As the war drums start beating once again, we see the same faces materializing anywhere there’s a camera and a reporter who’ll listen. Two in particular come to mind: those of U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ).
Let’s focus on the former.
It didn’t take Obama a long time to move from having no strategy against ISIS to announcing to the world that the U.S. military would need to act in order to contain the terror. As more news came out of Iraq and Syria documenting ISIS’ brutality, the president really didn’t have much choice, however stitched together his plan might have been.
Obama, the candidate, was a man who promised to end wars. Which means Obama, the president, was reluctant at best to have to strike in Syria and Iraq once more.
Despite our nation’s serious financial problems and the fact that, quite frankly, most of us are sick of war, Graham, who appears poised to win his third term this fall, says that if we don’t have boots on the ground during the Iraq War (Vol. III), Americans will be killed on our own soil at the hands of ISIS. He says that our cities will burn to the ground.
Yes, I’m paraphrasing. But I’m not misconstruing what he said.
While polls indicate that most Americans think ISIS poses a threat to the United States and are supportive of some form of military action, only 1 in 5 Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center believe that having boots on the ground in Iraq would make America safer.
In any case, according to Graham, no boots on the ground means that there will be an attack on our soil. At best, such a statement is simply absurd. At worst, it’s a blatant distortion of reality concocted solely to inspire fear.
In the days immediately following Sept. 11th, we were all reminded to return to our lives and live as we normally would. Living in fear? That meant the terrorists had won. Now that Graham has found a seat on the never-ending carousel that is the cable news circuit, we’re seeing a man who appears to be living in a perpetual state of utter fear. Even if it’s all an act, he’s accomplishing the mission of the very terrorists he speaks out against: instilling fear in the hearts and minds of everyday Americans. Then again, maybe Mr. Graham has a vested interest in reclaiming Iraq’s oil fields from ISIS. But that’s just conjecture. You know – like saying America is about to be attacked on her own soil.
Oh the other hand, it’s certainly refreshing to see some members of the GOP speak out against intervening in every foreign conflict. People like Rand Paul, Justin Amash, and Thomas Massie come to mind. But whenever those voices pop up, there are even louder intraparty voices screaming wildly to silence them.
It appears that the Republican Party as a whole is gradually realizing that these new voices are making more and more sense, especially when weighing the nation’s finances. Still, the loudmouths like McCain and Graham – the ones who are constantly inciting fear, regardless of venue – seem to always have the microphones in front of their mouths. And America is starting to cringe.
When your answer to every question is war, of course, you’re going to be right sometimes. Like a broken clock, sometimes a warmonger’s diatribes support reality. But that’s certainly the exception.
At the end of the day, America and her people are tired of the constant warmongering and fearmongering that persist every time Graham opens his mouth. But unfortunately, the residents of South Carolina – a deeply red state – will almost certainly vote to reelect the man.
Now there’s something that is truly terrifying.
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