Some new hysteria, dated 9/14/14, this time from ThinkProgress:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blasted President Barack Obama’s plan to defeat ISIS during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, calling the commander-in-chief “disingenuous and delusional” and warning that Americans will be “killed here at home” unless he sends ground troops into Iraq and Syria to defeat the terrorist threat.
Comparing the estimated 30,000 ISIS fighters to the Nazis, Graham warned that “this idea we’ll never had any boots to defeat them in Syria is fantasy.” He argued that given the growth of the “radical Islamic army” and its control of territory in northern Iraq and Syria, “it’s going to take an army to beat a army.” “This is ISIL versus mankind,” he said, using another acronym for the group.
“To destroy ISIL, you have to kill or capture their leaders, take back their territory, cut off the finances and destroy the capability to regenerate. This is a war we’re fights not a counter terrorism operation,” Graham continued. “This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.”
That is some very strong rhetoric. Why the hyperbole? Why the rush to another war for our troops? It seems kind of self-evident that it cannot possibly be a good idea for us to send our guys into any middle eastern country with the intention of regime change. Even the idea of arming so-called moderate Syrian rebels makes no sense, given the revelation that these are the people who capture and sell Americans to ISIS.
And how are there suddenly 30,000 members of this all bad guy military? Did we previously encourage/train/arm them and have now labeled them as bad guys? Did we just not notice them until they performed certain acts or reached a certain size?
This whole thing just smells worse and worse. And obviously I don’t get it, because I am not suddenly terrified of ISIS attacking here in the US.