Scott Walker told ABC that he would not rule out putting "boots on the ground" to fight ISIS:
"I think aggressively, we need to take the fight to ISIS and any other radical Islamic terrorist in and around the world. Because it's not a matter of when they attempt an attack on American soil -- not if, I should say, it's when -- and we need leadership that says clearly, not only amongst the United States but amongst our allies, that we're willing to take appropriate action. And I think it should be surgical," said Walker.
The ABC host asked, "You don't think 2,000 air strikes is taking it to ISIS in Syria and Iraq?"
"I think we need to have an aggressive strategy anywhere around the world. I think it's a mistake--"
"What does that mean. I don't know what aggressive strategy means. If we're bombing--I mean, we've done 2,000 air strikes. What is an aggressive strategy?"
"I think anywhere and everywhere, we have to go beyond just aggressive air strikes," said Walker. "We have to look at other surgical methods. And ultimately we have to be prepared to put boots on the ground if that's what it takes. Because I think you know--"
"Boots on the ground in Syria? U.S. boots on the the ground in Syria?"
"No, I don't think that is an immediate plan, but I think anywhere in the world--"
"But you wouldn't rule it out?"
"I wouldn't rule anything out. I think when you have the lives of Americans at stake and our freedom loving allies anywhere in the world, we have to be prepared to do things that don't allow those measures, those attacks, those abuses to come to our shores," said Walker.
As Andrew Tilghman at Military Times reports, Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, is telling the troops that, while they may not be getting much in the way of pay raises, they will be better off for it and that:
The New York Times reported on September 5 that the United States is widening plans for proposed strikes on Syria to punish the Assad government for its alleged chemical weapons attacks. The plans now reportedly include the use of aircraft in addition to cruise missiles:
White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked at today's press briefing, in the context of the Boston bombings, whether U.S. bombings in Afghanistan last month that killed civilians were "terrorism." Carney gave a long answer, but never says "no."
At a campaign rally for President Barack Obama yesterday in Virginia, former President Bill Clinton talked about bringing "this country together" and crossing "all of its diversity." Then, Clinton added this:
One of the minor disgraces of this year's campaign is that the presidential candidates act as if the war in Afghanistan doesn't exist. We have 84,000 troops fighting over there in very difficult circumstances; they've had a tough few weeks, with 41 killed in the last month, but the candidates barnstorm the country with barely a mention of the war or the troops.
President Obama will be traveling today from San Francisco, California to Reno, Nevada to “take part in an official event where he will deliver remarks at the 113th National Convention of the VFW,” according to t
It has been a decade since U.S. armed forces—with the United Kingdom and the Afghan Northern Alliance—launched what has become America’s longest war, Operation Enduring Freedom, in Afghanistan. And, in addition to recognizing the heroism of those who work to keep America safe, it is worth praising the contributions of an often overlooked group: America’s non-citizen soldiers.
Here’s a chance to help Purple Heart Family Support (PHFS) win a $25K grant from the Pepsi Refresh Everything Challenge. I know volunteers who work with PHFS at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and can vouch for their activities.
What is combat in Afghanistan like? For those of us who have not been embedded as reporters, but want to know what our soldiers in this difficult war are up against, there is now Restrepo, a documentary film by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger.