Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Our military capacity to engage our enemies and evil anywhere in the globe at a moment's notice sometimes must be used. Most of the time that capacity is used at the judgment of our military leadership to achieve long established objectives with broad political support.
Whether it has been the use of drone strikes against known terrorist combatants or giving the command to take down Osama bin Laden, President Obama has often shown the necessary resolve.
The president must and should make the public case for drawn out military interventions that put troops on the ground as occupiers and targets. Congressional approval should be sought and received for these types of conflicts.
There are, however, circumstances where the president must act decisively. I honestly do not know if it is in our interests to act in Syria or if we have the capacity to act in a way that could protect the innocent. That decision rests with President Obama and should have been made without a protracted and indecisive political debate.
Dan Demeritt is a Republican political consultant and public relations specialist. He is a former campaign aide and communications director for Gov. Paul LePage. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @demerittda