On the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day, a blog from a fellow historian has me wondering about how we communicate to the next generation the meaning of war and conflict. How do we show them that there is a process to determine whether or not a war is needed or just wanted?
Explaining World War II and D-Day is relatively easy… good versus evil. Nazis, Imperialists, and Fascists wanted to rule the world. D-Day began the final crusade to destroy the evil. But how does that translate to today? Or does it?
And when looking for a single moment to define the idea of war and sacrifice, what can we see?
Congress shall have the power to… declare War
– Article 1 Section 8
As the nation awaits the Court Martial of Bowe Bergdahl, the question of his guilt seems obvious, but is it in light of the Constitution, the War Powers Resolution and the more than 130 times it has been used to establish precedents about what is “war for Constitutional purposes?”
As we tuned into the new season of Monday evening television, the word came that we, that is the US and our “Arab Allies,” had begun to bomb ISIL target in Raqqa, Syria. As the sun rises this morning, some are asking, “Are we at war again? How is this not an invasion of a sovereign country?”
The first question is easily dealt with, although I have to do so in a pedantic manner because, well, because I still believe that the War Powers Act is both un-Constitutional and yet another example of the Congress being wussies (albeit 40 years ago). Yes, we are at war. We have been at war, for certain since 9/11/2001, and probably before that, but a shooting “them or us” war since 2001. So from that view, and despite the President’s repeated “the war is over” statements (a war doesn’t end until both sides say it has), we are still at war. I do not anticipate that in my lifetime we ever won’t be at war, as the PLRI Daesh nut jobs are just to determined to convert the whole world to their perverted religion or die trying while taking as may others with them as they can. So, yes, we are at war.
Is it an invasion of a sovereign nation? The easy answer is yes, but the more complicated answer is “The Monroe Doctrine” and “The Truman Doctrine,” and “The Kennedy Doctrine.” Throughout our nations history, Presidents have taken what can only be seen s extra-Constitutional and extra-Congressional authority to establish a “Doctrine” that defines what our nations goals, policies, and aims are within a certain context (mostly anti-Communist expansion). n that vein, one could see the Presidents speech two weeks ago as his statement of a “doctrine” in that he did declare that we would – if need be – attack targets in Syria for the purpose of degrading and destroying ISIL. The President did not declare his policy to be “a doctrine,” but others have also not done so in pursing military aims.
Given all of that, we ARE “USING ALL OF THE BEST STUFF IN THIS FIGHT” because of the threats and the need to degrade and destroy ISIL in a manner that seems both reasonable and effective to the American people.
No doubt this is the “October Surprise” of which Bob Beckel would not shut up about all last week and yesterday was speaking, which brings into it the political dynamic. Is this being done now to boost the Democrats chances in November? Despite the theory that I have that it could be an advantage to the Dems and the President to lose the Senate, the fact remains that there will be at least one and perhaps three Supreme Court openings in the next two years. Not to mention the numerous lower court benches that are and will become open. The President and the Dems know that is where the final battle will be, and so the packing of the Courts is a priority. I told you before that the entire reason for Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” was the Courts. That will not be lightly tossed aside.
So look for any number of Democrat Senatorial campaigns to start talking about their personal involvement in convincing the President to act in this matter.
On a side note, it is being reported that TLAM’s (Tomahawk Missiles) were/are being used in these strikes, which probably means that USS Ohio or Georgia (or both) are involved. personally find that extremely cool.