“Can’t we all just get along?” the late Rodney King famously asked against a backdrop of looters and rioters as they torched predominantly black South Central Los Angeles. The obvious answer to King’s question was “No, not when there’s so much left to steal and/or destroy.”
That hasn’t prevented Democratic Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren from reprising the question, this time with regard to IS (aka ISIS, ISIL) in Iraq.
The Boston Herald reports that on Friday Warren said that she stands by Barack Obama’s decision to authorize targeted airstrikes to help defend innocents under siege in the Sinjar mountains:
It’s a complicated situation right now in Iraq and the president has taken very targeted actions to provide humanitarian relief that the Iraqi government requested, and to protect American citizens. But like the president I believe that any solution in Iraq is going to be a negotiated solution, not a military solution. We do not want to be pulled into another war in Iraq.
The point is there has to be a negotiated solution in Iraq, but we don’t negotiate with terrorists. This is partially a question of whether the U.S. government negotiates or whether we have the Iraqi government doing these negotiations, and how we help support them as they try to maintain an integrated country, and a country that better represents all of the people who live there.
Huh? We don’t negotiate with terrorists, so the question is who negotiates with the terrorists? That blatant self-contradiction evidently makes sense to Warren, as does the curious notion that ISIL has the desire, much less the motivation, to sit down and iron out some perceived differences with the Iraqis or the Americans. If their acts of barbarism — which includes beheading children and burying other victims alive — are any indication, these terrorists aren’t interested in civil discourse. Their goal is clear. It is world domination and the restoration of an Islamic caliphate. And as the video below reveals, they are as highly organized and well-funded as they are ruthless.
“I am concerned that none of us want to be pulled into a war in Iraq.” Warren went on to say. “I feel very strongly about that.”
That’s all well and good, toots, but you better check with the enemy before you decide against fighting this time around. If the U.S. doesn’t finish the job it started in Iraq before Obama came into the picture, we may well be fighting ISIL in our own backyards.