Why Not????

why notJust as after Vietnam, politicians can vow never to fight another long and unpopular war against insurgents. But Perkins said that would be exactly the wrong lesson for the military to learn from Iraq.

“We can never be in a position to say, you know what, we don’t do that anymore,” Perkins said.

The great lesson of Iraq — that the American military must be prepared both to sow chaos and create stability — must be learned not just by those who fought there, but by all those who come after.

Source: U.S. military still weighing Iraq lessons – CBS News.

Why can’t we say we don’t do that anymore? What is wrong with keeping to our own business and letting the regional players or at least the UN to handle conflicts on the other side of the world? Why must the U.S. be the policemen of the world? Is it because we spend more on our military than the rest of the world combined? If that is the case then I have a radical solution. Quit spending so much of our grandchildren’s money on our war machines and mind our own business.

I applaud the generals for putting out this report but they seem to be ignoring the obvious solutions. They seem to think that their military might is a foregone conclusion.  The real solution is to get us off our dependence on oil and our dependence on a hyper-military to get it for us.

Iraq will soon go into the history book right beside Vietnam as wars that had no lasting effect on history. It is dreadful that my generation had to sacrifice 55,000 for no difference.  We should have learned our lessons but that was just not the case. Now thousands of kids of the twenty-first century have been killed or maimed in a very similar situation. The totally senseless and tragic loss of life is stupefying.

Life isn’t fair.  That is a lesson all of us need to learn.  There will always be people who take advantage of others in this world. There will always be civil wars in one magnitude or another going.  When Mr. Gorbachev made the statement that he has done grievous harm to us by making the U.S. the only superpower in the world he certainly predicted our future as it is now playing out. In order to justify our outrageous military spending we just have to use it whenever possible. Is that our fate or will common sense eventually reign?  It is hard to see the answer to that right now but I have faith that, like the collapse of the Soviet Union, our drawdown of the military just might happen even quicker than I dream.

2 thoughts on “Why Not????

  1. Who supplies the Army for the UN?
    If we become isolationists– which I doubt since we are already in Syria and most African nations under this administration’s arm— would there be a time you would think it would be worthwhile to step in to save others? Is that Christian – to permit slaughter?


    1. Janette, there has always been slaughter in our world, with or without our help so lets not make that a moral issue for only the U.S. Why should we let the rest of the world shirk their responsibilities by doing everything for them. Are we supposedly the only moral nation of earth? Saving others has never been a big priority even for the U.S. that is unless oil is involved.

      Yes, I am an isolationist. I don’t believe we need to be sticking our noses in every problem of the world. By doing that we are probably causing more problems than we are actually solving. We supposedly went in to save the Afgan people but now they seem to want us out as quickly as possible. Our saving Iraq resulted in twenty-fold the number of deaths than the dictator we deposed. How was that saving a slaughter?


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