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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Uzbek group in Syria trains children for jihad | The Long War Journal

Uzbek group in Syria trains children for jihad | The Long War Journal

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

William J. Perry on nuclear war and nuclear terrorism | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

William J. Perry on nuclear war and nuclear terrorism | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

US kills jihadist leaders in airstrikes in Somalia and Libya | The Long War Journal

This is really a variation on Trump's Immigration dodge.  Decapitation strikes just another dodge of the hard but far from impossible task of defeating ISIS.

Bill Roggio writes,
US continues to rely on tactic of decapitation vs counterinsurgency 
The targeting and killing of Sandhere and Nabil highlights the US government’s abandonment of counterinsurgency to fight the spread of jihadist movements throughout the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. President Barack Obama ordered the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq at the end of 2011, and will reduce the number of US forces in Afghanistan to under 10,000 by the end of the year. US troops in Afghanistan are in train and assist as well as a counterterrorism posture, and are not dealing with the Taliban as an insurgent force.
Instead of fighting the jihadist groups on the ground, the US has primarily relied on airstrikes, and in many cases, unmanned aerial vehicles that are more commonly called drones, to target senior and mid-level leaders of the jihadist groups. This tactic has been used against al Qaeda, the Taliban and allied groups in Pakistan since 2007, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen since 2009, and Somalia since 2006. 
While the airstrikes have killed some top leaders in the Islamic State, al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other organizations, they have not stopped the spread of jihadist groups across Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Nor have they denied these groups territory, which is crucial for the group to train fighters, maintain local insurgencies, and plot attacks against the West. Despite years of airstrikes against al Qaeda and its allies, and more recently the Islamic State, the groups still control territory in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia, and they are waging active insurgencies in Nigeria, Mali, Egypt, the Caucasus, and elsewhere.

ELIOT A. COHEN: History Doesn’t Take Sides

 History sides with no one but Historians do judge. People fond of claiming History's favor forget that and will face some pretty harsh judgement.

Read Eliot Cohen's History Doesn't Take Sides.
Invoking History is a way of avoiding hard truths. It is a hollow phrase because it is supposed to soothe, not arouse, rally or inform. More importantly, it is simply not true. It presumes that the good guys win. Not always—just ask Rwandans, Cambodians, or surviving family members of Mao’s seventy million victims. Furthermore, the bad guys think the same thing, particularly Marxists, who shortly before their doctrines imploded were supremely confident that they knew in which direction History was marching. In 1956 Nikita Khrushchev famously said to Western ambassadors at a reception in Moscow, “Whether you like it or not, history is on our side.” What he said next, depending on which translation you prefer, was “We will bury you.” Less than 35 years later, the Soviet empire collapsed into ruin. It was a useful warning for lazy politicians: Believe too strongly that your country has a destiny guaranteed by History, and you may ensure that it doesn’t have much of a future. A public that hears the phrase has a right to be skeptical—and nervous.

Trump's Muslim Immigration dodge on hard truths.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are fighting a war with proxies in Syria and Iraq; Africa and Yemen. That fight's pitched Sunni and Shia against each other in a fearsome slaughter with a lot of collateral butchery including terror attacks like San Bernardino.

Obama's convinced each side we favor the other and their war's dragging the world into it. GOP candidates got to get real on strategy on ending this war and confronting the strategic threat of a nuclear Iran.

Trump's offering a dumb solution that doesn't protect the US at home, doesn't defeat ISIS, doesn't confront Iran's growing nuclear threat, and doesn't deal with the collapse of the Middle East and Putin's meddling in it. It's a pure political response and the kind of emotional politics we get from Obama. 

The GOP and America deserve better. We're in deep trouble if this is it.