While ISIS strengthened their foothold on larger areas of land, Obama was engaged in sending our troops to fight Ebola. The Ebola threat turned out to be minimal. ISIS turned out to threaten world order, freedom and justice.
General Mattis’ article in the winter 2015 edition of the Hoover Digest, The Enemy Is Not Waiting, is a recap of his testimony given to Congress last fall. It has a great cartoon on page 32 depicting Obama as a doctor with General Dempsey by his side. Both looking at a map of Syria and Iraq and the territory ISIS has taken. It’s clear from the captions that Dempsey gets it, but Obama is clueless. I get the feeling from the cartoon that Obama treats General Dempsey in the same manner he treated General Mattis – as if he’s insignificant. (Be sure to SCROLL DOWN the page and put “30” in the page field on the Scribd toolbar. For some reason the link takes you to page 43.)
Mattis warned us in September 2014 that as soon a ISIS gets a landmass the size of Great Britain, they would export their terrorism to the US and other countries. We must take action, but Obama is hardly the person to determine what type of action we need to take, he’s proven that he has no focus except on that which seeds his popularity with his block of voters. He cares nothing about the United States and a civil and free world.
We need a war authorization, but not Obama style, not Ted Cruz style either. It needs to be based on what our General Officers and very senior Staff Non Commissioned Officers who have been in the fight for the last decade have learned. We also must take into consideration what the scholars regarding the region and the foundations of al Qaeda have to say. The only people I see listening to the experts are our military, retired military, and some of our congress.
Keep in mind, our military does not rush to war, their desires are rooted firmly in defeating threats to America, but they don’t see force as the only answer. Remember, our military leaders have the “win mentality.” They clearly see how to win without force if it’s the best way. The excessive violence and irrational meandering of the Iraq war was the fault of the military’s civilian controllers. Obama will do no better. But our military leaders know their stuff and while they are ready to fight and lose lives if necessary, they recognize when it’s not necessary far earlier than the likes of Obama and Ted Cruz.
We must have a plan before we go to war. Oh – those military types I talked about do have a plan, but no one is listening to them… and by the way, they did consult with scholars on the matter and continue to do so. Obama just closes the doors of the White House to our military leaders. Want proof, just read the White House visitors log and you’ll see how little access our military leaders have had to Obama.