“I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we’re ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al-Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean we’d be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.” -George W. Bush, July 12, 2007
When Nick Ibarra becomes President the foreign policy will be quite simple:
“From the date of my inauguration, all foreign allies will have 180 days to contact my administration and renegotiate the terms of our alliance and of any American military presence on your soil (ie, military bases in Germany, Japan, etc.). After that 180 days, America will place you in the category of Inactive Ally.
“To those nations who we renegotiate with in the first 180 days: as our Active Allies, we got your back.
“To all nations: for the next two years all foreign aide will cease; in order for the United States to put our home in order, we have to first put our finances in order. It’s nothing personal.
“To those nations, organizations, and other entities who view the United States and our Active Allies as the enemy: we are going to begin the process of rebuilding our nation’s military to once again be the most powerful military in the world. We will succeed. If you decide you want to act in hostility against the United States, our economic interests, or our Active Allies, we will destroy you. We know that in the past political correctness has hindered our ability to destroy our enemy, so we are going to redefine the terms in which we fight. Under the new Rules of Engagement, we will follow one rule: Win.”
Now – that’s some years down the road, so until then we have to deal with the current Administration of President Obama. Unfortunately he and his predecessor, President Bush, didn’t heed President Bush’s advice as stated in the quote above.
That brings us to this evening and the President’s 8pm (CST) address to the nation regarding ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). After months of the mayhem and destruction, Mr. Obama is going to discuss his plan with us.
If there is one, and if it involves destroying the current threat of Radical Islamic Militants, I am on board – I’ll support him ON THIS ISSUE. I don’t want any discussion of “Red Lines”, his concern or “need to be clear”, or any other weak kneed statements about disabling the enemy. Destroy them.
In 2014, Obama Talk is about as unreliable as a Mini with 100,000 miles on it. He needs to do something or stop alluding to the idea that he will.
I’m tired of it.
That’s all for today. No moral to the story or insight from the SW MO Thinker. Just an former Marine Sergeant and Iraq Veteran who is tired of America looking weak.