Originally posted by Eladar
Wipe out ISIS and arm the Kurds. We need to wipe out Iran and prop up the Kurds as the main power in the region.
If Turkey doesn't like it, we can wipe out Turkey.
If Russia doesn't like it, we can wipe out Russia.
Population of Turkey: 76 million - you would wipe them out.
Population of Iran: 79 million - you would wipe them out.
Population of Russia: 144 million - you would wipe them out
Quite how to target ISIS and wipe them out is hard to guess. They keep replicating with recruits from around the world. They are not even restricted to Syria and Iraq so indiscriminate slaughter in that region will not suffice for your policy to work.
Most Kurds are Sunni Muslim. Is this a concern for you? Clearly many Sunni Muslims do not support ISIS. That almost certainly includes many in Syria and Iraq in areas controlled by ISIS but in the face of indiscriminate bombing by America and Russia (among others) and sectarian assault by Shia militias supported by America, ISIS can often appear the least worst of a nasty choice. Turkey, of course, is now bombing both ISIS and the Kurds, so that is not so handy for your policy. In addition, when you wipe out Turkey you will by definition be wiping out many Kurds: bit of a policy conflict there I fear.
So thank you Elador. You have your finger on the problem I see. Almost certainly you will be supporting Trump to lead the American Taliban to victory.