Calling It What It Is — War

by Diane Dimond on September 29, 2014

U.S. Airstrike Against ISIS at Mosul Dam

U.S. Airstrike Against ISIS at Mosul Dam

Let’s not kid ourselves. We are back in the business of war again.

Oh, the politicians can call it whatever they want — like a counter-terrorism campaign — but when U.S. fighter plans are dropping bombs on ISIS forces in both Iraq and Syria we are at war.

When we send Navy vessels out to sea to facilitate the fight we are at war.

When we are simultaneously attacking a secondary group of Muslim extremists calling themselves Khorasan we are, in fact, engaging in a multi-level war.

Washington might cling to the belief that absent battalions of boots-on-the-ground it isn’t really a war. But the fact is, we already have plenty of troops on ground in that region (left over from past conflicts) and what are called “advisers.”

Our elected officials might believe that if they don’t utter the word then it really isn’t a war. Don’t buy it.

Cowards Beheading From Behind Headscarves

Cowards Beheading From Behind Headscarves

ISIS cowards and their sympathizers brazenly beheaded two innocent Americans, a Briton and a Frenchman — on video. They taunted the free world from behind their headscarves and dared us to do something to stop them. Their bloody campaign across the Middle East that has, so far, claimed the lives of countless thousands of people who refused to sign on to their Byzantine idea for a bloody Muslim Caliphate.

Because they have been astute enough to seize valuable property and assets as they go ISIS has become, according to the New York Times, the wealthiest terrorist group in the world, having access now to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Some may view America as a diminished country but we are still a superpower, the conscious of the world. We are morally right to engage this enemy in battle.

So, why can’t the United States Congress and the President step up and call it what it is?  A justified war against a sworn enemy. THIS IS WAR.

I believe its because the American people will have to be told some unpleasant realities and politicians will have to acknowledge — just weeks before the mid-term elections — that to thoroughly defeat this evil will take many years and, undoubtedly, cost more American lives.

Our political leaders today are very adroit at dodging unpleasant messages. They’re also experienced at dodging their duty.

The Constitution Mandates Declarations of War - Why None Now?

The Constitution Mandates Declarations of War – Why None Now?

The U.S. Constitution lays out a format for Congress to make an official “Declaration of War” for times like this.Yet Congress hasn’t officially declared a war since right after the attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Think of how many battles we’ve sent our young warriors out to fight since then.

The War Powers Act of 1973, passed after presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon were seen as overstepping their authority by committing U.S. troops to Vietnam, mandates that Congress has to okay the use of U.S. troops if they are in a combat region for more than 60 days.

Yet, we’ve been fighting in Afghanistan for 13 years and Congress never bothered to take an approval vote on continuing what became the longest undeclared war in American history. Easier to do nothing and tiptoe around reality than to stand up for a principle, right?

Our more than eight years of conflict in Iraq was also never officially labeled a war (declared ended in December 2011) yet here we are in the skies over that same country still attacking another group of religious extremists who want us dead.

No our “leaders” will not call it what is it or explain what it all means. So, I will humbly say what they will not.

ISIS Cowards Who Kill, Plunder Indiscriminately

ISIS Cowards Who Kill, Plunder Indiscriminately

Get set, America. This could be an epic battle — one that lasts a decade or longer. Diplomacy or reasoning with this enemy will never work. The zealots we face care nothing about human life. They willingly blast themselves into oblivion believing heavenly rewards wait for them on the other side.

Before this fight is over I predict there will have to be lots more American boots on the ground in that region – and more U.S. forces in the sky and on the nearby water. Yes, we have allies who will help us in the battle but, make no mistake about it, the United States of America is the driving force now and in years ahead. And, we aren’t in that region of the world to make nice-nice.

Forget looking to the politicians for answers. Ask any seasoned military person. They will tell you honestly. This is war.

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Diane Dimond September 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

Noozhawk (Santa Barbara) Reader Libertarian writes:

“What do you even know you hack?

This is a war about natural gas and oil to Europe and it’s been going on since at least 2009 which direct US involvement. It’s all about getting Europe dependent on Qatar vs Russia. Do you really think Turkey is offering to invade eastern Syria simply out of goodwill?

Your antiwar movement is a joke! You know nothing. You are all sheep.”

Diane Dimond September 29, 2014 at 9:56 am

Reply to Libertarian :

I’m not anti-war – I’m anti-hypocrisy.

As I wrote in the column: “We are still a superpower, the conscience of the world. We are morally right to engage this enemy in battle.”

Call me whatever you’d like. I call what we are doing to fight ISIS a war. ~ DD

Diane Dimond September 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

Twitter Pal Chrisahull writes:

“@DiDimond Great read! If we do not step up this group will bring the war to us, it may be doing so little by little now, we need leadership!”

Diane Dimond September 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

Twitter Pal neilschori writes:

“@DiDimond absolutely spot-on.”

Diane Dimond September 29, 2014 at 10:01 am

Facebook Friend Darcy Miller writes:

“I do not think we can win this one without boots on the ground .Not that those fighting are not giving it their best but it just wont work. No I do not think it is right that we always take the lead in the fight while the countries most effected by it sit back and let things get so out of control so then the need for US troops to get involved.Look at how many women and children were beheaded by ISIS from the time they left Iraq and made it to Syria and they sat by and allowed it.”

Diane Dimond September 29, 2014 at 10:02 am

Facebook Friend Major Mike Lyons (ret) writes:

“Great article Diane – the lack of moral courage of our politicians over this issue is past disturbing. We are firing misses inside another sovereign nation without a declaration of war. Not sure our founding fathers would approve of this use of American power.”

Diane Dimond September 29, 2014 at 10:02 am

Facebook Friend Doug O’Brien writes:

“I reached the conclusion that ISIS/ISIL must be destroyed utterly. By any means necessary. Have i said this before? No doubt I will say it again.”

Diane Dimond September 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

Facebook Friend Donald Shaffer writes:

“Why? Because Congress doesn’t want to commit itself to formally supporting military action if it doesn’t have to. This way, if things go wrong, Congress can step in and freely criticize Obama and make him own the disaster. If they commit to backing him now, it is harder to come back later and pummel him politically.”

Diane Dimond September 29, 2014 at 10:05 am

Facebook Friend Sam Jackson writes:

“This is a world wide war on ideological and religion. Good vs. evil.No,we can not win this war without boots on the ground.It has been brewing for years and will last our lifetime.The war on terror is just that.keeping us terror filled afraid to get out of the house.

Face the facts.On 9-11 the modern world learned that evil was planned out of caves and since has used our own wisdom against us. Best advise to to go about what you have planned each day with eyes wide open .Like I said,we will never be the same and prisons are full of Islamic waiting to be released and destroy us within our own country.”

Diane Dimond September 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Facebook Friend Fred Mizzi writes:

“I think its correct we don’t have our troops on the ground, its time others put there people on the ground, and if we do nothing well then another 9/11 seen is inevitable, just like Boston, I think our usa will unite after more war effects hits our shores, then maybe the critics will say we should of acted quicker then they wouldn’t be here!

Diane Dimond September 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Twitter Pal JB101_ 3:48pm writes:

“@DiDimond Politics! Know Americans are tired of war but yet also know that we need American boots on the ground to be fully effective!
//but boots on the ground is not popular with the people.. :)”

Diane Dimond September 30, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Twitter pal arctichamster writes:

“@DiDimond By getting involved, we create more extremists who come after us with weapons WE supplied. The ME has been fighting each // other for 1000+yrs — how arrogant are we to think we can change that?!”

SFReader October 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Indeed it is war. And it’s high time for our gutless politicians to stop yapping about the benefits of “multi-culturalism” and recognize that some cultures simply do not belong in this country.

“Freedom of religion” is fine, but not when it comes to a religion whose stated purpose is to take over the world. That’s not a religion, it’s a totalitarian ideology, no different from communism or fascism– except that it’s even worse than either of them.

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