With the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, the topic of terrorism has once again been thrust into the forefront of many of our everyday discussions. Especially in an election year where many candidates, like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, clearly view these attacks as a way to try to score political points by exploiting tragedy to push hate, fear and anger – the three cornerstones of the GOP.
Though listening to both Trump and Cruz speak about terrorism, and what we need to do to combat it, I have never felt more confident in my belief that we cannot allow one of these Republican candidates to win this November. Not only would it be an absolute disaster for this country here at home, but it would be catastrophe abroad. Especially when it comes to fighting against terrorism.
In fact, here are five reasons why a Republican president would be an absolute disaster when it comes to fighting the war on terror.
1. They’re idiots: Fighting terrorism is not like fighting a conventional war. This isn’t about “carpet bombing” until the sand glows, as Cruz said a few weeks ago, or how many Navy vessels we have. Fighting terrorism is as much about intellect as it is about military prowess. When you’re fighting terrorism, you’re not just fighting a terrorist group – you’re fighting an ideology. But you’re also fighting poverty and religious indoctrination. There’s no easy or direct path to dealing with any of this. And when it comes to Republicans, especially buffoons like Trump and Cruz, they simply don’t have the foresight or intelligence it takes to deal with this issue. And they prove that constantly by saying and doing things that feed directly into what terrorist organizations like ISIS want.
2. They don’t view this as a war on terrorism, they view this as a religious war: Ironically, much like how ISIS views this as a “holy war,” so do many Republicans. While they’ll call it a war on “radical Islamic terrorists,” it’s clear by the rhetoric such as Trump’s push to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, or Cruz’s push to patrol Muslim neighborhoods, that many within the GOP see this as a war against Islam – not terrorism. And it’s clear from the attitudes of many of those who support the Republican party, that these folks would love nothing more than to eradicate Islam from the face of the Earth.
3. We need real solutions, not talking points: Let’s face it, nearly everything Republicans say about fighting terrorism is nothing but “trigger” statements and talking points aimed at pandering to people whose thought processes are about as complex as a pop-up book. As I said in point #1, we need intelligent adults making these difficult and complex decisions – not fools who throw temper tantrums on Twitter or candidates who seem to think you can’t “defeat terrorism” unless you say the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” We need grown ups dealing with these problems, not clowns with the mentality of an immature, petulant 12-year-old.
4. They’re war-mongerers who aren’t trying to defeat terrorism: Let’s face it, the GOP is the party of big defense. And what’s the best thing for big defense companies? Indefinite war. Ronald Reagan nearly tripled our national debt by bloating our defense budget. The Reagan administration also armed the Afghanistan “freedom fighters” that later became the Taliban – the terrorists responsible for 9/11. Later George H.W. Bush started Desert Storm and his son, George W. Bush, started two wars – that lasted nearly his entire presidency. One of which we’re still fighting. To say nothing about the fact that Republicans are itching to get into a war with Iran. The bottom line is, Republicans want this country to be at war… forever.
5. Republicans are the ones who caused this mess to begin with: Last I checked, the last time we had a Republican president and a Congress controlled by Republicans, we saw the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history; we entered into two wars; didn’t find or kill Osama bin Ladin; signed the SOFA agreement that set the deadline for the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq that ultimately probably led to the rise of ISIS; and the incompetence of that Republican “leadership” destabilized an entire region
Let’s not do that again – ever.
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