Well, as many of you might have heard, President Obama has ultimately decided to order airstrikes in northern parts of Iraq in an effort to weaken these militants and hopefully slow down, or stop, their rapid takeover of the country.
Seems like a rational move, right? Let’s see what we can do to weaken ISIS, with minimal risk to members of our armed forces, before taking more drastic action.
Of course, John Boehner found a way in his statement about the airstrikes to attack President Obama. You know, because simply saying, “The airstrikes are a good first step. Good luck to all of our men and women involved in the operations” just wouldn’t sound Republican enough.
What his statement on the airstrikes ultimately boils down to is just another typical right-wing attack on President Obama:
“The president’s authorization of airstrikes is appropriate, but like many Americans, I am dismayed by the ongoing absence of a strategy for countering the grave threat ISIS poses to the region. Vital national interests are at stake, yet the White House has remained disengaged despite warnings from Iraqi leaders, Congress, and even members of its own administration. Such parochial thinking only emboldens the enemy and squanders the sacrifices Americans have made. The president needs a long-term strategy – one that defines success as completing our mission, not keeping political promises – and he needs to build the public and congressional support to sustain it. If the president is willing to put forward such a strategy, I am ready to listen and work with him.”
Before going forward, anyone notice what’s missing? His plan.
And what “plan” exactly would he have us follow? Because there are about three options:
- Ignore the growing ISIS presence in Iraq.
- Authorize airstrikes.
- Send our military back into Iraq.
So, which one of those three is John Boehner suggesting we do?
But even going beyond that point, his statement is absolutely laughable. For him to act as if President Obama has been completely ignoring the situation in Iraq is just flat-out wrong.
The problem is, the “solution” is exactly what the American people don’t support and sure as heck don’t want to see happen – and that’s putting our military back in Iraq and losing more American lives.
Because while airstrikes might inflict some damage, it’s not going to stop ISIS from gaining more power. At best, barring some miracle, these strikes will just slow them down.
Where John Boehner sees President Obama “not acting,” any person with the slightest bit of common sense sees a president who understands the very last thing Americans want to see is more of our boots on the ground in Iraq.
But Boehner proved once again that no matter what President Obama does, he’ll turn it into some kind of childish partisan political attack.