Rick William Elkin was born in Pasadena, California,
Watching the Republican Debate, I couldn't help but be concerned with the obvious impression that none of the candidates are really ready to take down Jihadism. When talk show host Hugh Hewitt asked Dr. Carson the emotionally loaded question, "Are you ready to kill hundreds of thousands of people" in the War on Terror, I was outraged.
That is not a question that can be answered in the format that is allowed by the media managed debates. It is a big question with an even bigger answer. But to ask it in that fashion puts the candidate in a position of having to redefine the Rules of Engagement in War.
That may be needed, but it points out a whole bunch of much bigger issues: Is America willing to fight this war at all? Is this generation, who have been shielded from any exposure to the true carnage and human destruction of war, capable of authorizing an all out effort to bury the enemy in ruble?
It hasn't indicated that it is. The fact that Obama was reelected proves that. So the question should have been, "Do you believe the Country is ready to do what it takes to win a War? Is it ready to kill hundreds of thousands of the opposition if it is necessary, and if so, as Commander In Chief, would you direct our military to take such serious steps to end this reign of terror in the World?"
What we are doing now is not fighting. We are executing a worldwide media 'optic.' We are eating around the edges, making a lot of noise, taking out a few high ranking gang leaders, but you cannot call our efforts a war. Our military is so tied up with PC restrictions, they may as well have both arms tied behind their backs. If our military had been unleashed in Iraq, the Jihad Movement would have been cut off at the knees. And, unfortunately, a lot of innocent, or at least unarmed citizens would have died.
Just like in Germany and Nagasaki.
What worries me is that I am not sure any of the Republicans, or any Democrat, is ready to 'go to the mats.' And, ergo, I am concerned that our leaders, our Fools of Engagement, are simply incapable of persecuting a winning war strategy.