Jordan’s King Abdullah II showed decisive leadership this week when he committed his nation to defeating ISIS after it executed a Jordanian pilot by burning him alive. Abdullah didn’t mince words. He didn’t care that European leaders would condemn him for ordering the execution of two ISIS terrorists in response to the killing of his pilot. The king pledged stepped-up airstrikes and to attack ISIS until his military “runs out of fuel and bullets.”
Journalists, Obama officials and Obama supporters have tried to portray King Abdullah’s statements as a turning point in the battle against ISIS. Some said this indicates the Arab world will finally unite to defeat ISIS. Others suggested the Jordanian military will begin dealing major defeats to ISIS.
The sad reality is that unless the United States comes up with a coherent strategy to defeat the global jihad movement and ISIS, nothing has changed. Jordan’s increased airstrikes will do little to affect ISIS which cannot be defeated without ground troops engaging it in Syria. Although Jordan has a large, well-armed professional military, it is not about to conduct a ground invasion of Syria to battle ISIS.
A comprehensive military campaign to defeat ISIS is impossible as long as President Obama refuses to acknowledge the enemy. America needs a strategy to defeat ISIS, its radical ideology and the Shariah doctrine it seeks to impose on the world through violence. The Center for Security Policy recently issued an important publication detailing a U.S. government strategy to defeat this threat, “The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement.”
On Feb. 11 from 9 am to 2 pm, the center will sponsor “The Defeat Jihad Summit” as a counterpoint to the Obama administration’s Feb. 18 “Countering Violent Extremism” summit. This program will discuss the nature of the Islamist threat, an assessment of U.S. policies to confront it, and better approaches to defeat it. Among those participating will be Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, Britain’s Lord Malcolm Pearson, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra, Danish free speech advocate Lars Hedegaard, and former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy. Click HERE for details. This event will be live-streamed on the Center for Security Policy website from 9 am to 2 pm on Feb. 11.