Given Obama's propensity to make grandiose speeches and then forget about it--his track record on follow through has not been great--I take pretty much anything he says with a huge grain of salt. I don't trust him to have a clue about what he is talking about--he dutifully reads whatever his staff puts on the teleprompter--and I don't trust him to have any kind of personal conviction about much of anything other than what makes Obama feel good, feel important, feel gratified.
But the one thing that caught my attention in the speech was that 475 troops he plans to send into the mess over there. If it was your husband or wife or son or daughter among that 475, how happy would you be to know that they are going with so few numbers into the ISIS strong hold and thousands of terrorist minded, hate-filled people who would love nothing better than to behead those 475 soldiers?
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776
If Congress were required to issue a new declaration every time names changed or borders were crossed, there'd probably have had to have been a dozen separate declarations just to do what we've done already. And I'd put forth that such a process would desensitize the American people and the notion of "declaring war" wouldn't even be seen as a substantial thing any longer.
That or they'd be given an unrealistic one.Fearmongering? Fearmongering is now synonymous with warmongering. Same, same. I support neither.
Forgive me, I am a Vietnam Vet. I have learned to be a pragmatist. Saying the new addition to the "War on Terror" won't escalate is tantamount to "I'll only put it in a little bit, promise."
Sadly that is probably correct. If most Americans had actually made an actual commitment and suffered a palpable sacrifice perhaps they wouldn't have forgotten so soon. If we had declared yet another war, after a declaration of war in Iraq and one for Afghanistan and one for Yemen, and one for Somalia perhaps Americans would have a more realistic understanding of what we are doing and what the costs are in human lives and suffering and the huge financial burden imposed on the nation, and the long term commitments it owes and will owe to its veterans. Up to this point none of that is happening.
My belief is that people don't remember Libya because it was relatively cheap and didn't cost us a lot of resources. Same with Somalia and Pakistan and the mission against ISIS in Iraq up until now. These are examples of fronts in the actual "War on Terror". Iraq certainly wasn't. Afghanistan was much more than that since we went through a whole regime change there, too (which I never liked us doing).
So with Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan as the model, I really don't think each one needed a separate declaration.
If you look at the declarations of war surrounding World War 2, we didn't declare war on every country we fought against. There were a lot of countries that sided with the Axis powers that I didn't even know about until looking just now. Americans think we fought against the Japanese, Germans, and Italians; but we also fought against Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Thailand, Finland, and--get this--Iraq.
We didn't declare war against each country that contributed soldiers against us, nor did we declare war on every European country we had to pass through and kick the Germans out. As clearly defined as we think WW2 was, it was a moving target, too. A clean example is North Africa. We fought against the Axis powers there, but we certainly never declared war because we stepped foot in Libya.
We went where the enemy was. Just as we do with the "War on Terror".
Many Trump supporters have lots of problems, and those deplorables are bringing those problems to us. They’re racists. They’re misogynists. They’re islamophobic. They're xenophobes and homophobes. And some, I assume, are good people.
Those 475 troops aren't doing the same duty that tens of thousands did before, nor are they expected to accomplish the same goals on their own.
You can dance without a lawyer
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy