Three years and one month after President Obama called for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to step aside and one year after nearly attacking Syria because of chemical weapons use, the United States is leading bombing strikes on ISIS in Syria. Obama had held out even against the advice of his National Security Council for an age, watched as Assad warplanes pounded Aleppo and other cities with barrel bombs and seen ISIS and other extremist groups take power in the north and the east of the country. As the man who warned of a “dumb war” in Iraq, who spent the last five years trying to exit military engagement in the Middle East, are these strikes smart or dumb, wise or foolish?
Intelligence is key. However effectively the U.S. and its supporting cast bomb from the air, it cannot defeat ISIS at 2,000 feet in a boots-on-the-ground-free operationChris Doyle