Ryan Goodman is not identified in the Guardian article. He is a law professor at New York University – with solid left wing credentials in Human Rights and the laws of War
He is aiming his wrath right at President Obama and especially John Kerry. The primary point of this article is that ISIS is not Al Qaida and not supported by them. Obama and Kerry are gearing up to fight a different enemy in Iraq than was authorized in the past by Congress, using the pretext that ISIS is Al Qaida
Despite Professor Goodman making the general condemnation of Cable News, he specifically calls out the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and CNN carrying the lie that ISIS is Al Qaida.
You can’t support groups trying to overthrow governments in Libya and Syria and then accuse the same people we funded of being “terrorists” the moment they turn against the US backed government – and the US starts talking about cooperating with the “terrorist” government of Iran.
ISIS is making swift progress because the Sunni tribes that used to rule Iraq under Saddam Hussein support them. The Sunni areas are not being captured by ISIS – the local people support their objectives. The Iraqi military is disintegrating in those areas. The Shia volunteers being rounded up to prop up the Iraqi army are a sham. Taking a man and giving him a uniform and gun does not make him a soldier. Their only realistic purpose is to stand behind the real Army with orders to shoot them in the back if they try to desert.
You would think John Kerry of all people would understand you can’t win a civil war by having pilots like John McCain dropping bombs on them. According to the young John Kerry, the Viet Cong were not troops from the North – they were fighters against colonial rule who were supported and protected by the people of South Vietnam.
We lost in Vietnam, Daniel Ortega still runs Nicaragua, the Castros still run Cuba, Libya and Egypt have been taken over by Islamic zealots, Daniel Noriega is back in Panama