I'll call them by their original call letters, ISIS, even though they tend to go by ISIL more nowadays.
This groups is sweeping across Iraq and threatens adjoining countries, using terror tactics that would have made Nazi storm troopers blush. They force conversion with threats of torture and death.Committing war crimes they joyfully document in videos (NSFW or weak stomachs) they gleefully distribute via the Internet. Just google on "isis executions" in google video if you think you can stand to watch.
They arm themselves both with captured weapons (usually high-quality American made weapons) and they purchase more weapons with money obtained by raiding currency and gold and other valuables stolen from banks in their conquered territories.
Should the US stand by and watch ISIS sweep across the Middle East and possibly even Europe, or is it time to nip this thing in the bud before it reaches Madrid, Paris, Rome, London, and the White House?
Should Obama let the chips fall where they may? or should he put American boots on the ground? or did he wait too long?
What will be the price if we go down the road of isolationism?
Our government created the mess so they own it.
For my part I'm staying out of it.
Let me clarify, I am an American I was born here, Baby Bush and his friends invaded Iraq and destroyed the place. I didn't vote for them and never supported their actions.
It follows logically that American Military action created the instability in what was left of Iraq, now that most of the American boots-on-the-ground are gone, sectarian violence ensues between Sunni, Shiite and Kurds (Who could have seen that coming? (rhetorical question!)).
The American government's invasion created the mess, which means they own it, but that doesn't mean the American government can fix it.
IMHO it will be a nasty place for decades to come, I'm staying out of it. (For now.)
"They force conversion with threats of torture and death."
I have a link to a video (if it's still up) that shows some ISIS guys converting a guy and then cutting off his head anyway, great group of guys.
The only solution is the complete extermination of the vermin.
No, no nukes. We just summon up the will to go in with an overwhelming force and begin the systematic killing of every ISIS member.
Why is alienating Muslim world some sort of "risk"? If we're in a popularity contest, what's at stake?
In WW2 we bombed the shit out of Germany, and now they are an ally Ditto for another country we actually dropped two atomic bombs on.
However, Muslims are incapable of reassessing themselves, so the enemy is really Islam and the problem is how to destroy it.