Obama’s Non-War

The usual course of action is that when the guns go off, we citizens are to rally ’round the flag and back our forces in the pursuit of victory. But that is a bit impossible right now – Obama and his Administration are telling us, over and over, that this isn’t a war. That we’ll be bombing the heck out of things and that lots of people will die horrific, violent deaths at our hands doesn’t count: per Obama and Co, war is only in existence is U.S. troops are on the ground doing the fighting.

So, no war – and thus no rallying ’round the flag. And even if we decided – correctly – that Obama and Co are just full of “stuff” and that this is a war so we’d better rally anyways, what would we be rallying for? Not for victory, because there can be no victory in this non-war. Its not like the enemy commander can offer to surrender to a drone. We’ll bomb a lot and kill a lot of people and this will help those who are fighting the people we’re bombing – and that, in turn, might lead others to victory. A Kurdish victory would be ok, as the Kurds seem a lot of very decent people – but it could also lead to Assad’s victory in Syria and Iran’s victory in Iraq; not exactly ideal outcomes for us. It could also lead to victory for non-ISIS, non-Assad forces in Syria, this might not work out well, either. Let’s just say I have my doubts about Administration assurances that they can pick the non-Islamist-screwball forces in Syria for us to back.

We can also get the worst of all worlds – we blow a lot of stuff up and kill a lot of people with attendant video showing what a bunch of hideous war criminals we are but after all that, Assad still rules his part of Syria, ISIS still rules vast tracts of Syria and Iraq and Iran has secured itself the part of Iraq it cares about (ie, Baghdad plus the oil fields). That sort of outcome is made doubly bad because if ISIS survives in any form, it will become the Islamist hero as it stood up to us, endured a pounding and emerged from the welter of slaughter with victory. Of course, all of this won’t fully come out until after Obama leaves office, so he probably doesn’t care in the least about it, even if he’s aware of the possibility.

This whole thing is the terribly bad decision of a man – Obama – who knows nothing of history, nothing of the world and yet sits assured that he’s the smartest guy in the room. I hope it works out – and I hope our losses are small. But the rule of thumb for war is that you either go all in, or stay all out. Our choices for ISIS were two:

1.  Go all out to war against them until they are all killed or taken, regardless of cost.

2.  Surrender to them and allow them to do as the wish.

Either course of action can have rational arguments to back them up. We have failed to choose between them – we’re just going to bomb a bit and hope for the best. I believe we will be disappointed – and maybe in a vastly worse geo-strategic situation two or three years from now.

UPDATE: Reeling from criticism about us not being at war, the Administration has decided we are at war with ISIS, just as we are against al-Qaeda. Meaning? I guess that six years from now ISIS will be around and a threat, just as al-Qaeda is still around and a threat after six years of Obama…

7 thoughts on “Obama’s Non-War

  1. Retired Spook September 13, 2014 / 9:47 am

    You’d think Obama would get tired of leading from behind on failed initiatives. Too bad we can’t send him on a permanent golf vacation before January 20, 2017.

    • Amazona September 13, 2014 / 10:47 am

      The country is going in exactly the direction Obama wants it to go, and now all he has to do is mount one stalling campaign after another till it all falls apart or explodes or both.

      He has set up the United States to fail domestically, making it a softer target for true hard-core Marxism, and he has set up the United States to fail on the international stage, eroding power and prestige and influence until we can no longer defend or protect ourselves, whether militarily or economically.

      Once again I am astounded by the wisdom of the Founders, who so clearly saw the dangers in electing a president whose father and early loyalties were never to this country, who did not grow up in an American family with American identity. They foresaw the dangers of having a leader whose official, legal, identity might be that of an American citizen, but whose upbringing and influences were not. More and more, under the presidency of Obama, I have become convinced that “Natural Born American” is NOT the same as “native born American” and furthermore that the Founders knew the difference and that is why they used what was to them, in their time, a very specific phrase commonly understood to make sure that no president would have grown up in a family and culture alien to our own.

  2. Amazona September 13, 2014 / 10:39 am

    Widening the scope of examination of “radical Islam” and tying in with former comments on whether there is any such thing, I suggest reading the following link


    and looking at the fact that a lecture hall was packed with supposedly moderate people supposedly looking at the problem of bigotry against Christians in the Middle East and this supposedly moderate representation of a Middle Eastern demographic flew into a rage when Ted Cruz stated that bigotry against Jews is as bad as bigotry against Christians.

    So maybe we are wrong in looking at a single religion as the single source of violence and hatred in the Middle East, when it is really an integral part of the very fabric of the culture there, whether Muslim or Christian. Bone-deep loathing of Jews seems to be a birthright in the Middle East, even among those who profess to be Christian. I’m guessing that their “Christian” leaders do as little to teach that such hatred is wrong and defies Christian teaching as Muslin leaders do to argue against violence against non-Muslims.

    • Retired Spook September 16, 2014 / 12:00 pm

      More verbal gymnastics from the gift that keeps on giving.

      • Cluster September 16, 2014 / 3:34 pm

        I liked the last line referring to the “war on women” and how evil and real that is with liberals like Pelosi, but the battle against ISIS?? Just hostilities. Pelosi is certifiably insane. I almost feel sorry for the woman.

  3. Retired Spook September 15, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    I can’t recall the last time I saw representatives of an administration perform the kind of verbal gymnastics that they carried out on the Sunday shows over the weekend. I thought John Kerry was an idiot, but he doesn’t hold a candle to Dennis McDonough on Fox News Sunday yesterday.

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