Two trends have emerged since President Obama’s September 10 speech regarding his intention to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State. One is the understanding that he will not commit U.S. troops as “boots on the ground” to fight a force estimated variously between 10,000 and 30,000 depending on intelligence guesswork. The other trend is […]
Younger generations can be forgiven if all they know of war is what they have learned in school or seen dramatized on film and television. For most Americans, the Civil War, the two World Wars, and the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam are events that occurred “a long time ago.” For my generation, born […]
In the July 24 edition of The Wall Street Journal there was a commentary, “Wanted: Converts to Judaism” by the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Arnold M. Eisen. I thought to myself that this was an extraordinary time to be suggesting conversion to a faith that is literally under attack in Israel and being […]
For one to say: “These are perilous times,” in reference to our current position on the time continuum, would be a vast understatement. With a military spent and degraded, the US stands on the cusp of a THIRD WORLD WAR, which will — win, lose, or draw, likely finish America for good. Our President is insistent […]
My friend, Alan Caruba, pointed out in a recent commentary that even Alexander the Great found Afghanistan just as screwed up as it is today and just as hard a nut to crack. (You may recall that Genghis Khan had the same problem with a place we know today as Vietnam. In fact he wrote it off as “unconquerable.”) How little we learn from history — and yes, it DOES repeat itself. Different actors, different centuries, same ending to the play.
Here’s what I see in my somewhat dusty crystal ball for US/Iraqi relations: The US will have to invade Iraq for a third time — to drive out the Iranians. The problem with that scenario is that should we have to do that, we most certainly will have to drive into Iran itself to destroy the current Iranian regime and cripple the Iranian military and their nuclear bomb aspirations.
In his first 2 years in office, Barack Obama’s policies toward the Islamic World (and, concurrently toward our allies) have caused a lot of head scratching! It would be a lengthy and distracting tangent to pursue his history in this regard here. Suffice it to say that there are many examples where his foreign policy has been either incoherent or antithetical to our historical understanding of friend and foe.