There was a song during the era of the Vietnam War that asked the question; War what is it good for? And the answer is NOTHING!
It is like dancing with the dancing with the devil. We know politics is a dirty business; full of unreasonable positions that usually only benefit the people who have the most to gain. Let’s be clear about that – it is not about the troops or the soldiers who do the dirty work: it is about the wealthy.
Bush took America to war, a war they knew could not be won. Therefore, the military industrial complex would have an endless stream of money because these wars will never end. I am of the opinion that if you follow the money – you will get the correct answer, and you will find people in suits out of harm’s way that are the people who start wars. War is about one thing – killing people.
Corporations and private contractors fuel the money industry from the armaments and munitions needed to facilitate the death, and destruction are the only benefactors. Don’t let me leave out the politicians who sold the souls. The problem is most American’s have never seen war nor the blood and guts or the atrocities resulting from war.
The children of the rich and powerful don’t die – they profit. Of course and for sure, there are bad people all over the world, as well as here at home. I am not saying that in Syria the crimes are not horrendous. What I am saying is that America likewise has dire concerns that need addressing; such as Ferguson, Camden, Detroit, Chicago, New York, and others city’s where American people are in distress.
The outcomes of the Arab Spring, ISIS, and the Middle East problems are daunting. Everyone would agree, but we have tried to step in with huge and catastrophic costs in both blood and treasure. We spent hundreds of billions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan for thirteen years with many US soldiers dead and wounded with no appreciable results that has benefited the American taxpayer who foots the bill. I would argue that in those places where we have interfered their problems are worst today than when we tried to help.
I was sent and served in Vietnam under the guise of protecting American interest and to defeat communism. Of course, we know how that turned out. We lost, industry won, and people suffered. In my lifetime America went into Bosnia, attacked Libya and Granada; been at two wars for the last thirteen years, in Iraq and Afghanistan and sent troops all over the world acting like America owns the world.
It seems like standard operating procedure for America to be in a conflict constantly and when they do – they never leave. Every president in my lifetime with the exception of one has started or been involved in some sort military action or conflict. One could conclude that the price for being elected is to reward the industrial military complex because they are the only winners.
It’s time that rational minds, those who would die and their parents, to say STUDY WAR NO MORE!!! Nonetheless, this president have begun to ratchet up the war machine once more. Just imagine how much better “We the People” would be today if we had not spent trillions on the wars of the last decade. And that’s my thought provoking perspectives…