Like Savoir-Faire, they're everywhere:
September marks the first anniversary of the U.S. "war against the Islamic State group" (ISIS), but American efforts are showing little success, NBC News reported on Sunday.
Because, of course, there IS no "U.S. war against the Islamic State group" because we have no boots on the ground fighting it.
Turkey's recent permission for airstrikes and drone missions to be based there was "a huge tactical gain," NBC's Richard Engel reported on Meet the Press, but added, "ISIS doesn't seem to be shrinking."
Because, of course, there IS no "U.S. war against the Islamic State group" because we have no boots on the ground fighting it. We're not even bombing them in more than a token sense for media appearances. Both make us look like the "weak horse," and that makes ISIS look like the "strong horse," and that's made them a magnet for every jihadist on the planet. Or, put another way, it's the way Barack Obama is pretending to "fight" ISIS that is strengthening them, not the way George W. Bush was actually fighting their al Qaeda In Iraq precursor, which crushed them.
Engel quoted one U.S. officials as saying the terror group's international branches are "growing like crazy," spreading North and West Africa, Arabia, Afghanistan and into the Far East.
Remember the bombing in Bangkok?
"ISIS has expanded far more quickly and extensively than Al Qaeda ever did," Engel said.
Because we actually waged war against al Qaeda. We're serving as ISIS's chief recruiters and arms suppliers. No wonder they're spreading their tentacles around the planet like claws.
And of course, they're not just taking over North and West Africa, Arabia, Afghanistan and the Far East.
Incidentally, remember the brand-spanking new U.S.-Turkish alliance against ISIS? Turns out that its real target was the Kurds:
The disastrous miscalculation made by the United States in signing a military agreement with Turkey at the expense of the Kurds becomes daily more apparent. In return for the use of Incirlik Air Base just north of the Syrian border, the U.S. betrayed the Syrian Kurds who have so far been its most effective ally against [the] Islamic State (ISIS, also known as Daesh). In return for this deal signed on 22 July, the U.S. got greater military cooperation from Turkey, but it swiftly emerged that Ankara’s real target was the Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Action against ISIS was almost an afterthought, and it was hit by only three Turkish airstrikes, compared to three hundred against the bases of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). [emphasis added]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan knew that Barack Obama wants everybody else to do his fighting for him, so he used O to get what he really wanted and then double-crossed him. He exploited "smart power" with embarrassing ease at the same time that The One was (again) betraying the Kurds - genuine U.S. allies (along with Israel) who, again, are the only party in this supposed "coalition" that is actually fighting and holding its own against ISIS. It's appalling, not so much because such despicable Obama treachery is surprising, but because we're all so used to it by now that it hardly even qualifies as news. And even if it still did, his media cheerleaders would, of course, never report it, which helps explain why this story was in a London news outlet.
Anybody out there still want to try and argue that Red Barry isn't an ISIS collaborator?