The solution is simple: Make daily life so unbearable in any area controlled by ISIS, that people under ISIS control will rebel, and ISIS fighters themselves will desert because their lives have become so miserable.
- Drop leaflets all over Raqqa warning that, because Raqqa is ISIS-controlled territory, it will no longer be afforded the decadent Western luxuries of electricity, drinking water, modern communications, or paved roads.
- Bomb out of existence the water reservoirs, electric grid, telephone grid, and paved roads. Continue doing so daily, with drones in the sky 24/7.
- Drop leaflets warning that any building, home, or vehicle with its lights turned on after a certain date will be destroyed.
- Start the campaign by bombing a few such buildings using thermal imaging to detect lights behind walls, thus ensuring that no one in Raqqa will even burn a candle again.
- Drop leaflets warning that any vehicle on the streets of Raqqa will be destroyed.
- Destroy many such vehicles one day, and continue destroying all remaining vehicles in subsequent days.
- Drop a noisy bomb somewhere in the city every five minutes at night, so that no one will be able to sleep. Drones can do this all night long.
- Repeat in other ISIS-controlled areas, like Mosul. When anyone in an ISIS-controlled town looks up, they should see an ever-present drone, reminding them of the new rules they’ll have to live by: No running water, electricity, phones, roads, lights, paved roads, or vehicles allowed.
At first, such a campaign would have little effect. But after a few years of living without light, fans, water, phones, transportation, and sleep, ISIS will be thoroughly degraded, incapable of command and control, and loathed by the population. At that point, a feather – AKA the Iraqi, Syrian, and/or Kurdish forces – will be able to knock out what’s left of ISIS’ military capabilities.
This will result in many civilian casualties. But it is the only viable way to prevent thousands of civilian casualties in the West. Such a campaign must be started in the immediate aftermath of ISIS terror attacks (such as the ones last week), to harness the collective outrage of the Western world.
The US Air Force has over 5,000 planes, hundreds of thousands of JDAM bombs, and an annual budget of $140 billion, paid by US taxpayers to wage war against our enemies. Let’s use these awesome assets to do what they were designed to do: Bring an implacable enemy to its knees with hardly any American casualties.