Leave Root Causes Aside—Destroy the ISIS ‘State’

Stephen Biddle and Jacob Shapiro’s recent Atlantic article, “America Can’t Do Much About ISIS,” advocated containing the Islamic State and questioned America’s ability to destroy the group. The first problem with this analysis is how the authors define “destroy ISIS.” They compare the amorphous fight against al-Qaeda with the one against ISIS, discussing how to get at the roots of its terrorist ideology and fix the ungoverned space that provides its sanctuary. This leads them repeatedly to conflate destroying ISIS in its current form as a quasi-state with the monumental task of resolving the Syrian Civil War and the Sunni-Shia split in Iraq. To the contrary, if the mission is properly defined, America can destroy ISIS, and must.

  • Shebel

    Let the Muslims kill everybody—- and establish their Caliphate .
    Then we kill them ALL.

  • Shebel

    Honest to God. I look at these Pigs.
    They –are always demanding something.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Why do you do that, man?
    That’s horrific.

  • jack burns

    One way to make sure that there are no radical muslims.

  • pdxnag

    Every pocket of Islam, inherently seditious and anti-freedom Islam, must be opposed. If you cannot even begin the fight at home then any foreign engagement is doomed to fail. The rule of numbers dictates that the key metric is the number of Muslims, both relative and absolute, roaming your not-yet-ruled-by-Islam lands. Don’t over-think it.

    Aid to Muslim populations with explosively hyper-fertile child birth rates is problematic, to put it charitably. Don’t be stupid.

    • Barrington Minge

      Time to sterilise the whole lot of them!!