Tonight’s speech by President Obama was not enough. He continues to attempted to walk a tight rope of non-committal. This is exactly what I’ve been against for many years to include the Bush Administrations conduct of both Iraq and Afghanistan. Either what we do is important enough to commit completely or it’s not.
Two things stood out to me. One was the statement, “ISIL is not Islamic.” “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.” While you may not like ISIL’s version of ISLAM, it’s like saying Catholics are not Christian. Maybe he’s not aware that the acronym ISIL is Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. It’s a tough one I know. However, Islamic faith is a key to ISIL’s support, well that and fear.
The other statement was, “But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.”
First off there are already combat troops on the ground SOF forces are combat troops, but let’s overlook that for the moment. As I stated in my first paragraph, Either what we do is important enough to commit completely or it’s not. A halfhearted fight will only continue the long lines in VA centers around the country and ultimately the growth of more radical Islamic organizations.
The last issue I’ll bring up is arming “Vetted” groups in Syria to fight ISIL. Is that while they fight Assad? Who Vetted these groups and just exactly how did they do that? They didn’t and can’t. Do we need more American arms in Iraq and Syria? ISIL already has US made tanks.
I’m not against fighting ISIL, in fact I’m for it. But I’m tired of the not quite war mentality of our leadership. If we are to fight let’s get congress to declare the war then devote every available resource to fighting and ending the enemy for good, wherever and however long that takes.
While we are at it, how about closing our open border and stop importing our enemies. Just saying.
Now some of you might say, “JB, could President Obama say anything that you’d be happy with.” The answer is probably no. If President Obama made a statement I completely agreed with I would not for one second believe he’d follow through. I’d agree with the statement and add my reservations.