Obama has Accepted a Mission Impossible but, he's no Mr. Phelps

Chip GreeneStarred Page By Chip Greene, 8th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/26nhysij/
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Commentary on the way President Obama is going about dealing with the threat of ISIS.

Another red line?

In the old Mission Impossible TV series each episode opens with Mr. Phelps, leader of the IMF, (Impossible Mission Force), played by Peter Graves, listening to a recorded message from a reel to reel tape. The message begins, "Good morning Mr. Phelps. Your mission should you choose to accept it…" The tape goes on to outline the mission. The tape ends with, "This tape will self-destruct in five seconds." The tape then disintegrates in a cloud of smoke.
President Obama has said that his mission is to, "degrade and destroy," ISIS. Another red line? I can just hear, "There you go again," emanating from President Reagan's grave.

The coalition

So far, Obama has put together a coalition. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Iraqi Kurdistan, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the Netherlands are joining the United States in the fight. In the last six months they've conducted over 400 airstrikes which have dropped over 1000 bombs on ISIS positions. Some fight?! Coalition forces have been highlighted on the news by a female fighter pilot, Mariam Al Mansouri, of the UAE. She has since been disowned by her family for bombing ISIS.

The ant hill

Retired Army Colonel, David Hunt, a Fox News military analyst heatedly called Obama a coward and feckless. He called the airstrikes, "phony." Obama's whole campaign is akin to a kid sitting by an ant hill and burning individual ants with a magnifying glass. Eventually the ants will get to him and give him one nasty rash.

Sun Tzu

Someone should send Obama a copy of Sun Tzu's book, "The Art of War." An overwhelming majority of military analysts agree that the limited airstrikes can never get the job of degrading and defeating ISIS done. Obama's own military advisors agree and have advised him of the same. ISIS continues to adapt to the situation. Sun Tzu must be shaking his head in disgust. His core principles of warfare are, you don't tell the enemy your plans,("no boots on the ground"), and you don't engage in a battle that you can't win.

Massacre imminent!

ISIS leaders must be laughing into their turbans to hide their contempt. This is evident by their siege of the northern Syrian city of Kobani. 125,000 citizens have already fled over the border into Turkey. 50,000 remain along with the Kurdish fighters who have received no help on the ground from Obama's coalition. The flag of ISIS is already flying over the city. Experts fear that a massacre of the Kobani civilians is imminent.
The Turkish forces are watching the siege from their side of the border. They and their tanks are within eyesight of Kobani. But, that's all they're doing; watching!

Up in Smoke!

Let's face it, Muslim nations are not interested in confronting the terrorists of radical Islam. This has been going on for over 1500 years. Iraq and the whole Middle East don't want our presence there either.
Obama's actions thus far are purely political in nature. If he can hold off till after the November elections the Democrats won't have to say that they've gotten us into another ground war before they try to get re-elected. If Obama can hold out for two more years his legacy will be safe. He'll be able to say that he got us out of two wars and prevented our involvement in a third.
The end result will be the same as for Mr. Phelps tape.
Up in smoke!

Credits

Inquisitr

What's doing with the coalition battle

Photo credits

Mission Impossible
sharetv.org

UAE female fighter pilot
Inquisitr

Colonel David Hunt
gopthredailydose.com

The Art of War
usmc81.com

ISIS flag raised over Kobani
dailystar.co.uk

Political reasons
iranreview.org

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Iraq, Isis, Middle East, Mission Impossible, Obama, Politics, Sun Tzu, The Art Of War

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author avatar C.D. Moore
9th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for pointing out the absurdity of this war, Chip!

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author avatar Retired
9th Oct 2014 (#)

I am slightly concerned at your apparent belief that Muslims wear turbans. If this is typical of the way Americans think of the religious complexities of the region, is it any wonder that they fail to understand what is going on there?

There are, for example, pressing reasons why Turkey does not want to send its tanks over the border into Syria in support of the Kurds, these stemming from old animosities with their own Kurdish population.

This is by no means the only complication in an area where many different strands of Islam must find ways of working together to defeat a common enemy that has very little support outside its own narrow political and religious confines.

Nobody believes that the bombing raids will defeat IS, but they do at least represent an advantage over IS in that the latter has no air power of its own and appears not to have any anti-aircraft capabilities. It therefore makes sense to exploit that advantage.

There are no easy solutions, and it should surprise nobody that there is no overall plan to which the various powers are working. It is also a rapidly developing situation that requires a flexible response.

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author avatar Chip Greene
9th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks C.D.
As far as Muslims wearing turbans... I've seen many photos of them wearing them. I also realize that they all don't wear such garb. I'd bet that there are some in the Middle East who think that Americans all wear cowboy hats and have six-shooters strapped to their hips.

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author avatar Retired
9th Oct 2014 (#)

I suppose it depends on what you mean by a turban! There is a form of Muslim head-dress that consists of a long piece of cloth wrapped round the head several times, but that is not the same as the turbans worn by Sikhs - however, I can see where the confusion might arise!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
9th Oct 2014 (#)

I have been watching with interest the criticism of Obama in your country. Thanks to free speech everyone can give his valued or otherwise opinion. Obama is damned if he declares all out war and damned if he doesn't. After two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the general public in your country is not in favor of sending ground troops and receiving casualties. What can he do to tackle this menace? I think you're politically biased against Obama. I'm sorry to comment this way.

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author avatar Retired
9th Oct 2014 (#)

Obama has been ineffective in all that he undertakes. His agencies target Americans for destruction and his military strategies achieve little destruction of our enemies. His title of the worst president in American history is deserved. Yes, the enemies who would behead us before breakfast are indeed laughing in their turbans, despite that John Welford declares they don't wear them.

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author avatar Retired
9th Oct 2014 (#)

As I say, it's a question of definition. If you want to define the headgear worn by some Muslims (by no means all) as a turban, then fair enough. However, I was concerned that people might get the impression that the wearing of a turban (which is generally thought of as indicating a member of the Sikh religion) was a sign that one was a supporter of Islamic State, which is by no means the case.

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author avatar Donna M. Graceffa
10th Oct 2014 (#)

People.... is it really about the turbans, cloaks, masks, burkas, or whatever you want to call their headwear ? they are still laughing into it......

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author avatar Retired
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Donna is absolutely right - it's a minor point and I'm sorry I made it!

The important thing is that the Kurds in northern Syria should get the support they need to defend themselves. The defenders of Kobani are being incredibly brave, especially as they know what will happen to them if they are captured by Islamic State.

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author avatar Chip Greene
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for all of your comments. Any input is much appreciated.
And you can just call me Tex.

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