Well, the James Foley execution certainly was handy for everyone, wasn't it?
So, the US elites are going postal ("You know you want to"), which is, of course, exactly the reaction ISIS wanted. Since all of it seems like gaslighting to me (at least Bush had the common human decency to do his gaslighting with non-lethal tactics.) I'm going to continue with my program, which is doing research on the minimum wage. (I'm not saying this isn't an important issue, so yes, call your Congress critter. I'm just saying I don't want to be thrown off track.) I'm just going to do a short link dump, with a little commentary:
Islamic State can’t be beat without addressing Syrian side of border, top general says WaPo. "[A]pplication of all the tools of national power–diplomatic, economic, information, military."
U.S. General Says Raiding Syria Is Key to Halting ISIS Times "This is an organization that has an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision that will eventually have to be defeated."
Islamic Terrorists Must be Defeated, Chairman Says Defense Department News. As distinct, that is, from the "news" above.
Pentagon chief: ISIS 'beyond anything we have seen' CNN. "'Like Mr. Foley, several hundred innocent members of the Yazidi and Christian communities have been killed in the same manner,' Barzani said in a statement Thursday." Barzani (and to be fair, ISIS, know their audience).
Amid U.S. air strikes, Iraq struggles to build own air force Reuters. Ka-ching!
Why Savagery Doesn’t Sell Evan Kohlmann, Politico. "[Kohlman] e conceded on cross-examination he was not fluent in Arabic."
The Race to Save James Foley: The Inside Story NBC. The word "race" (as in speed or urgency) is always a flashing red, screaming indicator of kayfabe. Always. Because the race is not only a constructed narrative, a race is linear, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. And the real world is not like that. So the narrative construct is false to the facts, and it cannot be otherwise.
Net closes on 'Jihadi John' as London pair probed Telegraph. This is a two-fer, because Jihadi John is supposedly an NHS doctor, and the right in the UK is trying to destroy the NHS because markets.
Despite ISIS Horror, Congress Is Wary of U.S. Military Expansion Times. "[T]he gruesome execution of an American journalist, James Foley, has drawn an intensely emotional reaction from lawmakers in both parties." So now the elites will go postal. That's a win for ISIS, and it's also a win for the Pentagon! Remember how Bin Laden knew us better than we knew ourselves? Same deal, and the outcome will be the same.
Obama vs. ISIS: This Time It's Personal Daily Beast. America needs a strong leader. Especially during the mid-terms.
U.S. Eyes Wider Action on Islamic State Online WSJ (search on the headline for the full story). "U.S. officials also want Persian Gulf states to choke off any financial support their citizens may be providing to Islamic extremist forces."
Well, if ISIS sucks so bad, then our "allies" shouldn't have funded them. Daily Beast:
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now threatening Baghdad, was funded for years by wealthy donors in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, three U.S. allies that have dual agendas in the war on terror.
The extremist group that is threatening the existence of the Iraqi state was built and grown for years with the help of elite donors from American supposed allies in the Persian Gulf region. There, the threat of Iran, Assad, and the Sunni-Shiite sectarian war trumps the U.S. goal of stability and moderation in the region.
It’s an ironic twist, especially for donors in Kuwait (who, to be fair, back a wide variety of militias). ISIS has aligned itself with remnants of the Baathist regime once led by Saddam Hussein. Back in 1990, the U.S. attacked Iraq in order to liberate Kuwait from Hussein’s clutches. Now Kuwait is helping the rise of his successors.
Does anybody really believe we didn't know about this?
ISIS, in fact, may have been a major part of Bandar’s covert-ops strategy in Syria. The Saudi government, for its part, has denied allegations, including claims made by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, that it has directly supported ISIS. But there are also signs that the kingdom recently shifted its assistance—whether direct or indirect—away from extremist factions in Syria and toward more moderate opposition groups.
Senior White House officials have refused to discuss the question of any particular Saudi officials aiding ISIS and have not commented on Bandar’s departure. But they have emphasized that Saudi Arabia is now both supporting moderate Syrian rebels and helping coordinate regional policies to deal with an ascendant ISIS threat.
Oh, dear Lord. "Moderate Syrian rebels" are going to be the next ISIS, after they've done enough brutalizing and been brutalized enough. What a fucking clown show.
Just for the sake of form, let me quote a world-shatteringly excellent non-denial denial:
"There is no publicly accessible proof that the government of a state has been involved in the creation or financing of ISIS as an organisation," said Charles Lister, Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar, a subsidiary of the US think-tank Brookings Institution.
A "one hand washes the other" operation with the CIA's spooks and mercs lighting the fire, and the Pentagon's desk jockeys getting others to put out the flames.
And if the whole mess fattens the portfolios of some oligarchs -- as churn always does -- then it's all good, right?