How the heck can we coordinate Syrian rebels against ISIS with nobody on the ground?

One of the problems with America outsourcing its national security to Islamist rebel militias is that you clearly have no loyalty. The growing concern has to be how long will this “arming and training” phase take for the Syrian rebels? In the meantime, we watch a savage terrorist army grow. If we had dealt ISIS an immediate and decisive blow back in January, perhaps this force would not be in the position of having gained and maintained terrain as it has done.

As well, we know ISIS is earning around $1 million dollars each day in black market oil revenues, which enables it to consolidate its gains and expand its recruiting efforts globally.

So we must consider the exponential growth of ISIS as we dither about considering the arming and training, and ultimately the command and control relationships in order to execute this mission. Furthermore, what will be the objectives on the ground and will they adjust if ISIS does grow in strength?

ISIS now possesses heavy armor, so shall we be able to effectively arm and train rebels — with questionable allegiances — to combat such a potent force? And truthfully, will Sunni Islamist militias fight against Sunni ISIS? I think not, because their real enemies, as ISIS has confirmed, are Shiites.

And if, as Obama has stated, there will be no U.S. combat mission, how can we possibly coordinate operations? Perhaps Obama himself will be doing so from the White House — shades of Lyndon Johnson and McNamara in the Vietnam War — perhaps that’s why Obama has handpicked retired U.S. Marine General Allen to be HIS lead on the ISIS strategy. Folks, that ain’t how it’s supposed to work.

Obama fails to comprehend strategic orientations: terrain versus enemy. He keeps reminding us all that this — well, whatever it is – isn’t like Afghanistan or Iraq but then fails to articulate what it is. We have no operational name, no clear objectives (please don’t give me the degrade and destroy diatribe), and no declaration of war or combat action — oops, forgot, we are not engaging in combat.

So how do we make any sense of this muddled mess unfolding before our eyes — the outsourcing of our national security?

My assessment? The Obama administration will try to make this all up as they go along and further confuse even themselves as they struggle to define anything being endeavored. Defintions continue to change and what exactly are forward deployed troops in advisory roles — or whatever they call it? Just to give you some insight, we have forward deployed troops in Germany who work with coalition forces advising and training them at maneuver grounds such as Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr. Is this another overseas contingency operation to contend with a man-caused disaster — or is this workplace violence?

On the Fox News online defense program DEFCON 3, former Undersecretary of Defense KT MacFarland interviewed Andrew Taber of The Washington Institute, who brings up some interesting issues on lines of coordination, which you can watch here.

I was recently interviewed on an Iowa radio show and during the call-in portion some chucklehead dialing in with Bush derangement syndrome actually asked what was my mission back in 2003 in Iraq. Well, we had written a unit level operation order that was part of the overall 4th Infantry Division scheme of maneuver and we had conducted several large-scale rehearsals. Even our three-day convoy into Iraq, just north of Baghdad, from Kuwait was rehearsed. As the combat mission shifted to the next phase of stability and support operations, we continue to refine our daily task/purpose and mission to ensure we were nested in with the division mission.

The problem here though, is that no one has a doggone clue what the strategic mission, commanders’ intent, key tasks, and end state are in this unnamed, very significant, counter-terrorism operation with many moving parts conducted over a long period of time.

This is what happens when politics tries to operate on the battlefield. And as for technology, well, we had all that in Vietnam — but without a clear strategic vision, and with the assistance of the anti-war Left, a beaten enemy won the propaganda war while our brave men in the field won the tactical war. So just as the killing fields of Pol Pot and the Khymer Rouge ensued, so has been the emergence of ISIS.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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MagicMatt
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Sunni militia’s we “support” will go after Bashar al-Assad (an Alawite) and not fellow Salifist Sunni ISIS…

Who does not understand this, Obama must know?

aemoreira81
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Going after Assad might not be the worst move in the world…after all, if you eliminate ISIS first, you still have a Russian client state that is now an economic threat to NATO.

Syn Hope
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu3lYK6OmMI

If you have children, parents, sisters, brothers, please watch this. God bless America. Live for Christ. Would you?

Surly Curmudgen
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He will use this to rearm and supply intelligence to ISIL and then when called on it will claim ” i did not know that until I saw it on TV”

Syn Hope
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu3lYK6OmMI

If you have children, parents, sisters, brothers, please watch this. God bless America. Live for Christ. Wake up. Watch the above clip.

Jeffrey Crisp
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Not to mention that once you take these supposed Syrian rebels out of Syria to “train” them in Saudi Arabia, it will leave a vacuum so that ISIS can march right in and take over. These idiots really don’t think strategically at all.

jaswim
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I support this war, but I don’t support it’s handling. Our President and many in the public don’t want boots on the ground. Looking at those he plans on serving the role of combat troops makes me more than a little nervous. Are these really people we can trust? I have a few other questions as well. 1) Are we currently increasing our military since Obama was handing out pink slips and downsizing our forces prior to the beheading of Foley, if we’re not, I would like to know why? 2) Why are we sending 3,000 troops to Africa during… Read more »
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Syn Hope
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu3lYK6OmMI

If you have children, parents, sisters, brothers, please watch this. God bless America. We live for America, we die for America.

jaswim
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Not sure what you’re msg to me is, but as I stated I support this war. As the daughter of a deceased Korean War and Vietnam War Vet, I agree with being willing to die for country. However, as the mother of two son’s I would want the questions I listed answered. War strategy should be approached from a military standpoint not a political one. That means the advice of our Generals should be taken. We have a President who has trouble defining the enemy and Kerry who wanted to call it something different than a war. Wars should be… Read more »
Syn Hope
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu3lYK6OmMI

If you have children, parents, sisters, brothers, please watch this. God bless America.

William
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I think the troops that have been sent are there to coordinate and assist in the war. Why else would he be sending US soldiers to Iraq again.

aemoreira81
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Two words: clandestine operations. This will largely be a CIA operation if you ask me, as Obama has likely already made the decision that Assad has to go first (to get rid of the Russian influence and to chase Gazprom out of Syria)…and then ISIS will be defeated.

Southern Xposure
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You are right, we have been here before … and have learned zilch. How Sadam Hussein got into power and many others. You don’t hand over the weapons.