EnduringSense

“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” Plato

  • Daily Quote:

    "Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit."

    Mahatma Gandh

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 95 other followers

  • Subscribe

Posts Tagged ‘ISIS’

Dr. Ben Carson on Fighting Islamic State

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 17, 2015

The spread of Islamic extremism and the disintegration of Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa are spiraling out of control.  While President Obama’s policies are note fully responsible, it is undeniable that the problems have become progressively worse under of his Administration.  Some of his policies have exasperated the problem include:

  1. The decision to withdraw all American forces from Iraq, including intelligence and training personnel. That decision allowed Al Qaeda to make a comeback in Iraq now under the banner of ISIS.
  2. Obama dithered when it came to the Syrian protests/revolution. That allowed the radicals to gain control of the events in Syria.
  3. The President made a decision to help take down the Libyan dictator Gadhafi. While possibly an appropriate decision, just like in Iraq, Obama left the vacuum that has since been filled by radical Islamists.

ObamaObama has taken the naïve position that America and its previous projection of power created many of the world’s ills.  The President’s retrenchment in the past six years and the significant increase in the radical Islamist’s power projection prove this policy wrong.  The President also believes that by not calling the battle a “war on terror” or the enemy radical Islamists that there is no war.  Since Obama’s election six years ago, terrorism has increased throughout worldwide and the radical Islamists control more territory in the Middle East and North Africa than ever.  There is a war ongoing and it has been declared by the enemies of the West.

Ben CarsonOne of the GOP presidential contenders is Dr. Ben Carson, a world renowned neurosurgeon. Carson has proven his intellect in the field of medicine.  He has yet to prove his mettle in the politics.  Still, Carson offers clarity and conviction when he speaks on issues.  When asked how he would handle the problem of the Islamic State, Carson said:

They’re extremely sophisticated and they have tentacles that are growing throughout the world. They’re still in their adolescent stage and this is the time when we can crush them.  But if we allow them to mature into a full-grown tree, with deep roots and thick branches, it’s going to be almost impossible.  We need to do it now.  I would use every resource available: military, banking, sanctions, you name it.  And I would not hesitate to put boots on the ground.  We need to be the leaders.  The coalition will form if it has a leader.  But you can’t sit around saying, ‘Oh, you guys do this.’ … This is serious.  So I would commit everything to eliminating them right now.”

Carson then quoted Winston Churchill: “Fight your enemy while you can beat them.”  Agree with Carson or not, he has a vision and strategy that is clear and definable.

The West needs to define a strategy to fight the war against terror and Islamic extremism.  This strategy must first be defined prior to implementing a plan of action.  It is unlikely that President Obama has the ability or the will to define such a strategy, which will result in further dithering by the United States until after the next president is elected.  The question is whether our enemies will wait that long.

Posted in Radical Islam | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

ISIS – JV to Dangerous American Enemy in One Year

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 12, 2015

Yesterday President Obama sent a request to Congress to authorize the use of military force against ISIS who has created a country in parts of Syria and Iraq.  During their land grab ISIS has murdered American, British and Japanese hostages and killed many civilians.

The debate on Obama’s request to Congress is in full swing.  Some suggest that he should have requested the authorization when he initiated the current limited bombing campaign against ISIS.  Others are concerned about mission creep that often accompanies authorizations.  Still others feel that the authorization is not broad enough or that the President has not come up with a goal and/or strategy for the military campaign.

While the above debate is necessary, it masks a more serious issue concerning President Obama’s exhibited skills as Commander-in-Chief of the military.  In January 2014, only 13 months ago, Obama showed a total lack of understanding of ISIS, its ability, or threats.  When asked about ISIS’s and its gains Obama compared them to the JVs stating: ‘The analogy we use around here sometimes and is accurate is if a JV team puts on Laker uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.”

How do they go from being JV to one of the most dangerous terrorist forces in the world in less than a year?  The answer is that they were not JV when Obama made the inappropriate comparison.  It was obvious than that ISIS was a much greater threat.  Since then Obama has been slowly ramping up not only his perception of the ISIS threat, as well as increasing the use of military force against them.  This has culminated in his current request to Congress.

Why did the President get the ISIS threat so wrong?  It could not have been lack of intelligence given the gains they already made in Syria and Iraq.  It is likely that Obama did what he so often does; ignore reality and dither.

This is not the first time the President made the wrong call on Iraq.  His miscues include:

Opposing Iraqi Surge – As a senator, Obama opposed President Bush’s surge stating:  “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there.  In fact, I think it will do the reverse.  I think it takes pressure off the Iraqis to arrive at the sort of political accommodation that every observer believes is the ultimate solution to the problems we face there.  So I am going to actively oppose the president’s proposal.”  History proved Obama wrong.  The surge worked.

Withdrawing all Troops from Iraq – Since before being elected president, Obama made a commitment to withdraw all American troops from Iraq quickly.  This has been a cornerstone to his policies and politics since, ignoring potential consequences.  His statements include:

  • “….. with the goal of removing all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31, 2008.”
  • If we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am President, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home.  We will bring an end to this war.  You can take that to the bank.”
  • Let me say this as plainly as I can: By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end.”
  • Today I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.”

Adding an explanation point to his promise to get out of Iraq, Obama said in the fall of 2012:  “I said I’d end the war in Iraq,  I ended it”.  It is evident that Obama did not end the war in Iraq.  Instead, by withdrawing all assets he left a power vacuum that has been filled by Islamic terrorists.  Now he is forced to reintroduce assets from a degraded strategic position and at greater cost.  The request for authorization to use military force in Iraq includes:

“The President is authorized, subject to the limitations in subsection (c), to use the Armed Forces of the United States as the President determines to be necessary and appropriate against ISIL or associated persons or forces as defined in section.” … This is a broad authorization.  The request proves that Obama’s decision to withdraw from Iraq was premature and led to increased violence in that country, as well as the greater region, and now requires that the United States go back in to clean up the mess.

Obama’s naïve view of America’s role in the world, foreign policy and the Middle East is now apparent.  He came into office believing that by merely changing the way we project power will improve not only America’s worldwide stature, but are security.  These conclusions have been proven fallacious.  The Middle East is more dangerous to American interests than it has been in modern history.  In addition, America has thrown so many allies under the bus in the past six years that are stature worldwide has declined.  Incredibly, President Obama continues to maintain that his policies have been successful.  This is either an indication of delusionary thinking or blatant misrepresentation.

Posted in Iraq, Syria | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Harvard Students Claim United States Greater world Threat than ISIS

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 6, 2014

A few weeks ago Campus Reform went to Harvard University and asked students who they felt was the greater risk to the world; the United States or ISIS.  Some indicated that the US was the greater threat and claimed that American policies were responsible for the creation of radical Islamic movements such as ISIS.  Some Harvard students then followed up on this “study” creating their own video questionnaire and found similar responses, videos posted below.

Harvard University is renowned as perhaps the most famous and supposedly intellectual colleges in the United States.  The skills exhibited by some of the students in the videos bring into questions these conclusions.

It is remarkable that students from this prestigious University believe the United States responsible for radical Islam and the infighting within its subgroups.  Had these students studied world history instead of the phony academics that make up much of today’s college curriculums they would have been taught that the Sunni–Shia divide that is led to so much conflict within the Islamic world began shortly after the death of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed in 632 with infighting over the secession to the Prophet.  They would also learned that this conflict began over 1100 years before the founding of the United States.

 

Posted in Education, Islam | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Leftist Piers Morgan Slams Obama

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 2, 2014

By the day more rats are leaving a sinking ship. This week it was former CNN host, Leftist Piers Morgan, who jumped ship.

Jamie TregidgoSince leaving CNN, Leftist commentator Morgan was named editor-at-large of MailOnline. In a scathing column for MailOnline, Morgan says that Obama “committed professional suicide” when went on 60 Minutes and blamed the intelligence community for ISIS gains in the Middle East and further said that the President “single-handedly alienate 200,000 employees in the American intelligence agencies by going on 60 Minutes and ruthlessly chucking them all under a bus over the rise of terror group ISIS.” On this issue Morgan concludes that the President’s action was “a more shameless, reprehensible display of buck-passing it would be hard to find from a sitting President”.

Adding insult to injury, Morgan concludes by admonishing Obama that “it’s time he got off the damn golf course, got up to speed with his intelligence briefings and focused on wiping out ISIS,” before they wipe out more of the people he serves.”

President Obama likely yearns for the good old days when mainly those on the Right criticized his policies and style. As for Morgan and other Leftist in the mainstream media; shame on you. Six years into a presidency you finally begin to speak up on the incompetent and narcissistic behavior of the man. You must also accept responsibility in a failed presidency.

Posted in Mainstream Media, President Obama | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »