How Should the US Government Respond to ISIS?

Sep 18, 2014
by: DOliver

Is ISIS a threat to America and, if not, should the US government get involved? According to John McCain, "One of the biggest mistakes ever made in my view in recent times was the president's overruling his entire national security team, including the secretary of state, that argued two years ago for providing weapons for the Free Syrian Army. That was a seminal moment."

But WAS that a mistake? McCain is a proponent of arming the Free Syrian Army, but also a proponent of bombing Syria. If the US were to get involved in a military manner, how would they accomplish it? On one hand, ISIS is fighting President Bashar Assad's regime, who the US opposes, but on the other, they are slaughtering civilians and making treats against the 'Western world.' So ISIS and America want to remove Assad, but ISIS hates America and America does not want ISIS in power. Assad hates both ISIS and America.

So what is the correct American response to all this? Should the US even get involved? If so, to what extent, and on whose side?

In order to stop ISIS, America is going to need help. President Obama recently argued, “From governments and peoples across the Middle East, there has to be a common effort to extract this cancer so that it does not spread.” Yet so far, no one has a specific plan as to how this 'extraction' is to occur. Germany, Italy, England, and France have all promised weapons to oppose ISIS, but again, this will not do any good without the support of other Islamic countries in the region.

"They will support Iraqi forces on the ground as they fight for their own country against these terrorists," Obama said of US troops. "As your commander-in-chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq. After a decade of massive ground deployments, it is more effective to use our unique capabilities in support of partners on the ground so they can secure their own countries’ futures. And that is the only solution that will succeed over the long term" (