I was watching a news show last night and learned that we will be sending drones into Syria, with or without permission from the Syrian government, to observe and monitor ISIS for possible targeting of their strongholds/headquarters.
That's all well and good. We need to do that. But why do we need to broadcast it on national (and international) television? One of the things I haven't figured out about President Obama is his penchant for telling our enemies, in advance, what and when we're going to do something. He did it in Iraq, letting everyone know when our troops would be gone from the country. And, well... look how that worked out.
He has broadcast the pullout date from Afghanistan. You can bet that ISIS, the Taliban, and any other Islamic terrorist organization interested in the region is paying attention. Why wouldn't they? They now know when they can escalate things.
Now we're going to send drones into Syria to monitor ISIS and we have already told everyone we're going to do it. Is there no such thing as a covert operation anymore? ISIS can now make their movements, their strongholds and their stores of equipment more covert. Is it the military that's ignoring standard procedures or is the President - so intent on making it appear he's doing something that he tells the whole world?
It's not difficult to figure out that President Obama is hesitant to take decisive action against ISIS. He could and should have attacked them months ago, destroy their core when they were in the desert and moving out of Syria. He called them the "JV Team", acting like they weren't even worth his time. Now that they've gained strength even Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is saying they are "like no one we have ever seen before." So it's time for us to take action - except we're really not.
There have been a few select air strikes against ISIS in Iraq but those have been to protect Americans or American interests, not simply to destroy ISIS. That's what needs to be done - destroy ISIS anywhere and everywhere they are.
The beheading of James Foley should have been enough for us to commence the annihilation of ISIS and for the FBI and DHS to begin a rigorous search of our own country for the ISIS members that we know are already here.
We all know that if the ISIS members here in this country decide to do anything it will be by kidnapping or a cowardly act of blowing something up rather than any kind of assault on the citizens as a whole. It's the only thing they can do. As Marine veteran Nick Powers put it in an open letter to ISIS: