This is THE ONE chart / infographic you need to see that breaks down the broad components of Obama’s very rational ISIS / counterterrorism / Middle East strategy. It makes clear that in every major area, Obama understand how to fight the forces that empower ISIS and other terrorists in the Middle East over the long-term, as well as how to oppose the forces generating so much general conflict and instability in the region. While Obama’s approach is necessary to defuse conflict, the ideas of the Republican Party and its leading presidential candidates (Trump, Cruz, Rubio, etc.) will only inflame tensions and conflict over time, making America less safe and endangering American lives.
Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse December 19, 2015
Clearly, Republican ideas to strongly associate ISIS with Islam, to help dictators oppress their people, to have America take the lead and expose Americans to more risk all feed into the terrorists’ narrative and prevent authentic local solutions and politics from coming about, creating a long-term neo-imperial situation whereby the U.S. assumes long-term responsibility for this troubled region in the world. Neither the locals nor Americans want this to be a long-term solution. It is time the Republicans understood this and helped Obama defeat ISIS rather than empower ISIS and others seeking conflict by acting on fantastical Hollywood-action-movie-type “solutions.” You can read a lot more about the dynamics laid out in my chart here in the chart’s companion article: Republican Criticism of Obama’s Sound ISIS Strategy Myopic; GOP Ideas Help ISIS, Endanger Americans.
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