I’ve just coined a new phrase. “Cold-blooded insouciance.” Here’s why:
The key Syrian border city of Kobani will soon fall to ISIS, but that’s not a major U.S. concern, several senior U.S. administration officials said.
If Kobani falls, ISIS would control a complete swath of land between its self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria, and Turkey — a stretch of more than 100 kilometers (62 miles).
The U.S. officials said the primary goals are not to save Syrian cities and towns, but to go after ISIS’ senior leadership, oil refineries and other infrastructure that would curb the terror group’s ability to operate — particularly in Iraq.
I warned a month ago that the President’s war strategery would force ISIL into the cities, from which we’d have an nearly impossible time weeding them out, and even retired General John Allen has warned that “Expectations need to be managed” in a campaign which “could take years.”
The people of Kobani will have their expectations managed quite brutally.