The destruction of ISIS is a strategic mistake

The West should further weaken Islamic State, but not destroy it. A weak but functioning IS can undermine the appeal of the caliphate among radical Muslims; keep bad actors focused on one another rather than on Western targets; and hamper Iran.

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently gathered defense ministers from allied nations to plan what officials hope will be the decisive stage in the campaign to eradicate the Islamic State (IS) organization. This is a strategic mistake.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The destruction of ISIS won’t end the fighting, as less radical Sunni groups will continue to challenge Assad and the Kurds are prepared to defend their turf against Shiite encroachment.

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  • andycanuck

    If the plan was to arm them all and let them kill themselves with non-nukes (while helping Israel defend itself), then fine; but the plan also includes letting 100s of thousands of refugees from the war zones move to the West along with allowing non-Moslems to be killed with impunity. So, screw that plan especially contrasted with the kill them all and let Allah sort them out plan.

  • What a silly thing to say.

    Al Qaeda, ISIS, al-Nusra, etc are are all apart of the same poison ideology. Why keeping any faction alive so that it can grow?

  • xavier

    I have a better plan push the centre of gravity to Yemen. It’s there that the Iraq-Iranian death match redux is occurring.

    We need to make sure that the scum go there and encourage a perpetual Verdun. It seems that there’s a stalemate and we need to perpetuate it by all legitimate means.

  • Jabberwokk

    You know what would be even better? Destroying Islam as an ideology. Then you remove the causality of any and all actors in that region.