In regard to the Feb. 14 Eugene Robinson column “ Obama’s ambivalent war logic”: I am in complete agreement. President Obama’s request for authority to use military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and ISIL, while ruling out “enduring offensive ground combat operations, is perplexing, to say the least.
Obama has stated that no military solution exists in the region, yet he now wants the authority to continue using military measures. Shouldn’t he be looking for nonmilitary solutions to this quagmire?
I would suggest instead that he begin talks with our allies on what the warring parties (Shia, Sunnis, Kurd, the Islamic State, ISIL) are fighting about. Is it land, resources, power, democracy, religion? These parties then must find a negotiated strategy that would end the bloodshed, reduce the refugee crisis and prevent a human and environmental catastrophe.
War has been a colossal failure. It’s time to demand a different strategy.