President Obama’s war plan is questionable because he is at heart a timid man. He’s the boxer who wants to wear the champion’s belt, but only throws jabs because he fears his opponent might become angry and throw a punch that will hurt him or leave a mark. He’s a slow-thinker and lacks the pro-active dynamic required to survive in a life-threatening crisis. When it’s time to “fight or flee,” he wants 10 minutes to think it over. Like LBJ, he actually believes he can micromanage a war, right down to rules of engagement for flash-in-the-pan firefights.
Our commander in chief has yet to grasp the asymmetric qualities of the war we are currently fighting. War, like everything else in this world, always comes down to economics. The quicker and more efficiently you wage your war, the greater your savings in the blood of your warriors and the treasure of your tribe, city-state, nation or empire.
ISIS, ISIL, Islamic State or Caliphate — take your pick — will not be defeated by White House Press Office telegraphed blows and the gradual dribbles of added troops for training. Right now everyone is fighting for Iraq except the Iraqis. Winning will only be accomplished by a sudden, unannounced, classified commitment of at least a brigade of special operators, under the direct control of the Special Operations Command, with one rule of engagement: “Close with and kill the enemy.”
Sadly, winning is not in Obama's lexicon. He prefers to end war by walking away and praying that no one kicks him in the pants on the way home.