Jan. 26, 2015

Democrat Supports More U.S. Involvement Against ISIL

First, the good news: Thanks to U.S. airstrikes and Kurdish boots on the ground, ISIL has been almost repelled from Kobani. Taking back the Syrian town at the border with Turkey is mostly symbolic, but after the summer’s news of ISIL winning victory after victory this turnaround, however small, is welcome. The bad news is that ISIL has roughly doubled its territory since August despite U.S. bombings. The overall conflict has digressed so much that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, broke from the White House’s saccharine foreign policy rhetoric. “I think the deteriorate and destroy of ISIL [sic] has had some victory,” Feinstein said. “I don’t know whether 6,000 ISIL people have been killed or not, but that’s the figure that’s been floated around. But that’s not going to do it. So where [Senator John] McCain is right, I do think we need some Special Operations [Forces] in these countries, on the ground, more than just advisers. And I think we need to protect our allies – that’s Israel, that’s Jordan, that’s Saudi Arabia – and be more pronounced about it.” You know the Obama administration is failing miserably when a Democrat calls for sending troops. More…

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