‘The Wind & The Wimpy’ (You’ll get this if you read the whole post)

(Conservelocity doesn’t usually post on weekends.  We’re making an exception today in light of the current situation in Iraq. – Ed.)

Remember the old Popeye comic strip and animated cartoon series? There was Popeye the Sailor Man. His gal Olive Oyl. Brutus the Uber Jerk and… Barack Obama.


What? You didn’t know Obama was in Popeye? Look closer. You may know the gluttonous, parsimonious character as J. Wellington Wimpy. Most remember him as “Wimpy.”

Need I say more, particularly in light of the mess in the Middle East?

When addressing the nation on the situation in Iraq on Thursday, President Wimpy could’ve called spade a spade. But he didn’t. He could’ve called the monstrous barbarism of ISIS “monstrous barbarism.” Or something similar. He didn’t. He could’ve reminded us how the Army of Evil has been butchering and beheading its way through Iraq. He didn’t. Instead, he authorized the launch of two F/A 18 aircraft in a no-name op to drop laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece used by Islamic State forces against Erbil defenders.

Two aircraft? Really? That’s not a strategic objective. That’s a weekend photo opp.

Earth to the White House: If you’re going to bomb the bad guys, bomb the bad guys. As in, flatten ‘em.

There’s something seriously wrong when the alleged leader of the free world sends up two F/A-18s to bomb an artillery piece while children are being beheaded in Iraq. Or a Commander in Chief who can get a potential deserter out of Afghanistan but hasn’t lifted a finger to help a “wrong turn Marine” stuck in a Mexican jail. And can’t figure out how to arm the Kurds so they have a reasonable chance of defending themselves.

Dietrich BonhoefferSilence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (left)

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) gets it. His August 8 statement on the situation in Iraq puts it this way (it’s somewhat lengthy, but hang with me here for a minute):

“For the last three weeks, in statements on the floor of the House and in letters to the president, I have repeatedly outlined five additional steps the administration could take immediately to further stop this genocide, including signing legislation that has been sitting on his desk for the last two weeks to create a special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East, appoint a senior administration official to coordinate the response to this genocide, work with trusted NGO’s on the ground to help the victims, do everything possible to support the Kurdish government and, if necessary, reprogram existing funds to support these efforts.

 “I appreciate that the administration finally acknowledges that genocide against Christians and other minorities is occurring in the region.  In addition to acknowledging that genocide is taking place, we must also be mindful of the threat to our national security by the thousand or more foreign fighters — including more than a hundred Americans — who have linked up with ISIS, and can travel back and forth to their home countries with ease.  This is one of the most significant national security threats in years.  The administration must do everything possible to protect the American people from these threats, including seeking any legislative changes to prevent radicalized westerners from threatening the homeland. …

  “The U.S. and our allies should no longer underestimate the threat and brutality of the ISIS terrorists.  From this point forward, the administration should do everything in its power to prevent more Christians and religious minorities in Iraq from becoming victims of this genocide and make every effort to disrupt and repel ISIS.”  

Yo, Wimpy! The above is what Real Leadership looks like. Clue!

In case you’re wondering, I’m not necessarily arguing for American boots on the ground in Iraq. But if this country can absorb a zillion children who are crossing our southern border illegally, why not the Yazidis and Iraqi Christians, too?

Meanwhile, I’m kinda liking the Teddy Roosevelt approach. From The Wind and the Lion:





Wimpy photo credit: By A. Beckstrom. Creative Commons license. No changes.