After the nation gasped in reaction to the President’s admission that his foreign policy and military strategy for dealing with the Middle East is incomplete, Politico produced a multipage description of strategies to fill the void. Jumping into strategies in the absence of a policy framework is unacceptable, however, Politico asked for contributions from those who are more engaged in strategic capacities. Let’s assess.
President Obama’s outcome statement is justice served to the Islamic State. That is not an adequate outcome. It is not representative of overarching and comprehensive policy for which he has had years to complete. In my book, Smart Data, Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy © 2010 Wiley, I critiqued the President’s initial outcomes, pointing out incompleteness and correcting them with suggestions. The same problems persist because he has no experience and isn’t learning from being in office as this circumstance illustrates.
What Americans need and want is a nation that is 100% secure from terrorist threats like the ones which are sourced to the Islamic State. The Islamic State has declared war against the U.S. and is an "imminent threat" as characterized by Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey.
The President is so paranoid about having to conduct more war such as in Iraq, that he is refusing to assess and address the situation objectively and comprehensively. It is his job to determine our foreign policy and military capacity as well as financial capacity to keep America 100% secure. He has become so insecure in doing this that he is failing to execute his job. For that, critics have ammunition to impeach him for responsibility avoidance.
Impeachment is more of a distraction in these dangerous times, so it is better to keep his feet to the fire to produce comprehensive Middle East foreign policy and strategy. Americans can help by keeping Congresses feet to the fire to work with the President to accomplish this essential job.
From Politico, here is a list of six suggested strategies. Read the Politico article for details because Politics Examiner is working on its own story.
- Bomb the Islamic State, By Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, a retired Air Force major general, is professor and executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law.
- Strike the Enemy, Arm the Rebels: Michael Hirsh summarizes the Senator John McCain strategy.
- Root Out Extremist Ideology, By Douglas Feith: Douglas J. Feith, who served as under secretary of defense for policy from 2001 to 2005, is director of the Center for National Security Strategies at Hudson Institute.
- Get America’s Friends On Board, By Lt. Gen. David Barno, a retired Army lieutenant general, and senior fellow and co-director of the Responsible Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security.
- Lead a Diplomatic and Economic Offensive, By Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, a retired Army major general, is a senior adviser at the National Security Network.
- A (Nearly) All-of-the-Above Approach, By Adm. James Stavridis, a retired Navy admiral and dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Doug Feith’s strategy is closest to what would be a policy. It just depends on what he means by “rooting out extreme ideology.” Admiral James Stavridis would get an “A +” grade for completeness in addressing the assignment. The military view offers strategies short of a higher level policy framework. Politico offers much in this article.
“Six Strategies Obama Could Use to Fight the Islamic State
The president says he doesn’t have a plan yet. So we asked defense bigwigs for some ideas.
By POLITICO MAGAZINE
August 29, 2014
After a summer in which Islamic State militants have rampaged through Iraq and Syria, declared an Islamic caliphate, recruited extremists from abroad and claimed credit for decapitating American journalist James Foley, President Obama vowed earlier this week that “justice will be done” to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL or simply the Islamic State—a group that Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey have called an “imminent threat” to the United States with an “apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision.”
But the president has long resisted getting “dragged back into another ground war in Iraq,” as he recently reiterated, and in a White House press conference on Thursday, he made clear he has not yet made up his mind about how exactly to counter the terrorist group, aside from dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to talk with other countries in the region and tasking Hagel and Dempsey to “prepare a range of options.” Asked whether he would get approval from Congress before potentially going into Syria, Obama said it would depend what kind of intervention, if any, the United States pursues: “We don’t have a strategy yet,” he admitted.
While the president deliberates, we at Politico Magazine decided to ask for some suggestions, and so went to some of the country’s top defense thinkers—hailing from the military brass to the Pentagon to Congress. Here’s what they think Obama’s strategy should look like.”