How Soon Until We Are Back At War?
By: Lucas Suarez
October 10, 2014
The night before the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, President Barrack Obama gave a nationally televised address that focused on the United States's campaign against the Sunni extremist group known as, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
In his address, Obama authorized the use of airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. Obama also mentioned that he would be sending close to 500 military advisers to Iraq, where the United States have promised to help the government fight the militant group. Obama vowed to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS with routine airstrikes in northern. Obama declared that "we will not get dragged into another ground war with Iraq."
On Tuesday, October 7, almost one month after President Obama's speech, ISIS militants are now clashing with Kurdish fighters in the tiny town of Kobani in northern Syria. As the United States conduct airstrikes to aid the Kurdish fighters, it is becoming apparent that Kobani will soon fall.
Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon Press Secretary and Chief Spokesman for the Department of Defense, candidly warned that the United States air-led campaign will not save Kobani, or any other Syrian towns that are under ISIS assault. "The ground forces that matter the most are indigenous ground forces, and we don't have a willing, capable, effective partner on the ground inside Syria right now" he later added.
ISIS fighters marching through Raqqa, Syria. (CNN)
It is very unsettling to hear the spokesperson for the Department of Defense claim that the United States does not have any partnership with ground forces in Syria. With ISIS forces gaining ground in both Iraq and Syria, it appears to be imminent that the United States will soon have to deploy ground forces and not rely solely on airstrikes to push back the militants.
The biggest problem the United States faces, is trying to uproot and destroy...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document