By Frosty Wooldridge
“War is a racket,” said U.S. General Smedley Butler in World War I. “Wars make money for bankers, corporations, and let the little guy die on the battlefield.”
Since my youth, I watched our country fight useless wars around the world for the past 60 years. Korea killed 33,000 innocent American kids for absolutely nothing. Vietnam killed 53,319 U.S. kids while injuring 350,000 both physically and mentally as it dragged on for 10 years. It accomplished nothing but death and ecological mayhem in Nam. It killed 2.3 million Vietnamese. It created the rampant drug culture in America. Desert Storm killed 400 kids with zero reasons for that conflict. Over 2,300 of our kids suffered death in 17 years of Afghanistan, with more to come. We killed bin Laden: so why didn’t we leave? Over 4,800 of our kids died in Iraq. On the financial front, these bogus wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the past 16 years created in excess of $7 trillion in U.S. debt.
Who made out like bandits? Corporations, bankers and stockholders! Who lost? Answer: you and your military kids! You and I stand $20 trillion in national debt. We pay and pay and pay! The US infrastructure rots while our tax dollars build other nations. Our schools rot, our teachers suffer penury wages and our kids lack basic educational excellence—but we fund endless wars that accomplish what? This country witnesses millions in poverty, millions of homeless and millions out of work, not to mention horrific social problems as to race, welfare, immigration, environment and more—yet we keep fighting bogus wars.
Our third president, Thomas Jefferson warned against any wars or foreign entanglement whatsoever.
Nonetheless, President Trump, using scant information, much like Bush with his “weapons of mass destruction” farce or LBJ with his “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution”, unloaded on Syria this last weekend. More death, more destruction, more misery and more suffering for countless people. Which means, we’ll see more Moslem terror attacks in our country against our people!
Our country maintains 700 military bases, 450,000 personnel on those bases, and war equipment in 80 countries around the world. To what point? To what reason?
Why do we make everyone else’s business our business and why do we maintain endless wars in other countries? Why?
What and who gives us the right, the moral authority and the audacity to start these wars, maintain these wars and fuel these wars? We’ve stuck our noses and bombs into Iran’s country, Chile’s country, Panama’s country, Korea’s country, Iraq’s country and Afghanistan’s country for decades. Our CIA disrupts entire governments of elected officials if we don’t like them.
Does anyone in Congress know his or her right hand from his or her left hand? Why do our elected officials fund those attacks, those wars and their continued atrocities?
Since we suffer a plentiful source of swamp behavior in Washington DC, the MAJOR culprit for wars and less than honorable behavior, rests in those shady and ‘bought’ Senate and House reps that we the people elected. We must investigate, then vote, for ONLY those whose records demonstrate honorable actions, versus stilted choices. We must elect those who demonstrate verifiable trust and honor, and move toward term limits…to gain fresh insights.
I write this column in total exasperation as to our last six presidents who waged wars on foreign countries and their people.
Fact: we really do not know what’s going on in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. We can’t discover the truth because every news agency carries a slant, a prejudice and a bias. They report what their ‘rulers’ tell them to report.
What do we know? We know that Moslem nations fought wars for turf since the 6th century. We know that Africa, Asia and the Middle East fight wars because they fight wars. Why make their wars our wars?
How about this idea?
Withdraw all our troops and military hardware from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Take our bases out of 80 countries and bring our kids home to our country. Just leave! Let those countries settle their differences by themselves.
All we need to do: protect and defend our borders!
Which, of course, Congress won’t do and hasn’t done for 40 years! We’re being invaded by 1,000,000 (million) legal immigrants annually and 500,000 illegal migrants each year. It’s time to defend our country and keep our noses out of everybody else’s business.
How about you? Aren’t you sick of our wars?
If you, like me, feel exasperated that our presidents and Congresses’ lack of wisdom and grounded leadership as to these interminable wars, will you spend some valuable time finding worthy candidates for the next elections, thus empowering yourself as you live the Declaration of Independence we are so privileged to embrace…. We the people, in order to form a more perfect union….
Any chance the United States might mind its own business?