Thinking Aloud: ISIS Strategy, Can It Work?

Not What You Might Think

Sept. 11, 2014 by Darius 

Last night, President Obama delivered a major speech outlining US plans to go after ISIS.  According to Obama, the US will support local forces through airstrikes and supplies to defeat ISIS on the ground.  He also said that the US will not hesitate to take the fight to ISIS in Syria as well.

This represents an excellent opportunity to end ISIS as a major threat.  All the pieces are there; all that needs to be done is to not mess it up.

The US has succeeded with something very much like Obama’s proposal before: the campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan shortly after the events of September 11, 2001.  There, US air power pulverized Taliban fighters as Afghan allies swept across the country, coming to control all of Afghanistan within a few months.  The fight against ISIS can be even easier.  However, we all…

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