Thursday, September 10, 2015

Turkey crosses into Iraq to chase the PKK, not ISIS...US strategy unraveling...

via BBC
Turkish ground forces have crossed into Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish militants for the first time since a ceasefire two years ago.
Government officials said the incursion was a "short-term" measure to hunt down PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) rebels.
Turkish warplanes also launched a wave of airstrikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, at least 14 Turkish police officers died in a bomb attack blamed on Kurdish militants on Tuesday.
The attack in eastern Igdir province came a day after suspected PKK bombs killed at least 16 Turkish soldiers in south-eastern Hakkari region.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the PKK had suffered "serious damage" inside and outside of Turkey and was in a state of "panic".
Ignoring the politics, it's obvious that US strategy is failing and failing badly. There is no unified front against ISIS.  Saudi Arabia/GCC are chasing rebels in Yemen instead of turning their attention to what I would view as the bigger threat.

Additionally we're seeing slow motion airstrikes and a sortie rate that would make LeMay pound the walls in anger.

Now I understand why the intel community is up in arms.  They see the writing on the wall and don't want to be saddled with the blame when the public finally wakes up to how badly things are going over there.

The administration won't take the blame, which leaves the US military to get saddled with another losing war effort.  The administration will say that they followed military advice, the intel community will say that they provided unvarnished intel on the situation and our generals will be left looking slack eyed and silly.  

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