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Smart Talk: What strategy will work against ISIS?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 10, 2015 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, December 10, 2015:

President Obama spoke to the nation from the Oval Office Sunday night about terrorism.  His speech came three weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and just a few days after a radicalized couple, apparently inspired by ISIS, murdered 14 in San Bernardino, California.

For some Americans, the president's address was a letdown.  They claimed it came too late and didn't include any new plans to fight terrorism, especially the Islamic State. Obama has held fast to not putting thousands of U.S. ground troops in Syria and Iraq to battle ISIS.

Dr. Larry Goodson, a professor of Middle East Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle and the author of the best-selling book Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban, believes the president is on the right track.  Goodson says the American people would not support a long drawn-out war after wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Goodson, who has advised several military leaders, including General David Patraeus in Afghanistan, and numerous government agencies appears on Thursday's Smart Talk.

We'll also get his take on reaction in the Middle East to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposed ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. if he is elected.

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Dr. Larry Goodson

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  • Scott LaMar img 2015-12-10 10:42

    Katy writes...
    Listening to smart talk on the way to work..
    I would like to say that I appreciated President O'Bama's statements in his speech. He acknowledged how he is concerned for his life and family too -but did not resort to "whipping up the masses" into a hateful froth, and installing fear. What we do with this stealthy enemy now. Needs to be clearly and creatively thought through. They want us to live in fear...
    The caller who mentioned how we Americans changed the "rules" of war was right- the revolutionaries in 1770's attacked at night -something never heard of before with Britain.
    I am hoping the Muslim's here in America become more vocal in calling out these terrorist -that would be one important step.
    My pitiful knowledge of Boots on the ground comes from Movies, but what I have learned is that fighting in the war torn areas of the Middle East is so unpredictable -children armed and fighting, women hiding bombs in their Burka's(sp.?) I disagree with sending our boys and girls there..

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-12-10 10:43

    Anthony called in...
    President should not use force

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-12-10 10:43

    Andy comments...
    worried that they did not do a good enough job preventing the entry into the country of the San Bernardino shooter

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-12-10 10:44

    Tony ask...
    Is there any rationale that a caliphate be legitimate - if they are setting their own boundaries and self-determining?

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-12-10 10:45

    A listener writes...
    Your guest immediately places himself in the position as as current Administration biased person when he speaks of ISIL instead of ISIS. ISIL includes Israel from anything I can find. Plus when he claims there is a strategy for defeating ISIS there was no coherent strategy described by the President in his recent speech. I saw where the “ man on the street” was asked whether he felt comforted and safer after the speech and there was little from the responses that showed any such reaction.

    Why not have someone as a guest who takes a view that does not parrot the Administration’s agenda?

  • Scott LaMar img 2015-12-10 15:44

    Eugene comments...
    I appreciate the informed and reasoned perspective of your guest. I have yet to hear anything that even hints of a credible alternative strategy from the critics of the President, yet alone one that would be supported by the American people who would have no stomach for the cost in dollars and lives which kinds of interventions they fantasize about around would entail.

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