We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
So what we have now in the middle east is a replay of the bloody religious wars that once traumatized the West when Protestants accused Catholics of being idolatrous heretics and the latter returned the favor by putting Protestants to the stakes and the racks. In the present instance, the real war being waged by ISIS is not against the liberties which pertain on the streets of New York City, but in Leupp’s words, “against the Shiites, Christians, Yezidis, secularists, and others it sees as unbelievers and as stooges of the west. But its primary target is the Shiites”.
David Stockman, with no military or foreign affairs credentials is hardly qualified as a military or strategic analyst: Swung Marxist in college and did a divinity degree to avoid the draft; opposed Vietnam, and Korea too although he was far too young for Korea; then he swung right and is a consistent fiscal hawk and consistent opponent of military spending or use. President Reagan ignored Stockman's designs to denude our military, and instead built it to where it brike the Soviet Union and ended the Cold War, which Stockman's small mindedness would have not accomplished. Although going overboard in the military cuts that Clinton then took, which left the US less able to forestall the rise of Al Quaeda and its like, it was Reagan's victory that allowed for huge military budget savings. -- Stockman stringing words together is not stringing real world strategy together. Obama certainly demonstrates that.
What Obama is now doing may be too little or too late, but it is better than doing nothing and may lead to at least delaying further losses until there are betters in place.
There is a distinction in religious wars that he is not making, and it's an important one. Christians actually haven't had that many religious wars, though they've had some. Persecution of our own in-country has been much more common. Lots of death in that, and it does redraw the boundaries at times. There are also the usual wars of acquisition, opportunity, or revenge which have religious rationalisations, though everyone has those, including a fair number of the tribes of the Middle East at present. But invading a place with the express purpose of making them like you religiously is not so common. Including the Crusades, BTW. That was just the West occasionally going on offense.
Assistant Village Idiot