Monday, July 26, 2010

War News is Bad News

Idly scanning the local newspaper this morning, I came across three blurbs from the Associated Press regarding America's ever growing foreign military engagements.

1.  It seems that the U.S. is performing military "exercises" with a nuclear-powered war ship off the coast of North Korea.  South Korea is participating in these exercises with the U.S.  This action seems to be in response to the North Korean attack in March that sank a South Korean warship, killing 46 sailors.  North Korea is evidently "enraged" by these actions.  North Korea attacked a warship from South Korea, so America sends in the Navy?  What the hell is going on?  Why is this our fight?  And does it make sense to be enraging the incredibly unstable dictator of that nation, who happens to have in his possession nuclear warheads?

2.  Former chief of the CIA Michael Hayden is now saying that a military strike against Iran "seems inexorable" due to the fact that Tehran keeps pushing ahead with its suspected nuclear program.  The fact of the matter is that Iran is a very poor country with an incredibly weak military.  And why is it that we and our friends the Russians get to have nuclear weapons when other countries can't?  Surely it can't be the benevolent record our two countries have around the world. America is the bully on the playground who goes around beating up little kids.  Does it make sense to invade yet another Middle Eastern country?  How has that worked for us thus far?  I also wonder if Iran's proximity to our friend - their rival - Israel has anything to do with this supposedly unavoidable attack.  But the drum of war with Iran has been beating in Washington for a long time now, so what should we expect?

3.  A U.S. drone fired missiles at two houses, killing 12 "militants" in Pakistan.  In the past two years, there have been more than a hundred of these unmanned drone attacks in Pakistan carried out by the U.S.  These are most insidious and counter-productive for a couple of reasons.  Time and again it turns out that the intelligence was wrong and that the house was filled with women and children!  This new information from WikiLeaks tells that story.   U.S. missiles are blowing up houses full of innocent people!  If that makes you and me this mad, imagine how pissed the Pakistani people must be?  These are bombs coming basically from space with absolutely no warning and no possible chance of immediate retaliation.  Talk about terrorist recruitment!  Let's make it easier for the Taliban and Al-Qaeda!  And our government and people continue to be dumbfounded as to why anyone would possibly want to attack America.

It's a good thing that everyone voted for change and hope.  That's really paying off, eh?

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