Regular correspondents of this space may have wondered why I haven’t been writing more recently about the events in Iraq and Syria. (Or Afghanistan, for that matter.)
The short answer is: because it’s too depressing to watch the Obama administration repeating every mistake of Kennedy and Johnson in Vietnam, but from a posture of greater weakness, greater foolishness, and – bonus! – apparent hatred for the United States.
Who wants to write about that?
We’ve reached the point at which there is nothing positive or hopeful to say. I think most readers realize that, even if they can’t fully articulate what the problems seem to be. Obama is quite literally doing nothing right, in his political-military approach to these hot spots of the Middle East. There’s nothing in his policy to work with.
The recent raid on the Islamic State prison, in which Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler, a member of the Army’s Delta Force, was killed, is an illustrative case. It cross-cuts two major concerns: the purpose of U.S. involvement (the most important), and the extent of U.S. involvement, including whether we’re “in combat” or not.
Obama has been backing into the situation from the second perspective, which is what we call a bass-ackward approach. Are we in combat yet? Are we in combat yet? Are we in combat yet? The administration has allowed the proposition to be framed with that question, which the media are obediently asking. It’s all very passive-aggressive, like this administration’s approach to so many things.
But the important question is what we’re seeking to accomplish. What’s our purpose, our goal, our objective?
It sure ain’t degrading and defeating ISIS.