One of the leading US Commanders in the fight against ISIS, Lt. General Sean MacFarland, recently released some impressive figures on the number of ISIS soldiers that have been ‘removed’ from the battlefield. He said since America started to take the fight to ISIS, over 45,000 ISIS foot soldiers have been eliminated. He described how that leaves roughly 20,000 active ISIS fighters left and, of those fighters, their capabilities have been extremely eroded. This sounds almost too familiar to the types of numbers the American public had heard in past wars.
There is an age-old saying that “history repeats itself” and these types of figures are eerily similar to the body counts that the American public was constantly fed during the Vietnam War. The end result was not very favorable there. It was a war that was fought by politicians and not the generals on the ground the way it should have been. So the past has proven body counts do not win wars. Our service members are very heroic and skilled, so there will always be big body counts; it’s real results that matter the most.
Part of the problem is the current administration in the US waited far too long to admit that ISIS was much more than just a Pariah in the Middle East; they were a very effective and cohesive fighting force that was calculating, well led and very well-funded too. Few militaries in the world today could have pulled off the blitzkrieg of sorts that they did across wide swaths of Syria and Iraq.
Why we didn’t commit more than a few aircraft sorties a day after ISIS pulled this off is very puzzling. Why are more countries not rallying together to stamp out ISIS? Even predominately Arab countries who are threatened directly by ISIS do not seem willing to totally commit to the fight – and yes that includes putting butts on the ground. Even more surprising is France’s effort in the fight against ISIS. France’s citizens have been repeatedly pounded by ISIS terrorist attacks and yet there are few if any French boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria or committed wholeheartedly to the fight against ISIS elsewhere.
Here are some numbers for those people that are satisfied with numbers only. Since we started bombing ISIS a few years ago, the number of countries they have active and organized cells in has ‘expanded’ to 18 countries across the Middle East and Africa. The number of ISIS-claimed terrorist attacks has risen in Iraq, Afghanistan and across Europe. ISIS also continues to have huge appeal and influence all over the world to the disenchanted and fanatically misguided members of the Muslim faith; it is something which the west should continue to be extremely worried about. The more organized and well-funded ISIS remains, the more these rogue style attacks will continue to take place across America and in other western countries too.
The time is now for countries to go “all in together” against ISIS and stamp them out as much as possible once and for all. The longer they control wide swaths of territory, the more roots they put down and the longer their sphere of influence will expand, linger and cause problems for the rest of the world.
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