These wars are never as simple as the planners see them. Remember, ISIS is armed only because we gave arms to Iraq… which ISIS captured. We have literally armed the enemy!
There’s been a lot of drum beating about Syria and ISIS lately. I have been to this rodeo before. I remember Vietnam and everything that’s followed.
I’ll fast forward for you. We do not win.
These wars are never as simple as the planners see them. Remember, ISIS is armed only because we gave arms to Iraq… which ISIS captured.
We have literally armed the enemy!
So now we’re going to try again?
The worry is attacks in America from ISIS and its followers. These would be concentrated attacks–just a few people inflicting huge damage. But what we’re doing now won’t stop that kind of attack!
It’s a tough situation. Many of the best paid workers in America manufacture military hardware. Our economy is dependent on a constant war footing. The tendency is to use what you’ve got.
Maybe my fear of war is best stated by General/President Eisenhower who saw the problem from both sides.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
I’m not a fan of war.
I have avoided writing about Syria for the last week. I can’t wait any longer. I am adamantly against military involvement there. No boots. No planes. No missiles.
There are a few reasons, but the only one that really counts is Fox’s first rule of war: Never fight unless you’re ready to fight unconditionally–and we are not. That type of fight only comes from the kind of provocation we had in World War II and haven’t had since.
You can’t pull your punches or try and fight a limited war successfully. We have shown this time and again. Can’t we learn from all our mistakes?
If we still had a draft there’s no way this would be happening. Right now our army comes from a small sliver of our population. I personally know no family with an active duty soldier.
What Assad has done to his people is reprehensible, but we can no longer be the world’s police force. It has won us few friends, made plenty of enemies and cost us many lives and much treasure.
I hope cooler heads prevail. Probably not.