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America's Top Military Officer Explained The Big ISIS Problem In One Sentence

Posted by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 4:44 AM
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https://finance.yahoo.com/news/americas-top-military-officer-explained-141448358.html


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“This is an organization that has an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision that will eventually have to be defeated.” -General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 

Gen. Martin Dempsey, America's top military officer, told a press briefing this week that the mere existence of ISIS is clearly a problem that had to be addressed.

The question now is how.

Demspey noted that destroying ISIS will require " the application of all of the tools of [U.S.] national power — diplomatic, economic, information, military."

In fact, as counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman explained, truly defeating ISIS would require full-scale war that would involve fighting in both Iraq and Syria.

"Can they be defeated without addressing that part of the organization that resides in Syria? The answer is no," Dempsey told reporters at the Pentagon.

That is where the real challenge lies for the Obama administration, which decided years ago that the U.S. was not going to “get in the middle of somebody else’s civil war.” ISIS has effectively blurred the border between Iraq and Syria, using the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa as a de facto capital while extending the terror group's reach in Iraq.

"The notion that the Iraq war can be separated from the Syrian civil war is pure fantasy," Shadi Hamid, an expert on Islamist groups at the Brookings Institution, told McClatchy. "This is what’s so worrying about the Obama administration’s approach. There is no plan. There is no vision on that front. There is no effort to talk about Syria in a different way."

A senior U.S. defense official also told McClatchy that there "is no policy" to confront ISIS in Syria.

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The administration is adamant that it will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has allowed ISIS to thrive while bombing and torturing Syrians on an industrial scale throughout the war.

"Now that ISIS has fully matured, the Assad regime and Iran offer themselves as partners to the United States,"  Bassam Barabandi, who served as a diplomat for several decades in the Syrian Foreign Ministry,  explained  in the Atlantic Council recently . " For the first time, Assad is striking ISIS in Raqqa and locations inside Iraq, in a perverse harvest of the terrorist seeds he planted to quash the civilian-led reform movement."

Administration officials told the Guardian that the favored long-term strategy to defeat ISIS is to train moderate Syrian rebels to fight both ISIS and the regime. But the non-jihadist rebels in the Free Syrian Army are now being decimated by both jihadists and the regime after years of being brushed aside as " former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth" by President Obama.

Furthermore, funding for the training hasn't been approved by Congress and most of the critical details have not yet been worked out. Nevertheless, as Dempsey pointed out, something must be done, because ISIS must eventually be defeated.

"To counter ISIS, the United States must relearn the lessons of the surge [during the Iraq war]," Mike Doran, senior fellow in the  Center for Middle East Policy, told Business Insider. "The key is to detach moderate Sunnis, the vast majority of Sunnis, from ISIS, by providing them with security and with a political alternative to rule by Iran and its proxies.

"The first step is to commit the United States, to crushing ISIS unambiguously," Doran continued. "The second step is to create a coalition to achieve that goal by creating a new order in what is now Jihadistan, the region that ISIS controls from Baghdad to Aleppo. That coalitions should include, among others, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, France, Britain, and, of course, the Free Syrian Army."


by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 4:44 AM
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by Platinum Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 7:25 AM
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This is what happens when you invade the wrong country.
Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 5:24 PM
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I wonder if Obama will listen to his advice?

Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 7:49 PM

This needs to be bumped

UpSheRises
by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 7:51 PM
Wonder how much this is going to cost.

No biggie, we've got the money, right?
Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 7:59 PM
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Quoting UpSheRises: Wonder how much this is going to cost. No biggie, we've got the money, right?

When it comes to our National Security, protecting American citizens and our country is worth every dime. I'm sure Obama can cut some of that pork out and focus on what's really important. As a hard working tax payer I welcome my tax dollars to eradicate ISIS before they behead anymore children, women , men and the other hostages they still have. Not to mention bomb us and have another 911 or worse which I can't imagine. I would say this is TOP priority at the moment and Obama needs to listen to this man's advice because he knows what he's talking about.

smurfette1903
by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM
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And so we should sit back and have a cold one while they plan to wipe the Western civilization off the planet?

Quoting UpSheRises: Wonder how much this is going to cost.

No biggie, we've got the money, right?
UpSheRises
by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 8:04 PM
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You are aware that we funded the creation of ISIS, right?

Military industrial complex.

Cant afford college educations, can afford to blow up other peoples countries then wonder why they hate us.

Quoting Sweet_Faith:

Quoting UpSheRises: Wonder how much this is going to cost.

No biggie, we've got the money, right?

When it comes to our National Security, protecting American citizens and our country is worth every dime. I'm sure Obama can cut some of that pork out and focus on what's really important. As a hard working tax payer I welcome my tax dollars to eradicate ISIS before they behead anymore children, women , men and the other hostages they still have. Not to mention bomb us and have another 911 or worse which I can't imagine. I would say this is TOP priority at the moment and Obama needs to listen to this man's advice because he knows what he's talking about.

UpSheRises
by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 8:07 PM
That isnt their plan.

Didnt realize we had so many world police fans on this board.

Quoting smurfette1903: And so we should sit back and have a cold one while they plan to wipe the Western civilization off the planet?

Quoting UpSheRises: Wonder how much this is going to cost.

No biggie, we've got the money, right?
smurfette1903
by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 8:12 PM
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Hey, I fully support keeping our noses out of other countries issues but I think an exception needs to be made for ISIS. They pose a significant risk. Even if we ignored them, I do not believe their hatred would lessen.

They need to be wiped out.

Quoting UpSheRises: That isnt their plan.

Didnt realize we had so many world police fans on this board.

Quoting smurfette1903: And so we should sit back and have a cold one while they plan to wipe the Western civilization off the planet?

Quoting UpSheRises: Wonder how much this is going to cost.

No biggie, we've got the money, right?
smurfette1903
by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 8:13 PM
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It's not the government's responsibility to send you or your children to college. There is this thing called personal responsibility.

Quoting UpSheRises: You are aware that we funded the creation of ISIS, right?



Military industrial complex.



Cant afford college educations, can afford to blow up other peoples countries then wonder why they hate us.
Quoting Sweet_Faith:

Quoting UpSheRises: Wonder how much this is going to cost.



No biggie, we've got the money, right?

When it comes to our National Security, protecting American citizens and our country is worth every dime. I'm sure Obama can cut some of that pork out and focus on what's really important. As a hard working tax payer I welcome my tax dollars to eradicate ISIS before they behead anymore children, women , men and the other hostages they still have. Not to mention bomb us and have another 911 or worse which I can't imagine. I would say this is TOP priority at the moment and Obama needs to listen to this man's advice because he knows what he's talking about.

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