Mr. Obama needs to be honest tonight … but I won’t hold my breath

President Obama will be making his case for military action in Syria and Iraq as part of the United State’s response to ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and Lebanon. Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, notes that the President believes military action will take three years to wipe out ISIL.

My son, whose political acumen at times exceeds his age, shared with me his annoyance with remembrances of 11 September. I’ve told him that he did not have the experience of living through it and for those of us who did, especially his family in New York, we will never forget.

Unfortunately for my son, born seven months and a week after the attack, he may be hearing talk of military action in the Middle East for quite a long time, carried out by policies directly related to our response to September 11 ….

Unfortunately, I expect the Senate and the House to fall in line with the President’s decision. The GOP simply want Mr. Obama to come to them with hat in hand seeking authorization so that they can claim some of the glory in 2016 for being the party that authorized America’s strike against the enemies of democracy. Since the narrative for invasion is being driven by America’s duty to stand up for religious minorities including Christians who find themselves victims of ISIL’s violent religious intolerance, the GOP can leverage their blessing for the action in exchange for votes from the Religious Right.

Politics and religion. Always a dangerous mix.

I don’t think the President will give an honest rationale for military action. I will not buy any narrative that says America should conduct military action for the protection of religious minorities. If these people want to escape to safer havens, then yes, provide those avenues of escape; otherwise this is an internal issue that should be addressed by the citizens of Syria and Lebanon.

I would rather the President come out and say that ISIL threatens oil flow from Iraq and that America cannot afford an oil shock resulting from rising oil prices.

By the way, have you seen the price of premium gasoline? It’s over four dollars.

Oil shocks threaten my cost of living which threatens the quality of life I and other citizens try to provide to our children. Is an economic reason good enough for loss of life that may occur from military action? No ….

….. but at least it’s honest …..

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Mr. Obama needs to be honest tonight … but I won’t hold my breath

  1. kenski2013 says:

    The whole Middle East is about religion and politics–Israelis and Palestinians, Sunnis, Sufis, Kurds, Christians, other fundamentalist Islamic groups, because these groups can’t, or won’t keep religion and politics separate. Not that we in the US have been doing a good job of that either, especially in recent times, but religions appears to be more deeply embedded in Middle Eastern countries. Maybe they are more religious than we are.

    That said, ISIS as a military organization is making Al Quaeda look like a charitable organization. ISIS has publicly said it will attack the US. After our experience with Al Quaeda, why should we wait for another 9/11? But ironically, attacking this group would look like we were following the change in US foreign policy under George W. Bush where it was decided to actively attack any clear and present threats.

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