Rich Galen

"This could fetch them $730 million a year, enough to sustain the operation beyond Iraq."

ISIS is not hiding in caves in Afghanistan, nor in semi-secret compounds in Pakistan. ISIS controls a large swath of territory in Syria and Iraq and, unless and until we bomb the you-know-what out of them, they are likely to stay there.

And unless and until we do, it is likely they will use that territory as terrorist band-camp to train terrorists to carry its anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish to Western targets putting everyone at risk.

The murder of James Foley was not the act of a rogue crazy man. He had been held hostage for nearly two years and there is some reason ISIS chose this week to kill him.

My office is six blocks from the White House. My wife's office is two blocks closer. A potential attack is far more than a desultory musing at Mullings Central.

I have no idea if or whether ISIS has the capacity to launch an attack on Washington, DC or London or Paris or anyplace else.

But I believe its goal is to attack the West. According to the BusinessInsider.com

"ISIS controls more territory than the governments of Israel and Lebanon. It controls nearly a third of Iraq alone, according to the Long War Journal."

I don't begrudge President Obama some time off, but this is a significant change in the nature of the War on Terror.

He needs to consider whether playing golf on Martha's Vineyard projects a better image than being in the White House right now.

The murder of James Foley might be just the opening gambit in a much more complex chess match.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.