We’re at war. At this point people either care why or they are focusing on how we are going to win and what the future holds for us. Both are complicated issues and for me I think the answer is a complicated one for several reasons. First off we need to have a public discussion about how we got where we are today and if our leaders told us the truth. Regardless of what you think about our current path we all need to know if our government told us the truth. That issue alone is vital to our rights in this country. If our government told the country misleading information to further a completely different agenda than the one spelled out before the war, someone (or everyone) needs to answer. I mean, really answer based on a rigourous investigation, an investigation based on the facts. I’m tired of this blame game. First it was the CIA’s fault. Then it was the lawyer’s that prepared the intelligence for the president. It was the joint cheifs and it was the rest of the friggin’ world. Man, all I want to know is if the most powerful man in the world used the resources available to him to the fullest extent to keep this country out of harms way. What ever happened to “the buck stops here?” Apparently the new slogan sitting on the desk of the president is “The blame stops here” because nothing is every his fault and he is never wrong.
The bottom line for me is that if he can’t take credit for the decisions he ultimately made then he is a puppet. I want this man to stand up and be honest and take responsibility for the actions he authorized. That would be a bold and honest step and I’m betting that it would win him a lot more fans than his current game plan of shield, blame and distort. Our country deserves better.
Second, we need to have an honest discussion about where we are now and where we are going in the future. The current game plan is the neoconservative idea that we need to basically convert the world to democracy by force. In a perfect world or another time this might be a viaable option. But in today’s world with today’s enemies I think we need to rethink that plan. The problem is that we are hated simply because we are considered invaders, occupiers, and in some circles we are considered terrorists ourselves. Osama Bin Laden was an ally of our country in the past but that all changed. Why? He simply did not wake up one day and attack a country that keeps to themselves. He didn’t attack us because we love the decadence of Britney Spears, and he didn’t attack us because of our liberal television and hollywood movies. We were attacked because we (the infidels) have violated or helped to violate their sacred land. All they want is to be left alone and we just can’t seem to do that. Remember terroism is not the cause of our pain it is the result of our actions. There would be little or no terrorism without a reason. We are fighting unemployed, uneducated, radically motivated, civilly challenged people. They fight because they believe in their mission and that is simply to protect their land, family and way of life from the infidel. They are like the Amish in a way. They feel that the outside world is corrupt, decadent, and evil. It flies in the face of everything that they hold dear and the United States of America is the head of the beast that attacks them.
So as I sit here I still wonder why some people believe that taking the route of violence and conversion of belief will ever solve the problem facing us. Why is it not a better plan to get the hell out of Mesopotamia and regroup to protect our homeland with as many people and with as much money as we can spare.
Right now the entire population of The United States accounts for about 6% of the world population. Our active military is somewhere around 500,000 of that and they are spread throughout our own country and 100 countries around the world. Yeah, you head me right. So how can anyone believe that we can continue to fight this battle, protect our own country and protect the U.N. nations that we have pledged to defend if a crisis arises? I understand the broad concept of fighting the war overseas so we don’t have to fight it at home. Without thinking that sounds great! But the problem is that we are not fighting an army as we did in WW1 or Korea. We are fighting an army of ghosts. They can cross our borders, live among us, come and go without us noticing and show up at any time. They don’t want to fight us abroad, they want to destory us at home. They don’t care how long it takes because they are already dead. All the guns, tanks, bombs and democracy will not stop them. In fact it does nothing but fuel them, enrage them, and it most importantly grows their ranks.
I’m looking to the American people to start asking more questions, think logically, read beyond the propaganda and what comes out of the White House, study the history of our enemies and do your best to help this country make the right decision going forward. Our task at hand now is to determine if this president is on best track to protect our children and their future. That is the most sacred task we have at hand today.