Monday, August 25, 2014
Military and political experts are making a public case for the need to destroy the Islamic group ISIS. It is similar to the public opinion effort President Bush made against Saddam Hussein and his control of Iraq. Much the same circumstances apply. ISIS has performed outrageous acts of brutality. The group is steeped in blood and trumpets its cruelty. Call it an anti-PR campaign. That has made the Western Powers' work easier. The more ISIS talks about blood, the faster the West will work to de-fang the group through bombing and perhaps, boots on the ground. Meanwhile, the government of Iraq is a mess of conflicting loyalties that can barely manage to operate. Whatever is done to ISIS will be in spite of Iraqis rather than with them. The result is that the US remains stuck to the tar baby of the Middle East. It is not a pleasant thought for Americans who want the US out. Will public opinion in the US force disengagement?