Sending Ground Troops to Syria


“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








About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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10 Responses to Sending Ground Troops to Syria

  1. sojourner says:

    I don’t believe stats!

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    • toritto says:

      Sojourner – Oh I think it is possible. Americans have a gut reaction toward war before exploring all other possible options. And it so easy to be a war hawk especially whenyou are totally disconnected from war.

      “Bomb ’em into the stone age!” – General Curtis Lemay.

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  2. beetleypete says:

    Anyone wants to fight, when it’s someone else’s son doing the dying. I agree with you, Frank, bring back conscription, then see how many want ‘boots on the ground.’ The kids from Flint, Michingan can die, as long as it isn’t the kids from Harvard, or Yale. Too much hypocrisy, it’s choking me.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. It’s called polyarchy – a political system run by a tiny wealthy elite where the majority of the population is expected to remain passive except during elections when they choose which elites will govern them. The US Constitution was written in secret by this elite to protect them (according to James Madison) from the “tyranny of the majority.”

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  4. I think the military industrial complex is so mighty and in all political lobbies so that it can push thru almost anything whatever type of conscription there is.
    Keeping the same war (adversary) running would get more difficult for them then, ok, that’s it.
    I think US is governed by military, arms and big capital, and even “free” press and media cannot hold against their tricks any more. Neither can elections.
    Look at the main Republicans’ followership (“silent majority”); they have been convinced to vote against their own crucial interests again and again, it works.

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  5. dougstuber says:

    Propaganda rules. Obama, the lying sack of…is not better than Bush I or II, Clinton or Reagan. All five of these war-mongering apocalyptic puppets of the Military economic complex have: Kept wars going (we’ve attacked foreign countries 91 times since WWII) They also sold out American Labor, rigged the bail out (Regan’s Savings and Loan bail out allowed MASSIVE developers a chance to NEVER repay loans in Colorado and California, and then, once the banks were bailed out –Silverado, etc.– build homes on money once borrowed, then covered by taxpayers and become super filthy rich because they NEVER PAID THE MONEY BACK…was topped by Hank Paulson’s trillions of dollars bailout and the ensuing quantitative easing that has resulted in um, FOUR TIMES as many dollars in the world now as were in existence in 2008.) Oh and Obamas most egregious lie? well that would be running on the concept of cost cutting in health care and bring the troops home rom the Middle East. Again lefties were sucked into voting for him, and he never really got the job of cost cutting done, and spread the middle east war to at LEAST six more countries there.

    Which brings us to 2016, global warming aside (ASIDE!?) and even Bernie Sanders would go after ISIS. OH? And Obama wants the Sunnis to fight ISIS. Um, did anyone tell him that ISIS grew from the fact that the US backed Shias in Iraq as Sunnis (see Fallujah) were wiped out. Holy double speak Batman. Are Americans this dumb? The goal is to keep Shia and Sunnis fighting ad infinitum. But most importantly, to create the exact same “Continual War” that Obama railed against in his speech. The last commander in chief to go against this bologna (spelled bullshit) was John F. Kennedy. read “None Dare Call It Conspiracy,” if you like.

    I got an eerie feeling driving from NC to FLA and now back again. Something is foul and amiss way beyond all the obvious hoarding and greed of the already-rich. Compare Naples, Florida to St. Petersburg, Florida. Compare the lives of white folks to those murdered by police who aren’t white. Ah, and then comes the peace loving “people of different religions” who are now scaring us just by their presence.

    OH it sucks when the poor fight the rich man’s war. History shows that is a BOO BOO. One wonders for how many thousands of years will the families of those already dead in the Middle East will come after us in waves. small and large waves?

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but a realist and investigative reporter. All the so-called whackos who say this is the end time….well, got any better ideas. Imagine, if you can, the USA losing a war. How large would that war need to be? Right. Ouch. Merry Christmas. Doug

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