“So how do we strike some real fear into ISIS?” Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer had some suggestions for the hosts of Fox & Friends this morning.
“The only way”, Meyer replied “is when we release the gates of hell on ’em, and we go over and we start making war so ugly”, that ISIS recruitment videos lose their “cool” appeal to potential jihadists.
The strategy of the prior administration to minimize terror incidents as “a lone wolf attack”, or claiming that these individual terror events were not connected was “not the solution”, Meyer said.
Asked if he was concerned that politicians would hamstring President Trump’s efforts to combat terror, Meyer replied “The only thing that I’m optimistic about on this situation is that we have a president, think whatever you want about his politics … but here’s what I’ll tell you. At least we have a president that’s in place that’s not going to allow us to be the victims. You can guarantee he’s going to do whatever it’s going to take, no matter if it’s the most popular thing in the court of public opinion. He’s going to do what’s right to protect America, and that’s a good thing that we have on our side right now.”
Meyer was asked if he was satisfied with President Obama’s execution of the war on terror. “Absolutely not”, he replied. “He [Obama] was too busy worrying about what everybody thought of him, instead of doing what was right.” Meyer added, “For eight years we’ve stood by and watched attacks across the globe … and really, what have we done about it?”
The former Marine said that President Trump “has leadership in place who’s going to put a strategy together, who I think are really going to go after ISIS this time, and do something about it.”
“We have to stop fighting wars with politics and political agendas”, Meyer stated. “Go over there and just make it ugly. We have to make war so ugly that nobody wants to fight it anymore.”
“What is it going to take for us to go over and handle business the right way?”
Meyer put forth a potential psychological strategy to deter additional ISIS recruits, suggesting that military forces bring along journalists to document how terrorists are “held accountable”, saying that if potential ISIS recruits “still want to join, then that’s on them.”