Bradley Manning Calls for Letting ISIS Succeed

The Islamic State has exactly one redeeming quality. It is highly unlikely to return the affections of progressives like Bradley Manning, the traitor who leaked thousands of sensitive documents, almost certainly getting Americans and their allies killed. Instead of receiving the prompt execution he so obviously requires, Manning is undergoing sex change procedures at public expense and penning witless diatribes in The Guardian, where he makes it plain that even when unrequited, his love for America’s enemies remains true. He does not want us to fight ISIS.

Attacking Isis directly, by air strikes or special operations forces, is a very tempting option available to policymakers, with immediate (but not always good) results. Unfortunately, when the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing and even more fighting that goes back decades. This is exactly what happened in Iraq during the height of a civil war in 2006 and 2007, and it can only be expected to occur again.

And avoiding direct action with Isis can be successful. For instance, in 2009 and 2010, forerunners to the Isis group attacked civilians in suicide and car bombings in downtown Baghdad to try and provoke American intervention and sectarian unrest. But they were often not effective in their recruiting efforts when American and Iraqi forces refused (or were unable) to respond, because the barbarity and brutality of their attacks worked against them. When we did respond, however, the attacks were sold to the Sunni minority in Iraq as a justified response to an occupying government favoring the Shia government led by former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

How then to deal with the establishment of a rabidly aggressive Islamic terror state that would make Iran look almost benevolent by comparison?

Let Isis succeed in setting up a failed “state” – in a contained area and over a long enough period of time to prove itself unpopular and unable to govern. This might begin to discredit the leadership and ideology of Isis for good.

Sure, just look at the Soviet Union. It only took 70 years for it to collapse of its own dysfunctional ideology — with a little Cold War help from Reagan and Thatcher.

Unfortunately, the Islamic State could be expected to use weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons against the West within a few years, given the oil wealth of the region and their fanatical disregard for anything but Islam, including real world consequences.

Why does the liberal elite Guardian readership listen to the policy advice of a mentally ill former Army private who committed treason? Because he committed treason. Also, the sex change business makes him appealing to progressives at a personal level.

Bradley Manning
Bradley now calls himself Chelsea.

On a tip from Henry. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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