The US is beating the war drums over the loss of Iraqi territory to the Islamic State soldiers known as ISIS.
While the real loss is in land, prestige and control of Middle-east holdings by the US Empire, that is not what supporters of a new war are saying.
According to CNS News, Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Mich.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said ISIS is “one plane ticket away from U.S. shores.” As usual the Republicans are using scare tactics to get the US people ready for a war they are promoting. It may be imperialist real estate and “interests” they want back but they are using fear to promote deeper involvement in the ISIS war.
ISIS "present the greatest threat we've seen since 9/11," said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, according to CNS News.
So far President Barack Obama is using only air strikes and has said he won’t send in troops. Members of the Republican Party are pushing for an all-out war. Both parties have talked of using allies in a “coalition” to wipeout ISIS:
U.S. airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq have blunted their momentum, but defeating them will require a broad regional approach that draws support from Iraq's neighbors and includes political and diplomatic efforts, the top U.S. military officer said.
The long-term strategy for defeating the militants includes having the United States and its allies reach out to Iraq's neighbors, including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, according to USA Today.
The idea that this group can rain unchecked terror in the US is ridiculous. The US government has gone to great lengths to be able to stop and prevent such attacks. The hype is just to pump Americans up so they will approve of the kind of military intervention that most of our people just don’t want right now. It used to be “he is just like Hitler” when they wanted us to hate a leader enough to invade their country. Now it is “as bad as 9/11” and the word terrorism.
This would be a good time to remind Republicans—they taught us that we can’t trust the government—especially when they try to pump us full of unnecessary fear.
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