It appears we are walking down a road into the abyss of Iraq again and I have a confession to make to the world regarding ISIS. Namely, that when it comes to putting boots on the ground against ISIS, I have been entirely bi-polar. Now, having run a blog that has been heavily visited by Veterans in the age of ISIS, I take comfort in the fact that my fellow Veterans are often as disregulated as I am about the subject. Namely, our opinions can range from send every Marine we have to let’s abandon the entire Middle East and build a moat of pig’s blood around it. What is remarkable is that these opinions can occur in the same conversation thread and often even by the same person. As a result, I have discovered that the ISIS threat is about to drive us Veterans cuckoo for cocoa puffs and I’d like to take a walk with you all to explore why.
We Didn’t Want to Care
Now, opinions may vary from time to time, however, I have been of the opinion that I and other Veterans didn’t want to care what happened to Iraq once we left. What I mean is, I could care less who runs Iraq. Honestly, as far as I am concerned it doesn’t matter whether they had a Shia ruler, Sunni ruler, Congress, Parliament, or even King. I am actually of the opinion that we should have just given the whole place to the Kurds as they seem to be about the coolest cats in the whole region. However, we spent a decade of some of America’s finest blood on their soil and if they still hate us and can’t figure it out after all that, well, then it’s time to get a bulldozer and stockpiles of pigs blood to work on that moat idea.
Then in walks ISIS. One of my earlier articles was written right after ISIS took Mosul and it was entitled Too Soon ISIS, Too Soon. You can read the article at the link, however, what I basically said was that watching ISIS trample over Iraq was kind of like watching an ex-girlfriend date an abusive new boyfriend. You didn’t want to care who she dated, but your time together is just too recent to watch her walk down such a disastrous path. Dang it Iraq, get your junk together.
The ISIS Caliphate
Now here is the thing, ISIS is like, the worse Caliphate ever. I mean that both practically and morally. When ISIS took Mosul, there was this brief moment in time where we were not sure whether or not this was just more sectarian violence springing up or a real emergence of evil. Consequently, if ISIS had just played up the sectarian angle, I think America could have cared less. Again, I don’t care whether Sunni or Shia run Iraq and I don’t even care if the Nation of Iraq has the same geographical borders that were arbitrarily drawn up at the beginning of the 20th century by white people.
But ISIS had to do it. They had to go full evil. Just like you never go full retard, you never go full evil. So rather than start setting up some Sunni led civil government, they started raping children, crucifying Christians, and burning people alive. Honestly, they are in my opinion the most obvious manifestation of evil since the Nazi regime. When I read about some of the horrors committed by the Nazis, it was clear they were void of all conscience and could not be allowed to remain on the earth.
So it is for you ISIS. You have declared yourself to be an affront to the human race and you must be ended. They could have had Iraq for all I care, but they can’t have my conscience. For if America were to watch you exist and do nothing, then that would have been an indictment on the conscience of our soul. Dang it ISIS, you never go full evil. You can go crazy like North Korea or James Bond Villain like Putin, but not full evil.
Baby Boots On the Ground
So here we are. President Obama is asking Congress for the authorization of force against ISIS and I find myself fully supporting an all out war against ISIS. Now, I served with the Marine Corps in Iraq in 2003 with 3rd battalion 23rd Marines. When I got back from Iraq my time was up and 3 weeks after returning from Iraq, I walked away never to put on the uniform again. Consequently, when I say we need to return to a full war against ISIS, I acknowledge that it won’t be my 35 year old out of shape boots on the ground. Rather, it will be 18 and 19 year old kids who were 5 or 6 years old when I served in Iraq.
I mean, let that sink in for a moment. It is as if I walked off the plane from Iraq in 2003 and pointed to a class of Kindergartners and said, “You’re up next.” My platoon Sergeant, who was the greatest platoon Sergeant in the history of the Corps for having to put up my beloved 2nd Platoon, recently had the experience of watching his son serve in with one of the last Marine units in Afghanistan. Having a son now myself, I can’t quite imagine what it would be like to watch my son fight the same war. As cool as it would be to watch my son become a Marine, I don’t know that I will ever be able to see him as anything but the helpless infant that he is currently.
Get Some Marines
But alas, here we are. And if I take comfort in one thing about this war, it is that Marines like to get some. We are the most combat hardened military in the world and there is a whole new generation of Marines who want their chance to get some. Look ISIS, you brought this on yourself. I have gone through my bi-polar back and forth of trying to decide whether or not I wanted to care. While we certainly need to keep utilizing the Kurds, Jordanian, and whatever Iraqis actually still have a pair of balls on them to dislodge the ISIS evil, it is time for the professionals to get back in the fight.
However, it is time for them to feel real fear. If we are going to do this, then let us do this one more time. One more round ISIS. We didn’t want to be here, but you brought this fight to us. I assure you, when the Marines are through with you, Syria and Iraq will have some of the greenest grass in the world because Marines know what makes the grass grow.
Finally to the Arab and Muslim world, I will tell you this as far as Unprecedented Mediocrity is concerned. After this last round, then we are done. If you don’t have the courage or fortitude to stop the goat raping murderers from taking over your country, then I will quit trying to distinguish the good from the evil among you and will treat you all the same. One more round ISIS, one more round. Get some Marines.
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