If you wish to remove any doubts that you are a fool, appear on FOX noise. When Senior Senator John McCain was asked what the United States should do about ISIS by Greta Van Sustern, he answered with two words: “Kill ‘em.” Republicans want to go to war again.
The right side of the aisle is never happy unless our nation is engaged in a war. For them it makes great sense because they support the wealthy, and war is good business.
“They’ve got to be destroyed, and you’ve got to have a goal, the president does, and we have to have a strategy to fit that goal and policies that will implement it. We have none of the above,” McCain said on Fox. He called Obama’s recent comments about the “messy” world “one of most unbelievable comments ever made.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner weighed in on the issue as well. “If I were the president, I probably wouldn’t have talked about what I wouldn’t do,” Boehner told host George Stephanopoulos. “And maybe we can get enough of these forces trained to get ‘em on the battlefield. But somebody’s boots have to be there.” When asked if American troops would have to engage in a ground fight if “somebody” didn’t step up, Boehner said: “We have no choice. These are barbarians. They intend to kill us. And if we don’t destroy them first, we’re gonna pay the price.”
They don’t get it; America doesn’t win wars, we lose them.
My generation fought in the Vietnam War. I didn’t understand then, and I don’t understand now why we have to fight wars for other countries. Why do we place our young men and women in harm’s way? Why do we spend billions of dollars for a cause that does not affect our nation? Did anyone believe Bush when he said: “We fight them over there so we won’t have to fight them over here?”
McCain made an additional war mongering statement. He said the effort against ISIS requires the “full weight of American air power” as well as “some more boots and support on the ground.” He added, “All this didn’t have to happen. We could have left a force behind in Iraq that would have stabilized Iraq. And we are paying an incredible price for the president’s leading from behind, whether it be in Iraq, in Syria, in Libya, or a number of countries in the Middle East. We are seeing the chickens coming home to roost.”
If we wouldn’t have invaded Iraq this wouldn’t be happening at all.
Those who will never be required to fight a war are the first to lobby for one.
I was born at the end of WWII. With the exception of the Carter Administration our country has been at war throughout my entire life. My generation shouted ‘give peace a chance’ as we protested Vietnam. Our government never listens to the people.
McCain and members of the President’s inner circle believed we should have armed ‘moderate Syrian rebels’ years ago. President Obama feared that some or all of the weaponry we might have supplied would be captured and used against the very people we were intending to assist.
Not only has our country been at war throughout my lifetime; we have lost every single one. Our nation leaps into battle with no plans for a strategy to get out when the time comes.
The fact that Republicans want to go to war again is no surprise. Not a single Republican President believed in searching for a way not to rush into battle. The very members of our government who complain about our national debt are the first to sign a bill for spending money on a war.
Assisting our allies in their fight against terrorist forces is the right thing to do. Fighting their battles for them is not.