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Brzezinski: ISIS Campaign Will Be 'Prolonged Long Haul'

By    |   Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 12:11 PM

The campaign to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) will be a "prolonged long haul," and there is "no doubt" that President Barack Obama recognizes the seriousness of the threat the terrorist organization poses to the United States, Zbigniew Brzezinski told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday.

Obama outlined his plan to combat ISIS in a Wednesday speech, including an expansion of airstrikes in Iraq, launching airstrikes in Syria, and assembling a coalition of forces to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the militant organization.

"No doubt. I think [Obama is] taking it very seriously. He's deeply concerned, and he's determined to do something about it. It's going to be very tough. It's going to be very complicated. I am of the view it's going to be a prolonged long haul," said Brzezinski, who served as national security adviser to former President Jimmy Carter.

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The United States could "prevail" in a campaign against ISIS through "air, intelligence, special forces," and by bringing together a coalition of countries, Brzezinski said, adding it is a "necessity" to harness the terrorist group before its reach grows.

"The contagion is spreading throughout the Middle East. And potentially more widely throughout the Islamic world," he said. "We have to do what we can to prevent it from spreading and for eliminating it."

The United States has to be involved in the effort against ISIS because "no one in the region on its own can do it," Brzezinski said. However, the "heavy lifting" by ground forces has to be done by other countries directly under threat from the militants.

"Here we come to a difficult task. We have to mobilize those states in the area that are viable, that have military forces. And we have to try to convince them that they have a collective stake in [a] more concerted generalized reaction by the countries themselves," he said.

Without involvement by other nearby countries in the Middle East, the United States would ultimately "become the key objects of hatred and of the resistance, and it will become, again, another war against America."

Turkey should play a role in combating ISIS because it has a "major stake in regional stability," and Saudi Arabia should be a "tower of stability in the region," Brzezinski said, adding that if the effort by the United States isn't handled correctly, the terrorist organization would "spread to central Asia and will affect and destabilize Pakistan, and we could be stuck for years and years to come."


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