Tuesday, June 02, 2015

CNN: "ISIS: What Should the U.S. Do Now?" with Wolf Blitzer

Tonight, at 9 PM, Wolf Blitzer hosted a special report for his Situation Room, “ISIS: What Should the U.S. Do Now?”  with about seven US military general-grade officers, link here. Phil Mudd also appeared.

There was a lot of comparison to Vietnam, noting that Saigon fell in 1975, so Baghdad might not be too big to fall eventually.  Most insisted that this in the final analysis was the battle for the people and not for large ground troops from the West.  Most were against working with Assad in Syria.
Fareed Zakaria has suggested that Iraq as a country isn’t viable anymore, and that the area should be broken into Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite states, that would have the own internal political loyalty to defend their own areas and tribes from external violent aggression. That sounds like the best idea.
The program also considered the problem of the ISIS soldier “fighting to die” whereas the Iraqi “fights to live.”  But that was roughly true during the war in Vietnam. In fact, during the Vietnam era, some considered the deployment of conventional ground US forces, even supported by a draft, as a deterrent to possible nuclear war eventually.  Now the opposite may be true.

The show also summarized the biography of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. 

Wikipedia attribution link for photo of Ramadi, Iraq from air by USMC, public domain 


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