In reverse order: ISIL is winning in Iraq, and we are losing. Airstrikes — quite modest ones compared to those unleashed against Saddam Hussein’s armies over a decade ago — aren’t doing the job, and the Defense Department doesn’t seem to be able to round up enough (any?) of those much-touted “moderate” Syrian rebels to form a serious opposition force. The Kurds are stressed, and we’re not getting them enough supplies. Meanwhile, the Kurds’ long-term enemies, the Turks — Turkey is a NATO ally of the United States — are actually bombing the Kurds rather than ISIL.
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