Republicans Want More War Deaths for Future Memorial Day Remembrances
President Obama is in the process of refining and recalibrating America’s counter-terrorism strategy. Basically it’ll be fewer drone attacks, a greater focus on targeted, isolated threats, and less reliance on a global projection of force.
Last Thursday Obama warned that:
“Putting boots on the ground” would lead to “more U.S. deaths, more Black Hawks down… and an inevitable mission creep in support of such raids that could easily escalate into new wars.”
And Republican chicken hawks can’t stand it! Obama is Apologizing For America! If we don’t keep grinding out more dead soldiers, what will our descendents do on Memorial Day?
Lindsey Graham (R—Chairborne Division) accused Obama of “projecting weakness:”
“At a time when we need resolve the most, we're sounding retreat. We show this lack of resolve, talking about the war being over. What do you think the Iranians are thinking? At the end of the day, this is the most tone-deaf president I ever could imagine.”
We don’t have enough money to fix hundreds of bridges that could collapse any minute, but we have trillions of dollars to intimidate the world and invade any country we choose.
Tom Coburn (R—Living Proof That Dinosaurs Fuck Rednecks) said:
“I see a big difference between the president saying the war's at an end and whether or not you've won the war. We can claim that it's at an end, but this war's going to continue. And we have still tremendous threats out there, that are building, not declining, building, and to not recognize that, I think, is dangerous in the long run and dangerous for the world.”
Charles Schumer responded with:
“Having transparency, having rules and engaging other activities other than military to help curb the war on terror — diplomacy, economic sanctions and things like that — is going to be useful as well. So I think the president did a very, very smart pivot, realizing we're not going to let up on terrorists, but at the same time we're going to meet the changes in the world.”
In other words, it’s time for the GOP to be reminded AGAIN: The United States is NOT less powerful just because we have fewer horses and bayonets and fewer frigates armed with muskets.
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