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Obama to Conduct Bombing of ISIS as Johnson did in Vietnam

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 17, 2014

The Wall Street Journal issued a disturbing report that President Barack Obama will “exert a high degree of personal control over the campaign” for any US air strike within Syrian territory. The Journal reported that this direct authority is attempt limit the expansion of United States involvement with the military campaign in Syria.

It is the height of gall and audacity for a president with no military experience to believe that he has the knowledge to properly determine targets for air strikes. The last president to exert such control was Lyndon Johnson during the Vietnam War who attempted to limit US involvement to certain thresholds.  The results were disastrous with not only the war dragging on for years with many additional American deaths, but with the ultimate victory by the North Vietnamese.

Any military action on foreign soil is risky and costly. It should only be taken if America or Americans are directly at risk by inaction.  However, once the decision is made to go to war it should first be approved by Congress, as required under the U.S. Constitution.  In addition it should be executed with the utmost aggression to ensure victory as quickly as possible and the least amount of American casualties.  It seems evident that this President is not up to the task.


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