Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.
As a wounded combat vet, I don't want anyone to be sent into that mess and come home wounded or worse - in a box. A full on invasion may be what it takes. I would not want to be in that decision chain. You're damned if you do and damned if you don't. If we go in full force, the opposition will say that we did too much too soon, and that it wasn't needed or in the best interest of the US. If we don't go in, and ISIS continues to grow their strength, capabilities and control of even more and more areas, by that time, to intervene will be even more costly in blood, treasure and time which the critics will seize upon as being too weak to act before it became so costly. Again, damned if you do and damned if you don't.
I don't have the answer(s), and don't pretend to, even on an internet forum where we can pretend to know or twist the facts to support our faux knowledge.
The only thing I do know, is that ISIS is a real and palpable threat to the US right now, and when or if they are less occupied with gaining territory in the Middle East, they will surely turn their attention to the US, Great Britain and others - that is if they haven't already done so and it's a matter of waiting for the inevitable to occur here. They are already coordinating with AQAP, and as we all know, AQAP has recently gained a capability that forced the TSA to tighten security at airports.
To summarize: I don't know what our best action should be, but we should do something, and even of we do something (short of full on invasion) it's just a matter of time before ISIS and their allies get lucky and succeed in hitting us here at home. Remember, we have to get it right every time - they only have to get right once.
That's why this is everybody's problem Beaudreaux.....and everyone should be doing what they can to take these guys out. They have over ran an Iraqi Military base. They have taken US stinger Missiles. They now have Anti Air defenses. 72 Tanks and over 100 other vehicles. As well as Artillery.
We also Have a pattern that has emerged within the Last month and half. With AQ going after Airports. Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan going after an airport. Then this weekend, al Shebab Threatening to go after Entebbe Airport.
Now we are covering Baghdad International and Mosul. Due to this guy and his Army going after those Airports.
Which btw.....the Iraqis are digging in. The Saudis just put 30k on their Border saying the Iraqis left. The Iranians have 10 divisions on their Border with a Straight shot into Baghdad.
While ISIS is very close to being able to drop a Bomb on the Shia Holy Shrine in Samarra. This is with the Shia amassing a 100k Army of Militia, and blocking the way.
In the mean time, they continue to blow up historic buildings, and execute people-to be posted on youtube and liveleak almost hourly. It wont be long before they start the executions for smoking cigarettes.
What they are saying this morning.....the Big issue for most is, if it is really him. How pathetic.....even if it is not. The call is out in the Public. He is asking Muslims to join their state. To accept him as their Leader.....so that he can be a Statesman and be on the same level as Presidents and Prime Ministers.
They said he gave the Speech in Mosul......which the Press is reporting they captured and are in Control of. Yet we are being told.....that US troops would be sent up North and to help hold Mosul International Airport.
How can we do this, if ISIL holds the Entire City?
I support an American presence, we can provide air support and intelligence, and then let the arabs fight as arabs do-dirty and mean. They aren't bound by the same rules.
One last point-these bad actors have emerged as a consequence of our weak President. This is what happens when people vote for hope and change.
Over 2 years later the FSA is much better armed, with some anti air missles, and some very effective guided anti tank missles-and they are posting new kills every few days on liveleak/youtube. Our armor would be vulnerable to this.
Its a **** sandwich, and we all need to take a bite.
This guy would certain qualify to make the top 10 egos list.
Assad took out a few tanks trying to clog up the Border pass. But he couldn't stop them from getting tanks inside Syria.
Truly there is nothing much left of the FSA. Even the Syrian Front can take their weapons from them. The Rebels backed by the MB have lost their chance to take out Assad.
http://www.debatepolitics.com/breaki...post1063493826 (Isis leader al-baghdaadi reported on verge of death!)