There is a web site out there that purports to be really knowledgeable, sort of a clearing house for brains to share their genius wisdom with the masses.
Vox.com is not that site.
I’ve been vaguely aware of just how asinine and clueless the writers there are, but while working on my football post, I stumbled across this linked at Yahoo:
The article basically quotes from people who know far more than the author (which is not difficult) and contains some badly-out-of-date information about current combatant positions.
It also places a great deal of emphasis on the successful (so far) defense of the Kurdish town of Kobane, even going so far as to describe it as a “disaster for ISIS.”
I doubt it.
ISIS has many weaknesses, but static positions are not one of them. Indeed, the calling card of the organization has been its amazing tactical and operational mobility. Seemingly bogged down in Aleppo, ISIS simply shifted forces to Iraq and thus achieved their remarkable series of victories this spring and summer.
Now they are pausing to rearm and resupply – as well as absorbing throngs of new recruits, which I would argue will more than replace their losses. ISIS has shown itself to be dynamic, mobile and multi-faced military force. Anyone who expected them to blitz into Baghdad has shown themselves to be a fool. That isn’t how they operate.
Instead of a bum rush, ISIS often will soften up a target with bombings and infiltration attacks. Targeted assassinations destroy command and control capabilities, leaving the defenders demoralized and leaderless when ISIS finally moves it with their main body.
No, they are not invincible, but I don’t know anyone in the area other than Turkish or Israeli regulars who could stop them. The Kurds have tough fighters but lack training and equipment to fight main force engagements. They also are spread thin trying to protect their people from terror attacks. I suspect ISIL knows that they won’t be able to crush the Kurds but merely hope to keep them bottled up in the mountains and thus secure their northern flank.
In the meantime I fear for our nation, since sites like Vox seem to provide a window into what passes for strategic thinking amongst our elites.