"War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing ...."
Edwin Starr put it well when he belted that one out. But we're currently looking at another "military engagement," this time with Syria. Once again, we become the world's policemen. As much as I hate the thought of crazy dictator types dumping chemical weapons on their own people, I hate the thought that we'll send our troops into that same chemical field. Frankly I'm a little tired of trying to figure out why we can't use the same vim and vigor that we have to start a war and re-channel that to help people here and resolve some good ol' USA problems. But it would appear that there's a bunch of saber rattling going on inside the Beltway and the biggest egos are going to prevail.
Don't get me wrong, if our country is in danger then I'm all about defending it. America is a pretty spiffy place to live, we have a ton of freedoms that we enjoy and a lot of folks laid down their lives to ensure we would remain free. Sept. 11, 2001: hard to believe it was 12 years ago already but it was. That was a day that we should have gone to war! And we did with the wrong country (at least to start). I wish I had the political mindset to understand all of this so I could explain it to you, but I don't. To me these "wars" get started for no particular reason (or at least one I can wrap my head around). I liken it to seeing two guys squaring off on a street corner -- you're a peace keeper so you rush in to help, but your solution is to punch the next citizen that walks by right in the mouth, leaving the two idiots to beat themselves senseless. I just don't understand it anymore.
Am I being critical of Obama? No, I'm becoming critical of the office of the Presidency of the United States. I'm convinced at this point the office has more to do with bending to the incredible pressure applied to the Oval Office than doing what's right for the American people. That's not to say he hasn't done right by the people, but starting a war with Syria has no end benefit for the U.S. Even Sarah Palin said: "So we're bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria? And I'm the idiot?"
Well the quick answer to that is "Yes." But giving the hockey mom her due, she has a point (albeit on the top of her head, but a point is a point); had she stopped right there we could have talked a bit more about how deep of a statement that was, but she continued to talk and say, "Let Allah sort it out."
Won't this woman ever go away?
We spent over $6 trillion on the war in Iraq; $6 trillion, while 20 percent of the people in this country live in poverty, while our teachers are grossly underpaid and our elderly can't afford their medication. We can find money for these useless wars, but we can't find money to create industry to get people back to work? Seriously, I'm no political genius but if I haven't eaten in a few days I'm not buying a car. Yet this is the logic we vote in every two and four years! So we can't blame the president. Hell, if I had the keys to a Lamborghini I would on occasion test its limits. But what if I was testing those limits one day and I got pulled over and fined? I can tell you this -- I would think twice before testing those limits again.
So if we're going to play the blame game, then we need to blame ourselves. Not for voting someone in, that's the wrong approach; that guy or girl doesn't matter. We need to fine them! We need to let them know that we won't tolerate this anymore. After all, when you're raising your kids you don't wait four years to see if they can figure stuff out on their own, you correct them and teach them and if you can't so that Hire a Nanny! What the Hell is up with that?