With the support of U.S. air strikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the Mosul dam. Previous strikes had relieved the siege of Mount Sinjar and helped the Kurds retake two strategic towns that had opened the road to a possible Islamic State assault on Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan.
In following through, Obama demonstrated three things: the effectiveness of even limited U.S. power, the vulnerability of the Islamic State, and, crucially, his own seriousness, however tentative.
The last of these is the most important. Obama had said that there was no American military solution to the conflict. This may be true, but there is a local military solution. And that solution requires U.S. air support.
My, my. Interesting thought, that ISIL was a paper tiger, not a strong horse, and that US air power could devastate it…
I guess you have to be a famous thinker and public intellectual like Krauthammer to come up with something like that.
I didn’t expect ISIL to hang around much after US bombs started falling, and the Pesh Merga received fresh stores of ammo.
It is in the neocon’s best interests to pretend that ISIL is some sort of unstoppable force, rather than what they really are: a loose organization of moderately trained religious fanatics, under-armed, under-equipped, and incapable of holding any static location in the face of modern weaponry and tactics, and modern, organized militaries.
In short, I’m not surprised at this. As soon as we started getting serious about killing these ISIL guys, I expected them to fade into the shadows like the barbarian cockroaches they are.
Maybe I should become a public intellectual, since so many of them seem to borrow from me.