History is full of second guessing. Mistakes in the Super bowl, NASCAR, etc and all our major conflicts. Currently most thinking people are critical over Obama’s handling of the ISIS crisis. Our liberal journalists are outraged and demanding justice for the two reporters beheaded on UTube. Lets first stop right there and ask, is this grounds for the US to declare war? If so, does this mean the US government is now guaranteeing the safety of all American journalists that enter war zones? Is it tied to human rights and what the UN will rule on how people are treated? If so then I think we will be limited to declaring war on Israel or ourselves. Everyone else seems to get free passes for some reason.
Back to our history, did our media force the US to declare war on Spain? I feel for the families of the reporters and agree it was/is horrible beyond words. But so too were the thousands or tens of thousands raped, brutalized and killed by ISIS. Is our reason for entering this conflict the reporters or to protect human rights? How many other conflicts have we ignored? Is it because ISIS has declared war on America? Didn’t the terrorists in Nigeria also declare war on us after kidnapping those school girls?
The latest outcry by FOX & the Repug’s is that Obama has had intelligence on ISIS for over a year. Why has it taken him so long to act? Might be a fair question, but if so, then when do the questioners think he should have acted and what is their justification? A year ago they were rebels fighting the regime in Syria we would like to see overthrown. It is possible we supplied them with weapons. There are also reports the Saudi’s and other ME powers supported ISIS. So a year ago, all the Obama critics would have supported his actions at that time.
Then they invaded Iraq. Should we have immediately jumped back into that hornets nest? I can agree with the critics that Obama did not try very hard if all to secure a balance of forces agreement which was part of the excuse for our pull-out of Iraq. With the corrupt president they elected, is that a realistic expectation? The military we rebuild has fallen apart due to blatant corruption of their democratically elected government. At what point does it become our duty or right to step into this conflict. And if we do, who’s side are we even on? Obama took us into Libya. A dictator was disposed and murdered. No tears from me, but how are things in Libya today? Ongoing civil war with militant Islamic’s gaining enough power that Egypt had to step in with military strikes.
Slowly, oh so slowly, Obama finished his last vacation, got in the last golf games and has returned to deal with this crisis. The world did not end while he was away. Many innocents did die, but that doesn’t mean he could have saved them. But now he’s acting. And I find myself asking myself an unthinkable question, what if Obama was right? Only on this, on responding to ISIS/ISIL. He is meeting with NATO, bringing them in. He is meeting with several Middle East powers that want us to act. If the world wants us to enter this conflict, what are they committing to the conflict? Before we put boots on that ground again, I want to see Jordan, the Saudi’s and other players put their people where their mouths are, in the front lines, in front of our troops. And all these war mongering journalists, I’d like to see them right there with them…