Last edited by EnigmaO01; 09-29-14 at 02:00 PM.
What to do? Well we could bomb indiscriminately (we wont), we could target and coordinate for the Arab air forces (meaning a limited response), or we could acknowledge that boots on the ground are what needs to happen. That has its own issues-like the fact that ISIS is very good at moving in an out of areas, and the Syrian border complicates this.
Obama never planned to fight this conflict, and certainly does not want to. He saw polls and thinks a little show will help him retain the senate. It wont work because a substantive response is whats required and Obama wants to pretend the Iraq war is over-its not-its just entering a new stage that will get worse the longer he ignores it.
Regardless of how this turns out, we will need to keep a limited military presence there for decades.
Heres the actual current COIN manual
Note that as effective as these are, they still wont work if our POTUS does not have the resolve, and then announces withdrawal dates (which is just an invitation for terror groups to hunker down until we pull out-we are currently pulling our combat troops out of Afghanistan (by the end of the year all will be out) and AQ and the taliban are already threatening the locals with the new "justice" they will employ when we do.
My opponent is a liar, and he can not be trusted
This election began like a car wreck; a bad thing, but I couldn't help but look away. It's now more like a beheading video; a sickening display where I can't hit the red X fast enough.