-- How Long Will It Take Obama To Understand That ISIS Can Only Be Comprehensively Defeated By Military Action Undertaken On The Ground ...Time To Kill Or Be Killed!

By David Singer

There are some 60 States in the American-led coalition pledged to degrading and destroying Islamic State.

However, only 21—regarded as “key members” -- were at the coalition conference, in London, on January 22, 2015 — a crucial meeting which UK Foreign Minister Philip Hammond described in these terms:

“Today, 21 key members of the global coalition met in London to review and discuss our efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL not just through military force, but by addressing the underlying narrative of the organization, its financing, its flow of foreign fighters, and by reasserting our commitment to Iraq.

Of course, U.S. Secretary of Meaningless Bombastic Foreign-Policy Speech, John Kerry, was at pains to clarify why the other 39 States had not joined the talk-fest, dissembling as follows:

”And all the coalition partners are continuing to make vital contributions .., and we mean all 60. Whether it’s sheltering refugees, training, advising Iraqi troops on the front lines, or speaking out against Daesh’s [ISIS’s] hateful, false ideology, we appreciate the contribution of every single member, each of whom has chosen one line of effort or another …

But we also recognize the need to, as effectively as possible, be able to coordinate all of these contributions. And that’s what the small group that came here today set out to do. The small group will continue to meet on a regular basis and continue, obviously, to consult with the full 60 members of the coalition, who will meet again as a full membership.”

The non-participation of the world’s remaining 133 States in the American-led coalition did not escape Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi’s attention—as he wryly noted:

“Daesh is a terrorist organization. It knows no race, no religion, no region. It spares nobody, so everybody must be facing Daesh.”

Al-Abadi was therefore being more than a little cynical when he also stated:

 “Iraq is not alone; the Iraqi people are not alone; but the entire world stands with Iraq.”

One can only ask then: why then are these 133 reluctant States not members of the American-led coalition? Are they prepared to let the other 60 States do the heavy lifting for them whilst they just sit by and watch? Will they only be motivated to join the American-led coalition when terrorists from the new Islamic caliphate come knocking at their door?

 Just as important, the press release issued by the US State Departmen, following the London Conference, made NO MENTION of any discussion having taken place at the Conference concerning the dramatic cave-in this week of Barack Obama’s chosen ally in the region, Yemen -- resulting in the resignation of Yemeni President ,Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, after a concerted military assault & victory by Houthi (Al-Quaeda) rebels.

Yemen had been allowing the United States to wage counterterror drone strike operations -- targeting Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- from Yemen’s sovereign territory.

Yet membership in Al-Qaeda and ISIS was respectively claimed by the perpetrators of two horrific massacres in Paris last week (1) at the offices of publisher Charlie Hebdo and (2) at a Kosher supermarket -- resulting in the murder of seventeen people!

In fact, the events in Yemen represent a spectacular collapse of President Obama’s anti-terrorist policy in the Middle East:

President Obama laid out this policy on 10 September 2014—citing Yemen as an example of how that policy was working:

“Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks involved—especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.

Could Yemen’s fate herald the Iraqi Government’s possible collapse next?

How long will it take Obama to understand that ISIS and Al-Quaeda can only be comprehensively defeated by military action undertaken by properly armed & equipped troops on the ground?


 [ David Singer is an Australian Lawyer, a Foundation Member of the International Analyst Network and Convenor of Jordan is Palestine International—an organization calling for sovereignty of the West Bank and Gaza to be allocated between Israel and Jordan as the two successor States to the Mandate for Palestine. Previous articles written by him can be found at:

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