Opinion: Leadership lacking when it comes to battling ISIS

Responses to ISIS attacks in Paris are just the latest evidence that America lacks leadership.


President Obama seems clueless that his approach to containing and destroying ISIS is not working.  Republican candidates are correct to call out the president on his lack of an effective comprehensive strategy, but then fail to follow up.

John Greco

Trump’s bellicose “let’s bomb everybody” response may be emotionally satisfying, but is hardly a strategy.  Jeb Bush tries to sound adult, but comes off as vacillating and weak.  Marco Rubio sounds pretty good, but offers only brief bromides.

Cruz and Carson are beyond the pale, and look like novices attempting to play an adult video game.

Both ISIS and the related Syrian refugee problem require American leadership.  The current limited air operation is clearly not effective, despite President Obama’s claims to the contrary.

An effective strategy requires a far more intensive air campaign, coupled with a combined overwhelming ground presence, far beyond fifty special operations troops. And simply admitting huge numbers of refugees in the meanwhile makes no sense.  That is an uncritical knee jerk response, and hardly strategic.

It is painfully obvious that America has not yet come up with an effective and comprehensive strategy to eliminate ISIS and deal with the refugee problem. What is lacking is leadership.


Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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