Dr Alf’s question relates to Tony Blair, who is respected in America, however, the armaments manufacturers on the Washington “Beltway” and the jobs they create plus lobbying from our own BAE Defence Systems are an even more powerful voice who want to sell arms to the same people who are financing ISIS.
For the time being, the Obama calculus may very well be let ISIS, Boko Haram and others rampage but put no boots on the ground until he is ready to leave office in November 2016, after which the problem is someone else’s.
If in the meantime, Syria falls and the next domino on the Middle East chessboard, Iran remains in the cross hairs, then so much the better for Obama who can argue that he has no mandate from a war-weary US public to put “boots on the ground”.
The reality is that the money does not flow to ISIS directly but goes via a Turkish bank in London and then to Turkey which is in league with ISIS by supplying logistics, using its hospitals and doctors to treat ISIS fighters.
Other money for ISIS comes from looting and plundering the areas they conquer, the application of taxes on the conquered populations (the ones they don’t kill) and from sales of oil.
Like Tony Blair, I think these people are at war with us already, and our response has been and still is limp-wristed and inadequate.
However, Obama is a man who vacillates and dithers, so I expect him to play the waiting game, wash his hands of the affair in latter day Pontius Pilate style and drive off on his golf buggy into the Californian sunset in 2016.