Should We Destroy ISIS?

Most, if not all, of the presidential candidates participating in the two Fox News Channel debates on January 28 told us that as president of the United States they would destroy the Islamic State, ISIS. They only differed somewhat in their operational concepts to achieve that end. Not one of them, however, discussed the overarching strategic question of the “What Next?” How would each prepare a strategy to deal with a Middle East featuring an ascendant Jihadist, terrorist, nuclear expansionist Shiia Iran? Due to American success against ISIS, the mullahs would be unchallenged on the ground by significant Sunni forces.

To be fair to the candidates, the moderators never asked this all-important question.

  • BillyHW

    Why don’t we let plague do the job for us?

    • V10_Rob

      Indeed. Why are we letting ourselves get sucked into the another phase of the long-running Islamic Civil War?

      The only problem that many people have with ISIS and its methods and ideology is that THEY want to be the ones dishing out the beheadings and fatwas, instead of being on the receiveing end. Unless it’s to glass the area, we’re wasting our time there.

      • Xavier

        What about the Christians and Jews?

        I’m not being a smart ass, I really want to know: do we just write them off?

        • V10_Rob

          Genuine refugees, who should have been the priority in this whole current fiasco. The kind who are fed up with the madness and bloodletting and just want to live their life in peace, and aren’t just waiting for their turn to settle accounts.

        • DavidinNorthBurnaby

          Are there any left? I thought they were dead or fled by now.

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  • canminuteman

    I have less fear of a muslim nuclear power rising in the middle east than I do of Britain or France becoming a muslim nuclear power.

  • Hard Little Machine

    No, We need to allow it to kill them all then kill itself.

  • Spatchcocked

    Yes…..but at arms length. Drones etc…strategic bombing….assassinations….embargo….cut off the money…keep our eye in but no huge investing of territory….
    An example has to be set of course so an encirclement of some kind….keep tightening the circle till Puff and the B 52s can do their thing…..a moderatel speed shock and awe.
    Thank God the Americans exist otherwise we in the West would be in one hell of a pickle with field marechals Merkel Cameron and Justine as our general staff.
    Mecca would be nice but I dunno…it’s not really a Monte Cassino moment yet…..maybe just knock a few corners off it……as a kind of message.
    And anyway I get the feeling the Sauds ain’t gonna be around a lot longer.

  • ismiselemeas

    Saudi Arabia is the elephant in the room. Iraq is the piggy in the middle. Iran will act to support Houthi Shi’ites by flooding the markets with oil. Saudi Arabia will be bankrupted and consumed in a civil war that is already playing out with the current “king” breaking the family contract right, left and centre. Jordanian Hashemites will probably be wiped out. The coming shit storm is going to dwarf anything we’ve seen to date.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    So far, Israel has the best policy, neutrality between Shiites and Sunnis with a subtle tilt toward the Kurds while responding to any direct threats or hostilities. It will then plan further strategies if a winner emerges.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    The only reason why we care about the Middle East is because most nations there have oil otherwise the Middle East would be like Africa where there would be no mention in the news of what goes on. That is the honest truth. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States fund these groups and that money comes from the US. Therefore the money indirectly comes from the US. Iran and Russia and the Kurds are the only serious ones taking on this US created group which was only created to take out Assad. There was also no proof of the Assad using weapons on his own people. The same goes with MH17. When will people understand that governments lie to you about everything and this crosses party lines. Conservatives, liberals and social democrats that are mainstream believe the stories or else they are labeled as conspiracy theorists which came about during the JFK era. I say there is nothing wrong with having alternative points of view, especially when governments lie about everything. Trust once it is lost is a hard thing to gain back. People only remain with large parties because they have something to gain or they just can’t escape the clutches of their mainstream captors.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Even Mulcair was once 9/11 truth and he had to seal his mouth for the good of living off of taxpayer money, when going into federal politics. I am 9/11 truth because what came afterwards set forth police state measures, war, propaganda and I realized that like the communist era pre-1989 it is our patriotic duty to zip our lips and believe everything the government tells us. We are also forced to accept our children going overseas to fight in wars which are wanted by the political class that never puts forward their children. At least then they would have credibility.

    • Minicapt

      “Thou cockered bat-fowling scullian!”


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