Last week, the GOP-controlled House informed us that it’s the job of the military to fight global warming and to create transgender brigades with taxpayer-funded “sex-change” operations and hormone therapy. So, what is not included in the mission statement of the military? Identifying the threat doctrine of jihad, the primary threat to our civilization.
On Friday, I observed how, through two amendment votes to the annual defense bill, the majority of the House voted to have the military combat global warming and to pay for military sex-change operations. While GOP leadership whips the heck out of conservatives to support their liberal health care policies, they didn’t lift a finger to keep their members in line to vote for a sane military.
Well, there was a third vote that swung against conservatives as well. By a vote of 208-217, the House rejected an amendment from Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., which would have required the military to study the link between Islamic doctrine and terrorism and identify a list of Islamic preachers who are fomenting this ideology. It’s a recognition of the obvious reality that terrorism is merely a tactic that is fueled by a broader ideology.
Before we throw our troops into untenable military campaigns, isn’t it prudent that we understand the threat doctrine of our enemy and identify who we are fighting? Evidently, that is out of bounds for the majority of the politicians in Washington. They think that the weather and castration surgeries are more within the purview of the military.
Here are the 27 Republicans who joined every Democrat to remain willfully blind of the threat we supposedly send out our troops to fight:
- Amash (MI-03)
- Buchanan (FL-16)
- Collins, C. (NY-27)
- Comstock (VA-10)
- Costello (PA-06)
- Curbelo (FL-26)
- Dent (PA-15)
- Faso (NY-19)
- Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
- Hill (AR-02)
- Joyce (OH-14)
- Katko (NY-24)
- Lewis, Jason (MN-02)
- LoBiondo (NJ-02)
- Meehan (PA-07)
- Newhouse (WA-04)
- Paulsen (MN-03)
- Reichert (WA-08)
- Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
- Russell (OK-05)
- Sanford (SC-01)
- Stivers (OH-15)
- Trott (MI-11)
- Turner (OH-10)
- Upton (MI-06)
- Walden (OR-02)
- Young, Don (AK-AL)
Once again, the vote was extremely close but on the losing side of 218, which suggests that leadership clearly didn’t want this to pass, even though most GOP members quietly voted for it to avoid blowback from their voters.
Understanding the threat doctrine of jihad is not only vital to identifying the enemy. It is also important in understanding when not to get involved in a regional conflict. All too often, we send our troops into Islamic civil wars and capture or hold land on behalf of another side of Islamic extremism that is just as big a problem as the one we are initially fighting. We see this phenomenon today in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen. It all flows from the fact that our military commanders don’t study this threat doctrine.
As I’ve said before, ISIS is not the problem. It’s one of that many faces of jihad and is now actually on the decline. The problem is Islamic supremacism – both the Sunni version and the Shia strain disseminated through Iranian hegemony. Thus, while our government is cheering the decline of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, that vacuum is being filled by enemies that are just as dangerous. All the hard work of our special forces and Air Force is being delivered into the hands of Iranian hegemony.
For example, while we have been bombing pro-Assad Iranian proxies in southern Syria, we have been helping some of those very Shia jihadists, such as the Sayyid al Shuhada Brigades, the Imam Ali Brigades, and Hezbollah Brigades, recapture western Iraq from ISIS. Our military is directly helping Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Force, which comprises these very militias, all of which are controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force – under the command of Qassim Suleimani. These are some of the very same militias that killed hundreds of our soldiers last decade with gruesome and innovative IEDs. Now we are serving as their air force.
But fear not, we are getting tough on Iran … in Yemen … while supporting a regime that has ties to Al Qaeda kingpins. Then again, we are also fighting Al Qaeda in Yemen as well. Are you starting to get the picture?
It would be one thing for Shiite monsters to kill Sunni monsters without us spilling our troops’ blood and our treasure on their behalf. But for our military to tip the balance of power to Iran, which is a longer-term threat than the ephemeral and fleeting Islamic State, is downright maniacal. We will never develop a coherent strategy until we understand what and who we are fighting.
Sadly, members of Congress have no interest in directing our military to look at the map before they travel head first into danger. They are too busy studying the weather and paying for castration surgeries.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct a typographical error.
Author: Daniel Horowitz
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.