Our politicians really support the troops. I mean, they say it all the time. They wear their ribbons and their flag pins, and they constantly talk about how our men and women in uniform are the best and brightest in the world. And how do they demonstrate their love and respect for our noble servicemen? Well, by finding every conceivable reason to keep them as far away from their own families and communities as possible. Our leaders “support” the troops by throwing them into every Godforsaken cesspool and war-torn hell hole across the globe, on impossible missions to accomplish murky and untenable objectives. They show their affection for our military members by sitting around all day thinking of ways to get them killed.
Oh, but their adulation for Marines, soldiers and sailors can’t end with simply using them as pawns in their sadistic geopolitical chess matches; they continue the love affair when (if) the veterans return home. At that point, these vets find their benefits cut, their voices silenced, and, for good measure, they end up on a Homeland Security terrorist watch list. No matter, I suppose, because they’ll soon be sent back overseas to fight against, or with, or for, or with but also against, the barbarian hordes in some other desert wasteland, all because the President ran his mouth and now needs to wage a war to avoid looking silly.
So when you hear some bloated, crusty, degenerate, establishment politician blabber about his “support” for our troops, please realize what “support” probably means in his universe. Please know that you are listening to a murderer. Maybe not a murderer in the legal sense, but in the sense of a man who would send other people’s sons and daughters halfway around the world to invade another nation, all for the sake of his pride, and for his politics, and for his foolishness, and for his blood lust. Like I said, not murder in the legal sense, but God doesn’t judge these things by man’s law.
I’ve got a proposal for those freaks in DC, who can’t seem to go five days without finding a reason to “intervene” in another country’s affairs, while our own nation descends further into bankruptcy and ruin: let’s have our military invade America for a change. I’m not talking about Martial Law. I’m talking about sending them in to occupy their homes, neighborhoods, and PTAs. Let’s have our service members intervene in their families, communities, and churches. Rather than shipping them off to the Middle East to hunt for Uncle Sam’s boogeymen, why don’t we ship them back to their own lives, where they have jobs and kids and bills and responsibilities? Instead of dropping them into the midst of another foreign civil war in search of more monsters to destroy, why don’t we put them back into their houses and allow them to be dads, moms, husbands and wives again? In other words, why don’t we send America’s military to the one place on Earth that could really use its help?
Whether or not Obama ultimately decides to clumsily back off of his Syria threats and pretend this whole thing never happened — a likely outcome, I think — my point still stands. In recent years we have completely abandoned even the pretense of caution, thoughtfulness and discernment; plunging ourselves into chaos and anarchy on every corner and in every rotting crevice of the map. And for what? For what? To bring “stability”? You call THIS “stability”? Please, never get into the business of bridge building, now that I’ve seen what passes for “stable” in your mind.
The men and women who join the service have talents and abilities unmatched by anyone else in the world, so what good has it done us to take these awesome people and disperse them haphazardly across the Earth, in an effort to maintain our confused and discombobulated pseudo-empire?
Don’t tell me that Syrian terrorists really “need” our military, don’t tell me that South Korea or Iraq or Afghanistan or Yemen or Jordan or Uganda or Egypt or Libya “needs” our military, I don’t want to hear it. WE NEED OUR MILITARY. Their kids need them, their spouses need them, their employers need them. We can not manage, monitor, or control the world. We never should have even tried, but we did and it hasn’t worked. The Roman Empire was undone by its imperialist ambitions after ruling the world for five centuries. We are disintegrating for similar reasons, except it only took us five decades.
I shudder when so many fools advocate for military “involvement” all over the planet, and then in the next breath they quote the Founding Fathers in order to make a point about a domestic issue of some kind. These qausi-imperialists have to be selective when they read about our Framers, so as to avoid quotes like this:
“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” – James Madison
“Having seen the people of all other nations bowed down to the earth under the wars and prodigalities of their rulers, I have cherished their opposites, peace, economy, and riddance of public debt, believing that these were the high road to public as well as private prosperity and happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson
“A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang.” – Benjamin Franklin
“It is our true policy to steer clear of entangling alliances with any portion of the foreign world.” – George Washington
“[America] has . . . respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own. She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings . . . Whenever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.” – John Adams
We’ve betrayed and abandoned all of these ideas, but particularly that last one from John Adams. There is not a phrase or concept in that quote that even remotely holds true for the US in 2013.
Of course we are dumb enough to think these words don’t apply in “modern” times, anyway. We have bombs, and tanks, and the internet now, so the principles espoused by our Founders in regards to warfare can’t be relevant, right? Wrong. Not just wrong, but childish and stupid to a degree that borders on psychosis. Principles aren’t altered by technological advancements. If they were, then the Bill of Rights is also moot, every idea at the foundation of our country is antiquated, and we are no longer America in any meaningful sense.
A minority of politicians today will articulate foreign policy views that mirror our Founders, and how are they treated because of it? They’re mocked, booed and heckled. Meanwhile, the president can pick a fight with a foreign dictator, set conflicting and capricious ultimatums, build false narratives, wage a propaganda campaign, declare the power to go to war without congressional approval — all of this despite the fact that the security of our nation was never at risk — and the public will not treat him near as harshly as they treat a politician who counters his warhawking with a foreign policy philosophy similar to the Founders.
Whatever happens with Syria, we are still a nation perpetually at war. This means our best and brightest are perpetually being killed and maimed on foreign soil, when they could be here, at home, working, leading, living. I think we have reached a point where the military would cease to exist if it actually recruited honestly. How many would join if they were told the truth up front: “Come enlist, kid! You can look forward to being sent all over the Earth for reasons that have nothing to do with defending your home country; one minute you’ll be fighting psychopaths and terrorists, the next minute you’ll be helping them overthrow a government. You’ll become the pawns and scapegoats for bureaucrats in DC. You’ll be hired out like mercenaries to do the bidding of Saudi royalty. You’ll fight constantly, but rarely for reasons that make sense, and likely never to defend your own nation. You’ll be used, abused, and then –if you reach the end of your service alive — you’ll be abandoned and forgotten by the same government you dutifully served. But at least we’ll help pay for college (maybe)!”
Not much of a sales pitch, and that’s only because it’s actually truthful.
So that’s why I’m calling for an American military intervention in America. Let’s take a break from trying to run the world, and try our hand at running America. If we’re going to do that, we’ll need help from the skilled, disciplined and brilliant folks in our armed services. Here we suffer greatly from a leadership void, and that has everything to do with the fact that we keep our best leaders busy micromanaging the bedlam in foreign countries. We’ve got our own turmoil inside the US, and I think it’s time to send in the cavalry to deal with it. Not with guns and grenades, but with the skills and character they’ve developed and, to this point, been forced to waste on dragon-slaying missions overseas.
Enough is enough. Let’s try peace, sovereignty and prosperity for a few years, just to see how it feels. It’s worth a shot, isn’t it?