August 7th, 2014
11:09 PM ET

An Erin Burnett "OutFront" debate: ISIS, a "gang of thugs, " or "Taliban on steroids"

With the prospect of the United States waging airstrikes against Iraq a very real possibility, on Thursday evening Erin Burnett invited a vast collection of military analysts to share their insights and perspectives.

While the world was watching Gaza, ISIS was advancing rapidly in Northern Iraq. Now emboldened, the terrorist group is slaughtering Iraqi minorities. The question is, will the United States intervene?

Watch the above video as Philipp Mudd and Major General James "Spider" Marks debate the notion of U.S. airtrikes.

Meanwhile, following her initial conversation with Mudd and Marks, Burnett then asked James Zogby and Dan Senor to join the discussion for additional context.

ISIS is a "gang of thugs," said Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute.

In the second video, hear more from Burnett's panel of experts, as Zogby, Mudd, Marks, and Senor all discuss America’s capacity to fight the terrorists group Isis, while debating whether or not American intervention in Iraq is an intelligent decision.

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  1. Randy Hill

    Hi Erin, It's awful that the US now has to be bombing there own tanks, weapons etc. that have fallen into the wrong hands. Could you ask someone if it is possible to build security operating codes into future military hardware that could render them unusable in the wrong hands. It seems like it would save a lot of headaches, money etc. in the future, Thanks,


    August 9, 2014 at 10:30 am | Reply
  2. Mary

    Why is there no mention of Yazidi women under 35 kidnapped and held by Isis

    August 8, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  3. Kim Bowers

    The World Food Programme of The United Nations has been in Erbil since the first of June feeding Kurdish refugees whose numbers increased daily. I know this because my neice is the only American in this group of life savers. The American military advisors who arrived this week are NOT the only Americans there!!!!

    August 8, 2014 at 11:15 am | Reply
  4. Will Walker

    These guys are sending out trigger words in the discussion. Calling 9/11 911 and then calling the middle east the mid-east...they are sending out a signal. Too bad Batman retired and there is no one that can save them now.


    August 8, 2014 at 8:08 am | Reply

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