So Now What?

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

It's the 13th anniversary of 9/11, and you would think that we would have learned something since then about… well…. being terrorized.

"Being terrorized" means being so freaked out by the bad guys what our judgment is clouded and we rush into military operations for which (1) we have no exit strategy and (2) there is no way to tell if you won, since the enemy you supposedly defeated will probably be replaced by something just as fucked up.

I'm with Rachel Maddow on the necessity of having a congressional debate on ISIS strategy:

We have a great and recent history of making terrible decisions. Terrible, short-sighted, poorly argued and in some cases based on false premises decisions."

Also too, this:

Yes, some of the U.S. aircraft that are conducting these now 153 airstrikes are drones, so there is no pilot at risk, the the other aircraft that we've got over there are fighter jets and what they describe as attack aircraft. All of those have pilots and crews. And for some reason we've decided not to call what they're doing "combat." But the people they are attacking have some capacity to shoot down aircraft that are attacking them. They've got heavy anti-aircraft weapons. 

So it might be politically convenient to say you support airstrikes, but not combat, or airstrikes but not "boots-on-the-ground. But there are now more than 1100 U.S. personnel in Iraq to support the airstrikes that are already happening. And god forbid if American aircraft start getting shot down by this militant group with their anti-aircraft artillery, then you better believe there are going to be boots on the grounds, and quickly…

Her whole segment is worth watching. 

Republicans in Congress don't want to debate this.  They don't want to go on record as supporting one strategy over another, because they want to be in a position to criticize the strategy when something goes amiss (as it inevitably will).  But a Congressional debate is important, for just that reason.  Our representatives need to take a stand — any stand — so that they can't kibbitz from the sidelines (surely the mostly cowardly approach).