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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Once Again, End The War

Many credible Americans would argue, supported by the pollsters, that the economy should be the current focus. I agree. What better way to help control spending and provide more cash to boost our economy than ending the war? For a moment, set aside all of the security, moral, and ethical considerations regarding whether or not to continue the war. As always, follow the money. Most of the money spent on this war, just like Viet Nam, is never used to prosecute a successful end. It's funneled to the system that supports war. Meanwhile, troop levels are too low and the best equipment is scarce.

One of the best summations of war that I have ever found is given by Major General Butler in his book, WAR IS A RACKET:

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few – the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.

And what is this bill?

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.

Anyone who questions the expertise and patriotism of Smedley Butler is an unpatriotic, anti-American, anti-veteran, anti-capitalist idiot. This war cannot continue. It is depriving our economy of resources. It's also killing our kids and a lot of folks who never harmed us.
Now is a time of opportunity for us to remind our leaders, and ourselves:
No arguments for it's continuation based on economics, patriotism, national security, and fighting terrorism stand against logical scrutiny or the guidance of our Founding Fathers.
Once more I call on Liberals, Conservatives and all in between, to rise up as you did some 40 years ago. Help me, an ex-conservative Republican, to rise to the need of your People, your Nation, and your fellow Human Beings. You will not only stand on a moral and ethical high ground, you will also play an integral role in saving our economic future.

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