Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said over the weekend that U.S. troops were “ready to go back” to Iraq to fight ISIS.
In an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl that aired on Sunday, Ernst pointed out that she had not yet made a call for ground troops to be redeployed to Iraq.
“I am not ready to put ground troops in, but I think we are coming to a juncture where we will have to make that hard decision,” Ernst argued.
“We haven’t made that determination yet, we will have to make a decision at some point,” the Iowa Republican replied. “But having served in the Middle East, I see a need at some point. If we don’t get this situation under control, ISIS will continue to spread.”
Translation: I’m not saying we need troops. I’m simply saying that troops will be needed.
I think what irks me the most about this little snippet of interview is this:
“But having served in the Middle East, I see a need at some point.”
Grrr. A fucking reservist truck driver, magically transformed into Norman Schwarzkopf. That’s amazing. It’s like me saying I went to high school so I am now qualified to teach it.
Ernst doesn’t think we’ve bled enough for an ignoble cause; oil. We couldn’t give a rat’s ass about ISIS if it weren’t for the fact that they continue to gobble that territory, territory that we fought like hell to annex. It’s gone, baby, it’s gone. It was never really ours.
I’m not saying that Joni Ernst should shut the fuck up. What I am saying is that shutting the fuck up is something she should do.