Dick Morris has written this provocative article suggesting that this should be the West’s wake-up call that pin-prick airstrikes against ISIS aren’t enough. Morris argues that letting “ISIS build up” and “refusing to keep a military presence in Iraq” and conducting “limited air strikes” forces the US to”send in ground troops.” Morris then said that he hopes “France will make a major contribution.” Additionally, Morris said that the coalition nations must “send upwards of 100,000 troops” to end ISIS.”
If the West decides that ISIS can’t survive past the terrorist attacks in Paris, then it’s important that the West involve trustworthy allies like the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Jordanians. They should make clear that they won’t accept Russian or Iranian help because they can’t be trusted.
Though Morris’ article is provocative, it isn’t without merit. ISIS has proven, through their terrorist attack on Paris, that they’re a global threat, totally capable of hitting Paris, London, Germany or Washington, DC. That’s a threat that the United States and their western allies shouldn’t tolerate a minute longer. Morris is right about this:
After the Paris attacks, a third war in the region is now inevitable and necessary. We cannot let this cancer grow and expand its capacity to wreak havoc.
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Paris, it’s clear that ISIS has established itself as the preeminent terrorist organization in the world. Further, they’ve established as fact that they’re no longer content with just controlling a large portion of Iraq and Syria. They intend to terrorize Western societies.
Another thing that ISIS’s terrorist attacks on Paris have done is remove the myth that terrorists attacked the United States because we had troops in Saudi Arabia. ISIS attacked Paris because they’re intent on creating a worldwide caliphate. This isn’t because of things that the West has done. It’s about the things ISIS believes.
In 2008, President Obama campaigned as the president who would end wars. That’s been exposed as foolishness because we’re only part of the equation. Prior to 9/11, we weren’t at war with al-Qa’ida but they were definitely at war with the US.
That’s proof that the terrorists won’t stop waging war with the West just because we’ve stopped waging war against the terrorists. It’s time to invoke Article 5 of NATO’s charter, which states that an attack against one of the member nations of NATO shall be considered an attack on all of the member nations of NATO. French President Hollande has already declared ISIS’ terrorist attacks an “act of war.”
That’s the right disposition to take. Now it’s a matter of whether NATO members will live up to their treaty obligations. Now, it’s a matter of whether the West will shrink from their responsibilities of defending their countries and their allies.
It isn’t like ISIS is this unstoppable military force. If the West gets serious, ISIS can be decimated in a month or less. It can’t be eliminated in that short of a period of time but they can be depleted to the point where they would be accurately described as a JV team.