The execution of two Iraqi jihadists by Jordan as punishment and revenge for the Islamic State (ISIS) burning alive a 26-year-old Jordanian pilot captured by the terror group shows how seriously King Abdullah takes the threat, a far cry from the lackluster response shown by President Barack Obama, according to Texas Rep. Kevin Brady and retired military commanders Paul Vallely and Derek Harvey.
The three men appeared in a joint panel on Newsmax TV's
"America's Forum" on Wednesday as they upbraided Obama's handling of the war on terror and his weak and wavering strategy.
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"How much more brutal do they have to be before this president understands this is a serious, long-term threat and brings us authorization force, puts behind that authorization of force the muscle it takes to actually win this war?" Brady asked. "I don't know what more we need to understand the seriousness of this terrorist threat."
Upon seeing a video of the burning death of pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, captured in December when his F-16 crashed over northeastern Syria, Jordan swiftly hanged
female militant Sajida al-Rishawi and senior al-Qaida prisoner Ziyad Karboli. In 2005, al-Rishawi was sentenced to death for her a role in a suicide bomb attack in Amman. Karboli was sentenced to death three years later.
Brady characterized Obama's approach to combating terrorism as "confusing."
"I hope he does reassess his past leadership, if that's what it can be called," Brady said. "It is confusing frankly to Congress, to our allies. It's created openings, unfortunately, among those who oppose this.
"We're ready to support this president, our military men and women, with whatever it takes to execute a strategy," he added, noting that the House has "muscled up" defense funding
to fight the rapidly growing Islamic terror threat gripping the world.
"We're convinced there needs to be an authorization of force and the ability to use the ground forces when needed to actually win this war," Brady said. "I just don't think you can do it from 30,000 feet. Yeah, we had some good success in Kobani here over the last several weeks, that's good. I don't think that's going to last without a firm commitment from the U.S. that we're in this."
Vallely, a retired general, advocates air-ground operations and said he has more faith in Jordan's King Abdullah than Obama to aggressively push forward.
"What they're planning on now at that joint terrorist center in Jordan is the next phase and that's to target the ISIS locations in eastern Syria and in Iraq, or what we call the Badlands that is controlled by ISIS now," Vallely said.
"We should bring in B-52s, we should bring in the A-10s, we should support King Abdullah, who will take the initiative to do what we call joint air-ground operations in those Badlands. I can see that happening sometime within the next 48 hours, but that's the offensive action that needs to be taken over there and King Abdullah will take the initiative to do that and again you'll see Obama lead from behind."
The current situation is especially concerning for Israel because the Jewish state shares a border with Jordan, he added.
"So I would say, if we can put together a coalition or joint force of Israelis, Jordanians and Americans, we can take out and completely destroy ISIS on the ground over there."
Harvey, a retired special intelligence officer, laid out a detailed strategy: "a no-fly zone, deep strike capabilities … soft on the ground … about 8,000 to 10,000 combined Joint Task Force set up in Iraq to coordinate and allow the reach that is needed for these precision strikes in combination with our air power."
"Our commitment, our leadership is really required," Harvey said. "Jordan doesn't have the means and capability to do it themselves, although they have great insights and connections to tribes in southern Syria and western Iraq."
Harvey doesn't have high hopes for Obama and his administration's response.
"The administration is just going to paper this over," he said. "It's a political game for them. They're going to announce some things, have some activity, and they want it to go back to normal.
"Their major objective is an Iranian nuclear deal and they're cozying up to Iran in both Syria and Iraq, and it is counter to our overall objectives in the region. It impacts our allies in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and in Israel."
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