At least that's my theory.
Might not turn out to be such a success long term, but by most accounts I am reading, this war is winding down fast. One Air Force General was just quoted as saying something to the effect of "ISIS is having difficulty gathering troops", and actionable targets are apparently becoming scarce.
Apparently, conservatives like to have an enemy, a boogyman that they can be afraid of, and conservative politicians have jumped on this chance to turn ISIS into that boogyman.
As far as the majority of our dumb arse citizens know, ISIS is the biggest threat that the US has ever seen, and they perceive our airstrikes against ISIS as being a war.
It's almost a reverse "wag the dog" scenario.
Republicans need to ridicule and criticize and attempt to control Obama, so republicans create the worst ever evil villan (by exagerating the threat and power of ISIS), and "force" Obama to combat that enemy.
Obama needs a big win, so he sit's back goes along with the game (knowing all along what the conservative goal is). He is then (apparently) "drug" into this war, doesn't have a plan then comes up with a plan, and wins a "10 year war" in just 10 weeks. A pretty spectacular win at that (based upon the median and conservatives exagerating this enemy to no end), with zero or limited US military casualties. Obama becomes a national hero, and centrist and independent voters show up in drove to vote conservative idiots out of office.
Of COURSE. ISIS isn't evil all on it's own. The butchering of children...well...that was bad but not THAT bad. And poor Obama and all those democrats clamoring for action...they would REALLY prefer to be statesmen, but Fox News and the republicans are MAKING them go to war.
It's not their fault.
So...is that a yes or no? Are we at war?
Obviously this isn't an "all out WW2" type war effort, but yes, if we are using our military to bomb other countries, I would say that we are at war (more or less), even if an official declaration of war hasn't been voted on by congress (which is constitutionally required for it to be officially a war).
Part of the issue I have with the far right mindset is that you guys can only see black and white. You seem to have this psychological or emotional need to determine absolutes. Few things in this world are absolute, there are varying degrees of almost everything.
I think that's a weird mixture of pathetic and funny as Hell.
Great. So...we are war. And how do you win a war? What is the end game? Who is the enemy?
I'm saying that all he had to do is to sit back and watch those on the right inadvertantly make him a hero.
And yes, it is "a weird mixture of pathetic and funny as Hell." I'm glad we could agree on that part.