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    Re: Thoughts on Presidents Speech about ISIS and US Actions?

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    Re: Thoughts on Presidents Speech about ISIS and US Actions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    Good speech. Not so good examples of what he thinks are successes.
    That part rather astonished me. Who looks at Yemen today and says "Ah, here is a success story." ?

    i think he just has a very different definition of "success" than you or I do, linked more to "am I catching flak for this on television" than to "have we dismantled enemy VEO's and enabled stable governance".

    As far as a military strategy is concerned, I tend to be concerned that we are putting our hope in ground forces that so far have accomplished record desertions and set a new standard for fleeing from the enemy.

    Air power will not, and has never, won a war or defeated and enemy.

    What I found most interesting, was the dichotomy of his statements in the speech versus what he was saying just weeks ago, and then trying to present them as if it was his strategy all along - specifically this part: "Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven."

    Also, he couched the entire speech as if it were some counter-terrorism campaign, yet ISIS has tanks, rocket launchers and is a real Army. Not a bunch of guys that are planning suicide bombings (although they do that as well), but a real Army, with money, heavy weapons and thousands of soldiers. I don't think that a counter-terrorist strategy is what is needed when this is a real war, which will be waged on the ground with ground troops, armor and heavy weapons. None of which the Arab countries, especially Iraq, is prepared to do.

    I hope he is successful. I thought he gave a good speech. I just don't think it's going to be successful. I hope I'm wrong.
    I think that was us recognizing a de facto partitioned Iraq, with the acknowledgement that our intent is to destabilize and keep off-balance the half owned by Sunnis' in order to (we hope) limit their ability to project force. At this point a joint ISF/Peshmerga offensive that drives out ISIL just isn't feasible.

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    Re: Thoughts on Presidents Speech about ISIS and US Actions?

    I'm personally indifferent. Like any president speech its all about talking points. I honestly dont think we should be directly involved militarily in this conflict meaning I dont think we should have boots on the ground or commence airstrikes. I think we need to take the training wheels off the Iraqi gov, and strongly support the Kurds. I do however honestly can see the argument for airstrikes. But I see the long term benefits of airstrikes doing much to nothing.


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    Re: Thoughts on Presidents Speech about ISIS and US Actions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I liked what I heard. Depending on how good the Iraqi forces become I think it can be a winning strategy. I hope other Arab countries join in and send some troops to help out. We shall see.
    The only countries I could see really committing troops would be Iran and (possibly, and then only in a very limited fashion) Turkey. Neither of whom are Arab. Jordan is worried enough about its' ownself, Egypt has a home-grown insurgency to fight, palestinians on their east, and libya on their west. Saudi Arabia isn't sending people to support a Shia regime in Baghdad.

    The Iraqi forces might be good enough that - if we provide air support and the Iranians provide enablers and the Shia militia's provide actual committed fighters - be able to hold Baghdad against an ISIL assault. No city ever gets taken easily if that city does not want to get taken. But a counteroffensive? Right now it's a small miracle that the new government hasn't already fallen apart.




    Anyone have any good thoughts on what the IO effects would be if we managed to kill al-Baghdadi?

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    Re: Thoughts on Presidents Speech about ISIS and US Actions?

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    I "listened" to the speech in the yard while not looking at the TV, as I have with these major speeches for years.

    I "heard" Mr. Obama trying to sound more demonstrative,
    yet compassionate to those being negatively affected in the ME and comforting to the Nation about our safety at home moving forward.

    Yet he continued walking a bit softly but ISIL will soon find out how big a stick the USA yields .
    I listened to it on my computer. There are still questions to be answered but they will be in time. Letting the indigenous forces do the fighting on the ground while we bombed the hell out of the enemy worked in Laos until the bombing stopped and worked in Afghanistan until the silly and worthless nation building started.
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    Re: Thoughts on Presidents Speech about ISIS and US Actions?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I'm personally indifferent. Like any president speech its all about talking points. I honestly dont think we should be directly involved militarily in this conflict meaning I dont think we should have boots on the ground or commence airstrikes. I think we need to take the training wheels off the Iraqi gov, and strongly support the Kurds. I do however honestly can see the argument for airstrikes. But I see the long term benefits of airstrikes doing much to nothing.
    depends. You wanted to support the Kurds - like, for example, we did when they pushed to retake the Mosul Dam. Had ISIL decided to take out that piece of key infrastructure, it would have wrecked enough damage across the landscape to technically count as a WMD. But the Kurds needed us to come provide air cover, like we did with the Yazidis.

    Offering someone strong moral support when they are outgunned isn't much help.

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    Re: Thoughts on Presidents Speech about ISIS and US Actions?

    [QUOTE=NIMBY;1063742294]How many more dead and maimed USA soldiers would we have if McCain had been President and left a residual force in perpetuity?
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    If McCain were to have become POTUS back in 2009 I doubt there would be an ISIS/ISLS. That Al Qaeda would still be checked in Yemen and northern Pakistan. That the Arab Spring in which Obama was a big supporter of would have never happened or been quelled quickly. Which would mean the Middle East and North Africa wouldn't be the basket case it is today.

    I doubt Putin wouldn't have moved on the Ukraine because the USA would still be a super power which it isn't any more.

    But I digress, back to the incompetent CnC.

    I noticed this evening that Obama said that ISLS weren't Islam. What the **** ? Well they sure aren't Mormon missionaries.
    Again Obama shows he has a big hard-on for Mohamad.

    He also snuck in an reference to continuing arming the rebels in Syria so they can continue waging a war against Assad.
    Obama should be using Assad as an ally against ISIS/ISLS. All Obama is doing is throwing nore gas on the fire in Syria.

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    Re: Thoughts on Presidents Speech about ISIS and US Actions?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    The only countries I could see really committing troops would be Iran and (possibly, and then only in a very limited fashion) Turkey. Neither of whom are Arab. Jordan is worried enough about its' ownself, Egypt has a home-grown insurgency to fight, palestinians on their east, and libya on their west. Saudi Arabia isn't sending people to support a Shia regime in Baghdad.

    The Iraqi forces might be good enough that - if we provide air support and the Iranians provide enablers and the Shia militia's provide actual committed fighters - be able to hold Baghdad against an ISIL assault. No city ever gets taken easily if that city does not want to get taken. But a counteroffensive? Right now it's a small miracle that the new government hasn't already fallen apart.




    Anyone have any good thoughts on what the IO effects would be if we managed to kill al-Baghdadi?
    Like I just told Nimby, I have seen our air campaign along with indiginous forces doing the fight on the ground work in Laos until we were forced to stop bombing and the Royal Lao were worse fighters than the Iraqi. It also worked in Afghanistan during the initial war, Afghani, the Northern Alliance troops fighting on the ground and our air power drove the Taliban out of Afghanistan. The thing is you must trust the troops on the ground to do their thing and do it well.

    If ISIS or ISIL or plain IS moved towards Baghdad if we were serious we could put an armada in the air and with all that flat country there wouldn't be much left of the force that advanced on Baghdad. But are we willing to do something like that ala WWII or would it be pin pricks in fear of killing civilians and damaging structures like Mosques? I don't know.

    As for killing al-Baghdadi, I haven't the faintest idea how that would effect the whole ISIS situation.
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    Re: Thoughts on Presidents Speech about ISIS and US Actions?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    I'm personally indifferent. Like any president speech its all about talking points. I honestly dont think we should be directly involved militarily in this conflict meaning I dont think we should have boots on the ground or commence airstrikes. I think we need to take the training wheels off the Iraqi gov, and strongly support the Kurds. I do however honestly can see the argument for airstrikes. But I see the long term benefits of airstrikes doing much to nothing.
    Yeah, US involvement always ends up making things worse.

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    Re: Thoughts on Presidents Speech about ISIS and US Actions?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    What are your thoughts on the Presidents speech about ISIS?

    Two and a half years late. At least he's late doing the right thing.
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