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Obama Terror Strategy: Abandon the Fight

Sunday, 19 July 2015 07:06 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In between a daily handful of desultory airstrikes that have mostly been pounding vacant lots, the Pentagon is supposed to be training a crack force of Syrians to wage war against ISIS.

It’s not going well.

The Hill reports Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told Capitol Hill lawmakers the Obama administration is currently training only a total of 60 Syrians. That’s not enough boots on the ground to police Ferguson, Mo., much less fight ISIS, which boasts tens of thousands of troops and is armed with a lot of first class hardware from the United States.

Carter blames the problems the recruitment process: ““This number is much smaller than we’d hoped for at this point, partly because of the vetting standards.”

The “standards” that are getting in the way of GI Abdul are “taking a pledge to fight ISIS rather than the regime of Assad” and agreeing, “to abide by the laws of war.”

There is also a rumor that recruits have to certify that they have not beheaded a Christian within the last five years, but it could not be confirmed.

Even for an administration that has brought taxpayers both Obamacare and Solyndra the Syrian summer camp training mission is wildly inefficient. The program is budgeted to spend $500 million in 2015, which means so far recruits are costing $8,333,333. Each! It would be cheaper to rent the French Foreign Legion.

If that burn rate continues, in the unlikely event the administration reaches its goal of 3,000 trainees by the end of the year, we will be asking Greece for a loan.

One factor that neither Carter nor the amazed senators mentioned was who in their right mind would trust this administration not to abandon these recruits if the political winds change or the effort becomes a bigger PR burden?

After all, Obama had no problem abandoning Iraq to ISIS in the first place and he’s currently in the process of leaving Afghanistan to the tender mercies of the Taliban and those two instances represent entire countries.

Abandoning a handful of “rebels” to whatever fate ISIS has in store for them wouldn’t trouble Obama a bit.

Some politicians want 20,000 U.S. troops on the ground, others want the unicorn–like multi–national regional ground force to take up the fighting slack.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told The Hill he was “deeply disappointed” by the administration’s strategy against ISIS and urged the president to allow U.S. troops to embed with Iraqi forces.

“I think delusion is a word that’s too accurate,” he said. “And at some point, the president’s going to have to change his mind, it seems to me. He cannot just function based on a campaign promise, when reality is different.”

The fact is fighting and defeating ISIS is a serious business and the U.S. won’t be successful until we have an occupant in the White House that takes the effort seriously.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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