When Democrats say this, they mean airstrikes and only airstrikes. These are photogenic, providing great pictures for the nightly news, but won't be effective. They never are, without boots on the ground. And here's the dilemma: since the Democrats haven't supported boots on the ground since LBJ, we can expect a lot of explosive futility from this.
The president who ran to end the Iraq war announced a broad, aggressive military campaign in the region to stop a new terrorist threat on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
In a primetime address to the nation Wednesday night, President Obama forcefully laid out plans to dramatically expand U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq well beyond their original missions and to extend the aggressive military action into Syria — all in a “relentless” effort to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
“Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, [the Islamic State] through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” he said in an address from the White House's State Room.
Politics stops at the water's edge hasn't been true for nearly half a century:
The Democratic Party's base is strongly anti-war, having shed pretty much all the Scoop Jackson Democrats and anyone who isn't ideologically pure. It hasn't been an America focused big tent since, well, since Jimmy Carter drove the party into a ditch. It's nothing but coercive identity politics now.
And so pardon me if I hesitate in supporting sending our Guys into harm's way under these circumstances. If I thought that the Administration had a plan other than a flashy media campaign to get this out of the polls, I'd feel different, perhaps.
But I don't trust President Obama on this. He didn't show any of the "care" he talked about here. He didn't do any of it.
I don't trust Secretary of State Kerry, who has always been clear what he thinks about the military (and no, this isn't the I voted for it before I voted against it quote).
I don't trust former Secretary of State Clinton, who doesn't support the military any more than Kerry does.
This isn't the rank and file, this is the top leadership. None of them are interested in doing what it would take. All of them have been happy to not let politics end at the water's edge.
And so I find that on the anniversary of 9/11, no - I don't support more military action over there. I don't see how we can ask some kid to be the last guy to die to Barack Obama's poll numbers.