Dear Mr. President,
You have used your war making powers without much regard for the laws of our land up to this point. You are not alone in this course of action. Your predecessors have done this for half a century.
Realize this: Now is not the occasion to suddenly decide it is time for a protracted discussion on what to do next with regard to ISIS and other terrorist groups that threaten our American service men and women.
ISIS is closing in on 320 United States Marines. What you do is send everything within your command to support them. The end state of this engagement is dead enemy terrorists. Period.
Discuss the merits of whether these people have engaged in ruthless killings because they don’t have jobs, want to revisit the crusades, or because they thrive on evil (most of us know this is the answer) at your leisure after you send everything that turns beating hearts into bleeding ones and put it on target.
We know where these armed extremists are. Put rounds on target.
If it looks like it’s going to be a fair fight, then our Commander in Chief needs to be tried for treason. We engage our enemies with everything we have. The world may or may not respect us for the many humanitarian missions that we conduct, but our enemies must fear us.
Our enemies must fear us!
Inaction on your part is an invitation to attack when and where they please. The greatest armed forces in the world have no commander in chief.
It is time to get this part of you presidency right. Be the commander in chief and destroy the enemies that believe you don’t have the backbone for combat leadership.
Thomas R. Spence
Major, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)