Who are the allies in the war against ISIS?

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Sep 26, 2014 No Comments ›› admin

by Lynn Woolley

Our stated allies are Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab emirates. But in a fascinating article in – of all places, the liberal website Slate — William Saletan says those countries are just for show and are actually doing very little. Qatar is already complaining that the air raids are unfair and aren’t working. Behind the scenes, we may be actually working with Syria. The Obama administration said it had not given the Assad government advance warning about strikes. But later changed that to: “we did not coordinate” with Syria. That was after the Syrians said they HAD been notified. We may also be working with Iran at some point — under the table, of course. And we are probably using Israeli intelligence – but can’t say so because that would upset Arabs who hate Jews. Working with Arab nations is dicey. They hate us—and they hate each other.


Video: The Young Turks analyze clips from Obama’s UN speech seeking allies in the ISIS war.

Saletan goes on to write about the biggest mystery player: Turkey. He notes that Turkey has officially refused to join he military campaign. There are many theories about Turkey including conspiracy theories that involve weapons running and Benghazi.

But the other thing that is so interesting is the way Arabs (heads of state) think in this region of the world. They all seem to want to kill ISIS, but one of our allies, Saudi Arabia, is where a lot of ISIS-type thinking gets started. Also, they do not like to be seen as fighting with each other — while behind the scenes, they pretty much despise each other.

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