US-led air strikes in northern Syria have failed to interrupt the advance of Islamic State (Isis) fighters closing in on a key city on the Turkish border. That answers the question whether or not, the determination of ISIS with American air strikes alone is effective.
Almost two weeks after the Pentagon extended its aerial campaign from Iraq to neighboring Syria in an attempt to take on Isis militants in their desert strongholds, Kurdish fighters said the bombing campaign was having little impact in driving them back.
Air strikes alone are really not enough to defeat Isis in Kobani or elsewhere which the Kurdish fighters desperately are trying to defend from the advancing militants. They are besieging the city on three sides, and fighter jets simply cannot hit each and every Isis fighter on the ground.
ISIS has stepped up it s game while Obama steps off and not bringing in our troops to move to a ground attack while our allies are at the ready.
Even the Pentagon has reported daily on its aerial missions over Iraq and Syria since first deciding to go after Isis two months ago that it can not pinpoint exact locations.
It is obvious that the aerial bombardment is not sufficient to turn the tide on the ground and the U.S. has unsettled those in the US-led coalition, including the UK government, who have signed on with the air war and not taking the ground fight to Isis.
In Washington, military hawks continue to argue for an escalation of the war in Syria and Iraq with the deployment of US ground troops – a move that Barack Obama has repeatedly ruled out.
The strategy of aerial bombardment is not going to work to destroy Isil You cannot destroy Isil without a ground component. The UK echoes these words that air power alone will not win a campaign like this. They also ceased the air strikes into Syria.
The FSA (Free Syria Army) is joining now the YPG with the Turks that is currently battling ISIS in Kobani. Turkish tanks right now have took up positions on the Syrian border while Obama sits back posturing and unwilling to join a coalition on the ground who is calling on the international community to defend Kobani and other areas and countries and end ISIS. If Isis takes Kobani, they will be right on the border with Turkey.
The countries who surround Iraq are Saudi Arabia (home of Osama bin Laden), Turkey, Iran, and Kuwait. Countries like the UK was the last to join the coalition with countries who are already in the coalition like Australia, Germany, France, Netherlands, Turkey (offering assistance but no military aid), Saudi Arabia (training and land support), Belgium, Canada, Jordan, (providing Intel), Egypt, Qatar, Albania, Estonia, Hungary, Bahrain, Denmark and Italy.
Turkey, the key neighboring country with military might to crush ISIS has tanks at the Iraq border and is at the ready to begin a ground attack. Turkey has a very strong military force. Other countries are at the ready while Obama is posturing.
One would think that with so many countries acting in concert, we would be able to crush ISIS systemactically with limited loss of life with our coalition forces. The end game is evident. We need to accomplish two goals; exterminate every ISIS member and create a coalition force to root out and exterminate all larvae from these maggot groups.
Obama has taken some steps against ISIS, namely bombing strikes in Iraq. But he must do more. He understimated ISIS and overestimated Iraqi might as we in turn have overestimated US leadership.
Perhaps ISIS will be a wake-up call for this president. Perhaps he will do the right thing. He should be pressing our allies as hard as he can to join the fight.
Obama is writing and saying some of the right things. Now let’s see what he’ll actually do.