New idea to defeat ISIS: call it something else

By Allen West

For your daily dose of politics not making any sense and adversely affecting policy — this time foreign and national security — I bring you this story.

As reported by CNS News, “A global effort to counter claims by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) that it is acting in the name of Islam must include a counter-narrative that highlights “our profound respect” for the religion, the administration’s point man in the anti-ISIS coalition said this week.”

“Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen was speaking in Kuwait, where representatives of more than a dozen Islamic and Western countries met to discuss using public communications to combat ISIS (also known as Da’esh – an acronym for the Arabic rendering of the group’s name, ad-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fil-Iraq wa ash-Sham). “As we seek to expose Da’esh’s true nature,” Allen told the gathering on Monday, “we must also tell a positive story, one that highlights our respect – our profound respect for Islam’s proud traditions, its rich history, and celebration of scholarship and family and community.”

First, let me point out that General Allen is retired and for some reason has been appointed by the Obama administration as special presidential envoy for the anti-ISIS coalition, and has Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Brett McGurk, an Iraq specialist, is serving as his deputy. The problem here is that the Obama administration has circumvented the established chain of command and inserted someone above the uniformed Combatant Commander responsible for this geographic area of responsibility (AOR) — General Lloyd Austin, who is on active duty.

Furthermore, retired General Allen seems to have a position that supersedes that of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, who by the law established in the Goldwater-Nichols Act, is the preeminent advisor to the …read more


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