How Douglas MacArthur would have responded to ISIS 

General of the Army, Douglas MacArthur, understood what a proper response is when national security is at stake.

“There is no substitute for victory” is an axiom that he lived by in World War Two and the Korean war. That advise has not been followed in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and in the fight on ISIS. It is still true that even at the highest levels, that if we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. Read more below.

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As Written By Arthur Herman and first appeared on Fox News:

Like all Americans, my wife and I watched with horror as the news came about the mass shooting in Orlando by an ISIS-inspired fanatic.  It made me realize how Douglas MacArthur, one of America’s greatest military leaders and the subject of the biography I just published, is more relevant than ever for understanding our age.

The massacre in Orlando and the attacks this week in Istanbul and Dhaka demonstrate what happens when we disregard the advice MacArthur gave us more than sixty-five years ago:  “There is no substitute for victory.” It reminds us of what happens when the United States fails to use all its means to defeat a vicious and committed enemy, in this case ISIS.

Indeed, Douglas MacArthur taught the single important strategic lesson any American president can learn: before starting a war, make sure you are committed to winning it.

That’s a lesson President Obama has repeatedly ignored.  He has refused to fully commit U.S. strength to crushing ISIS’s enclaves in Iraq and Libya, and to severing their lines of recruitment and support.

He has all but abandoned Afghanistan to the Taliban.

He also didn’t just ignore MacArthur’s warning but mocked it, by throwing away America’s hard-won victory in Iraq.  By pulling out all remaining US troops, he opened the door to ISIS’s explosive upsurge and the atrocities of its murderous followers, including now in this country.

Yet Obama hasn’t been alone in ignoring MacArthur’s warning…..

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How Douglas MacArthur would have responded to ISIS terror attacks | Fox News

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  • Joseph

    I am shocked about this article. Shocked that you, Allen West wrote it. Oh I like the stuff about MacArthur. But to question why Obama doesn’t learn from MacArthur’s lessons is not right. People have got to understand that, HE, Obama is our enemy. He has learned quite well from MacArthur . HE is determined to win this war against US. He is a pawn of this world order, he is a communist and a Muslim. He shows subordination to Iran every time he says ISIL instead of ISIS. Wake up America or you may have just celebrated the last independence Day.

  • Sgtsnuffy

    SAME THING WITH BUSH . HE STARTED A WAR IN IRAQ CAUSE HIS DADDY DIDN’T FINISH SADDAM OFF . HE HAD AFGHANISTAN IN HIS PALM AND THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA ALMOST WIPED OUT BUT OH NO THAT WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH . WE HAD TO TAKE OUT SADDAM AND IRAQ . AND THEN HE SENT IN PAUL BREMER AND IT WAS DOWN HILL INTO HELL FROM THEN ON . AND NOW THE WORLD IS PAYING FOR THEIR SO CALLED NATION BUILDING .

    • jb80538

      Well, 911 happened because Clinton wouldn’t authorize taking Bin Laden out on any of 3 occasions!
      I think he was too busy using a certain intern as a human humidor.

  • fisher4men

    Throughout history America has had some fantastic generals. What made them great was their determination to not lose a war or compromise the American way of life. These generals were all well-educated with advance schooling not only in war but also in a vast ray of other disciplines necessary to maintain America as a free country. They courageously lead American troops into battle and often accomplished what seemed impossible. This happened because the American Soldiers also realized what was at risk. They knew firsthand what the enemy wanted to impose on America. The threats were real, and as a result the Soldiers were willing to sacrifice whatever was asked of them. Today this has not changed. What has changed is the political environment that is best characterized by embracing a feel good attitude devoid of the concept of victory. Our military will step up and win the battles, but they must be given the order to win. This order has never been given by the current administration. Troops are dying and the objectives are lofty and ill defined. The rules of engagement favor the bad guys and put our Soldiers directly in the cross hairs of the enemy. Either we go in to win or we should get out. General of the Army MacArthur, in his farewell speech stated it perfectly, “There is no substitute for victory”. Our Commander in Chief is clueless and despises the Soldiers he sends into battle with their hands tied. He has no “gut” for winning and despises those who know how to win.