Remix this Congress! While you politicians are making your way back to Washington, DC, American soldiers are readying themselves to do battle in yet another Middle Eastern country. This time the fight we are picking is in Syria.
The President and you Congresspeople by way of your vote are considering sending more Americans in harm’s way. You say the Syrian intervention will be “limited in scope” and “operationally narrow”. You say there will be no boots on the ground. Frankly Mr. President you always say a lot – regrettably most of it turns out to be lies.
Why should we believe you this time? You won’t even level with us regarding Benghazi. Your former Secretary of State says “what difference does it make”?
Eisenhower and Kennedy both originally sent military and political advisers to Vietnam. Look what happened there. Fifteen years later and 58,000 American lives later we had to withdraw from the battlefield. We didn’t win anything. The Vietnamese soldiers captured Saigon and we had to pack it in.
I have a suggestion this time in relation to Syria. Instead of you 536 political leaders just sitting in DC running your mouths and making speeches “put your money where your mouth is”. When this War that you are about to involve us in requires that we put troops on the ground in Syria, I propose the following:
For every 1,000 soldiers that you send to Syria, 5 of you Congresspeople need to go with them. You can embed yourselves with the military units like the journalists do. You can see the War up close and you can hopefully make better decisions in the future than the decision you are considering now. Put some skin in the game.
So, what do you say John McCain? Lindsay Graham? Nancy Pelosi? Harry Reid? John Boehner? Why don’t you step up and be our first five to go?