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Herb London: US Should Boost Special Forces Presence to Fight ISIS

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 06:36 PM

The United States should triple the number of Special Forces in Iraq in a bid to stop the Islamic State's (ISIS) reign of terror across the Middle East, says Herbert London, president of the London Center for Policy Research and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

"Sending over American troops would be very difficult politically," London said Friday to Rick Ungar, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"However, increasing the number of Special Forces from 3,047, what we have at the moment, to something on the order of 10,000 would make a difference. That's not a dramatic increase when you think about it, but it would help."

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In addition, London said, President Barack Obama should try to engage the full force of other Sunni nations.

"I would be on the phone with President Sisi of Egypt and say why not pull the resources of the Sunni nations — Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, perhaps Jordan and Kuwait — and simply say, let's put together a force of some kind …" London said.

As far as American troops, "It's very difficult after [the wars in] Iraq and Afghanistan to redeploy. In this sense, I almost agree with the president that it's very, very difficult to redeploy. However, a lot depends on the leadership that's provided by the presidency," he said.

"Americans are basically isolationists in their sentiments. From Robert Taft in the 1950s to Rand Paul today, there is a sentiment for isolationism, but a lot of that is overcome by the leadership that's provided in the White House, when you have a president who says, let me explain the reasons, why it's important for us to be there.

"Keep in mind, that's a critical feature of any kind of leadership position. Then, the Americans turn. American can be, well I shouldn't use the world manipulate, but they could come to an understanding."

London — author of "The Transformational Decade: Snapshots of a Decade from 9/11 to the Obama Presidency," published by UPA — said that on the other hand, a military operation like Egypt has is ready for combat.

"They're battle-hardened. They've got a tough army. They are prepared to engage in this kind of struggle," he said.

Egypt and other Middle East nations are prepared to act, London believes, "but they're not going to do it unless there's American leadership. They want to know the Americans stand behind them."

In the past week, ISIS captured the key Iraqi city of Ramadi. On Friday, the Islamic extremist group took control of the nearby town of Husayba. On Wednesday, ISIS seized Palmyra, an ancient city in central Syria.

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