Sunday, September 14, 2014

ISIS: Obama misses the point

Yes, that headline more than sums up my views on the current ineptitude,  on a global scale, as politicians finally address the ongoing threat of Islamist murderers...These days more than a few experts,  and the not-so-expert analysts,  are commenting on Obama's handling of the ongoing - and evolving - ISIS *crisis.*

From Homeland Security NewsWire:

Obama’s new strategy still misses Islamic State’s weakest link

By Denis Dragovic
12 September 2014

President Barack Obama was right to say in his speech on Wednesday that “ISIL is certainly not a state.” While IS does not have standing as a state among the community of nations, its strategy is focused on establishing an Islamic State. That’s why any response by the United States should be focused on preventing it from doing so. Unlike terrorist groups that seek to disrupt society, IS is focused on the establishment of a new society. Doing so requires IS to build the three pillars critical to a functioning state: Creating legitimacy; providing public security; and catering to the basic needs of the population, such as water, food, health, and shelter. Seeing Islamic State as an overextended rogue state, rather than a terrorist network, and working to weaken the civil pillars of the state it is trying to establish, offers the best chance of stopping IS.

U.S. president Barack Obama has announced a more aggressive strategy against Islamic State, including air strikes against its fighters “wherever they are”, even inside Syria — which he had previously ruled out....

There is more here.

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