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Letter: We must deal with Islamic State now, not later

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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 am

This is it! The last hurrah! After announcing his decision to remove our troops from Iraq, the president has backed himself into an untenable corner and is now pressed with the realization that any decision he makes will surely reflect badly on his many failed attempts to negotiate with an enemy — an enemy that daily grows stronger by feeding on the shallow rhetoric of a leader who lacks the capacity to deal with such extremely complex matters.

For the president to now openly admit that we are engaged in a war is to admit that he made a monumental error when he announced to the world that we had defeated the terrorists and the war had been won. Bush’s war was over! What do you suppose they might call this war?

Strange how politics can trump good judgment. If it quacks like a duck and looks like a duck ...

Make no mistakes, we are at war with Islamic State. Calling it anything else, for many Americans, is to deny the awful reality that we are yet again at war. Once you start dropping 500-pound bombs on an adversary and killing their troops (as we have), you’ve irrevocably crossed the semantics line of bloviating.

On the plus side, if there is a plus side in any war, we have a ready and well-trained corps of all-volunteer military and a world domination of air power to ensure we enter the battle prepared. What we must have is the decisive and courageous leadership needed for such an undertaking.

The leaders of the Islamic State have made it abundantly clear that if you are not of their faith, you had best move on or be eradicated. Their goal is not just the Middle East, but much more. Our choice now is to face up to their challenge now or wait to until later when our offspring will have to face the same — if not even bigger — threats.

We need to face up to the threat now! Leaving future generations with this very serious problem, plus a $17.5 trillion mountain of debt, is more than we can morally justify.

Richard Viall

Woodbridge

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