War has not made us safer. War in the middle east. War in any country has not made the United States of America safer. Saber rattling with North Korea and by proxy China is a very bad idea. Does Pearl Harbor ring a bell?
We have spent an estimated 3 trillion on war efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, and various middle eastern hell holes. This price tag does not include soldiers who need medical care and have life long trauma.
To hear people on here all pom-pommy about going to war with North Korea is to hear a comatose argument that is made over and over again in the face of endless debt, death and nation building. This has been a warfare state since Korea and there was no declared winner other than Kuwait which was more like a military operation than a full scale war.
We created the need for a Veterans Administration. 22 of America’s heroes end their lives each day. And yet we stay the course and somehow think we are making America safer.
War is big business. Defense contractors and the stockholders must get giddy with Brian Williams-like excitement when they hear an armada is en route to confront a video game king in North Korea.
We have enough violence inside our borders to worry about. A nation that has no peace within cannot create peace anywhere else. And according to the Founding Fathers, that’s not the job of a Constitutional Republic. As I speak, “friendly fire’ may have caused the senseless deaths of 2 army rangers in Afghanistan. A war that is now 17 years old with no end in sight.
For the love of God, think this through. It’s time to reverse course on the warfare state and make America follow the Constitution again.
The United States currently has about 200,000 troops deployed in 117 countries. We have a national debt that is 20 trillion dollars and rising. Our current president wisely spoke of a financial bubble that is about to burst.
Yet we are sending more of our finest citizens toward North Korea. The question is why?
We heard that we needed to knock the hell out of ISIS. And most us who were as concerned about our domestic circumstances were okay with that. But I think most people thought we’d start at home. Fort Hood, Boston and San Bernadino were targets for radical sleeper cells.
Syria has also clouded this fog. We have troops all over the middle east. The sign from ten years ago that said “Mission Accomplished” should have read “To Be Continued”. The Deplorable crowd wanted a safer place at home first. Meaning safe communities. It’s difficult to convince someone in the rust belt that bombing goat herders is a way to keep them safe. But this is where we are.
North Korea opens up a whole new 66 year old can of worms. We supposedly never ended the Korean war. It was only a ceasefire. Meaning we can resume at any time without getting any congressional oversight. Quite frankly, that sucks. The congress ought to be consulted when we embark on more imperialism.
Most people want a robust military that is ready to fight. But most also want their to be a credible threat. Kim Jun-Un is not a credible threat. He is a little boy in a somewhat grown up body who wants attention from the United States. And now he is getting it. Coincidentally, most of other big players, China, Russia, India and Great Britain have shown much less enthusiasm about taking on the mental midget from Pyongyang.
The United States will never ever be an economic superpower again unless we find a way to disengage from every world conflict that doesn’t pertain to our vital national interests. This is political suicide for Donald Trump if he continues down this road. And it’s far worse for the men and women who protect this country and will be asked once again to fight somewhere from from the homeland.
American fighting ships are on their way to North Korea. Syria is ground zero for a fight against Russia. Obamacare is still the law of the land. The federal hiring freeze has been lifted. And Jared Kushner appears to be calling the shots from the west wing.
Of course there are good things going on. Judge Neil Gorsuch is now on the court. And illegals are doing U turns somewhere in Mexico. And there is talk that a border wall could be started soon.
But wars are serious. There’s nothing more pressing then the killing human beings. And America has again become “the leader on the world stage”. President Trump was actually enjoying a “big beautiful piece of cake” with Chinese President Xi when he decided to drop some bombs on a Syrian airstrip. This uncoventional diplomacy had a certain appeal on the campaign trail in front of stadium size crowds of deplorables. But in reality, many felt this was an odd way to show strength – including talk show host Michael Savage who takes credit for getting Trump elected.
We get it – Trump isn’t a politician. But that doesn’t mean he can’t be a statesman. Yes, North Korea has been a pest for decades, but it seems the consensus was that whoever the fat little dictator was, they posed no threat to the United States pacific coast and were to be left to their own crazy pursuits. That’s why sending Dennis Rodman was appropriate. Crazy meets with crazy, they have an awkward embrace and a photo-op and we move on.
However, president Trump seems eager to make America a war machine again. The neo-cons and the democrats are cheering. All of the wrong people. Take Assad out even though there’s been no definitive explanation of who gassed who. John McCain has gone from war monger to whore monger for war. Trump fans are stunned. We were waiting for the domestic agenda to be completed. We had no idea war was part of it.
This fissure has created a hashtag on social media – #fakebase. This is the most insulting thing I’ve ever seen. It assumes that our loyalty was weak and that many of us were looking for a reason to jump from a moving train. But nothing could be further from the truth.
It’s more like battered wife syndrome. We’ve seen this movie before. Most of us know that the warfare state is more costly than the welfare state. And none of us had an inkling that this president would focus so heavily on wars and rumors of wars. All we can do is pray for Donald Trump and the people surrounding him. And there’s nothing wrong with keeping our principles in tact.