Charles Krauthammer and Bill O’Reilly butted heads on Tuesday night over the idea that a mercenary army composed of U.S. and foreign well trained fighters would be an effective group to combat ISIS as well as other terrorists around the world.
The proposed mercenary army would be a 25,000-person army, trained by U.S. special forces and NATO officers. They would provide a support system internationally to battle terrorist groups.
“You’ve gone from out of the box to off the wall,” Krauthammer replies after O’Reilly spoke of the plan.
He said the plan wouldn’t provide a way to get around the fact that Americans would still be losing their loved ones overseas.
“If we lose them… we’re not going to suffer less,” Krauthammer said. “We will inevitably suffer American losses … it still demoralizes us.”
O’Reilly countered by saying that the war on terrorism fought by the U.S. is unfair, has taken a toll on Americans, and should not be fought by the U.S. alone.
“It’s ruining our treasury, it’s ruining our national morale,” O’Reilly said. “And we need to have an alternative to that.”
Krauthammer humored O’Reilly’s idea for a moment, asking who the mercenary group would be composed of and wondering what the foreign members would be fighting for, compared to the terrorists fighting for ISIS.
“Do you really want to be running around the world responsible for a band of desperadoes? That’s essentially who you’re going to get,” he said to O’Reilly refuting him. “Do you think they are going to fight against – on the one hand you’re going to have ISIS people who believe in something – on the other hand, you have people who are there just for the money. Who do you think wins?”
O’Reilly assured Krauthammer that the fighters would be “the best,” they “will be vetted properly” and that he would get Sylvester Stallone if he had to. Perhaps he could look at getting the A-Team also…
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H/T The Blaze