Ominous Tweet Connects ISIS Threat In Chicago
Very disturbing.. We need to be vigilant, and re-direct our federal law enforcement, Homeland Security, and military resources to addressing this very real, clear, and present threat in a robust, holistic manner that is strategic and multifaceted in nature; attacking the problem set from various angles. Among that would be to secure our southern border TODAY! That is absolutely critical! Of course, as we oftentimes say here, it is absolutely critical that we BUILD THE WALL NOW!!..and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border!!..NOT back about 40 miles!! It is WAY past time to debate/discuss and have this touchy-feely hug-fest so as not to offend certain demographics, or worrying about the corrupt Mexican government getting upset. I mean, c’mon. Who cares?!? Lets be honest about this.. the Mexican government is no longer a partner in this anyway. They are an adversary. Nobody has the courage to say that in Washington, D.C. But, I’m not a politician worrying about offending a certain demographic (and losing some of those votes). The Mexican government has one of our U.S. Marines incarcerated in a Mexican federal prison now for several months, which is a complete disgrace. And, they have been complicit in human trafficking and drug smuggling across our border (and God knows what else). Plus the Mexican military makes over a hundred military incursions across our border on to U.S. soil each year and fires on our Border Patrol agents and so on. This is well documented. Again, its time to stop treating them as a friend and ally, and instead treat the corrupt Mexican government for what it is; a regional adversary that seeks to undermine our national sovereignty and our national security interests, while laughing at us as we give them millions and millions of tax-payer dollars each year in foreign aid. To that end, we need to stop ALL foreign aid to Mexico until it frees our U.S. Marine, and stops its active support of illegal aliens crossing into our country, human trafficking in general, and its tacit (if not active) support of the Mexican drug cartels. And that’s just the southern border with CA, AZ, TX, and NM!! The bad guys won’t stop there. The U.S. Coast Guard needs to be equally vigilant and well funded so it can perform its mission of protecting our coats.
As it relates to ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State.. We need to ramp up the air campaign in Iraq, and expand it into Syria. The notional geographic border between the two countries isn’t being respected by ISIS because they don’t recognize either country to begin with! So, we cannot allow for let those geographic borderlines hold us back from attacking ISIS. GEN. Dempsey understands this, and said as much last night. That’s because, UNlike Obama, he’s not a lawyer. He’s a soldier. And soldiers are trained to win; NOT negotiate and equivocate. Again, we need to ramp up that air campaign and stop this pinprick nonsense. We need to target command and control nodes (“C2”), their forms of communication, and go after their leadership…and be “relentless” about it. There is much we can do in that regard to degrade their capabilities. Unfortunately, just using Navy F-18 Hornet fighter jets simply isn’t enough. We need to use slower, more close-air support assets like U.S. Air Force A-10 Warthogs and U.S. Army Apache helicopters, and go after smaller targets and troops on the ground. Yes, its riskier for those who fly those aircraft as they aren’t as fast as F-18s, and they are much closer to the ground. But, that’s the only way you’re gonna be able to get some of these ISIS troops on the ground. Dropping a 500 lb bomb from 30,000 ft, as cool as that is (and makes for equally cool videos), simply can’t get all of it. Such precision with such large (and expensive) bombs are most effective on large targets like vehicle convoys, tanks, buildings, and such. But, if ya want to chew up the troops on the ground, you can either put (to use a current buzz phrase) “boots on the ground,” OR bring in closer air support to support the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi forces who are actually staying IN the fight on the ground. If Obama, and others don’t want to put a large U.S. Army/Marine Corp contingent on the ground, again, in Iraq and Syria…then we need to proactively support the Kurds and Iraqi military with weaponry, ammo, quality real-time intelligence, and training/coordination by U.S. Army Special Forces, as well as the close air support I just mentioned above. Those are just a few of the things we SHOULD be doing as part of that multifaceted, holistic, robust approach to attacking the “cancer” that is ISIS. Of course, there will be missions that require us to send in our special operators (i.e. hostage rescue, downed pilot extractions, key enemy leadership capture/kill, etc.); where the target is a high value target, and we don’t want to trust such missions to the Kurds or Iraqis. So, we need to ensure that there are enough teams in theater to accomplish such missions. Otherwise, we SHOULD allow the Kurds and Iraqis to do the lion share of the ground fighting. Yes, it is THEIR country and, “their fight.” But, if we don’t help them fight it, it’ll become OUR fight on OUR soil. These animals have already shown, brazenly, that they’re here in America!! So, NOW is the time to take the fight to them over there and wipe them out…over there. Anyway, this is the kind of adult conversation that the Pentagon needs to have with Obama, and he needs to sign off on…and then at some point, explain to the American people. But, I don’t think he has the courage and moral backbone to do this; to do what is right and necessary. Guess we’ll see..