Are We War Weary?

It is no secret that I am antiwar and have been for damn near 50 years….and I want to see all Americans perk up and realize that we are in constant war with a limited amount of troops….

This country has been at war for 18 years…actually we have been at war somewhere since World War Two…..and in all that time one would think that a country that has been at war for so long would be war weary.

The US has a “war culture” that prevails in any debate on the necessity for war……

For most of the opinion-making class in America today, war is the default position. Representatives of establishment newspapers and TV news operations are not likely to grill someone who favors U.S. military intervention somewhere – anywhere. He or she will have no burden of proof to sustain. But those who oppose a new war or call for an end to an existing one are sure to be treated like oddballs if not traitors. They’d better have an extraordinarily strong defense of their position because the burden of proof will be squarely on them; even a strong defense, however, won’t get the heat turned down.

Need I point out that a presumption in favor of war is toxic to a society that fancies itself free and humane? Continuing wars and readiness to intervene anywhere in the world costs money and, worse, lives. A war state cannot long coexist with strict limitations on government power and spending. Moreover, it impedes people without influence from prospering because military spending diverts resources from consumer investment and production to weapons and other things irrelevant to consumer welfare.

Personally, I see a moral dilemma in war…..

“Why do you kill me?” asks an unarmed civilian being attacked by a soldier. “What!” cries the man with a weapon, “Do you not live on the other side of the water? If you lived on this side, my friend, I should be an assassin, and it would be unjust to slay you in this manner. But since you live on the other side, I am a hero, and it is just.”

This satiric view of war, penned by Blaise Pascal in 1660 [Pensées], boldly expresses the absurdity of killing a fellow human being over a political division. Pascal adds, with heavy cynicism, “On what shall man found the order of the world which he would govern? Shall it be on the caprice of each individual? What confusion! Shall it be on justice? Man is ignorant of it.”

I read a couple of articles that made me think about this situation……I read the Americans are war weary……and to that I say…BULLSH*T (The president word not mine)….recently a bunch of Dems signed a thing that basically says…”Americans Do Not Want Endless War”…..again BS…if they did then why does it keep on going year after endless year?

But here is why I ask the question……

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) were among the first members of Congress to sign a new pledge vowing to end America’s “forever wars.”

“The United States has been in a state of continuous, global, open-ended military conflict since 2001,” reads the pledge, which the veterans group Common Defense launched on Monday. “Over 2.5 million troops have fought in this ‘Forever War’ in over a dozen countries—including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Niger, Somalia, and Thailand.”

The five other lawmakers who joined Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, and Warren as the first supporters of the “End the Forever War” pledge were: Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.).

A noble try but Americans are NOT war weary…….as long as about 1% do the fighting there is NO shared experience and the plight of our troops is ignored.

Then the National Interest site published an article saying…..the country is war weary and needs to bring the troops home….I agree with the troop[s part but as far as it being war weary…I disagree……

“Great countries do not fight endless wars,” intoned President Donald Trump in his State of the Union address, and he is right. Certainly, nations that do fight them don’t stay great, which should serve as a powerful warning for American policymakers.

Alas, the Washington blob, the bipartisan foreign-policy elite that has kept the United States at war for years, appears to have learned nothing. Indeed, members of Congress didn’t greet the president’s pronouncement with much enthusiasm. Legislators had voted against his plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan. Members also had opposed his stated interest in doing the same from South Korea. These are the same congressmen who can’t be bothered to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to approve America’s wars, yet they fear the president might end one.

Another “feel good” article that does NOTHING to end the vicious cycle we are in or continuous war……

I would like to see someone get serious about our troops and the endless worthless wars we fight.

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14 thoughts on “Are We War Weary?

  1. I don’t think that most Americans are war-weary. As long as they don’t have to be the ones to actually go and fight in their wars.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I don’t believe most people even see us as being at war. They believe we have troops over seas in different countries but do not see our troops as being in active combat. Most Americans also blue eyed it is necessary to have those troops stationed where they are to protect and safeguard our interest. And congress does not want to make any changes. It will end when we run out of money or suffer a serious loss, or both.

  3. The big contribution to the change in support for the Vietnam war wasn’t student protests (my intensely rabid Republican father would shake his fist at the television and yell things about supporting the policies of the president when protesters showed up on the set…) but the Vietnam reportage by Walter Cronkeit. That Cronkite saw it as a failed effort changed my father’s and the minds of lots of people. My father’s generation fought the good war to save the world from Nazism and Fascism, and tended to see American wars as on the good side, honorable, winnable.

    1. It was also the Vets themselves…I was a member of “Vietnam Veterans Against the War”….that thinking is long dead except in the minds of the Old Farts in DC…..chuq

      1. I remember the anti-war vets, among them John Kerry. Yeah, the DC farts mostly escaped the draft (i.e. “draft dodgers”). The Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are popping up now, though Senator Cotton seems to enjoy war as a solution rather than as an evidence of diplomatic failure.

      2. Cotton is a war hawk…..he relishes the act of killing…plus he gets paid well for his views…….M-IC and AIPAC chuq

      3. Not surprised. He probably wants a trillion dollar defense budget and expansion of that fantasy Space Force, possibly so they can have a Space Cadet University set up on his farm so he can get more money out of that, too. Buck Rogers in the 21st Century! Upwards, Onwards Into Outewr Space! Woo hoo!

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