When the Islamic State jihadis lose they lose, and when they win, they lose, also — as long as the American people don’t catch on to how they’re being played for fools. The blinkered Blinken, and the Obama administration in general, almost certainly know better. They just hope you don’t.
If Blinken is correct, the U.S. should stop being so successful against the Islamic State, so that they will lay off the jihad attacks.
“State Dept.: ‘Indiscriminate’ attacks a measure of success in fight against ISIS,” by David Sherfinski, Washington Times, July 5, 2016:
Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken on Tuesday said that recent “indiscriminate” terror attacks are actually a measure of success that the U.S. is having in combating the Islamic State terrorist group, saying the attacks are occurring as the group’s territory and resources are being taken away from them.
“What we’re seeing, I think, is ISIS actually lashing out,” Mr. Blinken said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Because against every way we measure this — the territory they control, the number of foreign fighters and fighters overall, the money, the propaganda — they are down against every single measure.”
“And unfortunately, one of the things that they do in response is to lash out with these indiscriminate terrorist attacks — suicide bombers, car bombs, you name it — going back to the more traditional model of terrorism. And it’s horrific,” Mr. Blinken said.
A series of deadly bombings rocked Saudi Arabia and Iraq in the past several days, with the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, claiming responsibility for a deadly car bombing over the weekend in Baghdad.
The group also claimed responsibility for the recent deadly hostage standoff in Bangladesh, and officials have said the recent attack at Turkey’s Ataturk Airport appears to be tied to ISIS, though it has not claimed responsibility.
“And if you have someone willing to blow themselves up it’s very difficult,” Mr. Blinken said. “But in a strange way, this is a measure of the success we’re having in taking their territory away from them, taking the foreign fighters away, taking the resources away.”…