Fact: ISIS has explicitly stated it intends to attack, terrorize and destroy the United States mainland and Western Europe.
Fact: The U.S. government has known about this threat for a long time but has not reacted to it.
Fact: In January of 2014, President Obama told New Yorker magazine’s David Remnick that ISIS, which was then still considered a part of al Qaeda, fighting in Syria was like a JV basketball team.
Fact: President Obama, on August 29, 2014, told the World that “We don’t have a strategy yet” for ISIS in Syria.
Fact: ISIS leadership is based in Syria.
Fact: ISIS is a much greater threat to Western Civilization than Al Qaeda ever was.
Fact: ISIS is a splintered form of Saudi Arabia’s Sunni Wahabi Islam that has become more dogmatic and barbaric than the Saudi’s anticipated.
Fact: The ISIS form of Islam operates on the premise that any person who declares that he or she will not conform to the ISIS form of Islam must be killed.
Fact: The Sunni’s of Iraq have become acutely aware that ISIS’s Sunni Wahabi form of Islam does not accept or support all Sunni’s and Shiites.
Fact: All Middle East Muslims, including Saudi Arabia, now fear the spread of ISIS.
With the advent of ISIS taking control of part of Syria and Iraq the remainder of the Islamic countries in the region are aware that ISIS is not simply interested in creating a limited Islamic State. ISIS wants to conquer the remainder of Islam and then proceed to conquer the remainder of the non-Islamic world.
Strategy to deal with ISIS:
The only strategy that can be considered is a military strategy. Such a strategy must have a clearly defined end, ways of applying force to reach the end and means consisting of instruments and resources that can be used in order to achieve the end.
End: The only end that can be applied to ISIS, is the clear destruction of ISIS. A Carthaginian Solution that results in the total destruction of ISIS so that it can never be reborn.
Ways: A coalition of regional forces must be quickly assembled to respond to the ISIS threat.
ISIS leadership based in Syria must be destroyed quickly.
The remainder of ISIS must then be destroyed.
Means: U.S. and Western Europe must join the coalition and give the regional powers the support needed in the form of intelligence, arms, airpower and ground support as needed.
Saudi Arabia has sufficient airpower to make a major contribution. The Kurds have the desire and ability to defend their territory. The Iraqis, both Sunni and Shiite, know that ISIS intends to make both subservient. Jordan’s survival is on the line. Syria’s survival is also on the line. Iran, as a Shiite nation, is a target for ISIS. The entire Middle East is subject to the ISIS threat. The entire region has a vested interest in destroying ISIS. They should supply effective manpower to do so.
If the regional powers do not marshal their forces, then the West should act alone and destroy ISIS. But, do so with the utmost efficiency possible. Do not fight in major cities with ground forces, simply bomb the cities with ISIS presence to the ground. Then go in when everything is leveled.
Send a message to the World that the West must not be threatened. Make those, who desire to terrorize us, think twice before acting. Machiavelli said it best: “Better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”
War weary U. S. does not want to go back into the Middle East. But sometimes, reality does not give one a choice. President Obama should have little trouble in coming up with a strategy to deal with ISIS. I am sure that the Department of Defense has presented multiple strategies to him already. It is better to act sooner than later in this situation.