In the fantasy land of D.C. spin and optics, two major cities falling to ISIS as they march towards Baghdad and control 50% of Syria, is not losing but merely a “tactical setback.” These wee little speed bumps, the talking heads of DC assure us, will be overcome by more training of militias and course, shipping in more weaponry and ammo. Some of the weaponry will fall into the hands of ISIS when the Iraqi military and militias retreat yet again. This will please the diseased twisted hearts of defense contractors in the US, as they’ll just have to ship in more weapons, won’t they? As for training militias to fight ISIS when the armies of those countries are apparently incapable of or unwilling to fight, well, training takes months and assumes the militias are loyal to the US.
And by the way, why is this our fight? The truly worrying thing here is the steady groundswell from D.C. from both parties saying that doggone it, the US may have to send it more ground troops. Because that worked so well the first time, didn’t it?
In reality, McCain said on CNN’s “New Day,” “the President’s strategy is certainly not succeeding — it’s an abject failure,” one that will eventually bring Americans around to the prospect of deploying boots on the ground in Iraq.
I just heard a Democratic member of the House imply the same thing on CNN, saying it’s very very sad, but US troops on the ground may be needed again. The difference between Democrats and Republicans on endless war is it ostensibly makes Democrats very sad to have to do it.
Obama is living in a reality-free zone, where spin is assumed to be the same as facts.
“No, I don’t think we’re losing,” Obama said in an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. “There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback.”
“And one lesson that I think is important to draw from what happened is that if the Iraqis themselves are not willing or capable to arrive at the political accommodations necessary to govern, if they are not willing to fight for the security of their country, we cannot do that for them.”
Well, if we can’t do it for them, let’s leave and let them sort it out.