But what Mr. Joseph says about the militiamen occupying the Malheur Preserve/the Paiute land in Oregon is exactly apropos to what would happen to ISIS if we weren't so insistent upon their de facto right to continue to do business with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel, our top 3 allies in the Middle East.
What you have said is the same reason no power nor collection of powers can ever pose a credible threat to the national security of the United States: they don't have the logistical capability. ISIS would not have any logistical capability in the region it intends to dominate if it could not sell oil from its illegally occupied Syrian oil fields to Turkey.
And though I will never condemn a medical doctor for trying to fix and heal any human being (or animal), the Israeli doctors and medical personnel who are treating ISIS fighters are making their country more part of the problem than part of the solution.
I am a retired truck driver, and it pains my heart to say what I am about to declare. Now, certainly not all, maybe not even a majority, of the men who are driving the oil that is sold to the Erdogan operation in Turkey are honest-to-goodness professional truck drivers whose loss will seriously impact the countries from which they come. It is probable that a percentage of those driving ISIS trucks are militants trained just enough to get the big trucks across the open space they are crossing to get the oil to Turkey.
If America wants to stop ISIS, as I said, it must stop the takfiris' stolen oil from getting to its destination. The truck drivers are going to be in those trucks as they move. Therefore, the trucks must be destroyed, in most if not all cases, with the truck drivers in them.
We will mourn for any family whose father, not an ISIS man but a skilled worker forced to drive whatever was available because his own country is so torn by war that no legitimate work for truckers is available, never comes home, which is where all us truckers want to be than anywhere on the road, much less in a war zone.
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But men make their decisions. They know the risk, even if they do not conceive that they will be martyrs if they are blown up.
The American foreign policy makers, i.e. the neocons and their neo-liberal interventionist fellow travelers-- that means Kerry, both Clintons and, heart-rending to say it, Obama-- don't even understand that to destroy the TRUCKS is a far greater blow against ISIS than to kill a whole pack of jihadis.
Jihadis will continue to be created worldwide by the combination of wahabist extremism (and media savvy) and covert aid to ISIS from our supposed allies, and the continuation of the disastrous neocon policies of full spectrum dominance and "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."
But tractor trailer rigs are $200,000 apiece, and they are not turned out by the truck manufacturing industry so swiftly that ISIS could lose its fleet and be able to carry on their oil-trucking business. I have read an estimate of 11,000 trucks in ISIS' fleet of tankers, less than the size of Schneider National or Roadway, but a large company indeed, around the size of Werner Enterprises, that also must require mechanics and maintenance personnel, combat support troops, as I was one of in Vietnam.
One piece of how to fight ISIS that nobody, neither Republicans nor Democrats, whether candidates or already in office, has had the sense plus powers of induction to reason thus. Listen closely, all here present, because this is the way to beat ISIS, to make it wither:
ISIS needs trucks for two main logistical capabilities: the hauling of its oil, and the hauling of its fighters and other personnel, including rape victims and slaves. I don't know what brands of trucks are being used by ISIS to haul oil. I haven't seen close enough photos to conclude whether the trucks being used are conventional-- with the nose sticking out in front-- or cab-over.
If the pictures showed cab-over, they are probably using European makes. A conventional is virtually never seen in Europe, because the cab-overs are much more maneuverable in Europe's limited spaces. If there were actually any significant amount of conventional makes in ISIS' stable, they would necessarily be American made. America is the only place where US-style conventional trucks are made, though they are also made with right-hand drive and sent to Australia.
But whatever brands they are using, they have had to buy them from somebody. When trucks are lost by the thousands, they must turn to that or those somebodies for more of them. Large orders of trucks must certainly be discoverable and traceable with the help of the European truck manufacturers in England, France and Germany, theoretically our staunchest NATO allies.
IVECO, MAN, DAF, Peugeot, Volvo trucks, to name several brands, dominate on the roads of Europe, and what little of Asia (Turkey) I have been able to travel in. Surely our "intelligence" industry, in connection with the "intelligence" industries of our allies, can trace the orders and sales of the ISIS trucks. When they do, those sources should be shut down with the same vigor that we use against the jihadis themselves.
If there are any American rigs at all among the tractor-trailer trucks that comprise the ISIS fleet, I don't want to say what should happen to those who sold them to ISIS.
Here's one that's MUCH easier. You all have seen the pictures of columns of ISIS jihadis traveling in Toyota Tundras. They really count on that truck. It's a tough truck, without a doubt, can't fault 'em for the choice.
But who is making large orders of Toyota Tundras? Is ISIS buying directly, or are the trucks being bought by someone and smuggled to them? How do new Toyota pickups get to Syria, Iraq, or Libya from Japan, where they are made? I am unaware that there are any Toyota plants in Europe, though there are in America.
What ships bring the trucks from Japan, where do they land, and how do they get to some part of their "caliphate" if they can not be directly landed by sea, as they might do in Libya? Surely Japanese authorities can also help us discover who in Toyota Co. has authorized the sales to ISIS.
In both cases-- oil transportation and personal/combat transportation-- trucking companies ought to be asked to provide the serial numbers/VINs of those trucks which are part of large fleet purchases, and when they are destroyed, "intelligence" agents can go among the burned-out hulks of the rigs and do the forensic work of ascertaining the serial numbers of as many trucks as possible. That should lead to both the purchasers, and to the truck company executive(s) who closed the deals.
Interdict ISIS' access to transportation facilities and it will wither. It's even one of those pieces of warfighting where an air campaign can potentially be completely effective. We have LANDSAT supremacy. We can SEE any convoy originating in ISIS-held territory, and bomb it. We know it can be done, because we watched the Russians do it. Now the question is whether our leaders have the will to do so.
I can shed tears as easy as Mr. Obama about the deaths of what might end up being thousands of my fellow truckers driving ISIS' oil, but if you want to stop ISIS, there's a very simple and cost-effective way: destroy their trucking fleet, and make sure that the sources of supply they have heretofore used are denied them..