November 6, 2016
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Future President,
My name is Jacob Zembower, and I am an 8th grade student at Gurrie Middle School in La Grange, Illinois. I am writing to you to share my concerns about ISIS, which is a global problem and I think, one of the most important issues facing the United States today. I first became interested in this issue when we learned about Al Qaeda and the events of 9/11 in school and then about ISIS and the recent terrorist events.
I learned that over 18,000 people have died in the past 2 years alone at the hands of ISIS. To make matters worse, this terrorist group is only getting stronger and spreading to more countries. If these terrorist acts worsen, they could ultimately lead to the destruction of many countries, including America. I am glad to hear your vision that ISIS has to be defeated. We need to stop the spread of ISIS and defeat their worldview.
Right now, US Special Forces are assisting Iraqi and Kurdish troops to attack the ISIS stronghold of Mosul in Iraq and assisting Arab and Kurdish forces to attack the city of Raqqa in Syria which ISIS has declared its de facto capital. If we are successful with these attacks and take back Mosul and Raqqa, we are hoping that the invasion will inspire local resistance groups to form and assist us.
Our current plan relies heavily on US military power. We have shouldered most of the burden with the air strikes. Notably, the US has sent over 5,400 air strikes to Iraq, but the coalition has only sent about a fifth of that number, approximately 1,500. To be successful in the long run, we will need a strategy to defeat ISIS on many fronts, including militarily and ideologically. We are going to have to rely on our coalition allies to help make sure that this is a sustained success.
I think our citizens can help spread the word of the horrors of ISIS and support our military and our allies. I want to thank you for your leadership and for the difficult and incredibly important job you have ahead.
For information see also:
Pentagon admits no strategy to blunt ISIS
The pentagon’s new strategy to beat ISIS
War on Isis: Who’s Doing What?