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Opinion: We Need To Hit ISIS With Everything We Have, Starting With TOW® And Javelin Missiles

The following is an op-ed article written by James Mason, a spokesman for the Raytheon Company, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security, and civil markets throughout the world.

You have no doubt seen the horrific videos members of ISIS, or so-called “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria have posted. They are a demon’s resume of crimes against men, women and children. I’ll forego going into detail as much of their litany of horrors has been shared extensively in other venues.

The question we must face is, are we going to sit back and allow these crimes to go unpunished? Are we going to help secure a better future for the people of Iraq and Syria? Are we going to pave a way to a better world by hitting the enemy — and only the enemy — with Raytheon-built, precision munitions? For the obvious benefit of mankind, of course.

Our TVs show a nightly procession of ISIS terrorists utilizing American-made vehicles and weapons to oppress the good people of Syria and Iraq. Given the state of repair on some vehicles, their new, neglectful owners seem determined to park these vehicles in a tow zone. That’s exactly what they’ll get when they meet the tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided (TOW® weapon system, with the multimission TOW 2A, TOW 2B Aero and TOW Bunker Buster missiles. TOW® is the premier long-range, heavy assault, precision anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system used throughout the world today.

The ISIS propagandists, in their magazine, “Dabiq,” make mention of goods acquired “under the shadow of the spear,” a reference to the Koran and a cute euphemism for looted items stolen from enemy soldiers. They won’t think it’s so cute when they find themselves under the shadow of the Javelin, the world’s most versatile and lethal one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided munition and surveillance weapon system. Javelin has been adopted by international armed forces around the world. It is currently fielded with the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, but it has also been approved for foreign military sales to 12 nations.

The snakes in ISIS should come to fear the retribution that will come from the United States military and her allies. You will recall seeing that they captured an airfield in eastern Syria recently, along with numerous intact aircraft. If they happen to get one of these Russki rust buckets in the air, they’ll find themselves face-to-face with a snake of our own, the AIM-9 Sidewinder. It is the most advanced infrared-tracking, short-range air-to-air missile in the world. Sidewinder is configured for easy installation on a wide range of modern aircraft, including the F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and F-4 fighters, A-4, A-6 and AV-8B attack aircraft, and the AH-1 helicopter. Allied aircraft configured for Sidewinders include the Tornado, the JA-37 Viggen and the Sea Harrier.

It is imperative that Congress authorize our president to act in whatever manner he sees fit to execute this war against ISIS, using whatever means and weapons designed, built and tested in the good old US of A by us, the good folks at Raytheon.

Won’t somebody think of the children?

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Joseph Diamond
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1 year 10 months ago

FIRST…….we need to engage the ISIS navy. How bad could that be with ISIS aircraft carriers projecting power all over the place. Sink ’em!
THEN…..we need to defeat the ISIS air force. Both their planes and their mechanic need to be taken out, neutralized and taken from the battle. ISIS choppas too.
AFTER THAT……………..roads and things like roads need to go.
THEN snuff the camels.
FINALLY………..ask them nicely to drop their guns.

Oh yeah…the tanks….how many tanks are estimated to need blasting? Better get on that one also before they start crossing the Atlantic.

Joe

Pat Cody
Guest
1 year 10 months ago

Makes me proud to be a Raytheon customer! Perhaps I should buy more stock before the prices go up too high.

Marc Miller
Guest
1 year 10 months ago

Raytheon also makes the TLAM, which has been the weapon of choice for almost all of our little forays into war over the past 20 years. It’s a nice bit of boom.

Eva Foster
Guest
1 year 10 months ago

I heard ISIS was trying to take over Jamaica, I say we deploy to Jamaica and root out those evil bastards!!

April White-wolff
Guest
1 year 10 months ago
CAPS FOR BAD EYES. I APPRECIATE YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS FOR OUR WONDERFUL ARMS COMPANIES! WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT THEM? AT HOME, MINDING OUR BUSINESS. WE COULD TURN OUR OFFENSE DEPT INTO A DEFENSE DEPT. THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE, OF COURSE, YOU MUST FEEL LIKE PUNCHING PEOPLE WHO TELL YOU THAT. I DEMONSTRATED AGAINST THE VIETNAM WAR. BUT NEVER CALLED ANYONE A “BABY KILLER” AS HAPPENED TO A FRIEND WHO WENT BECAUSE HE WAS DRAFTED. (MOST OF MY FRIENDS PRETENDED TO BE GAY.) AT A COLLEGE IN CA PEOPLE NOT ONLY YELLED THINGS AT HIM, BUT SET OFF CHERRY BOMBS OUTSIDE… Read more »
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