Earlier today, a Somalia-based terror group called al-Shabab released a video calling for attacks on shopping malls throughout the U.S., U.K. and Canada. The threats spurred reaction for Dept. Of Homeland Security Director, Jey Johnson. “If anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they’ve got to be particularly careful,” Johnson told CNN’s Gloria Borger. ”There will be enhanced security there, but public vigilance, public awareness and public caution in situations like this is particularly important, and it’s the environment we’re in, frankly.”
The Minnesota Mall of America was one of the malls listed by name in al-Shabab’s Saturday video. Minnesota has a high population of Somalian refugees.
My plan to stop ISIS includes a 4-prong approach. The plan is designed to limit American casualties and at the same time get the job done swiftly.
ISIS generates the majority of its revenue from selling oil. Currently, ISIS sells 100k barrels per day from the 20 oil fields it controls throughout Northern Iraq and Syria.
Meanwhile, Iraq’s oil-producing capacity is roughly 3 million barrels per day. Although the overall amount of oil controlled by ISIS is small, it is enough to generate millions of dollars daily.
ISIS is great at marketing. It uses hi-def video cameras and fancy editing tools to glorify death. Broadcasting the barbaric, unimaginable, torturous deaths of innocent people is as simple as clicking the upload button. The ISIS marketing plan can be summed up in 3 words: kill, upload, repeat.
ISIS videos are like mini Hollywood horror films with viral appeal. The videos make the group appear unique and unstoppable. Not only does this attract new recruits, but it sends fear throughout the world by leveraging the endless number of 24-hour news outlets and social media platforms.
President Obama enjoys pointing out how ISIS, and people who think like ISIS, make up a very small percentage of the Muslim community. Maybe so, but lets put his claim into real numbers.
Currently, there are 1.5 billion Muslims on the planet. If just one-quarter of one percent (0.0025) of Muslims side with ISIS, the total number of potential recruits worldwide is 3.75 million. Imagine 3,750,000 Islamic extremists prepared to kill people who do not bow to Allah.
Make no mistake, ISIS is hell-bent on killing billions of people. ISIS wants global dominance. Thus, the time has come for America to lead a worldwide coalition.
If I was the President of the United States, here is the plan I would propose:
First, the US must make a legitimate attempt to form a worldwide coalition to destroy ISIS. In the same breath, the US will not wait around for nations who waffle. Either you are with us or you are not. The US will move forward even if it means doing so alone.
We start by positioning coalition assets to protect the oil fields which are not under ISIS control. Once in place, the 20 oil fields under ISIS control must be destroyed.
Some will argue that the destruction of 20 oil fields will compromise the economic future of Iraq and Syria. Such an argument is false. Destroying oil fields that produce 100k barrels per day will not hamper the future growth of Iraq and Syria. What will hamper growth is leaving them in tact for ISIS to monetize. Make no mistake, if ISIS continues to grow they will eventually control all the oil fields. This will leave Iraq and Syria with nothing.
With the 20 oil fields destroyed, ISIS will be scrambling for survival. Thus, they will feel the need to intensify the terror. ISIS will seek to capture countless hostages.
Imagine videos of innocent woman and children being burned to death. It would send shock waves around the world. ISIS would demand ransom for those who remain alive. They would demand coalition troops back off. We must prevent this sort of scenario.
The best way to ensure this does not happen is to move in quickly; we cannot hesitate. While the oil fields are being destroyed, coalition ground troops are blanketing ISIS territories. There shall be no limits. Whatever the required number of troops, no matter where ISIS is operating, we must blitz them from all sides and allow our brave men and women to do what they are trained to do: kill the enemy.
Finally, the US must send a message to all terrorists by using the same marketing tactics as ISIS but in reverse fashion. Meaning, the US must release videos showing ISIS in retreat. They must show ISIS for what they are: weak, cowardly terrorists who wear masks and scurry like mice when confronted by a US-led coalition.
My plan works. But it’s a temporary fix because it’s impossible to kill an ideology. Eventually, the next ISIS-like group will emerge. And I fear the day a terror group like ISIS obtains a nuclear weapon. We cannot allow it to happen. Therefore, it is key to get in front of these groups and limit their growth before they can expand into something substantial. ISIS is on its way to be substantial. Sadly, President Obama doesn’t agree with me.
The war on terror will never be won but it must always be fought. It is the global issue of this century.