There were a few headlines that caught my eye over the last day or two. Most of them boiled down to stories about generals insisting that we needed to at least contemplate waging war on ISIS and a President who is disinclined to act in such a manor. If you know the men involved it is pretty obvious what is going one. It's a reality malfunction.
We still, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, have generals who think we can successfully defeat our Islamic enemies on the field of battle. They sincerely believe that it is possible to "win" a war and impose an overwhelming and crushing defeat on the Islamic enemy du jour and come out of the process with a lasting peace.
Equally, the President is a well known liar and dissembler. He is the last man in the world who is going to act against the enemies of all civilization. He is one of them. There is no way that he is going to compromise his fundamental beliefs and order the Army to attack ISIS or any other Islamic terrorist organization.
The Army of the United States fought a damned fine war in both Iraq and Afghanistan. They waged war continuously 24/7 for over 12 years and after all that time, money, effort and lives lost and damaged they accomplished exactly nothing. It's an open secret that the Taliban is still running Afghanistan in the parts we left and will step in and begin running the entire country when we finally withdraw. We achieved the same result in Iraq in less time.
To use an expression made famous by LTGEN Honore, these people are stuck on stupid. The single common denominator of the anti-civilization forces sweeping the middle east is islam. The President won't and can't declare war on islam so there can be no military victory. The only way to defeat them is to refuse to allow them to enter and settle in your country.