Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell said on CBS This Morning Wednesday that the only strategy to effectively defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is to send 100,000 troops to fight them on the ground. Morell said that ISIS is trying to accomplish two things:
One is, they are trying to send a message that they will not be intimidated by the high technology that is being used against them. A lot of clips of F-15s in this video, so I think they’re saying, you know, ‘we’re not going to stop because you are bringing this high technology to bear against us.’ And then they are trying to intimidate, which is what they have been trying to do all along with these beheadings.
The CBS News senior security contributor said that the U.S. and other coalition countries in western Europe are hesitant to engage the terror groups with more ground troops.
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What can be done in response? Not much. Unless the coalition is willing to put more ground troops into Iraq and possibly into Syria, there is very little we can do to respond.