Pat Buchanan: “A Basket of Snakes”

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(buchanan.org) — “Once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end.

“War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision.”

So said Gen. MacArthur in some of the wisest counsel the old soldier ever gave his countrymen.

Yet, “prolonged indecision” would seem the essence of the war the president has begun to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State.

For, following only one night of bombing in Syria, Gen. Bill Mayville, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs, asked to estimate how long this new war would last, replied: “I would think of it in terms of years.”

“Years,” the general said.

Yet, though we are already heavily into bombing, the president has no congressional authorization for this war in Syria.

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