- - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The war against the Islamic State continues unabated, with the bad guys losing 1,500 to 2,000 fighters per month, according to the Pentagon. In fact, the terrorist group has reportedly lost so many front-line fighters that it is no longer able to replace dead soldiers one-for-one, instead only replacing 25 percent. We have also reportedly been successful in destroying a large chunk of the Islamic State’s oil business.

But the most bizarre twist is that this week our forces literally incinerated $500 million in captured Islamic State cash. The currency was made up of 80 percent U.S. money and 20 percent securities and foreign debentures.

As best I can determine, this is the first time that our forces have torched huge amounts of U.S. currency seized from an enemy. Is this wise? Is it appropriate? I don’t think so. Why not put that money to use — hiring more fighters to battle the Islamic State and /or feeding the starving in Syria and Iraq? Anything other than the torch.

JAMES W. ANDERSON

Talladega, Ala.

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