Charles Krauthammer: There is a military strategy against Islamic State – this is it

Forget supporting Baghdad and training its army; we must provide massive assistance to our real allies who can win on the battlefield

It’s time for a new strategy in Iraq and Syria. It begins by admitting that the old borders are gone, that a unified Syria or Iraq will never be reconstituted, that the Sykes-Picot map is defunct.

We may not want to enunciate that policy officially. After all, it does contradict the principle that colonial borders be maintained no matter how insanely drawn, the alternative being almost universally worse. Nonetheless, in Mesopotamia, balkanization is the only way to go.

  • As long as Islam exists, bloodshed will be the norm in the Middle East. You can redraw the map any way you want. But Muslims will continue to pay devotion to their murderous god at the expense of the people within and near Islam.

    Get the hell out of the way and let the Muslims kill each other.

  • john s

    Mr Krauthammer is a slow learner. He still insists that the Assad regime has to be toppled. In the end the ‘free Syrian army” will not free Syria . Nor will they end up as friends of the west. The west has no friends in the arab world. They never have, and they never will. As for the Kurds, well this is desperate clinging if you ask me. The Kurds , should they establish a homeland, will not be friends of the west either.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Whether or not the Kurds are friends of the West, the success of their military campaign will create a new balance of power vis a vis Iran and Turkey that is to our advantage.

      • john s

        what advantage do you see for america in such a ‘balance’? Where exactly do the kurds fit into any balance when they are despised by both sides?

        • Norman_In_New_York

          It is better for the Kurds to be feared by their Arab, Turkish and Iranian neighbors than to be loved and better for us as well, since these neighbors are not our friends as you say.

  • Jay Currie

    Well that and carpet bombing ISIS positions.

  • bob e

    done with the krauth-man .. done with fox for years .. the way they treated pam geller
    was astounding. i just happened to watch it from another site.
    fox makin’ piles o’ money & keepin’ the muzzie stockholders happy ..
    can’t stomach ’em