Standing against big government and for the people!
Two weeks ago, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey appeared before the House Armed Services Committee to discuss sequestration and the impact it will have upon the armed forces. Amid the bleak details, he posed a critical question to the committee: “What do you want your military to do?”
“Sequestration is on the verge of cutting a half-trillion dollars from the defense budget, One outcome is certain: The scale and scope of US security policy options available to the country are bound to decline.”
The Washington Times published an article by two former Secretaries of the Air Force, Whit Peters and James Roche. Here is the link.
When I was young, my father brought home a puppy, which promptly learned a valuable lesson in our fenced-in back yard. A neighborhood tom cat challenged the puppy. The puppy had no ability to fight and win, so it assumed the “I surrender” position by rolling on his back and baring its tummy. The cat scratched the dog’s tummy from throat to his private parts. It took several stitches at the vet to repair the damage.
If a puppy can learn a lesson like this, why can’t the US Congress learn the same lesson? History shows that they do not, even though our Constitution mandates our federal government to “provide for the common defense.” War after war, conflict after conflict, politicians send American citizen soldiers into harm’s way unprepared and ill-equipped to win. They impose rules of engagement that actually prevent victory and prolong the conflict. They buy into a determined enemy’s lies and empty promises (called peace negotiations) while that enemy gathers military strength.
France holds over 300,000 graves of American soldiers who never made it home. Our military cemeteries hold hundreds of thousands of graves of soldiers who made it home in a body bag or coffin. We sent soldiers into Korea with only four days of military training using wooden guns. We sent poorly-trained fighter pilots against Russian MIGs flown by highly-trained Russian pilots in Viet Nam. We used outmoded equipment and military tactics because our troops were not equipped to fight a guerilla war. We destroyed their forests and sickened our troops with agent orange.
Now we are about to hollow out our military force once again, even as we continue to fight in the Middle East and are threatened elsewhere, especially in Asia. Meanwhile, our federal government refuses to balance their budget and live within their means as they continue to debauch our currency through monetary inflation. Our national debt is so enormous it threatens our ability to pay the interest and keep our government running. Meanwhile, our federal government continues to throw good money after bad with stimulus programs that dig us even deeper in debt and do not even work.
Are our politicians misinformed idealists, or an enemy from within? Are the people who elected (and re-elected) them into office the real enemy from within?