The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday voted to authorize President Obama’s war against the Islamic State group – the first vote in Congress to explicitly grant him war powers in the U.S. battle against the militant extremists.
The vote was 10-8, with most Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.
The authorization would be limited to three years and would require the administration to report on the fight against IS every 60 days. He said a three-year time limit would allow Obama and the next president time to assess the situation and make decisions about whether and how to continue military action against IS.
Republicans are opposed because the president has not articulated his vision. The war has no definition.
We should also mention that no one has a clue as to what is going on.
There is a wall of silence around the war in Iraq and that is being orchestrated by our “transparent” president. We simply don’t know what is going on. There are a few possible reasons for this, one being that it is failing and another could be the people we have chosen to partner with are terrorists.
The U.S. has launched more than 1,000 air raids against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, many of them have been against targets as insignificant as pickup trucks with guns. Meanwhile, ISIS has grown from 10,000 strong to, by the accounts of Kurds, to 200,000.
The U.S. claims 60 allies but little is known about their activities. There is a veil of silence around the war against ISIS.
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad , though not a reliable reporter, told Paris Match magazine that strikes were ineffective. “You can’t end terrorism with aerial strikes,” he told the magazine in comments published today. “Troops on the ground that know the land and can react are essential. That is why there haven’t been any tangible results in the two months of strikes led by the coalition,” The Independent reported early December.
The U.S. is allegedly working to counter ISIS propaganda with their coalition partners. They are still talking about it as the ISIS numbers grow.
NATO, which has grown very weak under Obama, has had no role. There is talk of having them train Iraqi soldiers which has not worked in the decade we’ve trained Iraqi soldiers.
In October, reports ran saying that the war against ISIS was in tatters.
By mid-October, ISIS captured almost all the cities and towns it did not already hold in Anbar province. It’s a vast area. The Iraqi army was useless, abandoned their posts, and held true-to-form.
We’ve aligned ourselves with the new Iraqi government which looks exactly like the old Iraqi government with al-Maliki as vice president instead of president.
The army we’ve trained in Iraqi were “ghosts” most often. They joined for the salary but rarely show up for work.
Iraqi News reports that 1700 files of corruption belonging to Al-Maliki’s staff have disappeared after the new government hired thousands of “ghost” employees in the Defense and Interior departments who are in charge of investigating the Maliki government.
Fuad Hussein, chief of staff of the Kurdish President Massoud Barzani told The Independent in November that there were about 200,000 ISIS fighters. He said they rule a third of Iraq and Syria with a population of about 12 million in an area the size of Great Britain which gives the “jihadis a large pool of potential recruits”.
He said they are mobilizing young recruits from these areas. Hussein said they are fighting in Kobani, Kurdistan, Ramadi and Jalawla, and other cities and towns. It wouldn’t be possible to do it with only 35,000 as the U.S. recently stated.
This makes it all the more obvious that ISIS could not be eliminated from the air.
There are other reasons Mr. Obama would choose to ignore the war on ISIS. He has formed alliances with at least one terrorist state – Iran – and he is supplying funds and arms to “moderate” groups that include terrorists.
McClatchy posted an article titled, U.S. providing little information to judge progress against Islamic State, and in it they quote Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a research center in Washington, saying, “The U.S. is working with the Iranians in Iraq. You’ve got the Shiite militias in control until the Iraqi army is standing. And, of course, in Syria you have our so-called Mideast allies and the U.S. in some ways helping Bashar Assad. I think that is the reason you don’t see as much information coming to the forefront,” he said.
The Pentagon isn’t releasing detailed information and they are reporting less frequently. Reporters can’t get much data and Congress reports knowing little.