Mark Sumner Is A Tool, Argumentatively Speaking   Leave a comment

For what its’ worth, I agree with Booman Tribune on his assessment on the threat ISIS poses to the United States. I’m also of the opinion that Daily Kos’s Mark Sumner is a major tool, as evidenced by his anti-war screed over at the Great Orange Satan in regards to potential U.S. military action in Iraq.

Now, why am I of this opinion? A couple of reasons…first, I don’t buy his argument that ISIS poses no threat to America…sir, go tell that, as Booman points out, to the families of Americans being held by ISIS at present. Does this mean that ISIS poses as big a threat at the moment as al-Qaeda did years before? Not quite…close, but not quite. We know from historical evidence that, unlike ISIS, al-Qaeda had already hit us a few times (the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the East African embassy bombings and the U.S.S. Cole bombing) and had nearly pulled off another series of terrorist attacks and bombings back in the mid-90’s (Operation Bojinka) and as bad as ISIS appears to be at present, they’ve yet to attempt anything like that as of yet.

Second, if Mr. Sumner (and for that matter, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitas), are that opposed to U.S. intervention in Iraq, they need to fully explain their reasoning and not just stand on their proverbial high horses and call the rest of us hyperventilating cowards for wanting to do something about ISIS. Given what ISIS has done at present in that part of the world, do we really want to sit around on our asses and wait to see what happens? I don’t think so..but it also doesn’t mean we rush in blindly. Say whatever you want about President Obama, but on this occasion, he’s dead-to-rights in taking his time, just as Bush the Elder back in 1990 was right to take his time prior to Desert Storm and build the necessary coalitions that we’re going to damn well need in that part of the world.

Does this mean we go in with large combat formations? No – on that point, I happen to agree w/Mr. Moulitas…on the other hand, no one of record here in the U.S. – or in the West, for that matter – has even suggested that we send in the 82nd Airborne or the 2nd Marine Division back into Iraq. No one’s made that argument as of yet and given the general war-weariness of the American people, it’d be downright foolhardy to suggest that. 

For what it is worth, my view is that, whatever we do in Iraq, it needs to be part of a broad-based coalition that doesn’t rush back into that part of the world but instead takes their time and makes sure that when we do leave this go-round, we won’t have to go back for a long time to come. 

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