Yes Irene…the old hippie radical reads the American Conservative….it is a shame that more so-called “conservs” do not do the same thing……they might improve their standings with the people….just a thought.
While I may not agree with them on too much still it does not preclude them from offering some intriguing thoughts…..
I have pointed out on numerous occasions that the US is too involved in interventionism….that some of our wars are totally unnecessary to preserve the sanctity of our republic…..and yet we find situation after situation that will involve our troops and the chances of an escalation.
I read a couple of really good articles in the American Conservative that need to be read and understood….not that I will lead that parade….but I offer them up with the hopes that someone will take the time to see what our leaders are doing to our country.
Max Boot offers some typically wrongheaded thoughts on America’s foreign wars. He alleges that the U.S. has a habit of losing “won” wars:
What do all these betrayals of trust have in common? A failure by the American population and politicians to sustain a long-term commitment that would build on battlefield gains [bold mine-DL].
In every case Boot cites, he faults the “population and politicians” for their unwillingness to persist in prolonged conflicts or long-term postwar political projects that weren’t part of the original reasons for the war. If this keeps happening, it is probably because the public can’t see the value in sacrificing more American lives in unnecessary wars that had little or nothing to do with U.S. security, and it is probably because no one expected that fighting a given war entailed making a decades-long commitment to remaking the country in question. If that were understood in advance, Americans would likely be much less willing to support those wars, which is one reason why supporters of each new war always minimize how much it will cost, how long it will last, and how much the U.S. will have to keep doing once the initial campaign has ended.
Predictably the war hawks will use terror as a tool to keep one intervention after another…..they use every event as a stepping stone to yet another intervention and yet more use of American troops….
Last month, several Baghdad bombings attributed to ISIS killed more than a hundred civilians and wounded hundreds more. The attacks are a tragic reminder that Iraq is still a nation in turmoil. But they should also be a reason—more than 13 years after the decision to topple Saddam Hussein and undertake nation-building in Mesopotamia—to reevaluate U.S. policy in Iraq.
The occupation of Iraq has cost more than $2 trillion. The cost to deploy a single soldier there is estimated at roughly $775,000 per year; with nearly 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, that’s almost $4 billion per year. And the cost of airstrikes is about $8 million a day—or about $3 billion per year. Are these costs worth continuing to bear?
Americans need to look beyond the candidates and the election and see what is in store for this country in the near future……it is not a pretty picture and by ignoring it we will only make it worse.