“Today I authorized two operations in Iraq — targeted air strikes to protect our American personnel and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death,”
These were the very words of President Barack Obama in the State Dining Room of the White House last night. Now, you might be having some deja vu right now in regards to the United States going to war in Iraq. The last time, we saw hundreds and thousands of fellow American soldiers lose their lives battling for their country. The last time, we saw our economy evaporate in thin air. The last time, we saw a recession that could have held its own against the Great Depression. Therefore, it is understandable that people are jumping to conclusions about the airstrikes in Iraq. The popular belief among citizens is that these airstrikes foreshadow another war against terrorism that will bring the United States of America back into a deep abyss. But, is this really the case? Let me outline why these airstrikes may not be that bad after all.
First and foremost, President Obama has vehemently stated that US troops will not step foot in Iraq. This is evidenced by when he said: “I know that many of you are rightly concerned about any American military action in Iraq, even limited strikes like these. I understand that. I ran for this office in part to end our war in Iraq and welcome our troops home, and that’s what we’ve done. As Commander-in-Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq. And so even as we support Iraqis as they take the fight to these terrorists, American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq, because there’s no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq. The only lasting solution is reconciliation among Iraqi communities and stronger Iraqi security forces.”
Now, you might be thinking that President Obama is just another politician who is lying to the public, but why would he lie with such a weak approval rating of 42%. He has way too much to lose with an already Republican Congress, and another upcoming Congressional election that would allow Democrats to gain back control. If Republicans are willing to sue President Obama for using his executive authority, what do you think they would do if he deterred from his word?
Second, the ISIS terrorist group has a direct affect on American interests in the Middle East. Oil. Everyone knows the Americans love their oil and, rightfully so, because if these oil sources are not protected oil prices will skyrocket at home, further angering the American people. Oil prices are already inflated, so would you want to take even more money out of your pocket for some fuel?
Third, this is the morally sound decision. Millions of innocent Iraqi women, children, and men will die if help is not sent from any of the neighboring countries. And as the leader of the free world, it is America’s responsibility to provide aid to people being oppressed by a terrorist group. From Hitler to the genocide in Rwanda, we have already seen leaders abuse their own people and the terrible outcome of doing so. Therefore, we must learn from past mistakes and see to it that they do not occur again.
Help does not always need to come by physically providing American soldiers, but can come through a smaller scale such as targeted airstrikes and humanitarian efforts.
These steps can and will go a long way to weaken a terrorist group that is rampaging the Middle East. These steps will save millions of people in need of a helping hand. These steps will work wonders without doing any harm back to the United States of America.