In my gut, the whole sudden emergency that is ISIS just feels, Idk, wrong somehow. Like the buildup to the Iraq war.From Andrew Sullivan: http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/09/09/not-mission-creep-mission-gallop/and from the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/10/american-fear-mongering-war-again-isisI had an argument with my 16 year old son about it the other day. He said, we need to kill those guys, ISIS. I said, OK, then what? His response was so 16, and apparently exactly how politicians think: What do you mean, then what?? Then, they’re dead! The bad guys are dead!Key info from the guardian article:
It’s also strange that we are unquestionably calling the Free Syrian Army (FSA) the “moderate” opposition and putting our faith in their abilities, despite many actual experts claiming they’re far from moderate and far from a cohesive army. As George Washington University’s Marc Lynch wrote in the Washington Post recently, “The FSA was always more fiction than reality, with a structure on paper masking the reality of highly localized and fragmented fighting groups on the ground.” The New York Times reported two weeks ago that FSA has a penchant for beheading its enemy captives as well, and now the family of Steven Sotloff, the courageous journalist who was barbarically beheaded by Isis, says that someone from the “moderate” opposition sold their son to Isis before he was killed.