A Concerned Citizen – Columnist
Last week, President Obama authorized the deployment of 1,500 troops to be sent to Iraq in hopes to quell the rise of ISIS forces. This deployment will nearly double American troops overseas to a grand total of 2,900 soldiers, who will be teaching Iraqis and Kurds how to fend off the evil ISIS. Many political and social commentators have been critical of this move, remembering President Obama’s claims to bring our boys home from Afghanistan, and questioning his eagerness to return them to Iraq.
To this criticism, I have a justifiable answer: “You can sit down and embrace America or get out of this country, you terrorist scum!”
For goodness’ sake, America was born out of a desire to shake off the man! When our national founders climbed onto that British cargo ship and turned Boston Harbor into a giant teapot, they didn’t expect 250 years later that their glorious nation would be rolling over in the dirt and keeping to itself.
No, when an anti-American terrorist organization begins to rise, you do what you would if a burglar entered your house at night: You unload into that sucker all the justice that can fit in your gun – and then you reload and repeat!
So many war critics today harp on and on about “just war” and even “pacifism.” I agree with the first concept – if what they mean by “just war” is “American troops should fight ‘just war’ and not deal with pansy diplomacy.” And if there is any word America should NOT be associated with, it’s pacifism. I mean, change two letters in that word and you have an object which shuts babies up. America ain’t no baby, and the LAST thing we’ll do is shut up!
Other commentators have criticized the president’s request of $5.6 billion to fund the fight against ISIS. They believe this just to be more money thrown into the enormous sinkhole of defense spending. Money that could be used to improve America’s economy. Here’s an idea for these critics: What if we waited to fix the economy until after our G.I. Joes have beaten ISIS black and blue? Suddenly, the U.S. is the savior of the Middle East and these countries will be dying to do business with us. No more dependence on China for our money, we got Arab oil, baby!
The only foreseeable downside of the president’s executive order is his specification that the troops will not have a combat role. What!? Why? Who better than American soldiers to lead by example and show the rest of the world what American exceptionalism truly means? How will Iraqi and Kurdish troops learn to fight ISIS if our boys don’t give them a tutorial? These skirmishes are not a playground.
What I hope that the American politicians and public will eventually realize is that no progress can be made unless we look back to root of our country: The American Declaration of Independence. This document asserted three of our major unalienable rights – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Wondrous beauty is found in those words, and even more so when we sharpen those definitions. I’ll take a stab at it:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident … that (all men) are endowed … with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life (and death of terrorists), Liberty (to those who embrace glorious democracy) and the pursuit of foreign oil!”