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MT: Tester Questions Wisdom of ISIL Fight

When he took to the floor of the U.S. to address authorizing military action against ISIL, Senator Jon Tester displayed a rare quality: restraint.

Tester criticized both the administration and his Senate colleagues for requesting, and subsequently authorizing, military action in the Middle East without substantial debate.  The senator also broke ranks with many on his side of the political aisle by referring to the arming of “so-called moderates”.  He also made no secret of his low opinion of ISIL, saying, “If they were wiped off the map, no one would think twice.”

While Tester is prone to talk about fiscal restraint, he has also been a champion of Obamacare, and is fond of repeating (as in this video) a so-called reduction in the deficit.

But the restraint he showed during this speech was remarkable.  Tester spoke for ten and an half minutes and didn’t blame the Republicans for what he sees as a failure of the Senate to adequately, much less doggedly, pursue a robust discussion of the cost of war.

Of course he did take a little pot-shot at Republicans over the continuing resolution, but that was nine and a half minutes in.  Not a bad sample of practicing what you preach while calling for wise restraint.

Michael Mattson

Michael Mattson is State Editor for Watchdog Wire - Montana. He is founder and Executive Editor of The Hellroaring Review, an online literary journal that focuses on very short ("flash") fiction, as well as The Hellroaring Report, a news aggregator focused on the Mountain West and Northern Plains. Contact Michael at Montana@WatchdogWire.com. Follow him on Twitter: @Hell_Roaring

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