The pundits mostly are trying to figure out the president's tactics short term on the "next war" or "what this means politically." But Syria isn't the point. Politics isn't either. Our Constitution is.
Whether we like it or not, we are now playing a game of diplomatic and military chess in the Middle East, and like any good player, we must think through several moves ahead if we want to have any hopes of winning. So far our government has not done that.
Military action is a tactic not a policy. The decision to go to war should be linked to a broader strategy of creating a safe haven on Syria's border with Syria and Jordan. The safe haven would be protected by a no-fly-zone, enforced by NATO.
To be truly competitive with the unwinnable military options we must now inject not just food into the mouths of the innocent, but inject empowerment and preparation for a future into a dying and desperate people.
Trying to build legitimacy and content for international law is doing something. The problem, for many of us, is that it seems slow, and offers no immediate resolution to punishing Assad for his awful attacks.
Like lots of American families, lots of military families need two earners for financial stability and to achieve their families goals. The crises of spouse unemployment really undermines our population
Freeloading on the military's popularity may be foolproof, but it is also foolish. It may work, but it doesn't make it smart. Every time we turn decisions over to the military and hope it does the right thing, we waste some of the critical capital of civilian control.
Sexual misconduct in the military has been steadily rising for a number of years and has become a blight on the reputation of the armed forces. Time will tell whether these latest efforts will curtail sexual assault or if a greater caliber of action is required.
For many of us who served before the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," it's almost surreal. Full rights for gay military couples seemed like a long shot back then. Like the repeal of DADT, this announcement will be remembered joyously as a part of our shared LGBT history.
"Jason Heap's bid to become the nation's first humanist military chaplain brings all of these questions to the fore. How ought we to understand our military chaplaincies, in light of changes to our nation's religious make-up?"
What's $1.5 trillion? Well, even if you reduce the figure to take into account inflation, it's enough to cover any estimate of the outstanding student loan debt in America or patch up much of the nation's aging infrastructure.
If the United States were to change its global behavior, it might discover that the calls for early retirement fade. Then, as a more cooperative international player, America could truly enjoy its imperial twilight in the sure knowledge that the deluge is not imminent.
The debate over humanist chaplains in the military has been heating up recently. Last week, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins offered several of the most common sentiments held by those who oppose the effort to create this resource for nonreligious members of the military.