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Dr. Ben Carson on Fighting Islamic State

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 17, 2015

The spread of Islamic extremism and the disintegration of Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa are spiraling out of control.  While President Obama’s policies are note fully responsible, it is undeniable that the problems have become progressively worse under of his Administration.  Some of his policies have exasperated the problem include:

  1. The decision to withdraw all American forces from Iraq, including intelligence and training personnel. That decision allowed Al Qaeda to make a comeback in Iraq now under the banner of ISIS.
  2. Obama dithered when it came to the Syrian protests/revolution. That allowed the radicals to gain control of the events in Syria.
  3. The President made a decision to help take down the Libyan dictator Gadhafi. While possibly an appropriate decision, just like in Iraq, Obama left the vacuum that has since been filled by radical Islamists.

ObamaObama has taken the naïve position that America and its previous projection of power created many of the world’s ills.  The President’s retrenchment in the past six years and the significant increase in the radical Islamist’s power projection prove this policy wrong.  The President also believes that by not calling the battle a “war on terror” or the enemy radical Islamists that there is no war.  Since Obama’s election six years ago, terrorism has increased throughout worldwide and the radical Islamists control more territory in the Middle East and North Africa than ever.  There is a war ongoing and it has been declared by the enemies of the West.

Ben CarsonOne of the GOP presidential contenders is Dr. Ben Carson, a world renowned neurosurgeon. Carson has proven his intellect in the field of medicine.  He has yet to prove his mettle in the politics.  Still, Carson offers clarity and conviction when he speaks on issues.  When asked how he would handle the problem of the Islamic State, Carson said:

They’re extremely sophisticated and they have tentacles that are growing throughout the world. They’re still in their adolescent stage and this is the time when we can crush them.  But if we allow them to mature into a full-grown tree, with deep roots and thick branches, it’s going to be almost impossible.  We need to do it now.  I would use every resource available: military, banking, sanctions, you name it.  And I would not hesitate to put boots on the ground.  We need to be the leaders.  The coalition will form if it has a leader.  But you can’t sit around saying, ‘Oh, you guys do this.’ … This is serious.  So I would commit everything to eliminating them right now.”

Carson then quoted Winston Churchill: “Fight your enemy while you can beat them.”  Agree with Carson or not, he has a vision and strategy that is clear and definable.

The West needs to define a strategy to fight the war against terror and Islamic extremism.  This strategy must first be defined prior to implementing a plan of action.  It is unlikely that President Obama has the ability or the will to define such a strategy, which will result in further dithering by the United States until after the next president is elected.  The question is whether our enemies will wait that long.

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