ISIS Extends from Northern Syria into Northern Iraq then South
The Image the World Sees
(Cold, callous, cruel, bloodthirsty)
Yes, the image the world sees, and warnings practically daily about what to do and who should lead beyond what we are already doing: U.S. led bombing in Iraq that is somewhat effective. That is certainly not enough. Then the image of that awful execution of American journalist James Foley and now recently that of a captured soldier from Lebanon by ISIS. They continue to make more threats.
Added to that are warnings from everyone everywhere almost daily that includes the King of Saudi Arabia telling us: "ISIS will come to the U.S. if action is not taken now to stop them." Chilling remarks to say the least.
So, what can we do? What should we do? What must we do? This from Secy of State John Kerry. It is something I have advocated all along: We need to get the angry free world behind the effort and wipe ISIS off the face of the planet once and for all. Mr. Kerry says: "... we need a global coalition..." Yes, we do since this is global problem, it needs a global solution that all freedom-loving people can get behind.
Additionally, Congress needs to come back to DC and wade in and get behind and support the CINC (Mr. Obama) and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and their recommendations for a course of action. They need to return to work now - not wait until their 5-week vacations are over all the while screeching from the sidelines or on FOX about our inaction or what to do next. This by all accounts is the most-serious threat we have ever faced since WW II and possibly during the Cold War years and certainly since 9/11.
We have to get off our hands and in unison to act with with everyone in total agreement as well as having the complete support of the public, whom I think will stand shoulder to shoulder on this one. It is real and not a fake issue like WMD's in Iraq. As they say "this is the real deal."
I am like President Eisenhower who once noted: “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.” However, there are times when it is necessary for all free men to stand up against aggression and madness like see now. Now is not the time to blink or look the other way.
Right now the case is clear and the mission is obvious - the how and when remain. When we do act, we must with a focused and concerted coalition effort that is as strong as possible and ready to engage and end this rein of terror once and for all.