US looks to Turkey to cut Islamic State oil revenue – Sydney Morning Herald

English: WEST POINT, N.Y. (Dec. 1, 2009) Presi...

English: WEST POINT, N.Y. (Dec. 1, 2009) President Barack Obama walks to the lectern to present his strategy on Afghanistan during a live televised address to the nation at West Point. (U.S. Army photo Tommy Gilligan/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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via US looks to Turkey to cut Islamic State oil revenue.

Without Turkey’s active participation, Obama‘s so-called “strategy” for ISIS already looks to be at risk. Obama’s strategy speech was not well received in the Middle East, where many believe that the US is responsible for ISIS, after premature departure of US troops from Iraq.

Elsewhere in the news, we can see that the Iraqi government is restricting US bombing of civilian areas, including ISIS controlled towns.

Meanwhile, hours ago ISIS has released details of the beheading of the British hostage, a former aide-worker. The World will be looking for an effective response.

Let me raise some open questions:

  1. Is Obama’s current “strategy for defeating ISIS” already destined for failure?
  2. Surely, the only viable strategy is for the US to take the gloves off and deploy America’s full military capability, including ground troops?


One response

  1. When you have a dangerous cancer in your midst you need to act with precision and extreme severity to eradicate it.

    Taking away people’s passports and sending in advisors is not enough.

    In addition to Dr Alf’s prognosis of “take the gloves off”, we have to stop pretending that ISIS fighters are Muslims or UK citizens or citizens of any country or that they have “rights”.

    By declaring allegiance to a new state, demanding Sharia law and killing people who do not follow them they are self declared traitors, seditionists, murderers and engaged in incitement to murder.
    People seduced by their rhetoric need to know that once they leave here or their country of origin they have a price on their head and are doomed.

    The SAS and America’s Blackwater, Executive Outcomes, Saladin Security Services and anyone willing to take the risk should be tasked with removing ISIS members and any passport holders who have joined up with “extreme prejudice”.

    ISIS members in the open need to be targeted with the latest military technology.

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