Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, the subject of terrorism has been discussed everywhere, and rightfully so. We need to confront this topic on a global scale and come together united against it before it spirals any further out of control.
Obviously there are many different opinions concerning what we need to do to combat terrorism, in particular ISIS. And when it comes to anti-terrorism rhetoric, Republicans take the cake for the most absurd nonsense most of us have ever heard.
Unfortunately, rhetoric is all it is. Sure, Republicans often say plenty of nonsense that panders right into the hands of simpletons who buy into fake bravado, but none of that foolishness provides plausible solutions for dealing with this very real problem.
So I thought I’d list 10 questions I think Republicans need to answer regarding “the war on terror.”
1. Considering ISIS spawned in Iraq due to the destabilization of the region following a war that was spearheaded by Republicans – and the removal of U.S. troops following the SOFA agreement signed by George W. Bush in 2008 – why should Americans trust your party to fix the mess that your party is mostly responsible for creating?
2. If nearly everything President Obama has done to combat ISIS has been a failure (according to Republicans), what exactly have congressional Republicans done, or sent to the president for him to authorize, to do more?
3. What would “victory against terrorism” realistically look like?
4. The more directly involved we get in the Middle East, the more chaotic it seems to get. Don’t you think it might be better to try a strategy where we support our Muslim allies in the region to rid themselves of an Islamic terror group?
5. Why shouldn’t Saudi Arabia be the first large military power sending in ground troops to fight ISIS? They have the third largest defense budget in the world after the United States and China, plus they border Iraq and sit practically right next to Syria.
6. Since you folks champion yourselves “fiscally responsible,” exactly how do Republicans plan to fund another war that’s likely to cost upwards of $1+ trillion?
7. How, exactly, has President Obama been “soft on terrorism” considering he’s ordered more drone strikes than any other president in history; ordered operations that have killed hundreds of high-ranking terrorists; ordered the strike that killed Osama bin Ladin; and has authorized literally thousands of airstrikes against ISIS?
8. Considering Ben Carson has recently said he wouldn’t hesitate to shoot down a Russian jet, doesn’t it bother you to have a leading presidential candidate who has such a flippant attitude about potentially starting a WWIII? Do you think we can go to war with Russia and ISIS?
9. Can you cite a single, specific plan any Republican presidential candidate has put forth to “adequately” (at least in their minds) combat ISIS?
10. What’s the end game? Considering terrorism is perpetual (cut off one head, another takes its place), are Republicans suggesting that the United States is now in a never-ending war? How do you “rid the world of terrorism” when you continually create more terrorists every time we wage war against it?