According to Reuters, several Arab nations have offered to join the United States in air strikes against IS targets, US officials said on Sunday (September 14), indicating a possible widening of the air campaign against militants who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria.
Washington declined to identify those Arab countries that had offered to participate in the coalition, but said they were under consideration as the United States begins to identify roles for each country in its emerging coalition against jihadists who have declared a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.
The addition of Arab fighter jets could strengthen the credibility of the US-led campaign in a region skeptical of how far Washington will commit to a conflict in which nearly every country has a vested interest, set against the backdrop of Islam's 1,300-year-old rift between Sunnis and Shi'ites.
“I don’t want to leave you with the impression that these Arab members have offered to engage air strikes because several of them have,” a senior US State Department official told journalists in Paris.
COMMENT: Unfortunately, the US President has stood quietly by as the Islamic State (IS) has become one of the most formidable and brutal adversaries that the world has witnessed throughout the duration of the Obama Administration:
As a Marine veteran, it is my sense that President Obama is much more concerned with ending wars than starting them, even in cases where defending the US from formidable adversaries such as IS are deemed warranted.
Admittedly, the Islamic State (IS) is a formidable adversary that has grown dramatically as the Chief Executive has been far more focused in polishing his golfing skills than in serving as the Commander-in-Chief, which amongst all of his duties, is included as his most important responsibility.
The Obama Administration's apparent dislike for armed conflict on behalf of the US Government is readily apparent in recent years, which, unfortunately, has resulted in Washington having a reputation for having other nations stepping up to the plate to engage in "heavy lifting."
Worse, it seems apparent to most observers that down deep President Obama has little personal respect for those committed to military service to include being prepared to die for one's country. Perhaps that is why the former senator's greatest accomplishment before being elected President was as a "community organizer."