First the United States will send advisors. We don’t want boots on the ground. Well maybe some troops; just to help our allies. Maybe a few more; the opposition is tougher than we thought. Oh, hell; let’s win this thing. That was the plan for Vietnam; and look how well that worked out. America just loves a good war, even if we don’t win them. ISIS is our next war in the Mideast.
Criticism from both parties erupted when Obama authorized military missions against ISIS. He negotiated a coalition of forces from the area to execute missions which would bomb targeted areas where ISIS forces held a stronghold. With Republicans in control of both houses, and Obama’s intention to continue the war, he is sending a formal request to Congress to approve appropriations for America’s continued involvement. Several hawkish Republicans want to send ground forces, and their votes may demand such action.
Tens of millions of dollars have already been spent targeting the terrorist cult who calls themselves ISIS. American lives have already been lost as the United States is once again involved in a military conflict in an area where we are hated by the majority.
The likelihood of American ground forces once again becoming involved in a war that has no meaning for our nation is moving forward.
This presidential resolution may prove to be Obama’s toughest fight. Democrats are adamantly opposed to sending troops into harm’s way once more, while Republicans want the option to remain open. During the war in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq, Republicans who invested in the military industrial complex became wealthy at the expense of our soldiers and the depletion of the working man’s lifestyle. ‘War IS good business.’
Isn’t it a strange turn of events that Obama’s use of military force was based on a 2003 authorization to invade Iraq, which received unanimous Republican support? And now they criticize his executive actions for repeating the sins of the Bush administration. This is classic Republican protection of a singular class of Americans; they don’t want the average American to have what they and their wealthy cronies have; an income greater than their needs, and full healthcare and retirement benefits. But hey will fund another war.
Last week, when a Jordanian pilot was executed by burning him alive, that nation erupted with anger and a desire for revenge. Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed that his nation would respond with great ferocity. He said that ISIS is not representative of the faith of Islam, and is waging war against the religion’s purity.
Opposition by Americans to any form of warfare outside of our nation’s boundaries is enormous in numbers and emotions. ISIS has declared war on millions of Muslims who deny its extremist views and inhumane actions. This is their war, not ours. ISIS poses no direct danger to the United States of America.
Our nation has far greater problems than fighting a bunch of thugs; we have issues which must be faced, and can be ignored for only so long.
Besides, we’re not good at waging wars away from our shores. We lost in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. Although we spend three times as much on our military than any other nation in the world, leaders of our armed forces are inept; they do not understand modern ground warfare.
Are you willing to send more of our finest young men and women to the Middle East once again to be slaughtered or permanently injured? Are you willing to spend trillions of more dollars waging war? Congress tells us that we have no money for social programs which would benefit the vast majority of Americans, but it can instantly find billions of dollars to engage in another war.
Commentary by James Turnage