It’s been several months since Pres. Obama announced that there will be US led coalition air strikes with the mission of destroying ISIS. Yet how effective have they been? Have we made any significant progress in capturing the leaders of this group? The rhetoric that this group spouts and degree of barbarism and utter lack of humanity makes it hard to believe that they are to be reasoned with so I’m just wondering what exactly is the strategy here?
Of course this is not for the American people to know, I get that. I mean unless you hold a top military position, you will simply not be privy to the logistics of top secret military strategies. But damn, when you read about a video and still images being posted online today by ISIS supporters that apparently show Jordanian military pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh being burned alive while confined in a cage, and on Saturday a video was released showing the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto it makes you stop and wonder why does ISIS still have such an upper hand and wth is really being done to put an end to this madness?
On Dec. 24th, al- Kassasbeh ejected from his F-16 which was crashing and according to militants he was captured near ISIS’ de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria at which point he then became a major pawn for ISIS: up til that point, they hadn’t gotten their hands on anyone from the US led coalition. Is it just me, or does something just not sound right about this? The gov’t knows this so what kind of contingency plans are in place?
Apparently ISIS is interested in a female jihadist named Sajida al-Rishawi, who is imprisoned in Jordan for her role in a 2005 suicide bombing and Jordanian officials even talked of making a swap for al-Kassasbeh and/or Goto. Now shouldn’t that raise a red flag? What do they want with her? What’s her background and what info does she have that they want?
What is really going on? It would appear to me that ISIS is running out of “high-profile” hostages to use for their sick and demented ends. Why is it so hard for the US led coalition to put an end to this? Why have hundreds of Syrian journalists and activists disappeared in territories ISIS marks as their own? Oh and do you recall the thousands of Yazidi women that were kidnapped and used as sex slaves?
This group apparently has no problems with making more enemies so it stands to reason that there is a much bigger part of the picture than we’re being told. But one thing is clear: this coalition needs to do whatever it needs to do and it needs to do it fast before this group decides that it wants to turn its evil eye to the good ol’ USA.