The fighting in Iraq and Syria is a mess to say the least. The conglomeration of allied forces supposedly fighting together is ineffective. No wonder the fighting and results have been inconclusive.
Frankly, I think we would be more successful if we launched a traditional military strike with 100.000 to 200,000 American forces. We could sweep the area clean of opposition forces as we did during the attack under President G.W. Bush. And by remaining there, as we did in Germany, Japan, Korea, etc., peace, could be preserved.
Our present noncommittal of American ground forces in Iraq under Barack Obama has been – and is – an amateur endeavor to win a war with foreign forces. It’s a piecemeal effort with confused and disorganized “Allied” troops, who cannot agree on who the enemy is. This approach doesn’t work as we’ve seen during the past eight years of the Obama presidency – and the longest war in our history.
President Bush won the Iraq war in days. Obama lost it after becoming president by pulling our troops out over the objection of our military leaders. Now he is trying to win it back but hasn’t been able to do so after eight years. Obama’s strategy of fighting the war with non-American forces is a schoolboy approach — a political strategy vs. a military strategy. It’s an approach unworthy of a great country with a great military.
Obama has also reduced America’s financial commitment to our military in an effort to reduce the government’s budget deficit. In an increasingly dangerous world, one must wonder about the wisdom of this strategy.