Jeb Bush said that it was time for the United States to go to war with ISIS, and to put together an international coalition to rout the jihadis from their strongholds in Syria and Iraq. “We should declare war and harness all of the power that the United States can bring to bear, both diplomatic and military of course, to be able to take out ISIS,” Bush, who is trailing badly in the G.O.P. Presidential polls, said. “We have the capabilities of doing this, we just haven’t shown the will.”So here's the plan: You throw a war, inviting some friends. Then win.
John Cassidy observes:
I was struck, in particular, by how he foresaw that such a military campaign would be sequenced. “Well, you take it to them in Syria and Iraq,” Bush explained. “You destroy ISIS. And then you build a coalition to replace this radical Islamic terrorist threat to our country and to Europe and to the region with something that is more peace loving.”
Notice the “And then.” You go in militarily; you knock off the local regime and take out its forces, at which point—not before you send in the military—you figure out how to keep the peace. In other words, you—that is, we—do precisely what the United States and its allies did in Iraq and Afghanistan under the leadership of Jeb’s brother George W.