'It's Going to Take a United Effort': Baker Explains How ISIS Can Be Defeated
The terror group ISIS has been successfully using social media to spread their message of terror and recruit new members, as they wage psychological warfare worldwide.
Former CIA covert operations officer Mike Baker joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures today to explain how the U.S. can use ISIS' own social media tactics against them and partner with allies in the region to hunt down and defeat the terrorists.
Baker noted that Al Qaeda and other terror groups have long used the internet to connect with potential new members and spread their message.
ISIS learned from those groups and focused its social media efforts on bringing westerners into the fold, as they can travel and cross borders more freely.
"In a sense, it's not something new, but it's more developed, because they've been learning over the years how to do this better," Baker explained.
The positive side of ISIS' social media presence is that it gives us a long look at who and where they are. That information can then be used in the fight against terror.
Baker added that we should try to separate politics at home from the operational needs abroad in order to best combat ISIS.
Baker noted that President Obama was slow to the game in understanding the immediacy of the ISIS threat, but we should be glad that at least now he is committed to defeating them instead of managing the problem.
"It's going to take a united effort," Baker said, adding that we need to draw in regional partners, such as Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, to get boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria backed by U.S. intelligence, tactical support and resources.
“If we can’t draw in those regional players, airstrikes alone aren’t going to accomplish this," Baker said. "The problem is, at the end of the day, we can defeat ISIS. If we have the will, that's no problem … the problem will be, what comes in afterwards?"
Watch the clip above.