President Barack Obama wants to do something about ISIS, but he is scared to death to go too far. Boots on the ground (even though almost everyone in America already knows there already are and will continue to be boots on the ground everywhere in the Middle East) would cause a major political backlash, he fears, and with a critical election just around the corner, nobody wants to look like the latest one to step on the war machine revolving door. So, Obama is employing a different tactic. America will bomb ISIS to pieces every chance it gets, regardless of which nation’s toes it has to step on to do it. And America will continue a time-honored tradition of failure:
arming rebels and other factions that happen to agree with Obama on this particular issue.
You don’t have to look back too far in history to see what happens when you spend money and resources arming a group of people who agree with you at this moment, but don’t necessarily agree with you in general as a way of life. Remember everyone’s favorite terrorist Osama bin Laden? He was our friend once, remember? Oh yeah, no one remembers that part. Remember Iran? Iraq? America seems to not be able to think but one move ahead on the chessboard. Arming Syrians and Iraqis to help stamp out ISIS sounds like a great plan that will save tons of American lives by allowing us to throw stones from afar instead of being on the front lines. However, if one could flash forward five, maybe even ten years, one shouldn’t be surprised to find that those same weapons and resources we are giving these factions may very well be turned against us.
America is proving once again that it does not learn lessons from anything it does. Once again, President Obama is getting America involved in a conflict that at this present time seems to have little or nothing to do with America. Is ISIS a threat to America? Well, it depends on who you ask. The government made it pretty clear that they don’t believe there is an imminent threat of an attack on American soil at the hands of ISIS, even though others have said that there are probably already operatives here just waiting and biding their time. As with most things in American politics, no one can seem to agree on anything, but at least Congress and Obama see eye to eye on one thing: they are going to arm people that aren’t necessarily really our friends outside of wanting to escape the clutches of ISIS.
It would be nice to say that this is going to be a hard lesson learned for Americans, but unfortunately, there is no reason to think that America will learn the lesson this time either. Find the names of these factions that America is arming. Write them down. Today they are friends. Four, five years down the road, you will hear the mainstream media emblazoning them as the new big bad boy terrorist network gunning for America.