Re "Iraq airstrikes are justified, but may not be enough" (Editorial, Aug. 9): President Obama is correct when he says "[dealing with ISIS] is going to be a long-term project." However, it also seems clear he hasn't got a clue as to how to deal with the problem. Waiting for a cohesive government in Iraq ISIS consolidate their holdings, and expand where possible. Airstrikes won't get the job done. Air power did nothing to deter the opposition in Vietnam. Wars are won by taking and holding the ground.
ISIS is currently the equivalent of a small Nazi Germany, essentially different only in size and lack of a seaport. They have money, oil, a functional industrial base and power grid and an international airport. One thing Nazi Germany didn't have was enthusiastic immigrants, all committed to the cause.
ISIS is a cancer loose in the world, and limited airstrikes will neither contain nor eliminate the disease.
-- John Paul, Carmichael