Jeb Bush, the long shot presidential nominee, wants more Americans on the ground in Iraq.

“While air power is essential, it alone cannot bring the results we seek. The United States—in conjunction with our NATO allies and more Arab partners—will need to increase our presence on the ground,” Bush said during a speech at The Citadel military college.

“Radical Islamic terrorists have declared war on the western world. Their aim is our total destruction. We can’t withdraw from this threat, nor negotiate with it,” Bush said. “We have but one choice: to defeat it.”

Bush then framed the election:

“This brutal savagery is a reminder of what is at stake in this election. We are choosing the leader of the free world. And if these attacks remind us of anything, it is that we are living in serious times that require serious leadership.”

For the hand-selected political class it is essential to keep the forever war on track. Every candidate now supports attacking the Islamic State in one way or another. Even outsider Bernie Sanders, the socialist Democrat who has avoided the issue, now says the United States “will lead the world in defeating ISIS.”

Sanders said previously “we need American troops there to provide the training to those groups,” presumably the jihadists portrayed as moderates by the United States government.

So there you have it. Not one candidate who supports sanity. All support never ending war to one degree or another, although Sanders said he “expressed concern about the United States being drawn into the quagmire of the Syrian civil war which could lead to perpetual warfare.”

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