First published in DelawareLiberal by ProgressivePopulist on 7/1/2014
300 more to Iraq, for a total of 800. But we're
told, no boots on the ground. Just security forces for the 500 already
there, mostly in the Taj Majal U.S. Embassy, just a few in foward
positions as "advisors". Sound familiar? It does for those of us who
survived the 60's and 70's.
So, if these brave souls are not boots
on the ground, are they disarmed? Are they all boots but no arms?
give me a break. Hopefully, for their own good they're armed to the
teeth. Because ISIS, reportedly about 10,000 strong scattered between
Syria and Iraq, is armed to the hilt. By whom you ask? Reportedly by
our petro-allies the Saudi's and the families that run their neighboring
oil soaked petro-nations. You know, the good folks we still depend on
to power our carbon-saturated nation.
Now for the creepy part.
This hand full of advisors are going to fix in a few weeks or months
what thousands of our uniformed people didn't get right or didn't get
done in several years before we hauled out of there, evicted as it were
by those we brung to the table? At this scale, looks like just a few
loose ends to tie up. But on closer examination, there's a load more to
fix than a few loose ends with the Iraqi military and policing forces.
Too many blanks to fill in here to make me feel comfortable that this
is just a non-war making advisory mission.
Rumors too about
drones, not to mention carriers and warships bobbing on the waves
nearby, loaded with missiles and bomb tonnage. And megabucks being
allocated for "moderate" anti-government forces in Syria. So this is
just psychological warfare? Give me a break. This is lock and load
time for both Syria and Iraq.
And tell me again how we can with
any confidence identify the moderates from the fanatics in Syria? The
right wing blogsphere is loaded with stories about our having trained
Syrian opposition fighters in Jordon with a couple of other allies, only
to have some of them defect to ISIS. Similar unsubstantiated reports
have emerged in TruthDig and RT.com. Juan Cole, a respected Michigan
middle east scholar similarly reports such training by our CIA starting
in 2012, citing Jordan government sources.
But even if these
reports are not true, what guarantees against the defection of the
Syrian moderates we fund to the ISIS crazies? How good is our
historical track record in that sophisticated understanding of middle
eastern culture and political dynamics? Remember how we funded Al Qaeda
as our proxies vs. the Soviets in Afghanistan? Ok, enough of the
Now the mission part. What exactly are we to
achieve? In Syria, a new regime as reliable as the one we crafted in
Iraq? Really? In Iraq, a restoration of a unity government as strong
as the totalitarian regime it took, under tyrant Sadaam to hold things
together? Wasn't there a lesson in there somewhere ?
Would someone please articulate for me a mission worth creeping toward?