In all fairness, Obama inherited a mess with Bush’s Iraq.  However, his administration’s half-baked strategies since then have resulted in the region sinking into further chaos. When the President completed the US troop withdrawal in 2011, he left over a billion dollars worth of American weapons and equipment in the hands of Iraqi forces–many (also trained by the US) are now likely fighting under the flag of ISIS. It’s also a safe bet to speculate that millions of dollars of US funded weapons and ammunition is now under ISIS control.

An opportunity for the Obama administration to create stability in the region has been lost and with close to a quarter million dead in Syria, the only certainty in the Middle East in the near future is more death and destruction. It’s like the movie Mad Max playing out in real time only it’s not Hollywood fiction.  The death toll is real and rises daily.

A core issue at hand is that the only strategy at play is that there is no strategy. American and Coalition Special Operations troops are some of the best trained and experienced fighting forces the world has seen but are akin to a team of highly skilled professional athletes poorly coached. The free world is losing the war on radical Islam, and unless the core issues of what motivates the terrorist of tomorrow are addressed, the Joint Special Operations Command(JSOC) CAG (Combat Applications Group) led whack-a-mole game of killing HVTs in Syria and Iraq will continue with no end in sight.

The chaos is fine with the current leaders of Islamic radicalism who believe that the “End of Times” is coming. The Apocalypse theory also plays right into the ISIS’ public relations war machine, their PR campaigns have foreign fighters flooding into the region from Turkey on a daily basis.