Defeating ISIS, Rolling Back Iran

In a recent article in The Atlantic, terrorism scholar Martha Crenshaw claimed it would be impossible to fight one enemy—either Iran or ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sha’m [Greater Syria])—without strengthening the other.[1] It appears the Obama administration agrees with this prognosis and is warming to an expanded role for Tehran in the region. This is not surprising given President Obama’s statement last December that Iran could be “a very successful regional power … that would be good for everybody.”[2] Then in early March 2015, the Joint Chiefs’ chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey remarked that Iran’s efforts against ISIS in Iraq “will in the main have been a positive thing,”[3] so long as it did not inflame sectarian tensions. More recently, the State Department has been walking back Secretary of State John Kerry’s slip that the administration might be open to negotiating with the Iranian-aligned Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad.

  • tom_billesley

    The media never seem to remember to inform us that “Greater Syria” includes Israel, Jordan and Lebanon.

  • Martin B

    The Khomeinists’ efforts against Islamic State in Iraq “will in the main have been a positive thing so long as it did not inflame sectarian tensions”

    Because of course apocalyptic Shia fanatics battling apocalyptic Sunni fanatics couldn’t possibly inflame sectarian tensions.

    Either the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a blind retard, or Obama has photos of him in compromising positions with farm animals.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Israel should get ready , their enemy will be right in front of the doors (Iran) .

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Israel is more ready than we think. If any hostile force gets too close to the border or otherwise presents an imminent threat of advanced weaponry, Israel will pounce and Putin knows it.

    • Clausewitz

      They already are at their front door. It’s just that the Arabs are too scared of getting their asses kicked again in a conventional war.

  • Canadian

    Who`s the guy at the left? He kinda looks womanish..