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Joe Scarborough: Winning Only Option Against ISIS

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 08:36 AM

Winning is the only option in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS), and President Barack Obama should give the military what it needs to prevail in that effort, talk show host Joe Scarborough told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Obama is coming under heavy criticism for conducting limited strikes in an air campaign in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic militants. Scarborough called upon the president to "bring our sons and daughters home today" if he wasn't going to "give the commanders what they need to do to get the job done."

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"We are involved in a war against the most radical form of Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq. And if we're at war, if we are at war, then we have to win," Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, said Wednesday.

Scarborough maintained that "evil has to lose," but cautioned "right now, ISIS is on the march" as the "beheadings continue." Until now, he said he had been in support of Obama's strategy, but added it was time to do more in the battle against ISIS.

"Now that we're there, it's time the commander in chief tears a page out of Gen. Colin Powell's handbook, because, as the former secretary of state and chairman of the joint chiefs said, "When we go to war, we don't want a fair fight."

"Our military commanders should be allowed to throw everything they have at the enemy. Kill and capture their leaders. Destroy their war-making machine. And bring our sons and daughters home as fast as possible," he said.

Instead, Scarborough explained Obama had been seen as "hand-wringing on domestic policy," rather than showing intent to win the fight against the Islamic State. He said the U.S. should take the approach of France's former military and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte toward war, which was: "If you're going to take Vienna, then take Vienna."

If Obama was not going to support a broad strategy to combat the threat of the Islamic State, Scarborough said he should tell that to the American people and "stop spending billions and billions of dollars targeting pickup trucks."

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Winning is the only option in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS), and President Barack Obama should give the military what it needs to prevail in that effort, talk show host Joe Scarborough told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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