Iranian religious fighters see the fight against ISIS as a great way to subjugate the Sunni areas of Iraq and bring them under Iran’s influence and even control.
Can one support freedom and security for both majorities and minorities? This is the biggest question looming over U.S. policy in the Middle East, particularly for our involvement in Syria.
Defeating ISIS would most likely necessitate a holistic, long-term approach in Iraq along the lines of the 2007 surge. But this would cost the president significant political capital.
If the U.S. is going to wage war against ISIS, it should be effective. That means more air power to prevent our Middle East concerns from totally imploding
Washington’s foolish approaches to the Islamic State will not destroy them or discourage others from following in their footsteps.
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