If You Read Nothing Else Today, Read This From Angelo Codevilla

If You Want To Stop ISIS, Here Is What It Will Take

The Islamic State’ video-dissemination of one of its goons beheading an American is an existential challenge from which we cannot afford to shrink. Until the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) did that, it made sense for the U.S. government to help contain it because the Islamic world, which the IS threatens most directly, must destroy it sooner or later. But internetting that beheading was a gory declaration of America’s impotence—a dare-by-deed that is sure to move countless young persons around the globe to get in on killing us, anywhere they can. The longer the Islamic State survives, the more will take up its dare. Either we kill the IS, or we will deserve the wave of terrorism that will engulf us.

Killing the IS requires neither more nor less than waging war—not as the former administration waged its “war on terror,” nor by the current administration’s pinpricks, nor according to the too-clever-by-half stratagems taught in today’s politically correct military war colleges, but rather by war in the dictionary meaning of the word. To make war is to kill the spirit as well as the body of the enemy, so terribly as to make sure that it will not rise again, and that nobody will want to imitate it.

That requires first isolating the Islamic State politically and physically to deprive all within it of the capacity to make war, and even to eat. Then it requires killing all who bear arms and all who are near them.

I can think of no other man than Angelo Codevilla who has thought, written, and spoken as clearly and smartly about the threat of militant Islam in the world today, and how we should have been dealing with it, and how we should deal with it henceforth.

Shortly after 9/11, he wrote that in order to achieve victory against militant Islam – which he defined as an end to its threat to us, and an end to us needing to securitize our liberties in  order to “protect” ourselves from it – he said that we needed to destroy the regimes that created, financed, trained, armed, financed, protected, and used the militant gangs we called “terrorists.” 

Had we done so, rather than wasted thousands of American lives in George W. Bush’s feckless and doomed “Democracy Project,” we likely would not be facing the likes of ISIL today.   Now we have Barack Obama’s feckless and doomed “resetting from behind” policies which are even more suicidally dangerous. 

Codevilla, as is his wont, offers a detailed strategy and set of tactics that would, if properly applied, destroy ISIL and its threat to us.  Unfortunately, Codevilla is a realist, and he finishes this piece thusly:

That would be war—a war waged by a people with whom nobody would want to mess. Many readers are likely to comment: “but we’re not going to do anything like that.” They may be correct. In which case, the consequences are all too predictable.

Amen.  Me?  I’m doing what I can to prepare for the consequences.  I’m hoping for the best, but you know, I have eyes and a brain, and I can see the America I live in today.  It is a nation of vacuous, ignorant children that believes in unicorns and free lunches, and the only lessons it is now capable of learning will come at the demanding hands of a new set of teachers:  The Gods of the Copybook Headings.  But those formidable personages will send in their ISIL prefects to administer the first lessons.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


If You Read Nothing Else Today, Read This From Angelo Codevilla — 5 Comments

    • There was plenty wrong with the Democracy Project, and a much of it involved the faith that even staying there fifty years would make any difference in a war that’s been going on for fifteen hundred years. Second – any strategy that involves a fifty year occupation with no guarantee of results is insane. Third, only Bushbots think that Bush actually intended to remain in Iraq for fifty years – in the face of all the evidence to the contrary.

    • The “Democracy Project” was ill-conceived, ill-timed, poorly- and way-prematurely-executed, and was obviously doomed to dismal failure from well before its kick-off.

      In a Nation – much less an entire region – where “democracy” is not even a concept for idle discussion, much less having ever been a competing idea for governance at any level, it is utterly pointless to attempt any sort of “Project” as that, as follow-on to invasion and war, until such time as a) you’ve successfully reduced the entire war-making ability in said Nation to small-sized rubble, and either killed, maimed or half-starved the remaining population of same, thus b) giving said remaining population no other alternatives than to leave permanently, die quickly or do precisely what you tell them, for the rest of their lives.

      Then – and only then – can you introduce them to the concept of “democracy”, posed as an alternative possibility to the re-occurrence of what they just went through at some unspecified future time.

      You would think that, in the U.S. of A., the end-results of both W.W. I and W.W. II would have taught that lesson for all time. Apparently, you would be wrong in thinking so, however.

  1. I had read Mr. Codevilla’s analysis previously, BTW, a couple of days ago – and I agree that he unfortunately has it, AFAICS, exactly right, including that final bit about the “predictable consequences”…

    …Me? I’m doing what I can to prepare for the consequences. I’m hoping for the best, but you know, I have eyes and a brain, and I can see the America I live in today…

    Precisely so – and about all most all of us “just plain folks” can do. As you say so often (and so truly), Bill: “Prepare for the worst, hope for the best”

    I’m more than old enough, now, that, unless that Singularity thingie locks in soon, and I’m somehow one of those who manage to obtain some serious life-extension as a result, it seems unlikely that I’ll live long enough to witness even The Beginning Of The End (unless it’s already arrived, and we just haven’t recognized it yet), much less The End itself.

    Maybe that’s the “best” I should be hoping for…dunno anymore.

  2. Why no reference to the video analysis showing no blood from the “beheading” and the apparent jerking of the public’s chain in a bid to drive another war frenzy? I know, this information has only been available for more than a week, so why the rush to miss out on the newest and best evidence?
    Poor behavior of a group of mysterious and loosely confederated killers shouldn’t need to have fakery used to make a case against them, unless the evidence of some shadow group backing them needs to be screened from public scrutiny.
    Don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain, since you may find the evidence that you have been manipulated with storylines that kept your eyes wide shut. After all, we wouldn’t want to back the wrong group of killers, when we have a carefully chosen group of killers just waiting for our blessing and material support courtesy of a think tank scripted narrative.
    Where’s your gratitude for such special consideration paid to mould public freneticism?
    foley beheading shows no blood
    and got pages of current hits.
    I guess at least a few are due to misplaced rage since the storyline had sloppy production values.

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