HPU terrorism expert speaks on President Obama’s ISIS plan

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- For many it was what they didn't hear from the president Wednesday night about dealing with ISIS that has created concerns.

"I'm skeptical about how quickly, or the reality of the Arab states being a part of this kind of coalition," said High Point University Professor of History Dr. Larry Simpson, who studies the Middle East and terrorism groups. "I think when [the president] talked about the inclusive Iraq government well its inclusive in that we have Sunni, Shiite and Kurds but they have a long way to go before they have a government that doesn’t govern exclusively for the Shiite population."

Simpson says he also has concerns over the President's plan that only includes airpower and no troops on the ground.

"I’m not sure how many military people are going to tell you that you can win a war with airpower alone," said Simpson. "He's also going to have to face the possibility, and I’m sure they discussed this, that one of those pilots gets shot down and he appears on TV just as we've had two American reporters … are we just going to put our airman in harm’s way without backing?"​

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