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Who Is Man Enough To Destroy ISIS?

Posted on July 23, 2015
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Who is man enough to destroy ISIS?

That might not be the top campaign issue of the Presidential election cycle, but it should be.

If you don’t agree, read the New York Times Magazine piece on ISIS and Christians in the Middle East or watch the Frontline story.

ISIS is a strategic threat to the United States. It is a moral threat to the world. It is fundamental challenge to Western Civilization.

And it needs to be destroyed.

America is the only country with the resources, the military might, and the leadership to take on this critical mission.

Barack Obama has been feckless in his leadership on the issue.

He initially discounted the threat from ISIS. And he has done damn little to lead an effective coalition to demolish this terrorist network.

Too many candidates are focused on Iran. We aren’t going to war with Iran. It’s not going to happen. Yes, there is the issue of nuclear weapons, and yes, we should be worried about that.

But right now, ISIS is the real problem. They are ethnically cleaning the Middle East of Christians and something must be done to stop them.

They are also exporting their terrorism to the United States. Something must be done to stop them.

When my mother tells me that something must be done about ISIS, I take notice.

She is right. They need to be destroyed.

The beheadings have to stop. The mass executions need to cease. The enslavement and rape of Christian women needs to end.

Which Presidential candidate is going to have enough moxie to take on ISIS?

Hillary Clinton? Nope. John Kerry? Give me a break. Joe Biden? He has done nothing as Vice President. Bernie Sanders? That’s a laugh.

On the GOP side, who has what it takes?

Lindsey Graham? Yep. John Kasich? He served 18 years on the Armed Service Committee. He knows defense policy. Jeb Bush? I would hope so, although the Bush family record in the Middle East is mixed, at best. Marco Rubio? Absolutely.

How about Scott Walker? ISIS is not the labor movement. Don’t confuse the two. Rand Paul? Certainly not. Chris Christie? Maybe

Donald Trump? He is not a serious candidate.

Domestic policy usually trumps foreign policy in Presidential elections.

Of course, in 1980, it was Jimmy Carter who was feckless and Ronald Reagan who wasn’t.

In 1968, Lyndon Johnson’s mishandling of Vietnam doomed the Democrats.

In 1940 and 1944, nobody wanted to change horses midstream.

And in 2008, it was Iraq that sunk the GOP chances.

So maybe domestic policy isn’t all that it is trumped up to be.

The question today, in my mind, is which candidate will best destroy ISIS?

It won’t be the Democrat. That’s for sure.