Watch: Senator John McCain shamelessly blames President Obama and says “We’re Losing To ISIS.”
The most recent national debate about the efficacy of the 2003 Invasion Of Iraq and whether 2016 Presidential Candidates think it was a good idea or not, knowing what they know how, has taken a dramatic twist. Warmongers like Sen. John McCain and his brother from another mother, Sen. Lindsey Graham, not only think the 2003 Iraq War was the right decision but they want the U.S. to invade Iraq again!!
The nerve of the quixotic McCain-Graham duo, while not alarming, is incredibly dangerous at a time when the media is fomenting mass fear among the general public about ISIS. Newsflash: ISIS is not about to invade the U.S. They are not recruiting in mass at every middle and high school in the Mid West and there is absolutely NO CHANCE that Sharia Law will replace the U.S. Constitution. Sorry Fox News, but someone has to walk your viewers back from the cliff. You’ve gone and terrified grandma for cheap political points.
The lesson of the 2003 Iraq War was the limits of “hard power.” Yes, the U.S. has the most powerful, well-funded military in the world; however, there are limits to our power, especially when invading and occupying hostile populations who engage in asymmetric guerrilla warfare tactic ala the Taliban, Iraqi Insurgents, ISIS, and the Vietnamese in the 1960s and 1970s. We need to learn these lessons and engage in international conflict with these limitations in mind.
We need to exercise a healthy balance of hard and “soft power”, the idea that diplomacy and public engagement are also tools that the U.S. can use to defeat enemies that do not fight traditionally. This is incredibly true when combating amorphous enemies such as “radical Islam” which are ideologies, not nation-states. In the first decade of the 21st Century the U.S. was battling Al Qaeda, which we effectively defeated for all intents and purposes; however, because Al Qaeda was simply a violent manifestation of a corrupt, radical ideology we are now faced with it’s spawn, Al Shabab in Somalia, ISIS in the Levant, and Boko Haram in the Western Sahara.
Sorry John McCain, but 10,000 U.S. troops in Iraq will not defeat ISIS just as 200,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan did not defeat Al Qaeda, Iraqi Insurgents, or the Taliban.
What we need is sensible, thoughtful leadership and diplomacy to dictate our MidEast policy, not knee-jerk warmongering.
What are your thoughts?