(F)or some reason despite being inexorable law in our own lives, and an indelible lesson of human history, this rule (standing up for oneself) is somehow suspended when it comes to a bunch of savages in the desert. We must not do what ISIS wants because a bunch of barbarians have the gift of perfect foresight into how events will play out.Emphasis mine.
The refusal to contemplate that we’re stronger and smarter than our enemies strikes me as a kind of crisis in confidence. It’s related to all sorts of notions – violence doesn’t solve anything, “blowback,” etc – that people only invoke to impose limitations on America’s scope of action.
I have no interest in putting infantry into the region, but I'd have no problem at all with waves of B-52s blotting their cities off the map. Yeah, yeah, I know. Collateral damage. Like I care. If you continue to be passive in the face of terror and attacks or if you wait for the locals to stir themselves to some kind of ineffectual action, you'll never get what you want.
If we want to smash ISIS, then use your strengths and smash ISIS.