Appearing on “This Week” with former Clinton insider George Stephanopoulos, a top neocon has called for sending 50,000 troops to Syria.

“If it take 50,000 troops going in there and cleaning out Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State, do it,” said Bill Kristol. “If ISIS is going to be destroyed, America has to be in the lead… you are going to need troops on the ground.”

“Yes,” Kristol said with a condescending tone, “Americans are a little war weary and they’re worried about another intervention in the Middle East, but at the end of the day the candidate who articulates a credible strategy for destroying ISIS will be stronger, not weaker on the Republican side.”

The U.S. objective in Syria is not an effort to eliminate ISIS, but evicting the government of Bashar al-Assad. Russia made this obvious when it targeted terrorists in Syria and did more damage in a few weeks than the United States has done in a year.

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian parliament’s international affairs committee, said in October the United States is not bombing ISIS.

“The US-led coalition spent a whole year pretending they were striking ISIL targets but where are the results of these strikes?”

The week before Sushkov made his remarks, the Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said there “is clearly no seriousness” to the war against ISIS. He added the objective is not eliminating the Islamic State but rather an effort by the West to “force their presence” in the region and worsen the situation there.

In September State Department spokesman John Kirby said Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the presence of ISIS in Syria.

“He is the reason ISIL, and other terrorist groups, have been allowed to fester and grow and sustain themselves inside Syria,” Kirby said. “Assad regime has allowed groups like ISIL to fester and grow inside the country.”

The argument made by the State Department completely ignores reality. Terrorist groups inside Syria are enabled by the United States, the Gulf Emirates and Turkey. The Pentagon’s DIA has called for an Islamic principality in Syria.

On Saturday Secretary of State John Kerry said “Assad has cut his own deal with Daesh” and insisted the West is attempting to “save his people” by supporting murderous jihadists who are, with the help of the establishment media, portrayed as “moderates.” Kerry insisted saying anything else is “beyond insanity. It’s insulting.”

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush echoed Kristol this morning when he told NBC’s Meet the Press all-out war must be declared on ISIS.

“You destroy ISIS. And then you build a coalition to replace this radical Islamic terrorist threat to our country and to Europe and to the region with something that is more peace loving.

“We have to be engaged in this. This is not something you can contain. Each day that ISIS exists, it gains new energy and more recruits around the world.”

On Friday Republican candidate Ben Carson urged an effort on par with the Second World War to eliminate ISIS.

“I would be working with our allies using every resource known to man, in terms of economic resources, in terms of covert resources, overt resources, military resources, things-that-they-don’t-know-about resources, in an attempt not to contain them, but to eliminate them before they eliminate us,” Carson said at the Florida GOP’s Sunshine Summit.

Candidate Marco Rubio has called for invoking a war-making NATO agreement to fight ISIS.

John Kasich also cited the agreement.

“This is clearly an act of war and an attack on one of our NATO allies, and we should invoke Article 5 of the NATO agreement, and bring everyone together to put together a coalition to confront this challenge,” Rubio said.

Rubio used the neocon mantra during his call for war.

“This is a clash of civilizations. For they do not hate us because we have military assets in the Middle East. They hate us because of our values,” he declared.

On Sunday The Washington Post said the NATO agreement should be used to skirt the Constitution.

The “United States has a legal obligation to help defend France under Article 5 of the 1949 North Atlantic treaty, which created the NATO alliance,” Ilya Somin wrote on the newspaper’s op-ed page.

Democrats are also calling for war. During the  second Democratic presidential debate Hillary Clinton said ISIS presents a threat to the United States.

“We have to look at ISIS as the leading threat of an international terror network. It cannot be contained; it must be defeated,” she said. “What the president has consistently said, which I agree with, is that we will support those who will take that fight to ISIS.”

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