Will’s Take: If Arab ‘Neighborhood’ Can’t Take Out ISIS, ‘We Shouldn’t’

by Ian Tuttle

“I think what the president is trying to do,” said columnist George Will on Fox News Sunday, “and I sympathize with this, is to get the neighborhood [of the Islamic State] to rally.”

There’s plenty of military power in the Middle East to confront the threat of the jihadist group, Will argued:

Look what’s in the neighborhood: Saudi Arabia has 250 highly competent aircraft and an AWAC system [Airborne Warning and Control System] to control it. You’ve got Iran and Iraq, [who] are enemies of ISIS, so [are] Syria, Jordan, and the Kurds, who are, for all intents and purposes, a nation right now. So you’ve got six nations in the neighborhood.

“If they can’t do it,” Will concluded, “we shouldn’t.”

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