Today is the 13th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City. Then America faced a rag-tag band of terrorists, more lucky than formidable, that were quickly routed in Afghanistan and elsewhere. After the Iraq war, al Qaeda was essentially defeated. Then the American people elected the 44th President of the United States of America. Now, America and the civilized world face a formidable army of radical Islamist terrorists known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as most people call them, or the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) as 44 prefers to call them. ISIS/ISIL is financed by a continuous flow of ill-gotten oil revenue and is equipped mostly with American weapons left behind when 44 made a hasty , ill-advised exit from Iraq without leaving sufficient residual forces to preserve the peace.
In a belated reaction to recent beheadings of two American journalists by ISIS, 44 announced last evening that ” we must remain vigilant as threats emerge” and ” with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home …. America would lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.” Apparently America will lead from behind with heightened air strikes against ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria and a few additional non-combat troops to advise the new government in Iraq in support of unidentified ground forces, plus continuing humanitarian aid to rebels in Iraq and Syria. Commonsense tells me that this is not a strategy to protect the American people from ISIS/ISIL especially in light of repeated warnings that ISIS plans to infiltrate America through its porous border with Mexico. It also will do little to roll back ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
Commonsense also tells me that the mess in Iraq and Syria created by the leadership (from behind) of the 44th President of the United States of America will be passed to the 45th President of the United States of America to clean up, again at a great loss of American blood and treasure.
Today is not a good day for America or the civilized world!