Archive for November 28th, 2009

Rather Fight ‘Em Over There Than Over Here

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

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Out of all the excuses we’ve used to continue these hopeless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to me, none is sadder than the one cited above.  Despite warning signs of which we should have been aware,  America was shockingly unprepared for the terrorist atrocity committed on September 11, 2001.  Today, after 8-years of wars, over 5000 US troops dead, and a TRILLION-dollars spent, I’m not convinced our country is much more secure.

An easy analogy to make is if your family and home were under attack from a band of raging maniacs who lived in a lousy neighborhood in a distant town.   Which would be better to do?  Fortify and guard your house, educate your family   to defend themselves, and continually stand watch – or – race to the faraway town and try to chase down and kill the enemy despite the fact they keep changing neighborhoods and even towns? Of course this is a simplification but doesn’t it make sense?

There was so much more we could have done to make America safe these years: adopt Israeli airport and transportation security strategies, fortify our water, food, and power facilities, increase internal antiterrorist intelligence, educate our people to be constantly vigilant – the list could go on. But we didn’t because we spent virtually all of our money chasing the maniacs through distant towns.

I voted for Obama – the first time I voted for a mainstream candidate in 40-years – because I thought he was more than just a political hack who’d juggle the lives of our troops for some starry-eyed objective.  I was wrong. I voted for him only to get McCain’s war policy which was a stale leftover from President Bush. As the French say, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.”

But not for me. Tuesday will be my last post on these stupid wars and then I’m getting back to the rest of my blog and the rest of my life. I’ve done my part. I’ve annoyed enough people by posting the facts about our war dead and war costs.  Nothing from me will ever again be misconstrued to be disrespectful to our brave fighting forces.

You go ahead and listen to Obama – maybe he’ll come up with something new.  And maybe I’ll get out the tux, flap my arms to fly to Washington, and get invited to the next state dinner after I win the lottery. Hey, you never know……