By Editorial Board August 8
PRESIDENT OBAMA was right to order military action to prevent a potential genocide in northern Iraq and to stop forces of the al-Qaeda-derived Islamic State from advancing on Baghdad or the Kurdish capital of Irbil. However, the steps the president authorized on Thursday amount to more of his administration’s half-measures, narrowly tailored to this week’s emergency and unconnected to any coherent strategy to address the conflagration spreading across the Middle East.
While U.S. airstrikes and drops of supplies may prevent the terrorist forces from massacring the Yazidi sect or toppling the pro-Western regime in Kurdistan, Mr. Obama lacks a plausible plan for addressing the larger threat posed by the Islamic State. In recent weeks, senior U.S. officials have described the danger in hair-curling terms: The Islamic State forces, which have captured large numbers of U.S.-supplied heavy weapons, threaten not only the Iraqi and Kurdish governments, but also Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. With hundreds of Western recruits, they have the ambition and capability to launch attacks against targets in Europe and the United States.
I was kinda trying to make this point the other day. Pinprick attacks under onerous ROE lacking any coherent planning for campaign will do little or nothing to defeat ISIS, while increasing their desire to eventually launch attacks on us at home.
But the really interesting thing here is the byline.
The Editorial Board. Of the WaPo. Is calling out Obama for being a twit.
The WaPo is still reliably a propaganda organ of the Democratic party. But the purchase of the paper by Jeff Bezos a year ago has seen the paper begin to understand that maintaining some credibility and actually publishing opinions and news that bear some reflection of reality is good for business.