No laptop today, so no long, well thought out article. Instead, random thoughts on the situation in Europe. Maybe a few discussion topics to boot. So here goes:
Obama just can’t resist belittling those he disagrees with. I guess he’s given up on trying to sound like a statesman. I would pay good money to see him debate Ted Cruz on the refugee issue. Pay per view guys?
Speaking of refugees, since when is it wrong to actually vet refugees who came from a part of the world controlled by people who want to kill us? Why does it make sense to commit to taking in a specific number of people? Would it not make sense to say only the maximum number of refugees we’ll take in, like maybe the first ten thousand that can be properly vetted? It doesn’t matter how many we can take in, it’s how many up to a certain number that we can trust walking our streets.
After Paris, we find ourselves at a crossroads. We have to decide whether to lead, follow, or get out of the way. The only choice that does not lead to our humiliation is leading. If we allow Russia to lead, we’ll have to be willing to do things their way. Their way is the heavy hand. We might call it “winning ugly”, they just call it winning.
Maybe we don’t have to become Russia, but if France is willing to bomb a target, we should be willing also. We won’t win if we’re not wiling to get our hands dirty.
First and foremost, we need to commit to defeating, not containing, but defeating ISIL. A good way to do that would be a good old-fashioned declaration of war. Once you make such a clear statement of intent, there is no going back, you have to follow up by taking massive action. While we’re declaring war, we should invoke article five of the NATO treaty. Certainly all the criteria have been met with the Paris attacks.
Maybe you have different ideas, maybe you’d like to vent in your own special, literary way. Maybe you agree with most or all on this page. Hopefully though, you’re not indifferent.