The last weeks have been interesting, but I want to step back a minute, and focus on something said before the President’s speech the other evening. About a week or so ago, a Joint Statement was released from the NATO Summit that had something interesting in it. As a second goal in fighting ISIL, it was posited that NATO wanted to “Stop[...] the flow of foreign fighters.” I think that is great in theory, but what if....... What if we didn’t cut off the flow, and what if we allowed as many of them into that area as possible. Wouldn’t that make it easier to destroy them all? Like removal of a cancer, it might help to have them all in one spot, making the surgery far more successful. Something similar came up during World War II. While many panicked during the Battle of the Bulge, some were delighted that the German Army had decided to get into a spot where they could be destroyed in detail. Just a thought, since as it stands, even if you cut off the flow of these guys, you’re not cutting off their desire to cause harm and spread evil. By cutting off the flow, I personally believe that you are only making sure that we won’t know where they all are located around the world. This means that the ideology of terror and evil will remain, and you then still have to concern yourself with what they might be doing locally. Nope, I’d love to have them all in one spot, to me that just makes the job simpler and more clear cut as to goals and rules of engagement. Just my two cents. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.