The sanguine terrorist group knowns as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has launched a new offensive to capture the Iraqi cities of Baiji and Ramadi. The move represents further expansion of the group which seeks to put Syria and Iraq under their caliphate. Baiji is an oil rich city in Iraq. Loss of the city to ISIS would be huge. PR Newswire said that curiously, the Obama administration says that ISIS capturing the city of Ramadi would not indicate that his strategy to combat ISIS is failing. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that Ramadi is not symbolic in any way. Its fall to ISIS does not affect the goal of the US defeating ISIS. At the same time, he did state the city would need to be liberated. It was a odd position given that it is far easier to defend a city than it is to liberate it.
Senator John McCain acknowledged he was by stunned by Gen. Dempsey’s remarks. McCain, who chairs the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stated that Obama’s ISIS strategy is feckless. He pointed out that many American soldiers lost their lives fighting terrorist in a bid to successfully recapture Ramadi during the Iraqi surge of 2007. The former Vietnam POW said it was beyond comprehension why a US general would say the fall of the city would not matter given the price in American lives that was paid to liberate it several years ago.