November 16, 2015 1:31 AM
Killings hardened country’s resolve to fight extremists
N’DJAMENA, Chad—France and the U.S. have been on opposing trajectories in the Muslim world in recent years.
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November 16, 2015 1:55 AM
you are missing the point.......draft them, train them to fight in their own country and close European borders, can't come back....they either take it back or face the hardship of not winning......there are more immigrants than there are ISIS soldiers.
November 16, 2015 1:52 AM
"the root cause of the militant group’s rise—the atrocities of the Assad regime".Could that possibly refer to the chemical barrel bombs which caused Obama to declare his famous red line and from which he later backed away, leaving France high and dry? Nawh, couldn't be..How pathetic that the 'leader' of the free world Obama is even more deluded about the nature of the threat ISIS poses than a hard line French Socialist.
November 16, 2015 1:51 AM
Why not females too? Are you sexist? (kidding). But don't really expect France to fight back much. Its not their nature. This will be forgotten in three weeks. In fact the attack on the heavy metal thingy wasn't realized for a while. But really who could tell?
November 16, 2015 1:50 AM
I concur with Ms. Liggett the West hasn't the will. We can only hope this is the seminal significant emotional event which stiffens our spine, stops our handwringing, and calms our trembling upper lip. But then again I have favored bringing back napalm so am a bit on the fringe.
November 16, 2015 1:49 AM
FRENCH Lives Matter !
It is time to think historically, to recall what occurred in the past, why it occurred, and how men and women of every kind managed to transcend their narrow ideologies and beliefs, in order to "serve."
November 16, 2015 1:48 AM
The problem really isn't Obama, it is those who continue to support him and his liberal cronies. Nothing will be done by this feckless administration unless there are thousands of innocent victims inside the USA and then Obama will give some lame excuses and far too many of the go along to get along Republicans will agree. With losers like McConnell and Cornyn running the senate don't expect any meaningful changes in Obama's actions.
November 16, 2015 1:47 AM
Maybe France should require all military age male refugees to join a special force dedicated to fighting ISIS as a condition of entry.
November 16, 2015 1:46 AM
The world has grown tremendously more dangerous since we implemented the Obama foreign policy.
November 16, 2015 1:45 AM
Fight them here, or fight them over there. Bush chose to fight them over there, under Obama they have had the chance to reload so I guess we will now fight them here.
November 16, 2015 1:44 AM
They need to start within their borders, including their 'no go' zones. Clean house.
November 16, 2015 1:42 AM
The only solution to this issue at this point is a massive and brutal assault against ISIS. We have the capability, we have the resources but we don't have the will, at least not at the levels of leadership in any of the nations, necessary to make that happen. Until Western powers develop the World War Two mentality of mercilessly destroying the enemy, ISIS will live long and prosper.
November 16, 2015 1:41 AM
Exactly what I've been saying for a year. Kill ISIS with 200,00+ armed forces, 100,00 from US, 50,000 NATO and 50,000 Gulf Arabs like we did in 1991, US led plus bombers, attack aircraft and helicopters in the hundreds. Raise taxes, do whatever is necessary and win this in 6 months.
Yes, fully agree. American citizens have yet to fully realize that Obama and his minions (not only in the WH, but also in the Congress) wants to bankrupt this country...and at that time....every American will be screaming to Washington DC to 'save them'....and they will obliging do that...and that is when we now have a Unitied Social States of America. Welcome to the next '''frontier'''!
November 16, 2015 1:40 AM
I think that is right. ISIS is an immediate and serious threat to the West. We should focus on totally destroying them now. When that is done, it does not mean that there will be peace in the Middle East. It simply means that we can turn our attention to the next most immediate threat which is probably going to be the Iranians and their various terrorist proxies--including Assad and Hezbollah.
Our government can't even find the will to call them Islamists. Glad our friends in France aren't so worried about hurting people's feelings.
November 16, 2015 1:39 AM
Hi, Paul:Not so easy. NATO is still clearing up its policies on same-sex marriage and paternity leave among active-duty soldier-persons, and President Obama needs to run things by his campus advisors, to avoid potential micro-aggressions among aggrieved student groups.
You know things are bad when the French are making us look wimpy.
November 16, 2015 1:38 AM
Viva La France!
November 16, 2015 1:37 AM
David, welcome back to the real worl
November 16, 2015 1:36 AM
Let me make sure I understand this correctly? In the all volunteer US Army, where all the soldier are volunteers, what did they volunteer to do?
November 16, 2015 1:35 AM
Obama the Coward continues to show his yellow stripe. The rest of the world thinks he represents us. One more election
Weren't we in Iraq and Syria spending billions of dollars and years training fighting forces? I don't disagree that these guys should fight, but I do wonder about the efficacy.
November 16, 2015 1:34 AM
This could be tragically interesting. Here is one scenario:2. Obama refuses to commit forces3. NATO is fractured.4. Putin observes all of this.5. One of the Baltic states starts having pro-Russia "demonstrations".6. Russia snatches one of the Baltic states (just as they did Crimea)Step 2 of the above is very likely!
Interesting. Not sure about EU law. My dad was a legal resident in the USA when he was drafted, and his choice was to serve or to leave. So he served overseas.
If they are going to take it to them they best hit hard in Paris first.
It's the Army. Do I misunderstand that? And I do appreciate the fact he signed up for a dangerous job. I have a son who could be drafted.
November 16, 2015 1:33 AM
A nationality is bound to the feelings of belonging of a subject to his nation. Any subject that despise his nation should be ripped of his nationality, and his citizenship. Western countries must review the nationality and citizenship concepts, the philosophical basis behind them, so citizenship laws can evolve.
No David we have no defense in the region. We do fly a few F16s around and drop bombs with no forward air control. If one of these pilots drops his plane-- he or she-- is a goner. No one will know what happened to them unless their head shows up on ISIS apps. Pray you don't have a friend or relative trying to fly missions in the region.
Sooner or later our country will have to recognize that this is a religious war. No one will admit the s but we have to understand that the Jodeo-Christian societies/countries of the west are the target for Islamic extremists who gave as their goal the elimination of ALL who are not followers of Mohammed. Iran has called us the great devil to be eliminated. If we aren't eliminated then we have to convert or enslaved. Not much different than the Nazis who had their holocaust against anyone who did net believe that their race was supreme and their Fuhrer was the ultimate in all matters. There were 14 million people exterminated by the Germans in their concentration camps. Half were Jews the other half were non-Jewish untermenchen. That doesn't count the millions killed in the various war zones, especially the eastern front. The same mentality exsists in the ISIS leadership. Why do you think they behead non believers or kill Christians that live in that area or push the others into migration out of the area. For a long time we have be taught it is aproblem in Israel but it us much bigger than that. Hopefully WE will wake up soon! America needs to unite and get its act together before we loose a lot more innocent people. Let's work with the French and eliminate these people now.
November 16, 2015 1:32 AM
Point well taken.
Interesting point. Hollande has said this was an act of war. Obama seems to have agreed. The NATO charter says, if I am correct, that an act of war on one member is an act on all.