Should we give President-Elect Donald Trump a chance, as President Obama urges us? Or should the Democrats buckle down and obstruct the first bad thing he does?
My answer is both.
Give him a chance to do the right thing, or at least a good thing. Fight any bad thing he might do. Let's not worry about the hypocrisy involved in fighting bad things. The hypocrisy I'm thinking of is the refusal of mainstream Democrats in Congress to fight President Obama's bad things. I'm thinking in particular of "Humanitarian Bombings" and other militaristic adventures. We must fight the evil.
Just remember, we have a long history of training and arming "moderate forces" only for them to turn "radical" and against us. Remember further, that we have a long history of our intelligence agencies lying to us, and having their own agendas contrary to our own policies and fundamental principals. In fact, our elected officials have had agendas different from those they told us.
For example, is a faction of the CIA a major player in the heroin trade in Afghanistan? The only business the CIA has in any form of the drug production and trade is to have informants.
It may turn out that we have to fight ISIS (the "Islamic State") because of how horrible they are. If so, that should be the one and only battle we take on in the Middle East -- and we should give it our all. There appears to be a major battle with Iraq trying to take back a major Iraqi city from ISIS. I wouldn't object to sending a few companies of ground troops in to fight and take over the city -- and hold it, and perhaps go on and further fight ISIS. Staying in the city should be only done if the residents welcome us. We are supposed to free the city, not conquer it. So if they don't want us there, we either withdraw (risking ISIS's return) or go on after ISIS as they withdraw.
But remember, our intelligence agencies, our government, and our mainstream media lie about what we are doing in war. Truth is the first casualty. Also, as some former military members have argued, war is a scam to enrich the military industry.