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ISIS, an Enemy Largely Created by the U.S., Brings Terror and Destruction to the Middle East

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As ISIS was in the process of growing, what exactly were America's 16 intelligence agencies doing? Why didn't the CIA sound the alarms long ago since they are present all over the Middle East including within Iraq? Where was the NSA? Well the NSA was probably busy monitoring the American people's communications, busy sorting out billions of emails, texts, and other forms of communications being exchanged by those 300 millions plus Americans who apparently can no longer be trusted.

Media reports indicate that the U.S. government is going to send military aid to moderate rebel groups in Syria. What? Pass that by me again, please. What and who are moderate rebel forces in Syria? No one seems to know. What is this, the latest way of pouring billions of taxpayer dollars down the black hole of war?

The Mainstream Media has been obsessed with and fixated on the barbaric beheadings of Americans by this terrorist group. In their reports they have been showing everything but the actual beheadings. Of course they have the responsibility to report the news but the way that they try to sensationalize it to jack up their ratings is deplorable.

A key question is: why did the U.S. military leave billions of dollars of military equipment and weaponry in Iraq when it exited that country? There is absolutely no excuse or reason why it failed to take the time to remove most or all of it. What it did was provide ISIS with weaponry that it is now using in Iraq and Syria. Well, Duh!

ISIS is considered to be the most moneyed militant organization in the world with estimated assets of $2 billion. It evidently has secured these billions from wealthy people from Arab countries who support its cause. Also ISIS is said to have used, extortion, kidnapping for ransom and bank robberies in its quest for funds to carry out its mission. In Syria it took control of certain oil refineries and sold that oil on the black market. In 2014 ISIS secured some 400 million dollars by looting the Mosul's branch of Iraq's central bank.

The question is: has President Obama just opened a door that he and this country will find impossible to close? How in the world will the U.S. military carry out bombing raids in Syria, a country where there are so many different rebel factions fighting against the government and, in fact, against each other? Which ones will he bomb? And if the U.S. Air Force makes the gross mistake of bombing Syrian government forces they could well see their planes shot down by that country's formidable air defense system. Does this president even have a clue as to what he is getting his country into? Is this dej vu all over again?

And think about this. Even if the U.S. uses its military power to stop ISIS in its tracks and destroy it the plain fact of the matter is that the underlying boiling rage and thirst for revenge against America by those radical groups in the Middle East and other areas of the world is not going to just go away. These are people who have grown to despise America for its aggressive military actions over many decades and when you destroy one particular faction then it's a good bet that another will rise up and take its place in seeking revenge against those they consider to be their oppressors.

How will this situation evolve? Will Iraq and Syria be bombed relentlessly as was the case with Iraq in 2003 and Libya in more recent times? Well, based on previous experience, bombing causes massive destruction but doesn't solve the primary underlying problems. The more bombs that are dropped the more enemies that will be created. It's time for the U.S. to wake up to the fact that it now must use brainpower instead of relying exclusively on military power.

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