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WAR: Stop pursuing exercises in futility

Letter by MacKenzie Allen, Tacoma on June 29, 2010 at 10:35 am with 12 Comments »
June 30, 2010 9:10 am

Finally, prominent journalists are calling the situation what it is without mincing words. Bob Herbert of The New York Times has written several courageous columns recently of the same ilk as Joel Brinkley’s (TNT, 6-29).

The war in Iraq was foisted on us by a naive, childish and arrogant President Bush and promoted by an evil, greedy and even more arrogant Vice President Cheney. The attack on Afghanistan post-9/11 was entirely justified, but the invasion that followed was folly in the extreme. We should have bombed the daylights out of Taliban positions and left with the warning of ever-increasing ordnance from the skies should they attack the U.S. again.

Invasion of that backward, unconquerable land is a monument to our inability to learn from history. We are babes in the woods in dealing with that part of the world.

As Thomas Friedman has pointed out repeatedly, we can’t want democracy and change for these places more than the people who live there want it.

The crushing disappointment is that President Obama doesn’t have the courage to call it quits. If he is concerned about appearing weak, I submit that the American people will see the far greater strength in telling us, clearly, that this administration will not waste another life or dollar on a futile adventure.

When, ultimately we extricate ourselves from these ill-advised conflicts, we will see that nothing has changed save for some local names and faces. We will have squandered thousands of lives and trillions of dollars for less than nothing.

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  1. hansgruber says:

    Mac, It will never end, it’s just another Korea. President Obama has all ready authorized to keep 50,000 advisors (Military troops) “when we pull out”. Now to me, leaving 50,000 military troops in a foreign country is not “bring home the troops”, but that’s just me I guess.

    Wasn’t there a pledge to bring them all home in the first 16 months?

    Look at Korea, 62 years later and 34,000 US troops still there.

    A’stan? That’s another mess but gear up because every month the military casualties continue to rise but where is the protest?

    Wanna win the war? Turn the military loose otherwise bring them home.

  2. Wanna win the war? Turn the military loose otherwise bring them home.

    Turn them loose on what targets? Just like Nam, the enemy (Taliban) can cross the border and, though the drones are already active in Pakistan, expanding the war to another country is not going to help.

  3. hansgruber says:

    Obama said he has no problem attacking the “enemy” Pakistan or any other country..right?

    “Obama said if elected in November 2008 he would be willing to attack inside Pakistan with or without approval from the Pakistani government, a move that would likely cause anxiety in the already troubled region.

    “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will,” Obama said.” Oct 1, 2007

  4. Just to clarify my stance – I never agreed with Obama’s war stance. That is one of the reasons I did not vote for him.

  5. Sumner401 says:

    “Wanna win the war? Turn the military loose otherwise bring them home.”

    We would still be fighting WWII.

    The best solution would have been to not start offensive wars to begin with, should have put the cowboy back in the bunk house and stuck with the tried and true policy of only fighting defense!
    But the neoconservabaggers had to spend huge money on something and you might as well look tough doing it, right?

    I just wonder why anyone still supports it at this point.

  6. hansgruber says:

    Obama seems to be supporting it, we are still in Iraq (over 88,000 troops) and he’s planning on leaving 50,000 advisors (Military troops there).

  7. hansgruber says:

    Sumner401-Ask Japan if the US military was turned loose on them in WWII?

  8. Sumner401 says:

    America doesn’t start offensive wars, or we didn’t used to, until the conservatives took over and ruined the nation.
    One more thing they have done to destroy the country.
    why would anyone want more of them?

  9. Sumner….I think your partisan bias is affecting your perception of American history.

    Vietnam – JFK started it, LBJ expanded it, Nixon/Kissinger expanded it even more, declared victory and exited with our tails between our legs.

  10. Novelist3 says:

    “Sumner….I think your partisan bias is affecting your perception of American history.”

    That would be the case, except Sumner doesn’t have much of a “perception”, if you noticed, Beerboy, as he has a singular agenda. That is, he just wanders around on these boards and screams frothy yells about Republicans. His rants aren’t discussion or debate or anything productive- he just wants to yell about Republicans. You won’t get anything out of him but bile, because he’s a troll.

  11. hansgruber says:

    “The best solution would have been to not start offensive wars to begin with, should have put the cowboy back in the bunk house and stuck with the tried and true policy of only fighting defense!”-Sumner401

    JFK escalated the war in Vietnam. Over 58,000 dead
    Woodrow Wilson brought us into WWI . Over 117,000 dead
    Harry Truman brought us into Korea. Over 36,000 dead
    Bill Clinton took us to Bosnia for 60 days before GOP controlled Congress shut him down.

    All of these were “offensive” starts of war. All of these men who started them were democratic presidents. See it’s not just repub’s that start wars.

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