Bush Says ‘We Should Declare War’ on ISIS

Jeb Bush said Sunday that the United States needs to redouble its efforts to fight ISIS, in response to Friday’s attacks in Paris, according to The Hill.

“We should declare war and harness all of the power the U.S. can bring to bear, both diplomatic and military, of course, to be able to take out ISIS,” the Republican presidential candidate proposed on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

He added: “We have the capabilities of doing this; we just haven’t shown the will. … This is a threat to western civilization, and we should consider it that way. … We have to be in this fight; there is no other option. And this threat can be contained. But more importantly, it will never die unless it’s destroyed. The policy of containment isn’t going to work, and it is a policy of incremental, just kind of running out the clock, so the next president has to deal with this.”

The Hill noted that Bush is one of many Republicans who are criticizing the Obama administration for its approach to the ISIS threat. Some GOP leaders, including presidential candidates, have called for the deployment of more U.S. ground troops to Iraq and Syria.

Hillary Clinton, during Saturday’s Democratic presidential candidates’ debate, agreed that ISIS “cannot be contained.” She stressed that “it must be defeated.”

Photo: The Daily Beast

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