Meaningless Red Lines and the Untrustworthy Obama Administration

Remember once upon a time when President Obama announced that if Syrian president Bashar Assad were really using chemical weapons that would constitute a “red line”? Of course you do. Well, it turned out Assad was doing just that and Obama did nothing. Not that most of the American people wanted us to send ground troops to fight in Syria on the side of anybody let alone people we now know are terrorists.

Now we have reportedly confirmed that ISIS has gotten their hands on chemical weapons and have used them against the Kurds. You remember the Kurds, don’t you? Those are the one group of people that we should be supporting with weapons at least. Only we are not. We send those weapons to the Iraqi army, which promptly lays them down to be captured by ISIS.

But I digress.

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One wonders whether Obama will now decide that somebody has crossed that red line, in this case, the real enemy, ISIS. Could this be the time? If not, how about the news that the leader of ISIS, a disgusting ibn sharmota (rough translation: son of a prostitute sheep dog or something like that) named Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, was using captured American hostage, Kayla Mueller, as a sex slave?

One wonders whether such a thing as a red line exists in Barack Obama’s world. Certainly, the beheading of American journalists didn’t count. Apparently, the open calls for American jihadis to carry out mass murders in the US don’t count either-even when such calls are answered.

Apparently, Obama is counting on the Iraqis, the Kurds, the Iranians, the Jordanians, the Emiratis, the Saudis, the Turks, the Qataris and everybody else (except the Israelis) to do what they cannot or will not do-destroy ISIS for us. He is content to launch drones and surgical air strikes, another tactic which has proved on its own to be insufficient.

Not that I relish the idea of sending Americans to fight and die in places like Falluja, Tikrit, Ramadi and other places they already fought and died to capture-only to see Obama hand them back to the terrorists. There is a large part of me that says let the Arabs slaughter each other to their hearts’ content. But that is hardly realistic. For one thing, I care deeply what happens to the persecuted Christians in the region, whom the world seems to be turning its backs on (including the US). In addition, there are thousands of those ISIS animals who came from Western countries including the US-countries that inexplicably allowed them or their parents to immigrate by the millions. Those fighters, if they are not killed, will return to the West to carry out attacks against us on our own soil. In addition, they are hardly losing the wars they are fighting in Iraq and Syria. At the least, they are holding their own and expanding their territory. They must be stopped, and they must be eradicated like the cockroaches they are. There is only one force that can do it.

Yet, even if Obama decides that massive ground forces must be sent to defeat ISIS, how can we have any faith that he and his flunkies will not screw it all up, micro-manage the military and make a bad situation worse? In my view, we will need a new president in the White House-and a Republican one at that- in order to get the job done right.

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About the author

Gary Fouse

Born 1945 in Los Angeles. Currently employed since 1998 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language.
Education: BS in Police Science and Administration California State University at Los Angeles (1970)
Master of Education at University of Virginia (1993)
Served three years in US Army Military Police Corps at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68.
1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs
1973-1995 Criminal Investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va until retirement.
Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005
The Story of Papiamentu-A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002
The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000

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