Never one to be bothered by the majority if it’s one of his pet projects, Obama has vowed to continue to push for gun control in spite of the recent failure of Congress to do what he wanted them to do. Unfortunately for him, Obama is not really a dictator. He just portrays one on TV when he’s deigning to talk down to all of us, using his index finger as if it was a gun as he peppers listeners and viewers with apoplectic finger stabs to underscore his points.
My friend, Alan Caruba, pointed out in a recent commentary that even Alexander the Great found Afghanistan just as screwed up as it is today and just as hard a nut to crack. (You may recall that Genghis Khan had the same problem with a place we know today as Vietnam. In fact he wrote it off as “unconquerable.”) How little we learn from history — and yes, it DOES repeat itself. Different actors, different centuries, same ending to the play.
Here’s what I see in my somewhat dusty crystal ball for US/Iraqi relations: The US will have to invade Iraq for a third time — to drive out the Iranians. The problem with that scenario is that should we have to do that, we most certainly will have to drive into Iran itself to destroy the current Iranian regime and cripple the Iranian military and their nuclear bomb aspirations.
In his first 2 years in office, Barack Obama’s policies toward the Islamic World (and, concurrently toward our allies) have caused a lot of head scratching! It would be a lengthy and distracting tangent to pursue his history in this regard here. Suffice it to say that there are many examples where his foreign policy has been either incoherent or antithetical to our historical understanding of friend and foe.
Some of those young men will die because of idiotic rules of engagement which you imposed upon them. The relationship between war and peace is that of polar opposites. Replacing peace with war is relatively easy, replacing war with peace requires victory; an overwhelming victory that breaks the will of the aggressor so that they will not soon repeat their imperialistic adventure.