Clearly demonstrating his knowledge and understanding of the global terror threat President Obama and others in his administration are on record as describing ISIS as the “JV team”. Well, the JV team isn’t so JV anymore. With approximately 25,000 fighters, a huge pile of stolen cash, American military equipment, seven oil fields and two refineries, and possibly chemical weapons the Islamic terrorist organization has grown to be the single most dangerous terror threat in the world. The recent beheading of American journalist James Foley makes it clear that ISIS is not intimidated by a few airstrikes, and Obama’s insistence on responding by launching a criminal investigation shows that he has no clue that he is even involved in a war, let alone how to prosecute it. Forgive me, but I don’t think the leaders of ISIS are quaking in their boots because Obama is sending Eric Holder after them.
For the record, many of us warned that pulling our troops out of Iraq too soon would result in the need for us to return to fight yet another war there. This is precisely what we expected to happen, and unless Obama figures out the war on terror isn’t fought on a golf course, the situation is going to get much worse before the next President can take office. Oh, and one other thing, we also warned that unless we fight the terrorists in their own countries, we are going to have to fight them here. I hope and pray I’m wrong, but I fully expect that to happen soon.
Despite their barbarity, ISIS can still be stopped but it will involve actual warfare rather than criminal investigations. Airstrikes are a good start, but they are just that, a start. The best way to handle this would be for the U.S. to provide material support and training for other nations in the region to put boots on the ground in Iraq to fight ISIS, but I doubt seriously that we could find a single country that trusts Obama or respects his ability as a leader enough to accept such a plan, especially if Obama himself isn’t committed enough to send troops to the fight. At some point it will be necessary for the U.S. to actually fight this war, but Barack Obama doesn’t appear to be man enough to do it.
That being said, there are things we can do now to at least slow their growth; the first being to shut down their ability to produce and sell oil on the black market. As long as we are conducting air strikes, it only makes sense to target their oil production and transportation infrastructure. Refineries cannot operate without a steady supply of chemicals and repair parts, and it should be a simple matter to dry up that supply. Additionally, devastating sanctions should be levied against any country or business found buying ISIS produced oil, or selling chemicals or equipment that allow them to operate the refineries. Providing Kurdish forces with heavy weapons and tactical support would at least allow the boots that are on the ground to have an advantage over the ISIS fighters.
An even more important step that must be taken, although at this point it is likely too late, would be to close our borders to illegal aliens to prevent an influx of ISIS fighters from entering the country. It is not credible to suggest that ISIS does not have the desire and ability to bring the fight to us, nor can it be doubted that members of the organization are already on our soil preparing an attack. The utter disregard for national security shown by this administration along our borders makes it almost certain that we will again experience a terrorist attack on our soil of a magnitude that is likely to dwarf the attacks on 9/11.