Is US doing more harm or good to stop ISIS
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"But Obama's more modest claim " that ISIS's advance in the two countries has been seriously slowed and America deserves (some) credit " is correct. The American strategy is far from perfect, and the gains it has produced aren't necessarily permanent, but Obama is right to say that it's helped beat ISIS back. (1)"
America's strategy has been remarkably successful! Since all of the airstrikes began, US and allied bombs have made it difficult for ISIS to mass its troops in the open. That makes it hard for the group to orchestrate large-scale offensives. Airstrikes have also blown up ISIS oil facilities, making it harder for the group to raise cash.
America is in an economic crisis, not as bad as Europe with their negative interest rates, and we continue to spend money that we simply don't have. Millions of tax dollars are being spent to fight a group that we created, breaking the Geneva Conventions by doing so. By June, 2011, the costs of this war on terror were about $5 Trillion. $16,000 per American citizen, to put that into perspective. $16,000 could go into funding education, prisons, and homeland facilities. America is fighting overseas when we have failed to solve our problems here.
Now, I do accept that we are too far into the ISIS issue to pull out, but that does not change that we have caused several hardships. In the war on terror alone, 133,000 Iraq civilians have been killed by direct violent, 21,000 Afghan civilians, 20,000-5,000 Pakistani civilians. These civilians died because of armed warfare, and greatly surpasses the 2,296 casualties in the 9/11 bombings.
Think of all of the hardships ISIS has caused for us. "Approximately 4,000 Americans have been killed in terrorist attacks since 1970, including the atrocities of September 11, 2001. Since Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Peace Accords in September 1993, at least 53 Americans have been murdered by Palestinian terrorism. The list does not include American servicemembers killed on active duty. (2)
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