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Obama’s Speech on ISIS: More of the Same, As in Military Action

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Obama "consults" with Congress before ordering more bombing.  Note the irony of George Washington's portrait, the man who warned us to avoid foreign entanglements Obama “consults” with Congress before ordering more bombing. Note the irony of George Washington’s portrait, the man who warned us to avoid foreign entanglements (Source: NYT)

W.J. Astore

President Obama’s speech tonight on the Islamic State (or ISIS) promises more military action.  More airstrikes, more boots on the ground (mainly Special Forces), more training for the Iraqi military (who have endured more than a decade’s worth of U.S. military training, with indifferent results), and more weapons sales (which often end up in the hands of ISIS, thereby necessitating more U.S. airstrikes to destroy them).

All of this is sadly predictable.  Call it the TINA militarized strategy, as in “There is no alternative” (TINA) but to call in the military.

There are three reasons for the TINA strategy.  One is domestic politics.  Facing elections in November, the Obama Administration and the Democrats must appear to be strong.  They must take…

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One comment on “Obama’s Speech on ISIS: More of the Same, As in Military Action

  1. Fred J Abrahams
    September 10, 2014

    Very informative Mr Astore. Now, what do you propose. Just let the ISIS go on its’ merry way, a little genocide now and then as long as they leave you alone. How about restoring the Caliphate, is that something you support. Are you one of those “good” men who would do nothing? Why don’t you take a little trip to Syria to talk to ISIS, perhaps you can persuade them to stop attacking Syrian and Iraqi towns. Maybe they’ll let you keep your peaceful head even if you don’t accept Allah. I’ve seen this movie before; don’t worry, if we don’t intercede it will be years before they come for you. What part of Never Again don’t you understand?

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