I will always be opposed to a foreign policy based on warfare, as words can ease the wounds as well, if not better than weapons.Trouncing in on every petty incident will drive our country into the ground. We must end the needless policing of what would otherwise be stable foreign governments. We must end this faux imperialism that is not working. However, when a small group, rather it be ISIS or Al Qaeda, threatens the prosperity and peace of your people, they must be put down. Hollow threats and meaningless gestures promote their expansion and our weakness. They spread the disease of weakness to our allies, and to our people. We must oppose them and destroy them utterly and totally.
Strength comes from action and initiative, but also from forethought. I admit we should not invade without intelligence, and without an understanding of the conflict at hand. Being a war hawk is a terrible thing. Hawks keep themselves busy finding new enemies without thought of consequence, and have left us this situation.A strong leader will be the eagle that our nation has chosen as it standard. We will choose the right enemies, those who are truly a threat and those whose defeat will be a true victory. A strong leader makes a decision on his own merits; he or she does take counsel from his allies, but leaning on them this much is weakness. A strong leader does not use his allies and his clients as shields, as puppets, or as a middleman for your political gains.
You have the power to go forward, but this hesitation for approval tells ISIS you are...hesitating. In 168 BC, the Roman consul Gaius Popilius Laenas was sent to Egypt to prevent a war between King Antiochus IV of the Seleucid Empire and the Roman client state of Egypt. Antiochus played for time, thinking the Roman consuls are nothing compared to a king. When he arrived at the king's camp, he drew a line in the sand around the king and asked one question "Before you step out of that circle give me a reply to lay before the senate." The king turned home. While by no means should the Americans adopt Roman foreign policy or anything else from that republic, the American government ought to look to the example of Laenas and adopt his resolve. Two thousand years ago a Roman consul stood up to a king. Let a president stand up to a caliph, and kill him.