On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough told his audience that although he has supported President Obama in the past on fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), it is now time “we start acting like we’re at war.”
In a column for Politico last month, Scarborough said Obama had it “just about right” with his approach to ISIS and praised him for refusing “to rush in with guns blazing.” He struck a new tone Wednesday when he asserted that America must “kill and capture their leaders, destroy their war making machine, and bring our sons and daughters home as fast as possible.”
“We are involved in a war against the most radical form of Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq. And if we’re at war, if we are at war, then we have to win.
“How’s winning gonna be defined? Well, in this case, like in World War II, it’s simple: evil has to lose. And right now, ISIS is on the march. Right now, the beheadings continue. Right now, towns and cities continue to fall. And right now, the terror spreads.
“Like the American people, you know I’ve been supporting the President’s steady approach to this war. But now that we’re there, it’s time the commander-in-chief tears a page out of General Colin Powell’s handbook.
“Because as the former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said, ‘When we go to war, we don’t want a fair fight.’ Our military commanders should be allowed to throw everything they have at the enemy. Kill and capture their leaders, destroy their war making machine, and bring our sons and daughters home as fast as possible.
“Now you’re gonna learn today, that’s not happening in Iraq and Syria. Instead, we have a president who’s been accused too much of handwringing on domestic policy, and is now as commander-in-chief, like Solomon, seeming intent on splitting the baby.
“This just won’t do. Our weakness is radical Islam’s strength. We’re at war, and it’s time we start acting like we’re at war, and if we’re gonna take Vienna, then take Vienna. But if the President’s not willing to do that, and he’s not willing to give the commanders what they need to do to get the job done, then just tell us and bring our sons and daughters home today.
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