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Don't take your eye off the target: Afghanistan

Middle East map of the hot zone
Middle East map of the hot zone
Screenshot, Google Maps

While the Middle East is burning amid sectarian violence and political dismemberment, the U.S. is ready to pump $60 billion into Afghanistan, according to DefenseNews. It may be that Afghanistan will become the new base of operations for attending the counterterrorism combat needs in the region. Obama may have wanted to escape, just like he did in Iraq, but counterrorism needs overpower the needs to shrink America’s aggressive foreign policy.

Afghanistan isn’t the best place to be because you have to fly over Iran to get to where the big action is in Iraq and Syria. However, it is imperative to achieve stability on the eastern front with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The new “hot zone” is where an estimated 10,000 ISIS fighters roam a wide area. Radical ISIS terrorists, insurgents, and Sunni allies are the immediate target.

How can you save Iraq as a nation?

  1. Reduce the number of ISIS fighters
  2. Force ISIS into retreat
  3. Engage Sunni fighters by bringing them back into the political process

What is the will of Iran and Syria toward this end?

  1. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could care less about Iraq
  2. He does care about winning national integrity for Syria under his rule
  3. Syria needs to eliminate ISIS
  4. Iran cares about the power of its theocracy and Shia leadership
  5. Iran wants Shiites in power in Iraq
  6. Iran wants to eliminate ISIS

There are other nations in the region that are affected by ISIS and civil wars that have evolved into sectarian violence among religious and ethnic factions.

Jordan is an American ally.

“Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north, and Palestine, the Dead Sea and Israel to the west.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan

While they are at it, they will throw a $ billion bone to Europe to keep Putin at bay.

“White House to Request $60B for Afghanistan in 2015
Jun. 25, 2014 - 07:08PM
By MARCUS WEISGERBER

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday will ask the US Congress for $60 billion to fund military operations in Afghanistan and other global contingencies, Defense News has learned.
The Pentagon would receive about $58.5 billion through the 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) request. A separate $1.5 billion budget amendment is being requested for State Department contingency funding, according to a source with knowledge of the spending plan.

Pentagon and White House Office of Management and Budget officials were not immediately available for comment.
The Defense Department and the State Department will also request $5 billion, part of a new counterterrorism fund, which President Barack Obama said he would include in the OCO budget during his commencement address at West Point in May. Of that, $4 billion would go toward DoD and $1 billion toward State. The spending plan that will go to Capitol Hill Thursday will include very few details about how DoD and State would spend that money, the source said.

The spending request will also include $1 billion to boost US military presence in Europe.”

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140625/CONGRESSWATCH/306250034/White-House-Request-60B-Afghanistan-2015