Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer isn’t one to mince words about the war on terror. And now, after the suicide bombing by Salman Abedi in Manchester, England, that left 22 dead, Meyer says it is time to “release the gates of hell” on the Islamic State and inflict a level of carnage on the group that makes it hard from them to recruit new fighters.
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Meyer appeared on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning to talk about his reaction to the bombing. The crew of Fox and Friends sought out Meyer’s expertise to answer one simple question: “How do we strike some real fear into ISIS?”
“You can’t just ignore this problem, because it’s going to come here,” Meyer cautioned. His response comes in the wake of numerous public appeals to do just that, including messages from celebrities like Katy Perry who are advocating open borders.
Meyer is optimistic that President Trump will respond to this attack in a way that potential ISIS recruits will notice.
“You can guarantee he’s going to do whatever it’s going to take, no matter if it’s the most popular thing in the court of public opinion. He’s going to do what’s right to protect America,” Meyer said. “That’s a good thing we have on our side right now.”
There’s little subtlety in Meyer’s message. There’s just one way to handle ISIS: “That’s by killing them,” Meyer said.
“We have to stop fighting wars with politics and political agendas and just go over there and make it ugly. We have to make war so ugly that no one wants to fight it anymore.”
Meyer’s argument clearly touches on the something many feel. How will Britain avenge this attack? How can Americans prevent attacks like this on our own soil? One of the defining elements of this bombing is that it occurred outside of the concert venue, as the crowds were leaving. This is the single moment when security at such events is the most relaxed.
America may not be as soft a target as the United Kingdom, but there’s little to prevent the kind of carnage inflicted in Manchester. As Meyer notes, we have to take the fight to ISIS before they bring it here.