A Wisconsin Congressman believes it will take the cooperation and coordination of several nations to successfully defeat ISIS in the Middle East.
U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) says the nation needs to be more vigilant, and begin working with other nations to form an international coalition that can take territory away from the Islamic State. Since the Paris attacks, he notes France and Russia have already increased their efforts to attack bases, while the U.S. still has bombing missions for selected targets.
The Democrat from La Crosse says he favors the use of continued air strikes in the region, but believes putting any American boots on the ground would be a tremendous mistake. He points to lessons learned from U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We can send the 101st and the 82nd Airborne in. There’s no question they can take the fight to ISIS, but what gets complicated is what the day after looks like, in fact, what the next ten to twenty years look like, and unless we want to keep our armed forces on the ground there for decades, I think what we need to be doing is working with the local security forces, Kurdish, and Iraqi.”
Kind believes ISIS will eventually be defeated, since they have many enemies and few friends. He notes that Iraqi and Kurdish forces, along with Sunni Shiite forces have started taking back territory.
Contributed by Larry Lee, WSAU