PRESIDENT OBAMA, ISIS IS OUR PROBLEM
It is indeed ironic that Defense Secretary Ash Carter would condemn the Iraqi defense forces for a lack of will in the fight against ISIS when Barack Obama shares that same lack of will. Press Secretary Josh Earnest made the point exquisite, even after Carter’s statement, when he said that the Obama Administration expects those same will deprived forces to take the lead in attacking ISIS, leaving the United States to provide back-up air support and limited training support but no leadership in the battle against ISIS. Because ISIS is dedicated to our destruction, passing the buck to green and will deprived Iraqi troops is not a viable option. We cannot rely on a foreign power to achieve an objective that it neither wants to achieve nor has the ability to achieve. There is no substitute for our own defense of our own vital national interests; the lives of our troops, the lives of our people, and the property of the United States are at stake. We must lead in this circumstance; we cannot be led.
The United States must use every means at its disposal to eradicate ISIS and all terrorist organizations dedicated to our destruction or we must expect carnage and destruction within the United States. To avoid use of full power to destroy ISIS is to court disaster. President Obama’s Memorial Day speeches are surreal to the extent that he thinks global warming, and not terrorism, the most important national security threat to the United States.
There can be no doubt but that President Obama is well aware of the risks his policy of limited engagement is creating. By choosing to tie the hands of American forces, the President renders it likely that an ISIS attack will occur on American soil. The failure to act in the presence of such a clear threat is indistinguishable from acquiescence in ISIS terror. President Obama’s abdication of the role of commander-in-chief is a constitutional defect the consequences of which necessarily include the loss of American lives and property to ISIS and other terrorist organizations dedicated to our destruction.
American pilots assigned the task to run sorties against ISIS targets are increasingly disillusioned, frustrated by rules of engagement that deny them the discretion to achieve deadly and extensive kills. The President’s popularity among service men is the lowest of any President in modern history. A Military Times survey of active duty service men and women revealed that only 15% approve of the President. Our troops know they have the fire power sufficient to eradicate ISIS but the rules of engagement imposed upon them are so restrictive that they cannot do their job effectively. Moreover, the absence of boots on the ground has made targeting and routing out and destroying ISIS impossible. As a consequence, ISIS continues to grow, expanding its oppressive and murderous reach.
The failure to eliminate ISIS portends grave danger for the United States. The organization is working to obtain nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. So equipped, it will find a way to detonate those devices not only in Syria and Iraq but also in the United States. Whether relying on a dirty bomb or a more sophisticated delivery mechanism, ISIS leaders are anxious to do whatever they can to kill, terrorize, and threaten Americans.
Given the gravity of the threat, the absence of a total commitment of resources to destroy ISIS is unacceptable. The failure to act decisively and definitively not only is a display of weakness, it is suicidal behavior. An enemy dedicated to doing everything in its power to kill you is not an enemy whose life can be spared, even for a moment. By disallowing the greatest military power in the world the opportunity to obliterate this dedicated foe, the President is enabling that foe to expand, to acquire greater means to wage war, to commit additional acts of terror, and to acquire the means to bring about widespread destruction within the United States.
Every hour that passes without an exercise of overwhelming force against ISIS (and without troops on the ground who ferret out and kill all who are a part of the organization) is an hour in which the probability of a nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons attack grows. Sooner or later, unless we lead the effort to destroy ISIS, ISIS will acquire the means to cause widespread death and destruction within the United States. This waiting game thus serves only to embolden ISIS and improve its ability to achieve that objective.
We may then rightfully place blame for the next major terrorist attack on American soil on Barack Obama. His weakness, vacillation, indecisiveness, and lack of will are apparent to the world and undermine the American military at every turn. His failure to lead as commander-in-chief, his failure to authorize the American military to use every means at its disposal to obliterate ISIS and similar terrorist organizations, and his failure to make destruction of ISIS and those other terrorist organizations a top American national security objective imperils the lives, property interests, and future of every American citizen.
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United States must use every means at its disposal to eradicate ISIS
and all terrorist organizations dedicated to our destruction or we must
expect carnage and destruction within the United States.