Lord West argues that because the Islamic State is weaker in Iraq, he would suggest that international and indigenous troops try to defeat it there before taking the fight to within Syria.
Lord West’s analysis is crystal clear. It analyses the current coalition forces – note the absence of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries.
It stresses the need for a political solution to Syria which recognizes the important of Assad in the short-term.
BUT for me, the critical words from Lord West are:
In the meantime, we should confront states such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey which have financed IS and bought its oil supplies on the black market.
This article cuts through the postering and procrastinating of political leaders. For sure, US military experts share Lord West’s analysis but they have been effectively muzzled by the Obama regime.
It’s time for proper public debate and analysis as the allies up the stakes in the war against ISIS.
Most critically, the mainstream media must challenge Saudi Arabia and Turkey for providing indirect support to ISIS.