Syria, Libya, and Iraq share something in common. Beyond a fractured political system and a broken social structure, the fact that US troops are on the ground in all of them is a common thread. So, the US military must be in a state of constant warfare to have invaded and helped to overthrow so many countries right? Wrong.
Perhaps it is a police action. Maybe it is referred to as peacekeeping. Either way, the US military presence overseas in countries that did not request it is disturbing. There is an obligation that a country assumes when it declares war. It is not about politics. It is about providing the political support of foreign policy selected. The military is not, and should not, be considered a political tool. It should be the tool when politics fails.
When Germany and Japan waged war, they were totally committed. The US response was no less sharp. It was not a half-commitment which saw a few forces deployed in support roles. It was millions of men and women responding to the threat through brute force and controlled aggression.
When the Korean conflict started, the United States sent troops for an extended military engagement. Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and everything after have been the same. While this places a large burden on the military, it results in these conflicts being nearly transparent to people back home.
Declaring war carries economic, political, and military ramifications. It closes off the country from business dealings. That means that United States businesses or our allies in the declaration of war would not be able to do business with companies in the country. In the world of sanctions, this is an all or nothing approach. Sanctions can be specific on people, companies, or fields, and can be lifted at will. A declaration of war is more difficult.
Politicians seem to think that handing off their responsibility to declare war to the President means they cannot be held accountable for the decision to deploy. This is erroneous, and an abdication of their responsibilities. Either vote for or against the war. Put your name on the line as you were elected to do so, and let your position be known. Party lines should have no bearing on doing the right thing. If military intervention is necessary, then vote for it.
The military has become a political tool that is being deployed with partial support. Troops deployed to Libya, Syria, and Iraq have limited mutual support and are reliant on either secure forward operating bases or local national forces for support. This is no way to wage war. Troops deserve better than being deployed while the country is told that there are no boots on the ground. Families deserve better than finding out their loved ones were injured or killed in a conflict that the government does not actually support. Americans deserve a government that follows its own rules and regulations, encourages dialogue, and then makes informed decisions. So either declare war, or bring them back.
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