Talking Points

Bill O'Reilly: Fighting and defeating ISIS, part two

Talking Points 9/16


By Bill O'Reilly

As we reported last night, President Obama's strategy of arming disorganized Syrians to defeat a well-trained terror army will never work. The President knows that, but he's afraid to tell the American people the truth. Sooner or later, U.S. ground forces will have to engage ISIS.

It's already happening. There are now close to 2,000 U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, providing support for the Kurds and those few Iraqi army units that will actually fight. Believe me, our Special Forces are armed and dangerous. And if they see an ISIS terrorist, a guy with a black mask, they're going to take him out.

Now, we also told you last night that this coalition counterterrorism strategy is designed to tamp down public opinion because Iraq and Afghanistan have been so painful for Americans. There's little public will to once again deploy American troops in chaotic nations. Everybody knows that. But again, it's going to happen, it's just a matter of when.


DEMPSEY: Our military advisers will help the Iraqis conduct campaign planning, arrange for enabler and logistic support and coordinate our coalition activities. If we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraq troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I'll recommend that to the President.


O'REILLY: There you go. The U.S. and its allies will try to degrade ISIS from the air, but eventually there will be some ground action. The big picture here is that the Islamic jihad is growing in strength. Some people believe by ignoring that, it will go away. Does that make any sense to you? The more weakness America shows, the worse terrorism will become.

As I said before, we're living in a very dangerous world, and many jihadists are maniacs, they'll do anything. Kill children? No problem. Enslave women? All day long. Behead innocent people on camera? They like it. When you have that kind of a scenario, there's no negotiating. There's only confrontation. The quicker President Obama and the American people come to understand that, the quicker the jihad will actually be downgraded.

Again, we need a declaration of war by Congress, and we need President Obama and the Pentagon to develop a smart, tough strategy against these animals. And that's "The Memo".