Unfortunately, Obama foreign policy gave legs to ISIS and it did spread. Actions against them in Iraq by Iraqi military and Kurds with American air power is stemming the tide in the strategic area around the large dam and hydroelectric location.
Iraqi Shiites and Kurds need to attract moderate Sunnis to a significant level to defend the federal state of Iraq.
Because ISIS exists across nation state boundaries and in multiple spots, the U.S. and free world allies must develop a unified foreign policy to eradicate the Islamic State and its root reasons for existence.
The foreign policy cannot be slapped together in between rounds of golf. American foreign policy in the Middle East is grossly deficient by evidence all over the place. A comprehensive review is essential with bipartisan participation to complete and redirect it. The present outcomes and trajectory of events are unacceptable.
Call for more brain power
One glaring omission in the development of foreign policy is contribution from scholars who have direct experience in each nation state, and among various sects. It is essential to address details that affect understanding:
- sustainable economies
- democratic governments
- regional security
- ideological conflicts
- various forms of discrimination
- root causes
Marco Rubio is not exaggerating.
“Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called the "brutal execution" of a hostage "the clearest indication to date that ISIL has declared war on the United States."”
With whom are we at war Senator?
- Islamic State
- Sunni Muslims
- Shia Muslims
- Nation states that support terrorist organizations (Which ones?)
- Al Qaeda
Foreign policy does not come in sentences and small briefings. The President and Congress must complete and explain U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.