“As President Barack Obama took the podium to reassure the nation of his commitment to defeating the Islamic State, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, in a rare oval office address on Sunday, a CNN poll released the same night shows that Americans have grown increasingly frustrated with the U.S. fight against the terrorist group and have shifted in favor of sending ground troops to Iraq and Syria.
Sixty percent of Americans say U.S. military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria is going badly and 64 percent disapprove with how Obama is dealing with the situation.
The survey also finds that a majority of Americans say that the U.S. response has not been aggressive enough and a majority — 53 percent — now favor sending ground troops into combat to fight ISIS. This is a shift from previous CNN surveys, which have consistently shown Americans to be against deploying troops since the question was first asked in September 2014.”
.”A majority of Americans now favor sending troops into combat to fight ISIS.”
Now exactly who should be in the group constituting “troops” to be sent over and dropped into the fight?
I’m sure the vast majority of those supporting ground troops don’t envision it should include their kid or husband or boy friend or grandson or nephew.
When the hawks argue that America is not being aggressive enough and we need to send troops, they always envision sending someone else’s kid.
Not my kid. He’s going to college. He has other things to do. He is going to be somebody. He has promise.
No. War is for other people. Not my son. Not mine.
When I read the Huffington Post story today I wondered how many of that majority who now supposedly support deploying ground troops would still do so if it meant their son or close family member had to go off to fight?
Or do these fine citizens expect the “volunteers” to do all of the fighting and dying for them? When does war become important enough to the people of this nation to require risking the life of your kid or your own? Or does that majority give a rat’s ass how many die so long as it isn’t theirs?
Well I for one don’t have to care either – I don’t worry about military service or paying a “war tax”.
I no longer know anyone in the military – none of my children, nieces, nephews, their children faces conscription. None of my friends have children or grand children in the military. And Congress will not pass a “war tax”.
So why should I give a damn about sending troops to Syria? It’s easy for me to say “send ’em”. It don’t affect me or mine.
Neither does it affect most of the rest of America – because war is no longer personal. War is for other people. War is for those who volunteer.
War is for those people from military families (Dad was an Admiral) and poor kids from the rust belt with high school degrees and no prospects. It’s not for my kids or the kids of Congressmen and Senators and movie stars. War is not for the people with money, the one percent. Nope. It’s kind of like hiring the Hessians.
With the end of conscription the anti-war movement faded away. It seemed that people would only get off of their asses to oppose war if they had to fight it. Once they were disconnected from war it was no longer their primary concern. Nixon knew that all along.
Now its easy to be a war hawk. You don’t have to worry about your kid. He won’t be drafted, given 4 months training and dropped outside Damascus. We don’t even have to pay a war tax. Sure there’s a war going on but it doesn’t affect us. It doesn’t affect me or mine.
If you really want to know how many Americans support war and sending ground troops to fight in the Muslim civil war, bring back the draft.
On September 22, 2014 Congressman Charlie Rangel introduced a bill to reinstate the draft, for men and women, and to establish a “war tax” – a surcharge on the wealthy. Charlie, who introduces the bill annually has argued that the only way to get Americans to think about the consequences of war is to make it personal and make us pay. Is this war worth the death of your son? Or a friend? Or is it only worth the death of some poor kid you don’t know?
The bill had only one co-sponsor. Congress went home without a thought.
SSG. E-6 Toritto – U.S. Army
11/18/63 – 11/17/67