In politics, like in life, people get stuck on one thing once they see it works. It becomes their failsafe – their go-to. It worked the last time, so why not use it again? For President Obama, his has been to call anything his opponent or critics say “un-American.”
Deny healthcare? That’s un-American. Stop paying people not to work? That’s un-American. It is a catch-all. It has become a little redundant, but he has used it to deal with the issue of terrorism.
Wednesday at a joint press conference with and President Mauricio Macri of Argentina, President Barack Obama said the proposals for fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) by both Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) were un-American and counterproductive.
Not that I am for Cruz’s suggestions, but it does seem that Obama has been calling it in of late. He has done little thinking about particular issues, especially on this occasion, where Obama might be more off base than ever. I mean, does he know any American history?
This comes out more clearly when we know exactly what he said.
We should not do is take approaches that are going to be counterproductive. So when I hear somebody saying we should carpet bomb Iraq or Syria, not only is that inhumane, not only is that contrary to our values. . .
So any approach that would single them out or target them for discrimination is not only wrong and un-American, but it also would be counterproductive because it would reduce the strength, the antibodies that we have to resist terrorism.
First, I have one word for the President: Dresden. Dresden Germany was utterly destroyed by U.S. and British bombers. The doctrine of “strategic” or carpet bombing has been a bloody part of American history. There is no doubt that, at least since 1920, this has in fact been a very American concept.
The History News Network writes:
the American B-17 bombers were indeed precise in destroying the targeted city of Dresden (as they had Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin and many other enemy cities) in pursuit of the official doctrine of “strategic air warfare,” often called “carpet-bombing.”
As far as not discriminating against Muslims being un-American, ask the Germans living in America during WWI, the Japanese in the second world war, or Korean-Americans during the Forgotten War.
No, these things are not un-American; we just wish they were not necessary. We wish that they had not needed to happen, but, unfortunately, they did and may still.
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