KATIE ZERR: Could Glenn Beck be right on this issue?
As a seasoned army of terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) march through Iraq, this nation’s leaders rush to make decisions that will change our lives and the world in which we live.
ISIS is bringing the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites to a head once more as they march through Iraq, killing Sunnis at random. The Iraqi Army and security forces are rumored to be abandoning their posts in the face of this onslaught.
The people of the United States are torn on what response should be considered when dealing with these terrorists. Should we send equipment, special forces and consultants backed by air support or should we mobilize and head back into the fray?
The questions that loom large in any decisions concerning this region are: would anything we do really make a difference? Are we ready to commit to another drawn out war in the Middle East?
The original split between Sunnis and Shiites occurred soon after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, in the year 632. The fighting began as the Muslims prepared to name a successor to Muhammad. Most Muslims wanted to name a successor, but a small group, the Shiites, mostly family and friends, wanted the successors to be family members.
Would anything the U.S. and its allies do change this history? Or are we wading into another bloody, costly war that will eventually just end without resolution?
This terrorist group’s mission involves conquering a large part of the Persian region and creating a new state from which they may breed more hate for the West and launch more attacks on those who oppose their Sharia law.
Back home, some of those who backed the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq are furious that their war effort has come to this. They are saying that President Obama’s foreign policy is to blame for this new outbreak of civil war in Iraq.
President Obama’s foreign policy has failed, but the mess in Middle East is not on his shoulders. This chapter may be, but this is an epic novel with centuries of conflict we waded into full bore under the leadership of George W. Bush and his administration.
President Obama said Friday that he is not considering putting U.S. troops back on the ground there but has asked his national security team to “prepare a range of other options” for U.S. involvement. Obama didn’t rule out the possibility of airstrikes if a strong target becomes available. The Congressional leadership was called to the White House on Wednesday to discuss the U.S. reaction.
As we watch this unfold, we have to realize there is a new player in this game. ISIS is not a ragtag group of Shiite militia, but a well-trained killing machine that has gathered strength and members in the Syrian conflict. Their goal is to create a Greater Syria nation that includes a large chunk of the Middle East.
They will have a fight on their hands. Leaders in those countries that are considered as part of the Greater Syrian nation will not go down without a fight.
Michael Morell, the former acting CIA director and a CBS News analyst on intelligence, national security and counterterrorism issues, predicted it’s at least a year before ISIS might pose more of a serious threat to the U.S., but that is part of the ultimate goal: to reign terror on U.S. soil.
Pointing fingers at the Obama Administration is fair game because of failed foreign policies, the expansion of terrorism in the Middle East is the pandemic failure of this administration. But our involvement in the Middle East is Bush’s fault.
The question now is, are we ready to return to Iraq, full boots on the ground, to help squash a civil war?
Even the far-right mouthpiece Glenn Beck is against this type of involvement. In fact, on Tuesday, the man who backed the Bush Administration with hours of fiery rhetoric said he was wrong.
Beck said on his radio program “From the beginning, most people on the left were against going into Iraq. I wasn’t…. Liberals, you were right. We shouldn’t have.”
He then urged Republicans and Democrats to come together to oppose another war in Iraq.
“Not one more life. Not one more life. Not one more dollar, not one more airplane, not one more bullet, not one more Marine, not one more arm or leg or eye. Not one more,” he said. “This must end now. Now can’t we come together on that?”
Glenn Beck is right.