This is as bad as it gets. It is almost impossible to fathom the absolute brutalization and degradation of women and girls by ISIS. But New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi allows us, forces us, to see evil in its vilest form. If this evil doesn’t justify a more robust military strategy such as that proposed by Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham, it certainly makes their motivation understandable.
Foreign policy, especially when it comes to the use of the military, is about as complex a challenge any president faces in office. Everyone running for that office pontificates about the wisdom of their foreign policy. That is, until he gets elected and begins receiving the President’s Daily Briefing. Then he realizes the difference between campaigning and real life. And death.
President Obama, except for his massive number of drone strikes, has opted to be more conciliatory with our adversaries. Many times this can make sense. It is better to be engaged with a Russia or a China diplomatically and economically than to be engaged in a war with them. But sometimes there is genuine evil. If the United States doesn’t lead in its eradication, no one else will. If you are on the ground and suffering, you deserve the beacon of freedom and liberty from the United States. You deserve to know that the hell in which you live is not tolerated by the United States. You deserve to feel you are not alone.
Just once it would be good to see President Obama lose the cool and have an “Ich bin ein Berliner” or “Tear down this wall” moment. If the systematic brutalization of girls and women — sisters, daughters, mothers, aunts, wives, granddaughters. Human beings. — doesn’t unloose some fury from Obama, exactly what will? If the United States doesn’t put any and all resources on deck against ISIS, what exactly do we stand for?