I hear Jordan's military, although small, is very well trained and equipped. The air force seems especially good, and today it looks like its pilots are doing some whipping--55 jihadists killed, one report says. The best of luck to these brave men.
I've seen reports for years that the U.S. has had special forces working with the Jordanians at a desert base in the northeast of their country. That's only about 250 miles from the jihadists' stronghold of Raqaa. These people--partly through the exodus of Syrian refugees they've caused--are a serious threat to Jordan. I think King Abdullah would be willing to put any facility in Jordan at our disposal for fighting these people.
Here's something someone else may have some ideas on. Why not use air strikes or cruise missiles to destroy the facilities supplying cities like Raqqa and Mosul and Ramadi and Tikrit with electricity? I think the so-called friendly civilians there may be a little too comfortable. Maybe they need a very sharp warning about what further miseries might be in store for them--e.g. bombing of their water treatment and sewage facilities, blowing up bridges and road junctions in the city--if they don't do a lot more to kick these bastards out from their midst. I see quite a large, cheering crowd turned out the other day in Raqaa to watch the savage murder of that pilot shown on a large screen outdoors.
It was a terrible thing for him to say at this time (about the crusades and slavery and all), but he was making a true point so that people remember that this isn't the first or only group that has done heinous things. These are actions shared by our country and other westerners throughout history. Still, his timing was terrible and feeds into the stereotype that he's not tough on terrorism (which isn't true, BTW; he's done more to get rid of terrorists than the Bush admin. did).
Anyways... in the real world:
http://www.newsweek.com/jordan-king-...es-isis-304686ALNAHER NEWS – “While several news agencies reported this piece, the Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Al-Momani denied these reports about the participation of His Majesty King Abdullah II air sorties to hit Daash terrorist organization. Momani stressed in a statement to “Al-Ghad Newspaper” that whatever was disseminated throughput news sites and social networking sites in this regard is unfounded.”
Read more: UPDATE: GOVERNMENT DENIES — NOW THIS IS AWESOME: Jordanian King to fly bombing raids over ISIS » The Right Scoop -
Jordan denies King Abdullah II will personally fly jets against ISIS - Iraqi NewsThe king told al-Kasasbeh’s father, Safi, that he would be “following up personally on Muath’s case.” Abdullah has received pilot training, so the report that he would be involved in airstrikes was not entirely unbelievable. Even so, his government quickly backtracked. Government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani told An-Nahar that the king would not fly a plane in the airstrikes. It remains unclear if the king will participate in another way in the operation.
Western media says one thing based on a single image... Jordan government tells Arab media says another...The Jordanian government has denied on Thursday, that Jordan’s King Abdullah II was going to take part in the combat missions by leading the air strikes against ISIS himself.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
Many have questioned if the Jordanians would follow through on their threats. I think they have a quite an impressive start so far.
King Abdullah is a brilliant statesman, diplomat and leader. He's a rare jewel in global politics, a man respected by his people because he strives to serve them, not oppress them. He's been an excellent friend and ally to the west, but always looks to what his own people need without apparent interest in expanding his own personal power.
I have admired him for decades. He has just displayed yet another reason why he's worthy of that admiration. Kudos to the king, who gave his people what they needed and always respects the unique tribal nuances in service to all Jordanians. A genuinely good man.