Let’s get past the Republican Bull Shit….
President Obama is on his way to acheving what he promised…
Defeating the group called ISIS/ISIL or the Islamic State….
The Amnerican President has used American Special Forces in combat and as ‘military adviosors’ to do this….
These action are across two countries….
Syria and Iraq….
Neither of these countries have the military might or resolve across relgious (Shia vs Sunni) views to hold on their recapured land themselves….And to deal with outside influence of those like Iran, Russia, and Yes …America and the West….and of course al Qaeda….
What comes Next?
It may be tempting fate to ask the question, but it must be asked all the same: What happens once Islamic State falls? The future of the Middle East may well depend on who fills the void that it leaves behind both on the ground and, perhaps more important, in the imagination of jihadists around the world.
As we mark the 15th anniversary this weekend of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, one likely consequence of the demise of ISIS (as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is often known) will be to revive its ideological rival, al Qaeda, which opposed Mr. Baghdadi’s ambitions from the start. Al Qaeda may yet unleash a fresh wave of terrorist attacks in the West and elsewhere—as may the remnants of Islamic State, eager to show that they still matter.
“Simply having ISIS go away doesn’t mean that the jihadist problem goes away,” said Daniel Benjamin of Dartmouth College, who served as the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator during the Obama administration. “Eliminating the caliphate will be an achievement—but more likely, it will be just the end of the beginning rather than the beginning of the end.”
What made Islamic State unique—and, until recently, so appealing to many young, disaffected Muslims—is that it managed to create an actual state in Syria and Iraq……