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GUTS REQUIRED: The Only Way to Defeat ISIS Is Through Tough Decision Making

I want to go on record saying that the “strategy”(which is really non-existent) in fighting ISIS is a failure and, so long as we have a panty-waist Congress backing up a Muslim-in-chief, it’s going to stay that way.   Any plan, including the mission creep that is going on now, that calls for US troops on foreign soil, should be stopped immediately.

General Curtis Lemay  is credited with designing and implementing an effective, but also controversial, systematic strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific theater of World War II. During the war, he was known for planning and executing a massive bombing campaign against cities in Japan and a crippling minelaying campaign in Japan’s internal waterways. After the war, he initiated the Berlin airlift, then reorganized the Strategic Air Command (SAC) into an effective instrument of nuclear war. He served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force from 1961 until his retirement in 1965.   He is also known as having said, that he would “bomb them back to the Stone Age” in referring to the North Vietnamese.

News broadcasts on TV show large concentrations of ISIS personnel in various places, and that would be the time to initially start bombing them.  A continuous bombing attack, 24/7 for about three months, destroying them, their materials and equipment, should either make them give up, or at least have them listen to reason.

Innocent people will be killed…that’s a given in a war.   ISIS does it for some of the most stupid reasons ever, and does it on world-wide television.   We should carpet-bomb ISIS wherever and whenever we find them, and although it sounds cruel and uncaring, the collateral damage, the military’s term for civilian deaths, would most likely allow the rest of the population to live, and live freely.   We would not have to put a single trooper’s boot on foreign soil.

JFK said, in his inaugural address, “Let the word go forth…let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”   We will not, we cannot shirk that responsibility, but we don’t have to lose trooper’s lives doing it.   Technology already in our arsenal allows us to hit targets half a world away from a ready-room here in this country.   Even mass bombing runs can be done by remotely-controlled aircraft, and we have hundreds of them sitting in the desert, ready to serve us again.  

The old, reliable WW2-vintage aircraft are there at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Arizona, waiting to be scrapped or used, as the case may be.  It represents, so I’m told, one of the largest air forces in the world.   In addition to the B-29 Super Fortresses, there are B-47s and B-52s, all of which are capable of carrying tactical nuclear weapons and, probably, remotely-controlled.

At the end of WW2 the invasion of Japan was going to take place and it was estimated that about three-quarters of a million US and Allied troops would be lost.   The dropping of two atomic bombs put that plan on the back burner and President Truman said that it probably saved the lives of all those who might have been sent to invade Japan, and of course, it would have cost the Japanese casualties as well.   It was a tough decision to make…but in wartime you have to make those kinds of decisions, and you weigh the outcomes carefully.   Presently we have an administration that doesn’t seem to have the ability to choose between red and green jellybeans, much less to make a strong show of force against an ever-growing ISIS threat.

Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired/


Larry Usoff

Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired. Articulate. Opinionated. Patriotic. Conservative. Cultured enough so that I can be taken almost anywhere. Makes no excuses for what I say or do, but takes responsibility for them. Duty. Honor. Country. E-mail me at:

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