Thomas Sowell

Biden opposed President Ronald Reagan's military buildup that countered the Soviet Union's buildup, and helped bring about both the end of the Cold War and the end of the Soviet Union. General David Petraeus' "surge" strategy that greatly reduced the terrorist attacks in Iraq was opposed in 2007 by Senator Biden, who said, "We need to stop the surge and start to get our troops out."

Senator Hillary Clinton not only opposed the surge from the outset, she was among those who refused to believe that it had succeeded, even after all the hard evidence had convinced most other people.

The grim reality is that key people in positions to shape our foreign policy during the Obama administration -- the President, the Vice President, two Secretaries of State, and the current Secretary of Defense -- all have a track record of grossly misconceiving the issues, our enemies and our national interest.

This is the administration that is now asking for a blank check from Congress to take unspecified military action to achieve unspecified goals.

"Military action" is a polite phrase for killing people. It would be nice to believe that this has some larger purpose than saving Barack Obama from political embarrassment, after having issued an ultimatum without having thought through what he would do if that ultimatum was ignored.

He has the authority to take military action if he wants to. The question is whether he can sucker the Republicans into giving him political cover by pre-approving his unknown actions and unknown goals.


Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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