Name the war and we’ve had a sound bite to power us into battle.
1776 … “Don’t fire ‘til you see the whites of their eyes.”
1812 … “Don’t give up the ship.”
1864 … “Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.”
Sounds like bumper stickers to me, though the first one wasn’t slapped on a bumper until the 1940s. But recent ISIS attacks have given new meaning to cliché driven drivel.
The Donald … “Bomb the S**t out of ‘em.” That’s been repeated ad nauseum so it must’ve struck a very loud red meat chord.
Paul Ryan … “It’s better to be safe than to be sorry.” When asked what he meant, his response was, “We’ve assembled a Task Force to determine that.”
JEB … “You take it to them in Syria and Iraq.” Didn’t we already do that under the leadership of your older, wiser brother? At least in Iraq?
Rubio and Carson, “We need a coalition of all the Arab states and our allies.” I can hear President Obama and his Joint Chiefs looking aghast at each other, saying, “Gosh darn it! Why didn’t we think of that?”
John Kasich thinks we need to create a Radio Free Europe style of campaign in the Middle East promoting the Judaeo-Christian values of the West to combat the ISIS recruitment war.”
To turn his idea into a capitalist opportunity for the Energizer Battery folks, John K. would probably carpet bomb the Middle East with portable radios loaded with AA Energizers … you know, the batteries powered by the obnoxious Pink Rabbit that never stops beating its drum.
Are we “Leading from behind?” Do we really think “The destruction of ISIS is not part of our plan?” And do we think the idea of “Boots on the ground” or “No boots on the ground” hasn’t been discussed by the Joint Chiefs?
Come on, guys! Up your game! Come up with something a little more novel … something that Lindsay Graham won’t dismiss as nothing but a retread of the Crusades.