Backing Into War: Iraq and Syria

Now the President has sent another 350 ground troops into Iraq, so that we seem to be backing into war. How long ago were we assured that Barack Obama wasn’t “contemplating” “boots on the ground”? Less than two months ago. Unless some have left, that means we now have over a thousand pairs of “boots on the ground” over there.

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In the meantime, Senator Bill Nelson is pushing a bill that would authorize the president to expand our air war.

From the Hill, “Dem bill would authorize US strikes in Syria.”

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said Tuesday he is filing legislation that would give President Obama clear authority to order airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The move came after ISIS released a new video showing the purported beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, on Tuesday. 

This will ensure there’s no question that the president has the legal authority he needs to use airstrikes in Syria,” Nelson, a senior member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement Tuesday. 

“Let there be no doubt, we must go after ISIS right away because the U.S. is the only one that can put together a coalition to stop this group that’s intent on barbaric cruelty.”

Nelson makes it sound as if we are facing a dire need since no one else is available. But are, say, Iran and the Assad regime really incapable of forming an anti-ISIS coalition? Or are we scared that they might do so and have no need for our “leadership” in the area? Do we want regional governments to deal with their local problems or must they always turn to us?

The dirty secret about being the world’s best hope is that you regard any other hope anywhere else on the planet as a national security threat.

I would love to see the Islamic State wiped from the map. But wishing them gone is much easier than committing to another war.

I have to admit, it is tempting to side with an ostensible crusade to defend Christians in the region, and to defend all peaceful people. But we already know our own government will do nothing to protect Christians while it wages war on Christianity in the U.S. and in the world.

How can we trust our own government to do the right thing?

We won’t even officially confess that the Islamic State is our own creation. As General McInney recently admitted, linking their arms to Benghazi and Libya, “We helped build ISIS.”

Yes, we did, by other foreign interventions. Are we sure this one is going to end any better?

Shouldn’t we be discussing this, rather than simply drifting into a war?