With all the Neocon saber rattling for a re-intervention into Iraq as a response to ISIS, alternative opinions can sometimes be lost in the static. Thankfully, the opinion of Jesse Ventura, the former governor of Minnesota, is not.
When President Obama gave his speech addressing the nation on September 10, he noted that ISIS must be eliminated, but added that this wasn’t just an American issue. He said that “this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves.”
The host of Off the Grid on Ora.tv, former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, addressed President Obama’s speech in addition to answering the question of how to deal with ISIS. Simply put, if we’re going to put American boots back on Iraqi soil, it’s only fitting that the guys who started it all should be the ones lined up to go in first:
“You are not gonna beat ISIS and somehow make everything right over there. You are still gonna be hated. None of this would have happened had we not gone over there and destabilize it. So here’s who we have to thank for all of this mess today. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Two guys who were too chicken to go to Vietnam. Too chicken to join the service and stand up and fight for their country, but they took us over there. If Barack Obama says, “we need to get involved” and we end up with boots on the ground, I’ve said this before, the first two pairs of boots that oughta be on the ground over there are George Bush and Dick Cheney, leading from the front and not the rear.”
Ventura also noted the cycle of violence — that attacking terrorist groups means the United States is essentially creating more terrorists. He added that this feeds into the “military industry war machine” who “control our politicians.” On Thursday, the Senate approved President Obama’s proposal to spend $500 million to train and outfit groups of Syrian rebels to fight against ISIS, a time-tested tactic that has proven successful in the past.
The War on Terror is like the War on Drugs. Both lack clear end games by design, since the only result is to make the rich richer and the poor deader.