With Friday night’s ISIS attacks in Paris grabbing headlines, US officials are scrambling to take advantage of the situation, both as a way to dramatically escalate their own war against ISIS, and to court various other nations in getting more deeply entrenched in the conflict.
US diplomats are making the rounds, urging European and Arab nations to add to their involvement in the war on the notion of keeping ISIS fighting in Iraq and Syria instead of attacking abroad. France, already one of the most heavily involved, is likely to be the first to announce massive increases in their commitment.
The US itself is also expected to use this occasion as an excuse to double-down on the conflict, with last week’s talk of “mission creep” because of US ground deployments into Syria now all but forgotten, and officials and advisers all insisting the attack proves the need for a “more aggressive” strategy.
Over a year of US escalation in a war that officials initially insisted would be short-term and limited in scope has only seen ISIS itself grow stronger, and cemented the nations involved in the war as not just enemies of ISIS but targets to be hit abroad by them.
The decision to escalate further, then, is less a “reaction” to Paris than a lack of reaction, with officials simply staying the course on a path of escalation they’ve been on from the start, and using Paris as the latest excuse to speed up the escalation without proper debate.
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