The iron law of politics: Every war is justified either as a moral crusade or a response to an imminent threat, no matter how implausible that may be. Lindsay Graham, who never saw a potential war that didn’t give him an erection, is doing the latter over ISIS, claiming that if we don’t send the troops back to Iraq and to Syria too, they’re going to kill us all.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blasted President Barack Obama’s plan to defeat ISIS during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, calling the commander-in-chief “disingenuous and delusional” and warning that Americans will be “killed here at home” unless he sends ground troops into Iraq and Syria to defeat the terrorist threat.
Comparing the estimated 30,000 ISIS fighters to the Nazis, Graham warned that “this idea we’ll never had any boots to defeat them in Syria is fantasy.” He argued that given the growth of the “radical Islamic army” and its control of territory in northern Iraq and Syria, “it’s going to take an army to beat a army.” “This is ISIL versus mankind,” he said, using another acronym for the group.
“To destroy ISIL, you have to kill or capture their leaders, take back their territory, cut off the finances and destroy the capability to regenerate. This is a war we’re fights not a counter terrorism operation,” Graham continued. “This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.”
Yes, ISIS has rapidly taken over a large chunk of territory in Iraq, but they are hemmed in on three sides. Iran to the east views them as a huge threat (Iran is Shia, ISIS is Sunni), as do the Kurds to the north and Saudi Arabia on the south. They have no ability to project any sort of military power beyond Iraq and Syria. They’re a group of non-state terrorists, not a nation with an army, navy or air force.
Could they possibly sneak someone into the United States and kill a few hundred or thousand people with an act of terrorism? Yep, that’s possible. But we stop that with good intelligence work, not sending troops back to Iraq. Restarting the war is the worst possible idea.