Current US Islamic State Strategy:
The current Obama Administration’s strategic policy formulation regarding ISIL appears to be mirroring the much criticised Bush policy of 2003.
The tired path of piecemeal deployments of assets to Middle Eastern wars without unambiguously identifying the Enemy, including the implicit enemy; a Mission ; and an Extraction plan, appears to be being trodden once more. The obvious threats that ISIL represents not only to the West but more to the point the current ruling paradigm of the whole Middle East.
For the West to engage in what is a millennium long religious war between Arab and non Arab Muslims, between Sunni Muslims and Shi’a Muslims, between Persians and Arabs, between neo-Ottoman Turks and their former satraps, between Middle Eastern non-Muslim and Muslims, between secularists and religious, between tyrants and religious fundamentalists, the US and West should take heed of history before overtly involving themselves, in this martial ‘witch’s brew . Continue reading
SUPPRESSED INFORMATION BY THE PENTAGON EXPOSED
Chemical weapons were found by U.S. forces in Iraq, but the Pentagon kept the findings a secret, the New York Times reported Tuesday evening.
According to the Times , from 2004 to 2011 American troops repeatedly encountered chemical munitions in the Middle Eastern country. In at least six cases, coalition forces were even wounded by the weapons from the Saddam Hussein era, the Times reported.
BOOTS GET CLOSER TO THE GROUND as the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, the Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.
Officials have not identified the division that will deploy — the first division headquarters to go to Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in 2011.
An official announcement is expected in the coming days. But Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno recently confirmed the Army “will send another division headquarters to Iraq to control what we’re doing there, a small headquarters.”
It’s unclear how many soldiers will be sent, or how long they will deploy. Division headquarters average between 100 and 500 soldiers and deploy for one year.