Stephens, Rachman, Mardini and Luce on ISIL: a comment by Political Observer

Philip Stephens, Gideon Rachman, Ramzy Mardini and Edward Luce express in varying tonalities, in The Financial Times over the last few weeks, the political schizophrenia of the moment: in response to the latest fear mongering about ISIL, their murderous brutality, and a gift for enacting grisly political theater. Terror and fear their most potent weapons. That the Western Media and imperial governments have found useful in reviving ‘The War on Terror’. President Obama has reluctantly admitted that the Menendez/Feinstein/Clinton coterie is correct, and/or that he was wrong, misinformed by bad intelligence?
The political destiny of the American Empire is perpetual war to defend ‘Western Values’ i.e. keep the flow of oil and defend our allies/clients, in their order of importance: apartheid Israel, Wahhabi Saudi Arabia etc., etc.

Here is a tantalizing  excerpt of Mr. Juan Cole’s September 11, 2014 essay titled ‘Obama’s ISIL Actions are Defensive, Despite Rhetoric of going on Offense’ that sounds notes not even considered by the The Financial Times collection of policy scribblers, and quite refreshing is his voice, his arguments!

‘Analysts will focus on his four-step program of fighting ISIL, but it is in the president’s analogies to his present battle that we find clues to what he really expects to happen. He says that this is not a war as Iraq and Afghanistan were wars, i.e. with the commitment of several divisions of conventional US ground troops. He cautioned:

“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.”

Invoking Yemen and Somalia is a signal of minimalism in every way. On MSNBC, veteran, experienced and brilliant correspondent Richard Engel took apart this analogy. He pointed out that Yemen and Somalia are holding actions but that in Iraq the US and its allies would have to take territory.’

Political Observer



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