• White House: Yeah, Success Against ISIS Does Actually Depend on Ground Forces

    This may come as a complete shocker to some of you, but the Obama White House has been bulsh**ing us. You’ll recall that President Obama first declared when asked about ISIS that “we don’t have a strategy yet.” The next day, his team insisted that they DID have a strategy, and a few days after that, they finally unveiled it. Not a great strategy by any stretch, but a strategy nonetheless.

    You’ll also recall that a major talking point surrounding that strategy has been “no combat troops on the ground,” as Obama has consistently shied away from anything that could be labeled as a war. The administration has insisted that the fight against ISIS can be conducted by the United States and its allies in the air alone, and they’ve been mostly wishy-washy on whether special forces will be used in some capacity on the ground in some non-combat role.

    Obama and his team have explained that the plan is to (finally) arm the moderate Syrians, so that they can fight ISIS from the ground for us. But it has always felt like that was an afterthought. In other words, Obama has implied that we can beat ISIS from the skies and that Syrians can offer HELP from the ground, but that they’re not the most important part of the strategy. If they were the key component to success, then we’d probably have, at the very least, combat troops of our own doing much more intensive training of these Syrians, since their part of the operation is so limited time-wise.

    But we got a very different sense from White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday, who stated that “Our strategy is reliant on something that is not yet in place.”

    “Reliant”? In other words, Team Obama is depending on these Syrians to win the war for us? Pardon me if I don’t feel instilled with much confidence.

    But here’s the real kicker:

    Ultimately, our broader strategy when it comes to Syria is contingent upon a ground force that can take the fight to ISIL in that country,” explained Earnest.

    So now the strategy is “contingent upon” what’s happening on the ground? I thought the ground operation didn’t matter!

    What it shows you is that, sadly, we’re losing this fight already. While we’ve bombed a bunch of empty buildings and facilities with a bunch of air strikes, ISIS has been laying claim to city after city, and Obama knows it. The best he can hope for at this point is to turn the tide around from the ground, which is kind of hard to do when he’s promised over a dozen times that he won’t put combat forces in the region. Now he’s relying on the so-called “moderate” Syrian opposition to win this one for us…but he can’t even bring himself to do anything to get them properly trained.

    What a mess.

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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