Why can't we get the Mexican drug cartels to line up for a photo op like this?
So why does the world always start chanting U...S...A... when it hits the fan in the Mid East? In case you weren't aware, Turkey is a formidable power in that region. So is Iran. And obviously so is Israel. And don't forget Saudi Arabia and Egypt. If ISIS succeeds in Syria / Iraq, those countries have an immediate problem. It's in THEIR back yard. (America's problem with ISIS will be a bit longer range.)
What I want to know is, what are THOSE countries gonna do about ISIS? IMO those countries should be in the starting lineup. We should be in the bull pen. Those countries have their own planes and bombs. We know this because WE sold them to them (along with Russia, the UK, France, and a few others).
They save their weaponry for parades and fly-overs (and occasionally crushing a dissident group at home) while we expend ours. While they spend their money on massive social programs for their citizens, our infrastructure crumbles, our schools struggle for adequate funding, and our food banks have trouble meeting demand.
Ever since Vietnam showed the world our military Achilles heel we haven't been able to defeat a guerrilla-style enemy. That's because we value life. We won't wipe out a city block to get one bad guy for fear of killing innocent civilians. It happens, and we agonize over it, but we do make a valiant effort to prevent it. Our guerrilla enemies have no such conscience.
We've become a foreign policy "Jack of all trades, master of none". We try to be everywhere, but we actually accomplish very little. Trying to prop up "countries" that were just figments of some post-WWI European diplomat's imagination is a lost cause.
I say let "those people" thrust and parry among themselves. Let them decide their own borders. Let them organize themselves by clan or tribe or whatever. Let them establish their own balance of power. It will be bloody, yes, but even if we try, we can have very little (if any) lasting influence. It's called "reality".
We need to be backing up the Mid East regional powers who are truly on the front lines, and not the other way around.