Iranian Al Quds is freer to assist Assad in Syria and continue to support Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank.
If Saddam Hussein was still around, we would not need US Special Ops in Iraq to suppress al-Qaeda.
Truthfully, I think our Special Operations types ought to create their own Muslim movement, specializing in counter-terrorism operations.
The idea is to both cover real counter-terrorism ops with the appearance that they have been carried out by Muslims opposed to al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups; and to form a decentralized anti-al-Qaeda organization that could very well attract Muslims to the idea of fighting al-Qaeda.
In the first case, the idea that Muslims would, or could, or would want to carry out highly effective counter-terrorism operations would be a shock to many Muslims, used to being cowed by terrorist violence, extremism, and the Muslim inability to do anything right.
Next, as a decentralized organization, any Muslim who wanted to, could in effect join by carrying out attacks against not just al-Qaeda, but the Imam-instigators that encourage other Muslims to carry out terrorist acts.
This takes the fight beyond actual combatants, to the real backers of terrorism.
Much of it would be Psyops, but it would open another front against both terrorists and terrorist instigators.
The King of Jordan is America’s only reliable ally in the mid-east, other than Israel. Watch Obama pull the rug out from under King Abdullah sometime soon to complete handing all the area to radical killer Islamists. The ones we let get leadership in Iraq & Afghanistan are ready to cave to the terrorists right after our troops board planes for home.