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  • ...which is the reason we went to war. It wasn't about oil or oil rights or some vast political agenda.

    And it could have, should have been avoided. The truth of the matter is that for the last 60 years of the 20th century, the United States government got us involved in wars that did not have to happen for the worst of all reasons.

    Hitler's regime threatened trade with Europe (Not with Russia. We already knew the Soviet Union would eventually collapse. They were economically unsustainable.) Yet we did not enter into the war until Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. On December 8th, we declared war against Japan, and since Japan was allied with Germany in the "Axis" powers, we declared war against Germany as well.

    Due to treaty obligations, we were forced into Korea "to stem the tide of communist agression" (or to rape the Koreans of their independence, depending on whose story you want to read). Bad treaty with bad consequences, since we ended up supplying 88% of the manpower and equipment to defend a country where the government conscripted young South Korean men at gunpoint to serve in their military with one of the highest desertion rates ever seen in history.

    Next we come to the oft debated and never agreed upon Vietnam, my war and Hawkeye's war. Ho Chi Minh came to the UN and the US asking for a free Vietnam. They were known as French Indochina at the time, a territory of the imperialism of the 19th century based on greed. We, of course, were obligated to support France by treaty, so we declined the opportunity to negotiate a peaceful transition of power to the indigenous people, supplied military advisers to train the South Vietnamese army, and eventually sent thousands of young Americans to fight a war against independence. [Don't get me wrong. I am proud of my military service. I'm just not very proud of the way we handled that.]

    Cuba? We were backing the dictator who was owned by the Mafia. Enough said.

    Fast forward to our commitment to stabilizing the region to protect Israel, a commitment I support for the safety of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, our lack of understanding about Islam and the people of the region had us backing the Shah of Iran and other popular folks like Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. [If there is any agency in the world that needs to be dismantled and eliminated from the history books, it is the CIA. They have not shown one iota of "Intelligence" in their actions yet, and now we have them directing the activities of drone in Pakistan? Please.] The dubious credit for all of the problems with the Middle East lies squarely on the shoulders of the United States government.

    Afghanistan? Anyone who has seen the film "Charlie Wilson's War" or read the book can see we are to blame for it as well.

    Bottom line, Hawkeye? Your way is probably better, but that is not the way it works out in the real world. Which is probably why we will eventually lose this nation. We have allowed our principles of independence and liberty to be substituted with interference and compliance. We have allowed our nation to be controlled by men who put profits ahead of freedom. And we have allowed our country to be ruled by men who value expedience over peace.

    "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ" ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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