"David Frum makes the very solid point that by attacking the Islamic State, we are helping the Iranian regime, the Assad regime in Syria, and Hezbollah. He points out that the Obama administration is ignoring this embarrassing situation, and hoping the American public doesn't notice it. Indeed, it is a pretty remarkable and revealing aspect of the Obama administration that apparently no one on that foreign-policy all-star team even thought about using the carrot of anti–Islamic State action as leverage against the Iranians.
Frum's whole argument opposing military action is almost persuasive . . . except for the detail that the Islamic State has killed Americans and has made clear its intent to kill more Americans.
The John Wayne-Ted Nugent-Toby Keith-Andrew Jackson-Early-Frank Miller-Batman-Papa Bear-Author-of-a-book-titled-Voting to Kill side of me says that whenever anybody anywhere in the world kills an American for being an American, we're obligated to rain hellfire down upon them, oftentimes in the form of a literal Hellfire missile.
But the 2014 version of me recognizes something the 2004 version didn't: If you openly broadcast that philosophy, a lot of people are going to kill Americans just because they want to fight the lone remaining superpower. Everybody wants to be the man who shot Liberty Valance. Every aspiring terrorist wants to be the one who punched the Great Satan and lived to tell the tale.
And let's face it, there are a lot of groups in this world that killed Americans and escaped much consequence. There were the barracks bombers of Lebanon. We hit Qaddafi, but only before Lockerbie, not after. The Iranians had a hand in Khobar Towers; we only exposed the names of their agents. We've caught one Benghazi attacker. Syria basically ran a superhighway for insurgents in Iraq, and the Iranians helped the insurgents, too. We still don't know who we can trust in Pakistan. (Perhaps America has taken vengeance in some covert manner, to be revealed to a future generation.)
You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask of the ol' Lone Ranger, and . . . well, you know."
Why should we send American boys and girls to die for the Iranian regime, the Assad regime in Syria, and Hezbollah? I did not listen to the President's speech, and Iraq has no strategic advantage for the United States, so we should keep our troops home. If elected to Congress, I'd vote to keep the American troops out of ISIS or ISIL or whatever! We've lost enough of our children in the Middle East. Britain had the right idea, to bring home their troops from East of Suez, and we should do the same. We don't have a dog in that fight, it's not our fight, and we should keep our troops at home. Kenneth Stepp.