Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, argued that it is not a “terribly useful” assessment to think that there is a world war against ISIS.
Appearing on “MSNBC Live” with Brian Williams on Monday, Haass claimed, “Terrorism is not the sort of thing that can be eliminated or eradicated.” (RELATED: ‘Morning Joe’ Guest: Obama Doesn’t Want ‘To Overcommit To The Middle East’ [VIDEO])
Williams suggested that the current fight against ISIS was a “slow rollout world war,” however, Haass argued, “I don’t find it a terribly useful one.”
“For the reason that World War II is classic. It was fought by nation states, fought by soldiers, it was fought on battlefields,” Haass explained. “Virtually none of those characteristics apply to this.”
“And you are never going to have the equivalent of what we had after other wars, the Battleship Missouri. Terrorism is not the sort of thing that can be eliminated or eradicated. It’s always going to be present whether outside or inside our borders. So I think we need to think about this and be very careful about using historical parallels to the classic wars of the previous century,” Haass argued.