On Sunday, RoJoWho appeared on "UpFront with Mike Gousha," a Wisconsin based talk show, and clarified that he wants his war to be a replication of the first Gulf War led by President George H.W. Bush:
In an interview broadcast Sunday on "UpFront with Mike Gousha," the host asked Johnson for a clearer definition of how many U.S. troops he envisions taking part in such a mission.In addition, RoJoWho wanted to make sure that everyone knew that even after five years in the US Senate, he's still not ready for prime time. He did this by introducing a bill that would require an even more stringent vetting process for Syrian refugees, even though he admits that the current process is "pretty robust."
Johnson, a Republican from Oshkosh who chairs the Senate's Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, initially hesitated, saying he wasn't a military expert. But he said his model for what the U.S. should do to fight ISIS is what President George H.W. Bush did in response to the 1990 Iraq invasion of Kuwait.
"He very clearly laid out the goal, and then he assembled a coalition," Johnson said. "The U.S. provided about two-thirds of the troop level. Our coalition partners provided a third. Our coalition partners paid for 85 percent of that effort. Now that's a full commitment by the world community toward a goal."
The 1990-91 Persian Gulf War included a coalition of 670,000 troops from 28 countries; 383 U.S. troops were killed.
Johnson said that because ISIS "is not that good militarily," the troop numbers would not need to be as high as they were for the early 1990s effort.
"I've been hearing 25,000 troops, a total coalition of maybe 100,000. I really don't know the exact numbers. But we have to be committed to the goal because every day that ISIS exists, they're going to continue to inspire the type of barbarity that we saw play out in Paris, in Beirut, the downing of the Russian jetliner. This threat isn't going away. It is growing, it is metastasizing. We have to take it seriously."
RoJoWho also said that he wants to "eliminate all threats to this nation," then admits it's impossible to do.
In other words, he has an election coming up that he is probably going to lose so he is throwing the red meat of fear and bigotry to his base in order to get them fired up.