The Pentagon is making a major tactical error if they rely solely on “surgical” airstrikes to stop the ISIS Army. That is the opinion of Bernard Kerik, former U.S. interim minister to Iraq. Kerik posted a blog with The Huffington Post detailing the best way to dissolve the ISIS threat; cut off their source of funding, which is oil.
The former diplomat strongly states the “nascent terrorist state” will crumble with highly targeted air attacks on their troops, facilities, and especially their oil. He reminds Americans that ISIS is a real threat to the U.S. homeland itself.
He continues that the most perplexing part of the problem is how easily born the terror threat was. Kerik agrees with President Obama that American troops should not be a consideration, but airstrikes that cut into their financial resources would be the most efficient way to stop them.
The targeting of vehicles and artillery positions of ISIS is worthwhile in a limited fashion and strategic areas. But the United States must attack the real source of the Islamist group's strength: oil. While the subject of oil is not covered in Pentagon briefings or the White House, “ISIS has earned tens of millions of dollars selling antiquities from territories it has taken control of in Syria and Iraq.”
The terror organization looted over $425 million from a bank in Mosul. As Fortune Magazine reported earlier this week, ISIS "real upside lies in exploiting one precious commodity: oil." They have captured oil fields in northeastern Syria in the past year and recently took three more fields in Iraq. They are tapping into pipelines and storage facilities to fund the growing army and the terror organization.
By cutting off the head, you kill the snake. ISIS fills tanker trucks of oil and transports it to Iraqi traders at a hugely discounted price for cash. Fortune reports “… these traders then resell it to Kurdish smugglers at a 100 percent increase. ISIS is filling 100 trucks a day at close to $10,000 a pop. This totals about $1 million a day for ISIS.”
To stop these actions, it’s time to specifically put pressure on Qatar for funding ISIS. Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said, "I accuse them of inciting and encouraging the terrorist movements. I accuse them of supporting them politically and in the media, of supporting them with money and by buying weapons for them."
The United States has strategic influence on Qatar and should use it. America has a huge airbase in the country which provides millions to Qatar’s economy and provides them protection against other Arab states in the region.
Cut off the ISIS oil revenue using targeted military strikes. It will show the financial benefactors that the short-term profits will find them in extreme danger as a despised and ruthless organization is faced down by most of the civilized world.
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