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Coast veterans discuss President's proposal for military action against ISIS

Some Coast veterans said they support military action against the terrorist group. (Photo source: WLOX) Some Coast veterans said they support military action against the terrorist group. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Some South Mississippi veterans are sharing their thoughts on whether military action against ISIS is the best move for the United States. WLOX was at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2434 in Biloxi getting reaction to President Barack Obama's request.

ISIS members have made it very clear they want to spread their religious ideals across the world, and they're willing to use violence to do it.

"They're a very evil group that poses a serious danger to all countries, and the United States being one of them," veteran James Buie.

Some Coast veterans said they support military action against the terrorist group.

"I feel that's a very good decision to make," said veteran Mike Davis. "I feel it's something that we should have done a long time ago, in my opinion, because they are a very well organized organization, and the threat level is very high. So, yes. I'm all for that."

"ISIS is a group that definitely has sights on the United States. They mean to hurt us, and they mean to go after us. So, before they get here, we need to go there," said James Corley, who is the commander for VFW Post 2434. "These people have been at war amongst themselves for years, hundreds of years, and they seem to think this is a holy war, which it's not. What it amounts to is people are greedy. It's all about pushing their thoughts, their religion and their way of life on people who don't need that, and they're forcing it down their throats. I think when it's all said and done, Americans need to step up and prevent this from happening."

Some veterans worry the campaign against ISIS could eventually turn into a repeat of what happened in Afghanistan.

"I don't want it to turn into another Afghanistan. We've sent troops over there year after year after year," said Buie. "We've had a lot of good success, but overall, American lives going after a group that is a guerrilla fighting group, there's no front line. It's not a battle. We're putting our young men and women's lives on the line and in danger to track down a group that there's no uniformity to them. It's more of a cat and mouse game. It's a very dangerous game to be playing."

The President's proposal limits ground combat operations, but some veterans say that option should be off the table if that's what it takes to defeat ISIS.

"If it's going to take boots on the ground, and eventually it might come to that, and in my opinion, whatever we have to do," said Davis.

Veterans said in order to defeat ISIS, the U.S. needs to take the offensive.

“I think to prevent ISIS from achieving their goals, which is to do terrorism in the United States, we need to go in their back yard and prevent this from happening,” said Davis.

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