President Obama announced on Friday that the United States would be engaging in airstrikes, in hopes of slowing the advance of ISIS in the Middle East. After four days of airstrikes, the Pentagon has announced that while they have managed to slow the Sunni militants down, ISIS remains incredibly strong.
There is no question that the United States needed to get involved in the on-going conflict in the Middle East. The real question is: why did we wait so long? Since it’s establishment in 2006, it has grown quickly, become involved in a number of conflicts in the Middle East and earned a reputation as being so brutal and severe that even Al-Qaeda has cut all ties with the organization.
No one likes war. Republican, Democrat, Green, Independent, we all want the same thing: peace and safety, at home and abroad. We all mourn the thousands of lives that have been lost in the last decade in Iraq and Afghanistan and none of us wish to relive those years. But the fact remains that the world is a dangerous place and there are organizations, like ISIS, who believe that the world should be run their way…and that’s it. You fall in line, or you die.
The United States is one of the few countries in the world with the money, power and force of will to stop groups like ISIS. While I certainly don’t believe that the U.S. should dive head first into every regional conflict that arises, we have been presented with evidence for months, if not years, that the threat ISIS poses to the Middle East and world as a whole is real. I’m glad that the President has finally chosen to step in and push back against ISIS. I am concerned, however, that we have waited far too long and that the negative affects of our hesitation will play out in the Middle East, and possibly the rest of the world, for years to come.