Jeb Bush Knows How to Deal With ISIS: Moar War
Here we go again. Jeb Bush urges U.S. declaration of war against ISIL.
Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush said on Sunday, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Paris, the U.S. should “declare war” on the Islamic State, which is blamed by the French for the deadly attacks.
“We should declare war, and harness all of the power that the United States can bring to bear, both diplomatic and military, of course, to be able to take out ISIS,” the former governor of Florida said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” charging the Obama administration viewed the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as a “law enforcement exercise.
“We have the capabilities of doing this,” Bush said. “We just haven’t showed the will.”
Asked by NBC host Chuck Todd what President Barack Obama should do in the next few weeks, Bush ticked off key strategic points.
“Declare a no-fly zone over Syria,” he said. “Directly arm the (Kurdish) Peshmerga forces in Iraq. Reengage with the Sunni tribal leaders. Embed with the Iraqi military. Be able to create safe zones in Syria. Garner the support of our European allies and the traditional Arab states.”
“Lead,” Bush said, “That’s what I want him to do. I want him to lead.”
He also said he “absolutely” supported more U.S. combat forces on the ground in Syria.
This is pretty much the default Republican position for any foreign policy problem. Of course, such a war including combat forces in Syria would be likely to involve at least 150,000 US troops and cost trillions of dollars, but why let that stop us? After all, it was fine for big brother W to ruin the US economy with misguided wars…