By: Dr. Robert R. Owens
A war here, a war there, everywhere itâ€™s war, war, war. General Douglas MacArthur wanted to invade China because they offered a safe haven for our enemies during the Korean War. In testimony before the Senate the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Omar Bradley said, â€œIt would be the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Today we face endless wars for elusive peace when we canâ€™t secure our own borders. Weâ€™re committed to war in Iraq and Afghanistan; weâ€™ve been rattling sabers in Iranâ€™s direction for years and thereâ€™s one more war just for good measure.
The Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media have stopped covering the war in Iraq. Our Progressive leaders are throwing away the peace accomplished by the surge Senator Obama opposed. Our brave troops are withdrawing from hard-won positions as violence creates havoc and Al Qaeda seeks to spark a sectarian civil war. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, our strong man in Baghdad, seeks to steal an election he lost and Iraq is selling their oil to China. Candidate Obama promised that he would immediately begin bringing the troops home at the rate of one to two brigades a month. Obama also stated heâ€™d call for a second constitutional convention in Iraq, this one run by his friends at the United Nations, which he wouldnâ€™t allow to adjourn until Iraq’s leaders reached a new agreement on political reconciliation. The fruits of the surge thrown aside, the same people running the Iraqi government in the same way and endless garrison duty in Iraq look likely.
Then thereâ€™s Afghanistan, the war Candidate Obama told us was the right war in the right place, and the one we need to win, which we can only assume means there are some wars we donâ€™t need to win. While life goes on as normal here heroic volunteers are in harmâ€™s way.
Since taking office, President Obama, after agonizing past recent election deadlines, has done what he opposed in Iraq: sending in a surge of troops to rescue a deteriorating situation. And for the first time in American history, or maybe in any history, he announced the surge while at the same time announcing the date of our withdrawal scheduled for July 2011? So as hard as our forces are fighting, as many victories as they gain since our leader has already announced weâ€™re leaving on a date certain, do you think maybe the Taliban is waiting in the wings? Do you think anyone in Kandahar or Kabul might think about what the Taliban might do once we leave? Saying weâ€™re going to persevere and not quit means little when weâ€™ve already announced the date weâ€™re going to quit. If we send them to fight we need to let them fight to win or bring them home. They arenâ€™t chips in games played by diplomats over Champagne glasses. They are the cream-of-the-crop, and the best America has to offer.
To top off this no-win strategy, Afghan President Hamid Karzai the man we installed and continue to prop-up with dollars we donâ€™t have and heroes we do honors the leader of Iran and says he might join the Taliban. Heâ€™s doing this either to save face since weâ€™ve acknowledged heâ€™s basically the Mayor of Kabul and at least related to the biggest drug dealer in the country, or heâ€™s doing it to wring concessions from his handlers. The tragedy is weâ€™re sending troops to fight and die for a surrender thatâ€™s already been announced.
Iran has offered to ship half their low-enriched uranium to Turkey. True, the deal wasnâ€™t brokered or imposed by Hilary and her crew at State it was negotiated by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Brazilian President Lula da Silva, and though it lacks the Obama Imprimatur itâ€™s basically the same deal heâ€™s demanded. If President Obama doesnâ€™t accept this deal heâ€™s signaling to the rest of the world that itâ€™s his administration seeking confrontation with Iran, itâ€™s he who refuses to throttle back the avalanche to war. Are the neo-cons who stampeded Bush to war against an Iraq that never attacked us on track to lead us to war against an Iran that hasnâ€™t attacked anyone in centuries?
Then thereâ€™s the war for good measure, the one against free enterprise, federalism and the traditional America weâ€™ve known waged by a president who promised (or threatened) to fundamentally transform our nation. Those of us still clinging to our God and our traditions cannot ignore the one campaign our national community organizer seems intent on winning: the one against us. From Soros-backed front groups to pandering pundits of the captured media, from union bosses to academics and bureaucrats whoâ€™ve never held a regular job in their lives, day-by-day traditional America is being transformed before our eyes. The battle may seem long, the way may seem dark, but if we keep the faith and keep the peace we shall overcome.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College and History for the American Public University System. http://drrobertowens.com Â© 2010 Robert R. Owens firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College. He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2011 Robert R. Owens email@example.com Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens