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Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes

Go for the bronze!

The Laser Weapon System (LaWS) temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. (U.S. Navy Photo/John F. Williams)

I don't think of myself as either a dove or a hawk when it comes to war.

I can acknowledge that sometimes war is the only way to defeat evil and provide safety and security for people. But we don't fight war like we used to, and until we start fighting to win, we shouldn't even threaten our enemies because it doesn't scare them.

If your best-case scenario is a "tie", why even start? The drums of war are beating in America and we are preparing to risk more American lives, spend billions, and if history is a judge, further destabilize a region that has been unmanageable for centuries.

The bomb-them-all-to-hell crowd cites the previous world wars and points out how Germany and Japan, with their barbaric and murderous ways, were brought to their knees. It's a great example of fighting to win, and it is exactly what we WON'T do to ISIS. And they know it.

Nowadays, we fight "humane" wars with "smart" weapons meant to minimize civilian causalities and leave infrastructure standing for the good people to go on with their lives. In the wars we won, we leveled entire cities -- men, women, children, babies, pets. Ask the elders of Dresden or Hiroshima about winning and losing a war, that is, if you can find any who survived.

Maybe it's the advent of TV and the ability to show horrific pictures of war. Maybe America has softened in its old age and restrains itself from destroying civilizations, even though we could. Or maybe we just aren't mad enough yet to truly wipe this evil off the Earth.

Any way you slice it, until we are prepared to WIN a war against ISIS and accept that involves killing nearly every PERSON who fights, supports or claims allegiance to them, we are just dancing around the edges.

And from listening to the rhetoric being spewed, I haven't heard any serious person articulate a desire to actually defeat ISIS and do WHATEVER is necessary to achieve a full and total surrender. Or kill the last person standing.

This I know for certain, ISIS (and its affiliated terrorist friends) aren't playing by the same rule book.

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About the Author


I may not be a native, but I've been in Arizona long enough to forget what it's like back East. I moved to Tucson in the 5th grade where I graduated high school and attended the UofA. The radio bug hit me early and I was a DJ at the age of 17 in Tucson. Besides being on-air at times, my main career focus has been the behind-the-scenes programming of radio stations. I have an extensive background in music radio, in addition to working at and/or running some of the biggest and most influential radio stations in America. My radio career took me to Los Angeles, San Diego and then back to Phoenix. The chance to be back on-air, and to do it at 92.3 KTAR, was too good to pass upů so here we are! Weekends are usually reserved for racing as I own and drive my own dirt track Sprint Car all over the country. I am unmarried (never have been), childless (that I'm aware of) and don't even have any pets at this point. I do own 1 plant but the fact it has survived this long without watering leads me to believe it may be plastic. I love what I do and enjoy hosting a talk radio show for people who don't like "talk radio".

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