Iraq War vet: The ‘only possible solution’ for ISIS threat is boots on the ground

On radio this morning, TheBlaze’s national security editor Buck Sexton spoke to a caller named Patrick from Texas about what the American response should be to the threat ISIS poses both at home and abroad. As a Marine Corps veteran who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, Patrick believes the “only possible solution” is “putting boots back on the ground.”

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“I think the only possible solution to the issue in Iraq and Syria is putting boots back on the ground,” Patrick said. “I think the strategic air strikes that we’re doing – quote/unquote strategic air strikes that we’re doing now – will maybe serve the purpose of limiting ISIS or ISIL’s movement a little bit. But then again, you know, they’re just gonna pull back into the civilian population, where you can’t necessarily see how fast they’re metastasizing. The problem or threat could double before you know it.”

Buck also spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan as a CIA analyst, and he agreed that those who make the policy decisions in Washington D.C. don’t have the same intimate knowledge of the situation on the ground as someone who has actually served there.

“You speak about this… with the expertise of somebody [whose been] there. I think that’s lost on the some in the policy community now or the politicos who are pretending to know about this,” Buck explained. “At some point, you need guys to tell other guys to get out of the houses, to be policing the streets and making sure the bad guys can’t just hide among the civilian population. ISIS is not… driving around flying black flags and saying, ‘Hey, come blow us up’… At some point, you need more than that. Maybe the government in Baghdad and the Peshmerga can fill that void. But maybe not.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    We should round up all the people in the former administration who advocated war with Iraq and send them to Fallujah with our apologies.

    And throw in Hillary Clinton for good measure.

    The invasion of Iraq was the worst blunder in American history. We will be trying to make up for it for years.

    • wraith67

      Actually the problem was in adopting a COIN (counterinsurgency) strategy – it’s a strategy that only works if you’re an interested local or plan on being there for 30 years… but had we not kicked all the Sunnis out, we probably could have left by December 2003.

    • dluch

      wrong! We will be trying to make up for this for many decades

    • Kalyna Sheaf

      Really? we got saddam and his sick sons out of Power. His sons were raping Women and young girls every day. They were found in graves behind their Palaces some as young as 9. Get real.

      • soybomb315

        so can we afford to invade every country in the world that has a dictator?

        • Crassus

          You’re not a twisted puke like Thorstein. You’re just a Paultard dumbass. You haven’t had a post yet that isn’t full of the same Paultard cliches.

          • soybomb315

            there was no cliche in my post and you are extremely rude

      • ThorsteinVeblen2012

        I can’t believe anyone would still be making such an argument.

        There are rapes going on every day here in America we should have spent the billions and perhaps trillions solving problems right here.

        • Crassus

          Man, you really are a twisted puke. You ought to pen a column defending those Moose Slimes in Rotherham, England accused of molesting over 1,400 children.

    • Crassus

      Obagging Lib Troll Rule #4: When you have no argument, blame Bush.

    • edwardohare

      Vietnam? Both invasions of Canada?
      Not that it wasn’t stupid but there’s some stiff competition for worst blunder in American Military history let alone all scopes of history

  • Yo Mamma

    You cannot be taking the opinion of a veteran that was given the wonderful opportunity to kill those that do not share a common religion, namely Christianity, then ask on whether to proliferate more killings in the name of said religion.

    You need to rain in your addiction to killing and plundering nations that do not share your beliefs – that simple

    • C20

      Not beliefs, a political system. Need to research.

  • soybomb315

    This is more evidence of Beck’s media empire being hijacked by the establishment.

    Buck Sexton is CIA. How convenient that even though most people in the military are completely opposed to being stretched any further, Beck’s radio show just randomly finds a vet who wants US military to invade again. How many callers did they screen out before finding this guy? How can Beck say to his listeners with a straight face that there is no agenda???

    http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/busted-jihad-john-mccain-met-with-isis-head-caliph-ibrahim-back-in-2013/#more-31157

    http://www.infowars.com/cias-chechen-assets-magnify-isis-threat/

  • soybomb315

    What you arent being told by the MSM/Beck

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey9tExYbjm8

  • dhd123

    As a Desert Storm Vet, I agree that boots on the ground is the only way to wipe them out. Obama pulled out of Iraq way too soon due to politics. Politics is the reason that a date for withdrawal was given, you never tell your enemy what you are going to do and the rules of engagement must be to engage the enemy where ever you can find them, Total war is the only answer, politicians have no stomach for total war, politicians get soldiers killed and jailed for killing the enemy.

    • soybomb315

      It is interesting you blame Obama for ‘pulling out’ (despite the fact that timetable was set by Bush and carried out by Obama) and not the foreign policy failure of interventionism….

      http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/foreign-affairs-defense/syria-arming-the-rebels/syrian-rebels-describe-u-s-backed-training-in-qatar/

      http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/03/05/070305fa_fact_hersh?currentPage=all

      • dhd123

        When the troops were pulled out, who was President? Bush? I think not. As President, it is Obama’s responsibility as commander in chief to make those decisions. Why blame the previous administration? because it is convenient to cover your own incompetence.

        • soybomb315

          “When the troops were pulled out, who was President? Bush? I think not.”

          So does that mean you cant blame Clinton for the 2008 housing market crash? (since he set the thing in motion but was not president when it happened)

          • ANTHONY CLIFFORD

            Actually Bush should take blame for the crash. Although he didn’t start the ball rolling, he could have done something about it when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the Oval Office. If he paid attention to economics, he would have realized that encouraging banks to loan money to people who are marginally able to make payments is a bad idea.

          • Guest

            This is for everyone here who is playing this game.

            I have an idea, let’s stop playing the blame game and deal with the problem. Doesn’t matter who started it, whoever’s in charge at the current time, is the responsible party NOW. The blame game doesn’t solve the problem, it’s just a waste of time. Your cousin comes over from out of state and trashes the bedroom, then goes home. You going to sit there and whine that you didn’t do it, or you gonna clean up the mess? How you clean it is your responsibility. You’re not going to throw everything out the window just because you don’t want to do it. Suck it up and do your job.

          • ANTHONY CLIFFORD

            I agree with you. Before you say I’m playing the blame game you should read the entirety of my comment and what it was in response to. I was making a comment that even if you didn’t set things up, if it fails under your watch you’re responsible. That also means that you have an obligation to fix the problem. Make sure you understand before you post.

          • Christine

            My reply wasn’t meant to be directed at you. I had deleted it and reposted as new. But for some reason, the reply stayed and the new post was deleted. I will try again.

          • dhd123

            Oh you can blame him but it is ultimately the Congress that didn’t heed the warnings and yes, the Bush admin for not making the needed changes that would have took care of the problem. I’m NOT a Clinton fan either. People in charge need to quit blaming others and take responsibility for their own screw ups.

      • james c

        Blame Bush again? How many times are you going to do that. Wake up bro, this so called leader we have is worthless.

        • soybomb315

          It’s not ‘blame bush’….It is ‘why do you include one tyrant but exclude the other?’

      • Watch it

        Time table wasn’t the issue. For months, U.S. and Iraqi officials had been negotiating the terms of an accord that would have kept several thousand U.S. troops in Iraq for special operations and training beyond the year-end deadline set by the Bush administration. But
        Obama and Maliki failed to reach agreement on the legal status of U.S. troops who would stay in Iraq beyond Dec. 31. So, Obama ‘picked up his toys and left’, instead of pressing the issue or negotiating further.

      • jackryan1985

        It was Iraq that decided to let the SOFA expire, blaming Bush is as inanely absurd as blaming Obama. Regardless both presidents should have leaned harder on the Iraqi’s to keep our troops in place especially in the restive north and west areas.

        Obama is responsible for the choices he makes now, by not calling Congress to reconvene and seeking an AUMF or Declaration of war and not seeking a U.N.S.C Mandate to build a global coalition to destroy the Islamic state Obama is allowing this threat to fully metastasize. That part he is very much responsible for.

        The real Jayvee team appears to be sitting in Martha’s Vinyard, excuse me I meant to say the White House…

        Meanwhile the Islamic State appears to be developing plans to weaponize Bubonic plague

        http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/29/isis-laptop-details-how-to-make-bubonic-plague-bombs/

        http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/08/28/found_the_islamic_state_terror_laptop_of_doom_bubonic_plague_weapons_of_mass_destruction_exclusive?utm_content=buffer58e3b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

        They have a strategy, why don’t we?

    • Nunya bidness

      Then you go and fight.

      • dhd123

        I would if I could.and I have already served, what have you done?

      • james c

        Dont you fret, you will get to fight too when they knock on our doors here in the Republic of America.

    • ANTHONY CLIFFORD

      Up until the Islamic State (which is a de facto country) declared war on the United States, we only should have offer equipment to the Kurds and recognized Kurdistan as an independent state. I didn’t think that getting involved in a proxy war between Iran and the Kingdom of Saud was a good idea. After the Islamic State declared war on the U.S., the President should have gone before Congress and asked for a formal declaration of war be made against the Islamic State. Regardless of whether or not we recognize the I.S. as a country, the have a government and an Army. A declaration of war from their leadership should be met with one from ours and all the hell fire that comes with being at war with the United States.

      • soybomb315

        the world is full of bad people

      • james c

        Couldnt agree with you more. And to NUNYA I have a kid in the Army now, 1st Cav. Dont fret you will get to help too when ISIS is here in the US.

        • ANTHONY CLIFFORD

          Cool I was tasked to them on my second tour in Iraq.

          • james c

            Thanks for your service! I respect all of ya.

    • thx1138v2

      Total war would include nukes, in which case there should be no boots on the ground until long afterwards. I’m beginning to think that nukes will be used by someone. The only question is, Who will it be?

      • dhd123

        Yes it would, but as a last resort. The only reason Truman authorized their use was that was the only way to get the Japanese to quit and save lives. If we had tried to invade Japan, we would have lost a whole lot of Marines, Army and Navy personnel. They would not be used today because of the collateral damage that would occur with their use. If they were on an island, all bets would be off.

  • wraith67

    Entirely predictable. When we first started talking about pulling out, the Saudis said publicly that they would fund a Sunni insurgency, as they saw Iraq under the control of Iran to be a problem. And its happening, what did anybody expect? Iraq was ran by Sunnis for 30 years under Saddam…so the Sunnis are just going to sit there and eat a sh*t sandwich forever and ever because we said so? But to the article – yes it takes boots on the ground to hold ground. If we don’t want to hold the ground, then we should sit back and shut up and let the pieces fall where they’re going to fall. Airpower isn’t going to do it, we’ve taught the world how to beat us for 12 years: Insurgency.

    • soybomb315

      “Airpower isn’t going to do it, we’ve taught the world how to beat us for 12 years: Insurgency.”

      Indeed. Its not ‘al qaeda’, its ‘al-CIA-da”

      • wraith67

        Well, I’m sure those fools think that money will control those guys, but it sure didn’t when one of the bad guys blew up 8 of their senior agents.

  • landofaahs

    Boots up their dead ass.

    • Nunya bidness

      then you go

      • landofaahs

        I’ve done my part but I would go there as long as there were no rules of engagement to follow and me and my old compatriots could freelance and take care of business without politicians screwing things up.

        • BlueMN

          Uh-huh.

    • BlueMN

      You claim we don’t have money for American children but we can flush trillions down the toilet on wars without end? Wars which you are too cowardly to fight in yourself, I should point out. You’re a real piece of work, lando.

      • landofaahs

        Do you mean like the wars Obama is trying to start in Syria and the Ukraine? Spies use to love pushing KGB off of tall buildings to make it look like suicide. Ever done anything like that?

        • BlueMN

          LOL You’re a real nut job, lando.

          • landofaahs

            I really don’t respect you enough to care about your lame opinion. But you have a wonderful day playing in the make believe land of Libtardia. TEEHEEHEE.

          • Yo Mamma

            landofaahs has been very upset recently following him having his christian bubble burst

          • landofaahs

            My bubba bubble is fine.

  • tresdogs

    Boots on the ground is one thing, but boots on the ground with permission to do what is necessary is another. I would prefer boots on the ground if and when the cuffs are removed from our service men and women. In a time of war, we can’t be limited by political correctness, miranda rights, and such ridiculous restrictions. Go in, kill the enemy and leave. This will never happen under the current pResident. If he sends in boots on the ground, we will end up with a lot of dead military, and he will be looking around for someone to blame.

    • Yo Mamma

      You ‘prefer’

      Sure you have a preference when its not your life on the line

      Yet another crazed bloodthirsty christian addicted to wars and killing.

      Heck, most even drink the blood and eat the body of their man god

      These are some sick characters we should watch that they do not take over the world

      • landofaahs

        Mohammed was a child molester.

        • edwardohare

          so you both suck

        • Watch it

          If I didn’t know that the insane Muslim nut-job, Jameela MOA, was dead, I would think that Yo Mamma was her. She used to cut/paste long nasty abusive Islamic triumphalism and hatred toward Jews and Christians here and elsewhere on the web and sign them ….”Jameela, Messenger of Allah & Defender of Islam,” or “Jameela MOA”. She was the one who threatened Rep. Peter King and New York State Senator Greg Ball. These people must be infested with brain parasites.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    I believe this is the only way to stop them unfortunately and it was caused by us.

  • Nunya bidness

    Then send your kids.

    • soybomb315

      exactly….Or voluntarily give the IRS some money to pay for it….Otherwise, shut up

    • ryanomaniac

      You don’t have to send your kids. They volunteer. Get it?

      • soybomb315

        “you dont have to work to receive entitlements, other people work for you”

        see how your comment is similar in nature to what the liberals say?

      • jackryan1985

        Happily I will send my money if the president promises we will go to war, and if the Army would still take this broken vet I would be happy to get back in the fight, we are not all victims you know and most of us are proud to do our best to defend this country however misguided our politicians may be!

    • jackryan1985

      I sent myself thank you very much! And I don’t have kids anyway so it is a moot point.

      • Nunya bidness

        Then go back and step on an IAD this time.

        • jackryan1985

          It’s IED not IAD you moron, and I bet you never put on the uniform with an attitude like that. So spare me the sanctimonious lecturing you self rightous couch potato.

  • Erickson Special Forces

    Look what Special Forces teams were able to do in the initial invasion of Afghanistan! A few key men can make a huge difference!

  • Christine

    To those here who think we shouldn’t do anything about this. Fine, we’ll wait till they get here. Then while you are applauding our government’s treatment of the enemy like a common criminal, they will be hacking heads and blowing up houses. That’s when the 2nd amendment will come in handy cause those who own guns will end up taking care of the problem themselves.

    • ken.

      they are already here and bringing more here daily. they are playing us like suckers. when they do attack here in america, our military will be overseas instead of protecting our homeland.

      • Christine

        Our government won’t use the military against them here. They won’t be treated like a war enemy, only as “criminals”. You know, like after 9/11. It won’t happen.

        • ken.

          most of our troops are patriots and will not sit back and allow an attack on our country, they will not follow stand down orders. doesn’t matter if the military leaders are obama stooges, they will be eliminated and the troops will control all military resources. most if not all ex military who were downsized or retired will re-enlist.

          • BlueMN

            “[M]ost of our troops […] will not follow stand down orders.” Sounds like you’re saying they are undisciplined and mutinous.

          • ken.

            wrong!!! they will respect the oath they took to protect our country and our constitution, they will not bow to treason.

  • Rob0302

    This is an Arab problem. If they are too coward to fight and stand up for themselves then that is their problem. Even Iran has been forced too give weapons to the PKK which is a terrorist organization. Were just going to arm more Arabs who will turn on us in the end. Let them kill each other. Finally, being a VET does not qualify anyone to making foreign policy recommendations. I am STILL serving and when I served in Ninewa province as an infantry Co Cmdr the Kurds were abusive to the Yezzedi and all other minorities in and around Sinjar. They dont deserve the pedestal the media puts them on.

  • Joseph Hamilton

    With all due respect, I personally disagree. I see any further involvement, as
    an extreme endangerment to our troops. Ca anyone see how we are being
    drawn in to a trap. It would be would be much worse than Custer’s Last Stand.
    What preparations, or plans, are in the works for worst case scenarios? By what
    route do we take to get our troops out of that hell-hole?

  • Swo Ford

    Maybe it’s just me, but Obama seems a bit aloof when it comes to understanding the serious nature of the ISIS threat.

  • ken.

    they are playing us like suckers, knowing that we will send our military resources over there while they are bringing their military resources here to america. the next big war will be fought here on american soil and where will our military be? far, far, away!

  • http://blog.jamesgordonpatterson.com James Gordon Patterson

    Dear Leader is trying to stretch out his regime until he is out, then blame the next guy for the messes he made.

  • Christine

    I have an idea, let’s stop playing the blame game and deal with the problem. Doesn’t matter who started it, whoever’s in charge at the current time, is the responsible party NOW. The blame game doesn’t solve the problem, it’s just a waste of time. Your cousin comes over from out of state and trashes the bedroom, then goes home. You going to sit there and whine that you didn’t do it, or you gonna clean up the mess? How you clean it is your responsibility. You’re not going to throw everything out the window just because you don’t want to do it. Suck it up and do your job.

  • B. Lunsford

    Everyone should just follow the oil. This is a pr-planned elitist attack on humanity. America & EU will won the war. But at what cost?

  • B. Lunsford

    The elites are doing so much shady crap that the rest of us are expendable. They don’t gibe a crap.

  • landofaahs

    Says it all.

  • Christine

    I have an idea, let’s stop playing the blame game and deal with the problem. Doesn’t matter who started it, whoever’s in charge at the current time, is the responsible party NOW. The blame game doesn’t solve the problem, it’s just a waste of time. Your cousin comes over from out of state and trashes the bedroom, then goes home. You going to sit there and whine that you didn’t do it, or you gonna clean up the mess? How you clean it is your responsibility. You’re not going to throw everything out the window just because you don’t want to do it. Suck it up and do your job.

  • JLWright

    Satan’s job is to provide tragic distractions to keep us from talking about God’s remedies for our sin-sick families, society and nation. Currently we are distracted to talk about climate change and race riots – all the while ISIS has now entered Gaza, Lebanon and Turkey.

    ISIS says, “Jews, we are active In Gaza – we have broken the border”.

    Americans must be able multi-task the above. We had better, or else!

  • jackryan1985
  • Pachy Serrano

    OK. Let’s go to war again . . . . thank God at least Libertarians and I agree on somethig. Another war is non-sense financially, politically, morally and list goes on and on . . . . One thing for sure, ISIS is nuts, but what is better, the illness u already have or the pill you take to treat that illness?? If we get into Syria, Russia might be in against us, so . . . the enemy of my enemy is my friend . . . WE need Iran and Saudi Arabia . . . they don’t like ISIS at all. We need a sweet talker, any ideas??

  • IT 2 IT 678

    “IF we DON’T deal with this GLOW–BULL mafia —RIGHT NOW!
    ————–we are ALLL going to be living in a worldwide concentration camp!”
    Fmr HOLLYWOOD GUY
    Informed Radio
    SWEDEN
    July 2014

    Further- – –

    “DID YOU KNOW? – – –
    ——————American and Canadian forces
    —————————took Petrograd in 1918 and held it
    ———————————–for the Bolsheviks
    —————————————–until the arms arrived from JP MORGAN.
    —————The BOLSHEVIKS had NO GUNS!”
    Dr BILL DEAGLE
    Real doctor
    Informed Radio
    2014

    PETROGRAD 1918

    ————the RED TERROR 1919

    ——————-the UKRANIAN HOLOCAUST 1922

    ————————–the ‘M’ powering of STALIN

    ——————————-the ‘M’ powering of HITLER

    ————————————the BETRAYAL of our Chinese allies
    ——————————–and handover to MAO TSE TUNG

    ———-the handover of the ENTIRE american economy
    —————————to RED CHINA

    ——————the defacto resurrection of everything
    —————————from human trafficking, child labor
    ————————————–genocidal land clearance
    ———————————————SLAVERY and EXTERMINISM

    ———————‘La RAZA’ and ‘ReCON—quista’

    ———————————-AL QAIDA and now, ISIS- – –

    ————-and the decades ongoing TERROR of relentless
    ————————–‘POP’ culture and relentless EUGENICS

    LOOK in ANY DIRECTION!

    —————————————SEE the OP!

  • IT 2 IT 678

    Are they even flying ISIS flags with the gold fringe?
    ——-the fringe of the globalist mafia’s ‘Admirality Law’ con-job?

    LOL