• Ed Schultz: Time To ‘Consider Ground Troops’ In ‘Religious War’ Against ISIS

    Usually, he’s reliably stupid.

    But last night on his barely-watched MSNBC show, Ed Schultz stated the blatantly obvious when he said that ISIS’ beheading 21 Egyptian Christians is an “act of mass murder” that “amounts to a religious war.”

    Those 21 Egyptian Christians “were targeted, as I see it, and murdered because of their faith. Now, the response from the Egyptian government has been swift and strong,” Schultz said.

    Indeed, Egyptian warplanes bombed ISIS positions in Libya after the brutal video of the massacre was posted and confirmed.

    “Clearly, ISIS is growing geographically, now this is the biggest jihad that we’ve seen in our lifetime. They are gaining influence. They have a strong social media presence. They are recruiting more and more every day. Fighters have traveled from around the world to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” Schultz said.

    Despite months of American fighter jets and drones dropping bombs on several keys ISIS targets in Syria, the Islamic State is still advancing and capturing swaths of territory.

    Here is a picture of Syria in August 2014:

    1421329651179.cachedAnd here is a picture of the same territory just months later:

    1421269431538.cached“Yes, they have gained some ground. But we have stopped their momentum,” one Pentagon official said, according to The Daily Beast.

    The maps above were produced by the Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS), a Syrian-American opposition umbrella group. As you can see, ISIS doubled the amount of territory it now waves its iconic black flag under.

    Being as war-hawkish as any liberal host on MSNBC may have ever been before, Schultz said, “As I see it, the United States is going to have to have a continual renewal of its strategy. We can’t sit back here and watch hoards of people get their heads cuts off. And why would we tell ISIS that there’s no way we would ever put ground troops in combat situations? I think it has reached a point where we really have to have a very strong debate in this country. As I see it, it’s a religious war. What is going to turn back ISIS?”

    “What we’re doing isn’t strong enough, isn’t working.”

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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