First Published in DelawareLiberal on 6/19/2014 by ProgressivePopulist
The drumbeat for a renewed Iraq intervention from the neo-cons and
neo-liberals within and outside the administration is pissing me off.
The media learned nothing from Vietnam, Iraq II and Afghanistan; they
are fielding all the totally discredited talking heads to tell us
President Obama needs to show strength.
Those cretins and debunked
experts are back in full force and the David Gregory types in the
lamestream media are back with a vengeance spewing their nonsense. This
includes retired military who fucked up Iraq before and in behalf of
their defense industry sponsors, want us to do this again.
we're hearing is kick their ass, send in the bombs, show passion for
killing as an instrument of foreign policy. Act mad. Lash out
aggressively. We are hearing that our President is weak because he is
too passive in this situation, too inclined to avoid pulling out the
hammer and pounding the militants. Too detached. In other words, not
exhibiting testosterone laden aggressive rhetoric and action.
I'm here to tell them they are full of shit. Showing restraint,
thoughtful analysis and pushing our worst aggressive instincts back
takes amazing strength and discipline. This is exactly what our strong
President is doing as we speak. Even in the face of very aggressive
advocacy for ass kicking from within his administration and among so
called political bedfellows. Shut the fuck up. Engage your brains and
join this faint chorus praising our President for amazing strength.
no pacifist, I'm sad to admit, but I was reminded this week of the
strength shown by, for example, the Freedom Riders who rode into the
face of hate, threats and outright brutality for our cause of justice.
Or the non-violent revolutionaries in South Africa who faced terrible
Yes, in my view, their are times military force is needed
to protect our people. This is not one of those times. Yes, we need
to be vigilant and safeguard against these crazies in the middle east
who indeed may have designs on punishing Americans for our perceived
misdeeds in their region.
Good intelligence, counterintelligence
and homeland security measures and some diplomacy with this crowd seems
to be working post 9-11. Preemptive slaughter of those with animosity
about us and our allies goes nowhere but fueling the raging fire. The
fire needs dousing with strategic vision and creative relationship
building, not hormonal infused counter rage.
And the recognition
that there are some problems we just can't fix, at least not now. Like
our own revolution, theirs needs to play out to the extent that we can
down the road recognize its shape and form before we can deal with it.
a practical level, on the battlefield, how in the hell are we going to
target jihadists, baathists, foreign intruders, al qaeda and
Sunni-revolutionaries from one another to hit the right targets ? The
wrong targets will inflame the region even more. The answer is, we
can't. We do need to protect our people there and get them out if such
protection looks inadequate.
But, Mr. President, you are
exhibiting strength, resolve and thoughtful problem solving, where
solutions exist. Don't listen to the prevaricators, bullies and
ragers. Some of them would just as soon see you damage U.S. interests
so they can accuse you of failure. They own their own failure with Iraq
but are too weak to admit it. Be strong. We have your back.