Ted Fienning, South Carolina Board Member

Voters need to vet military policy

December 19, 2015  |  Blog

When the United States announced the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were over and that our troops were coming home, the declared end of hostilities must have felt supremely ironic to the highly trained and heavily armed soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines still preparing to deploy (or re-deploy) to those harsh environments.

Despite naively optimistic rhetoric from the Obama administration in the face of new attacks, the world continues to be a dangerous place where enemies of individual freedom train daily to subdue their neighbors, marshal resources and prepare for the day they can show their might by attacking us at home. The discussion about how our country should best navigate this complex reality of hostile thugs, self-proclaimed caliphates, and terror-sponsoring nations must remain a focus of the presidential primary process in spite of the media’s focus on candidate personality.

Comparing successful conflicts like the original Desert Storm (with clear, limited objectives and a sound post-conflict political solution) to Vietnam or the Iraq and Afghanistan wars of the past 14 years, one can see that having the strongest military in the world is only at its most effective when the leadership, orders and vision of our civilian government are clear.

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