Dear Congressman Hurt,
Having read you recent “roundup” regarding ISIS, “The Threat of ISIL Requires Clear and Bold Action,” I wondered about the authorship of the message, so many pressing issues left unspoken. I wondered what your knowledge of these issues was and, if you were knowledgeable on them, why they did not make it into an article addressing such an important topic. I would appreciate your addressing these issues in future correspondence as they are crucial to the topic and I would very much like to know my representative’s position on them. These issues include: congressional authorization for war and war powers authorities and responsibilities; congressional oversight of title 50 programs; congressional oversight of title 10 forces conducting title 50 operations; the impact of title 50 operations on the rise of ISIS as well as the attack on our temporary residential facility in Benghazi; the real issues which are driving our national actions in Syria and the middle east in general.
As to war powers, the president claims that
he does not need congressional action for justification of our current or
anticipated actions in
congressional oversight of title 50 programs, I believe it most applicable, in
a discussion of what we should do, to review what we have already done along a
similar line to make a judgment as to its effects. We have been arming and training insurgents
to take down Assad for years now. The vote we had on authorization of arming
and training a moderate opposition was a sham, simply making a title 50
operation a title 10 operation. (See http://justsecurity.org/15201/ongoing-aid-syrian-rebels-is-covert-and-so-why/)
It has been
reported in multiple venues that we are already providing special operations
forces as “boots on the ground” for close air support in
Lastly, I would
ask you to address how we can, or should, clearly and boldly address, in
retrospect, how our actions in arming radical Islamists in
The real issues driving our actions are unspoken. Perhaps this is inevitable and not wholly unwise; however, it risks societal revolt and upheaval. Frankly, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. If I can figure it out, so too can a majority of the populace. They aren’t stupid, they are just trusting, to a point, and busy making a living. It would be wise for the political establishment to be more honest. In today’s hyperconnected world, whether they are or no, the truth will eventually come out. To this point, General Wesley Clark’s revelations are pertinent (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RC1Mepk_Sw). What are the real issues driving our national actions? Why must they be veiled? If they are important enough to require us to sacrifice our sons and daughters in war, should they not be honestly disclosed? It appears that the elites answers to all of these questions is no. Why?
I question the authorship of your Roberts Roundup bulletin as it does not, frankly, rise to the intellectual level of a fellow alumni. Are you buried in subcommittees? Are you intellectually incurious? Are you unaware of the importance of these issues to our nation? Do you even give a shit? I’d love a clear and bold response. To be frank, I voted for a democrat in the last election, senator Kaine, as he in fact has been clear and bold, not that I agree with all of his positions. You are both Virginians. Maybe he can clue you in to some of these issues of which you seem to be unaware or uninterested.
LtCol Harold R. Gielow