Priorities, priorities, the Obama Administration has decided that al-Qaeda can wait while it focuses its bombing sorties and drone fired missiles on ISIS. Is it logically consistent to explain a strategy to the nation by making reference to successes in Somalia and Yemen
places that make for an
impressive Pentagon-CIA PowerPoint presentation where the target has been
groups that announce their association with al-Qaeda while ignoring the
al-Nusra Front – al-Qaeda’s
designee in Syria? Is it logical to spare from attack a group that pledges
its loyalty to one of America’s chief adversaries over the last 13 years?
Yes – consider for a moment that America’s allies are Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, states that have allowed their citizens to fund both the al-Nusra Front and ISIS; and Turkey that has made itself a main thoroughfare for “extremist travelers” (™ property of Government of Canada) otherwise called foreign fighters. Qatar in particular hosts a major American military base while using al-Nusra as its preferred proxy in its competition for influence with Saudi Arabia. The regional allies are only willing to give up the dog in the fight that found a way to slip the leash.
If anyone is going to defeat ISIS in Syria surely someone is peeking out from an undisclosed location toward the Islamic Front , as a sometime ally of the al-Nusra Front and adversary of ISIS, and hoping it does its part. Given that America’s allies can agree with the U.S. on one point, Assad must go (and they are going to hold Obama to those words) ; the U.S. must rely on the rebels groups that have proven to be the most
notwithstanding any plans to train new and improved fighters.
Obama has created a new reality by acting now, like Karl Rove said empires do. In this new reality, a designated terrorist organisation associated with al-Qaeda, can rest easy because the attention of America’s foreign policy elite is directed along with its bombs and missiles, at somebody else. Meanwhile any help
al-Qaeda the al-Nusra Front can provide will be