Early on when Ronald Reagan was still an unknown as far as politics was concerned President Dwight Eisenhower was asked his opinion on Ronald Reagan and he answered not to under estimate Reagan he has a considerable amount of common sense. I have seen people in my life time who were intelligent by no means. They were book smart but that is as far as it goes. President Obama falls into that category; I feel by his actions or lack of them he is lacking a large amount of common sense. Take presently in Syria, he has not given us the American people a clear vision as to what he wants to do over there. What are America’s objectives for invading Syria? What are we going to do if we or Israel are counter attacked by what ever means the enemy might use? If President Assad is weakened and falls who will take over? Lets let imagination run for a moment, is this just a scheme by Obama to get the Muslim Brotherhood in power in Syria? Obama has to make the argument to us that this attack is for the vital interest of the United States, and this is what is lacking from him, he can’t.
President Reagan had a clear vision as how to handle conflicts such as the one we are facing today. Reagan established these principles after nearly 300 American and French troops were killed in an attack on their barracks in Beirut in 1983. He listed them in his autobiography:
1. The United States should not commit its forces to military action overseas unless the cause is vital to our national interest.
2. If the decision is made to commit our forces to combat abroad, it must be done with the clear intent and support needed to win. It should not be a halfway or tentative commitment, and there must be clearly defined and realistic objectives.
3. Before we commit our troops to combat, there must be reasonable assurance that the cause we are fighting for and the actions we take will have the support of the American people and Congress. (We all felt that the Vietnam War had turned into such a tragedy because military action had been undertaken without sufficient assurances that the American people were behind it.)
4. Even after all these other combat tests are met, our troops should be committed to combat abroad only as a last resort, when no other choice is available. (Ronald Reagan: An American Life, 466)
What is missing with Obamas plan or as I would call it, lack of plan, he has not convinced us that an invasion is to the vital interest of the United States and he has not shown clear intent and support needed to win. I believe he doesn’t have a plan, I heard that their plan has changed over fifty times. How do you put our armed forces into action if you don’t have a plan? You just don’t. That would be immoral.