Friday, August 27, 2021

Who Suffers Most from Our Entangling Alliances?


As a historian I have read numerous books and writings by and about our Founding Fathers. At this moment one thing that many of them said and advocated for stands out in my mind. Regarding the current debacle in Afghanistan many are wondering how such things can happen. Of course Sleepy Joe and his administration deserve the heat they are taking right now, but please let us not forget that this cluster f*** started way back in 2001, under a Republican president/administration.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and others warned us about "entangling alliances." The money wasted and the quickness with which those we were training "ran away," should be evidence enough of the truth of that philosophy. But, Floyd, but, Floyd, many will say, we were there to "fight terrorism." As that soulful crooner, Barry White, used to say "Sho' you right."

I am old enough to remember when we were told that we were there "to get bin Laden." Once that was accomplished we would leave. Anyone else remember? But, those of us who pay attention to such things know that was not the real reason and our admonitions against such policies went unheeded. Well, here we are. And mark my words, this will happen again. In another place, at another time, because given our foreign policy the U.S. just cannot mind its own damn business. More of our military personnel will be used and killed, as pawns in this global game, a game that benefits an elite few, but certainly not our nation at large.

I feel sorry for those who join our armed forces, thinking that they are doing so to "defend our country," when in reality they are simply being used by evil men/women who care not a whit about either the country or those in uniform. Perhaps if those who stand to lose the most would stand up to these evil SOB's then this sort of thing would stop happening. A guy can dream, can't he.