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Ex-Army Sgt.: US Needs to Destroy ISIS Now, Before It Grows

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 06:17 PM

By Courtney Coren

The best way for the United States to avoid getting involved in a long, drawn-out conflict with the Islamic State (ISIS) is for America to respond now, says former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason Quick. 

The United States needs "to act right now before this threat is allowed to continue to grow," Quick told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

"ISIS can be defeated and destroyed right now with the appropriate action," he explained.

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"Getting drawn into a longer conflict would involve us not taking action right now and allowing the threat to grow," he said. 

"This is something that the administration needs to respond to, and we need to continue airstrikes and current operations in that area," he added.

James LaPorta, the Blue Force Tracker assistant editor and former U.S. Marine intelligence chief, told the "MidPoint" host that one of the problems right now is that the government officials are making conflicting statements about how much of a threat ISIS is.

"You have Mike Rogers, the chairman of the [House] Intelligence Committee, saying ISIS is an immediate threat right now," LaPorta explained.

"Then you have General (Martin) Dempsey, the chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff, saying they're a threat, but they're not a threat to the United States right now," he said.

"Before we start conducting airstrikes in Syria, we need to get on the same page intelligently as a government," he added.

Quick said that he agrees that the Obama Administration needs to get everyone "on the same page . . . and come up with a calculated plan to destroy that threat."

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