(CNSNews.com) - It's "all fine and good" that Arab League nations are giving minimal support to the effort to stop ISIS/ISIL, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Fox News on Thursday.
But they need to do much more than give money:
"Until some people in those countries are willing to get in the fight and put their sons out on the battlefield, I think the United States need to say, guys, we're not going to spill American blood to help you guys who won't get out of your palaces and out of your just obscenely wealthy endeavors and get out here and stop this nonsense yourself."
The United States shouldn't be expected to both finance the fight and "pay for it with the blood of American sons and daughters. And I think we need to say to these nations, that's it."
Huckabee said nations such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates face a more imminent threat from the terrorist expansion than the United States does:
"You know, the president keeps talking about I've got a pen and I've got a phone. Well, let him get that pen and write down the list of all these countries who are going to be far more affected and much more immediately than we are. But you're right, it will affect us. And then get on that phone of his and call these guys and explain to them in explicit terms that we've got to seal off our own borders right now."
"We've got some problems here at home," Huckabee continued: "We've got all this wiz bang technology and yet social media is now able to attract these young kids and radicalize them. You know, this is crazy. They're using 21st century technology to recruit a bunch of kids so that they can take us back to the 12th century."
Huckabee said other nations no longer trust the United States to mean what it says -- "And why should they?" he asked.
"We are like people who watch a western -- the old-fashioned westerns from the '50s. And, Megyn, we can't tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys. And you can't do that if you're out on the golf course or raising funds.
"If you're going to build that coalition, you're going to have to come off the golf course, get away from the fundraisers and do the job. And that means you're going to have to be on the phone."