Trolling Level: PhD

There are reports that ISIS’s putative caliph, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is pining for the fjords.

The Pentagon is treating the reports as unconfirmed.

But that’s not stopping Mattis’s Pentagon from talking some grim, pointed smack with the story:

A spokesman for the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition told CBS News in an emailed statement that, “we cannot confirm this report, but hope it is true. We strongly advise ISIS to implement a strong line of succession, it will be needed.”


11 thoughts on “Trolling Level: PhD

  1. Trump’s idea of a partnering with Putin on cyber security is absolute genius. Next on the Trump agenda: Setting up a joint terrorism unit with ISIS to make the world secure from terrorists.

  2. Aw, it looks like we ruined his whole day! Yay!

    (when I was applying–unsuccessfully–to go to West Point, one of the neat phrases I heard a lot by those who had been there was that when something went really wrong, it could “ruin your whole day”. Charming phrase)

  3. Get back to us when you have confirmation. Speculation has no business on the internet. What do you think this is a witch hunt?

  4. Sigh. It seems SFB eTASS imbecility meter is stuck on high today. Didn’t your mother ever teach you that when you have anything to add to conversation, do not open your big yap? Apparently not.

  5. If we were serious about defeating ISIS, we would ­­­stop coddling the Saudis and say “get serious about fighting the Wahhabism that you promoted for decades and stop promoting your Sunni vs Shia conflicts or we will stop buying your oil and cut off your precious weapons.

    I don’t disagree that we would be better off if the ISIS ideology were in retreat. But I don’t see much evidence that a nation can defeat the ideology of other folks. We are currently the drivers of that ideology. We might take some actions to modify our provocations but the United States (or any other nation) lacks the tools to “defeat an ideology”. Muslims in the Middle East can defeat Islamist ideology if they care enough. We can cheer them on, but we cannot do it for them.

  6. Prediction: Our military’ campaign against ISIS will generally prove no more effectual than it has been in destroying the Taliban.

    I like to think of ISIS, al Qaeda, the Taliban and all the rest of these groups as clouds floating across the sky. And we are like great anti-aircraft guns accurately shooting holes in those clouds. The clouds continue on their happy way and we continue to congratulate ourselves for what great shots we are. In the meantime the low pressure from whence the clouds come from continues to build.

  7. In the meantime the low pressure from whence the clouds come from continues to build.
    You can’t stop clouds from coming over the border.
    But you can stop people from coming over the border.

  8. Probably the most effective measure to constrict the funnel-mouth of the future-jihadi development pipeline would be to tell all the Gulf Arab countries that all military cooperation in the future is contingent upon the cessation of their financial support for Wahhabi educational institutions in other countries (including the US).

  9. Regarding the effectiveness of destroying Al Qaida and the Taliban, we were doing pretty good until somebody decided the war was over and withdrew troops. Not to name any names like Barry Soetoro, of course.

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