George Will: If the Arab ‘neighborhood’ can’t take care of ISIS, why should we?

Conservative columnist and famous contrarian George Will is arguing against America’s expanded involvement in the never-ending wars of the Middle East.

Republicans have been attacking President Obama for having no strategy to deal with the ballooning crisis. But in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Will questioned whether Iraq’s neighbors are in the best position to bring the Islamic State to heel. Why should it be America’s job, he asked.

“I think what the president is trying to do — and I sympathize with this — is to get the neighborhood to rally,” Will said.

Republicans and conservatives are generally hawkish on the unrest in the Middle East, but Will had done his usual homework.

“Look what’s in the neighborhood: Saudi Arabia has 250 highly competent aircraft and an AWAC [Airborne Warning and Control System] system to control it,” Will said. “You’ve got Iran and Iraq, [who] are enemies of ISIS, so [are] Syria, Jordan, and the Kurds, who are, for all intents and purposes, a nation right now. So you’ve got six nations in the neighborhood.

“If they can’t do it, we shouldn’t.”

Saudi King Abdullah last week said Islamic State is on a global march.

Business Insider cited remarks the king made to Asharq al-Awsat daily and Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television station. “If we ignore [the Islamic State], I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month. You see how they [jihadists] carry out beheadings. It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: ‘Fight terrorism with force, reason and [necessary] speed.’”

AbdullahPhoto Credit: richardcyoung.com

That’s all fine, but why don’t we fight those battles with Saudi Arabian soldiers for a change?

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