Tuesday morning, the world once again mourned for the loss of life that was incurred when ISIS, the Islamic Jihadist terror group, carried out an attack on the city of Brussels, Belgium. The attack came days after arrest of one of the top suspect in last year’s Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam. Fox News reported when Abdeslam was arrested on Sunday that “he was ready to restart something from Brussels, and it’s maybe the reality,” Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said at the time of Abdeslam arrest. Apparently ISIS was far from over. With this new attack an old question remains, “Can the United States defeat ISIS?”
Wednesday, while on a good will trip to Argentina, President Barack Obama says destroying Islamic State is his “top priority” and that the United States will do “whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally Belgium in bringing to justice those who are responsible” for the attack. Continuing the President said, “my top priority is to defeat ISIL and eliminate the scourge of this barbaric terrorism that has been taking place around the world.”
President Obama also said of his plan to stop ISIS that, “we defeat them in part by saying, ‘You are not strong. You are weak.’ We send a message to those who might be inspired by them, to say, ‘You are not going to change our values of liberty and openness and respect of all people.” The question now has to be, How? This isn’t the U. S’s first ride in this rodeo. How many more times are we the citizens of the strongest nation on earth going to say “Now What?”
President Obama also stated that his approach to fighting the group has constantly “evolved” to meet the threat and he vowed to remains steady and “resolute.’ Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates who have suggested they would “carpet bomb” the Islamic State. He dismissed that approach as both “inhumane” and counterproductive. “That would likely be an extraordinary mechanism for ISIL to recruit more,” he said. President Obama was speaking of Donald Trump and his belief that United States must answer ISIS militarily beginning in Syria.
They say to kill a snake one must cut the head off. Trump’s plan, he believes, would do just that. If ISIS is to be destroyed the plan would be that the US and its NATO’s allies would have to destroy the training camps not only in Syria but also Iran and any other nation harboring the terrorists whose only goal is to destroy a way of life that believes in the freedom to choose which God, which government, and education for all.
The plan the United States has to destroy ISIS calls for fighting the terror group like a conventional enemy, relying on traditional military tactics such as maneuver-style warfare and attrition. he U.S. and its allies now intend to confront the extremist group and its force of about 30,000 fighters, targeting their strongholds and resources across Iraq and Syria simultaneously. Will it be enough to cut the head off the snake. President Obama has only about 9 months to reach his goal of ending ISIS. The old saying time will tell, just won’t cut it. The next President had better get it done.