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Ex-Defense Official: ISIS Battle Is a Fight for Arab Nations

By    |   Monday, 16 Feb 2015 06:19 PM

While the United States should assist in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), it really is the responsibility of the Arab nations to defeat the terror group, says former Deputy Secretary Jed Babbin.

"The real point here is the Egyptians and Jordanians, the Saudis should be at it, the Arab nations have an obligation to do this," Babbin, who served under former President George H.W. Bush, told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Monday.

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"This is their fight, not ours, and we should really be relying on them to do it," he contends.

"I'm very happy to see what [Egyptian] President el-Sisi is doing, that he's responding appropriately, what Jordanian King Abdullah has done on quite a bit in terms of air strikes against ISIS," he explained.

"These are things we ought to be encouraging and, frankly, helping to do in terms of resupply, intelligence, whatever we can do without getting much involved ourselves," he said.

According to Babbin, the Arabs "can do it, and they can do it maybe with some help, but we don't need to inject American troops.

"This is their fight. . . . This is not our fight," he explained.

"If it gets to the point where ISIS is strong enough to strike in America," then we can take a more active role, but "these are the things that the Arab countries ought to be taking care of themselves," he contends.

The former Defense Department official says that "we have gone on since probably World War II and basically given [the Arab nations] our protection.

"They have always allowed us — not really allowed us, they've always wanted us — to fight their wars for them," he said.

But "we have to break the circle. This is a situation where we could stay in Iraq for another 60 days or 60 years — same thing in Afghanistan." Terror groups will rise up "whenever we leave," he explained.

"We come back to the point that no matter what we do in Iraq, no matter what we do in Afghanistan — those nations are going to return to their natural state," Babbin argued.

"It's natural that these things are falling apart, it's natural that they're going to continue to fight," he contends.

"The Sunni and Shia are not going to make peace between the two sects . . . that's nothing we can stop, really, and I don't think we should waste any lives doing it," he added.

"The question really is how do we play a sufficiently large game whack-a-mole to make sure that this does not come to our shores?" he said. "We can do that."

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