The Daily Beast: “U.S. warplanes striking targets in Iraq. Iranian tanks are reportedly moving into the northern part of the country. But the two foreign militaries fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) are not talking to one another.
U.S. and Iraqi officials tell The Daily Beast that, for now, there is no direct channel to coordinate military activities inside Iraq. Instead messages are occasionally passed by senior Iraqi officials who have for years served as interlocutors between Iran and the United States.”
Opinion: Chinese checkers anyone?
The objective is to be first to race one’s pieces across the hexagram-shaped gameboard into “home”—the corner of the star opposite one’s starting corner—using single-step moves or moves which jump over other pieces. The others continue playing to establish 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and last place finishers. Like other skill-based games, Chinese checkers involves strategy. The rules are simple, so even young children can play.
There are at least 6 main armies involved in Iraq/Syria, each one with different goals and the rules are anything but simple.
- US Air Force
- Syria’s armed forces
- Al Qaeda’s so-called moderate army
- Peshmerga (Kurdish forces)
- Iranian tanks
In this game of “Chinese checkers” all 5 of the armies are against ISIS … sort of.
The US, Iran, and Syria have a common goal but are by no means allies. In fact it was Assad’s army that gassed rebels and of whom John Kerry said the US was going to ‘lightly’ bomb because they crossed Obama’s red line - but nothing ever happened.
Iran and the US are acting like friends while the stalled nuclear talks are on hold, but are against each other because of Iran’s support for Assad. Obama has demanded that Assad be removed from power.
The US will NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES put boots on the ground but will continue air strikes while Obama figures out a plan.
The US is sort of backing the Peshmerga (Kurds) but have held back on heavy weapons, leaving them vulnerable to ISIS attacks.
The US is sort of backing so-called moderate Al Qaeda, but like the Kurds have been given minimal support leaving them vulnerable to ISIS.
Assad’s Syrian Army is vulnerable to ISIS.
Conclusion: ISIS is the only Army that is sure of its goal to establish an Islamic caliphate. They have billions in confiscated funds, US weapons, US uranium, cash flow from 7 oil wells, and a bunch of enemies with no clear-cut objectives.
Now somebody better call Somebody ’cause this is getting ugly.