Senseless strategies

Judging by the White House’s policy on battling ISIS militants, one might conclude that U.S. officials believe that the Middle East has been afflicted with mass amnesia.

If one can remember as far back as World War II, one of the world’s mightiest armies, belonging to Nazi Germany, was defeated by the United States and its allies in the space of several years. The U.S. had a handful of important countries helping it out, but that’s nothing compared to the 60-nation coalition against ISIS that U.S. officials are so proud of talking about today.

The Axis powers – with millions of soldiers, huge amounts of equipment and formidable air power – were defeated in a relatively short period of time.

ISIS, with thousands of fighters and a scraped-together arsenal, continues to bedevil Western countries whose officials claim that they’re facing a global threat to stability.

The lack of seriousness is evident when officials from the U.S., which claims to be leading the anti-ISIS coalition, talk about launching policies to train Syrian rebels – in very small numbers – over a period that could stretch into many years. The White House appears to be playing for time, acting in the fervent hope that it can bequeath the fight against ISIS to its successor. Another priority for the administration appears to be milking the issue for as much as possible in terms of spending on defense, instead of working overtime to produce a viable political strategy in both Syria and Iraq.

The money that has been spent by the U.S. on fighting terror since 9/11 has topped $1.5 trillion, but in terms of assessing the effort’s overall effectiveness, the figure would appear to be close to zero.

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