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Friday, September 19, 2014

Evil ISIS must be destroyed in spite of incompetent Iraqi military - Muslims must unite against terrorism

ISIS should never have erupted to infect the world condition. 

Yet, now that this barbaric movement has taken hold with heinous executions, it certainly must be destroyed.

Nevertheless, as the Christian Science Monitor reports, it's difficult to train the incompetent Iraqi military.

Meanwhile, the number of Muslims living in the Middle East Arab nations overwhelmingly outnumber the evil ISIS terrorists. 

By sheer numbers alone, a united Arab effort should completely eradicate the ISIS terrorists, taking out every last one of them. Americans shouldn't need to put US military "boots on the ground" to defeat ISIS. Arab nations have the numbers and the capacity to destroy ISIS, without any outside help. Instead, American military efforts are strategically needed to arm Syrian rebels and defeat President Assad's assault on his own people.   

Fighting Islamic State: Why US training of Iraqi forces will be harder this time

Fully half of all current Iraqi security forces 'are not trainable,' because they are too sectarian, says Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno. And it could take years to win back the trust of Sunni tribes. By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
The US military’s efforts to train Iraqi soldiers to take on jihadist insurgents is going to be harder than it was during the Iraq War, the nation’s top Army officer warned Friday.  That’s in large part because fully half of all current Iraqi security forces “are not trainable because of the sectarian nature” of their politics, says Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, who was also a former commander of US troops in Iraq.
The Iraqi military is rife with Shiite militia members who must either be ferreted out of the force or retrained.
General Odierno’s remarks echoed the estimates of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, who said that roughly 26 of the 50 Iraqi Army brigades will be competent partners for the US military. (Unfortunately, it's difficult for Americans to rely on this report because the most reliable indicator of future performance is how these troops responded in the past; so, I rest my case.
The capable forces “appear to have a national instinct, instead of a sectarian instinct,” he told the Associated Press this week. The other half of these forces do not.

This could represent a sizable challenge ahead for US troops who are being sent to retrain the Iraqi forces – an operation that could take upward of three years, Odierno said Friday in remarks at a Center for Media and Security breakfast.

In the meantime, the US military would be well-advised to “have better focus” on the Kurdish forces, known as the peshmerga, in the north. The peshmerga gained a reputation as particularly capable fighters among US troops serving in Iraq during the war.

The problem is that, for years, the Iraqi government “limited what we could do with the peshmerga,” Odierno said. Concerned that the Kurdish forces in the north would become too strong, former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki did his best to keep the resources they received to a minimum.
"We now have to make sure that the peshmerga through the Iraqi government gets trained, so they can contribute.”

The Sunni tribes in the west also have to be convinced to pull their support from Islamic State and give it to the Iraqi government once again. This job, however, is “going to be more difficult than it was the first time,” Odierno warned, “because you now have to rebuild the trust that was lost.” (Sunni support for the Islamic State must immediately be fixed!)

However, even if many of the Iraqi fighters who have skilled honed in years of counterinsurgency warfare come together – with the help of US airstrikes and intelligence – to fight IS forces, it still may require US ground forces, Odierno said – a warning that Dempsey has issued as well, which many pointed to as contrary to the White House assurances that these operations would require no “boots on the ground.”

Air strikes alone will not defeat IS, he said. While the goal is to have well-trained Iraqi troops along with – eventually – a Syrian fighting force made up of “moderate” Muslims, it may not be enough, Odierno acknowledged.

Arab countries would ideally contribute to the fight, but “none have stepped up yet.” (Outrageus!)

So, “if sometime, someday” defeating IS “might mean US [ground] forces, that might be something we recommend.”

What is clear, Odierno stressed, is that “it’s going to take some time to do this – it’s going to take a long period of time.”
In my opinion, without the benefit of clandestine intelligence, the incompetent Iraqi military will be subject to enormous bribes by evil ISIS for the purpose of turning over any US military as a hostage. Arab nations must defeat ISIS, without putting at risk any US military who could become the hostages of terrorism.  
Instead, US military efforts should be targeted toward defending Syrian rebels, while providing support for Arab nations to unite against the evil ISIS.
Nevertheless, regardless of who provides "boots on the ground", the fact is, the United States is at war with Muslim extremists who are barbaric terrorists.

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