US airstikes in Syria, targeting the Islamic State, were more pinpricks than shock-and-awe. They also reflected the administration's unfocused strategy as they dispersed a limited size force across multiple different targets.
Being in the UK has made Scotland and Scots richer, freer, and safer than they were, would have been, or, quite possibly, will be on their own. But, since the English themselves no longer seem to be very British, the unionists have not been bold enough to remind voters of this.
Gen. Martin Dempsey's comments about the size of the Free Syrian Army force that the US can train is a tacit confession that the prospects for lasting success against the Islamic State are slim and distant.
It's one thing to fail to recognize that we were at war with terror groups, as Americans did prior to September 11, 2001. It's another thing to deny it. Waging war while pretending not to is most certainly a waste of time.
From the day he was elected, Barack Obama has shown no interest in being or ability as a wartime leader, even within the United States. It's hard to imagine he will satisfy the requirments of leading a coalition to victory against the Islamic State.
If the US threatens to attack the Islamic State in a serious way, we will be taking sides in the regional struggle for power – the real struggle behind the wars in Syria and Iraq. We will do ourselves no favors if we do not recognize and accept this.
Recent shifts in public opinion show that, despite constant encouragement by the president, congressional leaders and the media, war-weariness was never as broadly or deeply felt in the country as they supposed.
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