
  • If Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein hadn’t been deposed, and Assad had been left alone in Syria, ISIS and other fundamentalist groups would not have gained a foothold. Only secular strongmen are capable of maintaining regional stability. So let’s stop trying to “democratize” the Islamic world. It’s not our job, and it won’t happen.
  • Capitalize on Muslim factions despising each other. America should fight via drones and missiles, but the only boots-on-the-ground should be those of our Muslim allies, as we provide all the logistics, intelligence, training and weapons they need.
Domestically, we need a civil discussion about making drilling, fracking, and the transportation of oil safer and environmentally sound. We must work together on these issues because there is no rational alternative.

Otherwise, we will share Colonel Ludlow’s remorse as he said, “today our sons are leaving home to defend a (land) they have never seen.”

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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We need Middle Eastern oil barons to keep their crude spigots open. Consequently, we are forced to maintain large diplomatic and military presences, making us viewed as occupiers, and swelling Islamic resentment toward America.
Al-Quaida, ISIS, Middle East, Washington, D.C.
Monday, 09 February 2015 01:12 PM
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