Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi said Sunday that he expects the imminent demise of ISIS in Iraq. In an interview with Fox News, al Abadi said Islamic State forces inside Mosul would be decimated “within weeks,” though he admitted that the terrorist organization would still have deep roots in Syria and throughout the Islamic Middle East.
“We are defeating them militarily,” he said. “As a terrorist organization, they will try. So that’s where we need the efforts of others. Flush them out of Syria and other places.”
In the interview, al Abadi said President Obama was perhaps too hesitant in stepping up the fight against ISIS in the early days of the group’s formation.
“He just wanted to forget Iraq,” he said. “I mean, slaughtering people. There was a lot of pressure on President Obama.”
Yeah, well, we all know what happened there. You can give Obama all the pity in the world – oh, he couldn’t have known…he just wanted to stop an unjust war – and it won’t change the facts as they were. He was warned not to yank the troops out the way that he did, but he was ready to get on the campaign trail and start boasting to the country about how he brought the Iraq War to an end. And that’s what he did. He somehow convinced half the country to believe that all there ever was to stopping the war was to…just stop. And everything would be fine!
Now, we can’t know for sure that ISIS wouldn’t have arisen in some form regardless. We can only know that they did arise. We can only know that Obama spent too long ignoring that rise because he didn’t want to get involved in another Middle Eastern conflict. We can only know that Obama paved the way for even more recruitment and extremism by putting U.S. military support (sloppily) behind the Arab Spring uprisings.
But those are yesterday’s concerns. We know all of that and yet, the problem remains. So we need to go clearly forward, use all of our might and cunning to destroy ISIS, and then use that template to destroy every other terrorist organization with designs on U.S. attacks.