Friday, September 12, 2014


I've been thinking about President Obama's speech on ISIL Thursday night. When I find some time I'm going to put a few more thoughts down. At this point, though, all I heard from President Obama is that we should prepare for war in perpetuity in the region ...

And don't believe the "drone war will work" logic. We've been using drones throughout the Middle East for years, and the region has not gotten safer or more stable. These are not "Goodwill Drones." They have done real damage.

What makes President Obama's drone strategy less convincing is that we're going to depend on the Iraqi army to fight and hold drone bombed territories when it was the U.S. trained Iraqi army that dropped their weapons and ran when ISIL showed up the first time.

Unless our allies (or us) are willing to make investments that go beyond simply putting boots on the ground, we're in for a continuation of the military mess we've seen in the region over the past 60-plus years.

War in perpetuity, indeed ...

- Mark 

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