Words By Charles N. Lewis Jr. Owner/Agent VIE Realty Group, LLC USN PH3 Combat Photographer Vietnam
On the night of September 10th President Obama addressed the world and laid out his strategy for defeating ISIS, without US Troops on the ground. I wasn’t impressed! To his credit Qatar, Jordan, the Saudi’s, and a few other Middle East nations have joined the effort. Turkey with ISIS at its border tanks poised has not moved to assist Kurdish fighter, a coalition partner. Turkey has agreed to allow US and coalition forces to use bases to train free-Syrian forces. While all that tom foolery was going on our only friends the Kurds are in a heated battle with ISIS forces near the Turkish border. Why can’t these guys get a little air support and more ammunition? We see the same in name only involvement by other Middle East nations within the coalition.
The President two weeks ago Sunday on 60 Minutes admitted that his National Intelligence director “underestimated ISIS strength”! I contend that the entire administration is “underestimating” the situation. As we would spend time training The Free Syrian Army, the Syrian Christian fighters they recently formed an alliance with; and rebuild and train the Iraqi military ISIS will adapt and export its members to raise hell within western cities. We and I mean the western world does not have the time for that approach.
Without troops on the ground ISIS controls vast areas only because NO ONE is there. Without troops on the ground you allow ISIS to be mobile and disperse its forces. Without troops on the ground ISSI faces inferior fighting forces and continues to have success. Without troops on the ground ISIS gets stronger using their success to further draw in foreign fighters. The President needs to take off the rose colored glasses and face reality. We are in this alone and it’s our National Security at stake. If the Middle Eastern nations nearest to ISIS who wouldn’t hesitate infiltrating their countries won’t step up, we should handle this ourselves. Although they shouldn’t count on our support if and when ISIS runs in their direction. I hope our next President and Administration is much more aggressive in combating ISIS.