War Weary?

2272458246_b77147169e_zIt seems Washington is convinced that America is war-weary. It’s not a completely inane remark. But I’m not sure that it is exactly accurate either.

I don’t think there is any doubt at all that America is very tired indeed of watching as Washington sends our matchless military into conflicts with one hand tied behind their backs and dragging a weight around behind them. That’s some idea of what the rules of engagement (ROE) that we have forced them to operate under have done to them. Not to mention the number of our guys killed and wounded (often catastrophically) to assuage the conscience of some twit in DC who couldn’t figure out (with the manual) which end the bullet comes out of.

If you say we are tired of fighting wars by rules that politicians designed without reference to the real world. We’d plead guilty, or I would anyway.

I think America is plenty tired of watching our military to which we have given our best young men and women and a large amount of our treasure, be wasted on doing silly crap like trying to build Iraq and Afghanistan into little United States, I’d say Yep, I’m weary of that as well.

You see in this Colin Powell was wrong (he was wrong about a lot of things actually), we’re America, if you anger us enough to get us to  come over and blow your little sandbox to smithereens, it’s your problem, we have no obligation to rebuild it. You angered us deeply, we broke it, you fix it if you can, if not, well, too bad. Let that be a lesson to you, Don’t make us come back. Mostly we figure if all you idiots would settle down, get jobs, or do something productive, pretty soon you’d have enough money to not want to break the china, but maybe that’s just a rule for the civilized world.

I don’t think America is really war-weary, we still love watching our guys do their thing, and making the world safe for Americans. We’re tired of the nonsense we talked about above, but I’ll bet we’d almost all enjoy sitting mesmerized again, as we were watching our guys and girls parade across the Iraqi desert a few years ago, and I doubt many of us will really forget the looks on the crowd’s faces as old Saddam’s statue came tumbling down. I liked that feeling, it had something of Berlin, 1945 about it.

Now they are trying to tell us that the war against ISIS will take at least three years. Three years–why? We gonna build new factories in Kurdistan first, and then recruit Koreans to fight and wait for them to walk over. Or maybe we are going to keep calling one bomb an air raid.

By the way, why are we using smart bombs or Hellfire missiles on a pickup truck with a machine gun and a short squad of idiots, in the middle of the desert? Yeah it makes neat videos, but 50 or so rounds of cal 50 would be at least as effective, and a hell of a lot cheaper

Here’s an even better idea, turn loose the Air Force, and the Navy, for say a week, every sortie they can manage, every target we can find. After that week, we ask anybody who’s still around if they want some more. If they do, how about a Marine Division through Iraq, another one through Syria, and say an armored corp through Kurdistan, should have it done in a couple of weeks. A month at the outside.

Three years, my foot!!

Let’s see, on 7 December 1944 (that’s three years after Pearl Harbor for you kids) Germany was just getting ready for its last gasp in the Battle of the Bulge, on the frontier of Germany itself, the Russians were rolling through East Prussia with most of their troops in GMC deuce and a half’s, and the officers in jeeps. Germany was a smoking ruin, the air forces were running out of targets, and mostly shooting up trains and making the rubble bounce.

On the other side of the world, The Imperial Japanese Navy, the remnants that hadn’t been sunk, was rusting away at its piers, out of fuel. The liberation of the Philippines was well in hand, next month North field on Tinian will welcome the 6th Bomb Group, which will commence to start burning down Japan which is already starving because of the American submarine campaign.

All of that was accomplished in three years, seventy years ago. They must have been supermen compared to us, huh? Since it will apparently take us that long to conquer a piece of the middle east the size of the United Kingdom and held by irregulars with ragtag equipment captured from here and there, instead of two of the foremost militaries in the world in 1941.

And I’ll bet that’s a lot of it as well. Americans are an impatient bunch, we got places to go, people to see, tyrants to topple, and all the rest. We don’t have three years to play around in some damned sandbox.

And if anybody is stupid enough to use the phrase ‘Boots on the ground’ in my presence-he won’t do it twice.

Let’s try something completely novel here. How about this: Decide what we need to do, and then decide what we need to do it. You know, instead of deciding we’ll put in ‘A’ so maybe we can do ‘B’, but what happens when ‘C’ unexpectedly does ‘D’. Now what are you going to do, Genius?

Or maybe we are just tired of leadership that can’t tie its own damned shoes, and is more worried about its cronies getting rich(er) than about the guys carrying the rifles. Maybe war really is too important to leave to the politicians (or the political generals).

“George Patton pick up the red courtesy phone, please.”

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19 Responses to War Weary?

  1. Mike says:

    Most people realize that if you kick a dog again and again one of these days the dog is going to turn mean and bite back. Many Americans are beginning to realize this about people, too, that when the government, by its immoral and unjust policies and actions abroad, creates enemies we shouldn’t be too surprised when after a while those enemies are willing to fight back against even the most powerful military, and the wealthiest economy, ever to exist. It’s time for the government to behave itself, to act morally and justly toward others. The first move to winning the war is to stop creating enemies.

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    • NEO says:

      Perhaps, it’s a valid point, but it can easily turn into Chicago. The murder rate is down because we call it aggravated homicide, half the time.

      Not all of our enemies are our enemies because of us, many are our enemies because they want to do things to people that we don’t want them to. St. Thomas More talked a lot about this, we’d be well advised to keep his thinking in mind.

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      • Mike says:

        It’s interesting how in the same sentence “not all” became “many.” I think you will find that most enemies of the American government have a grievance that they trace back to immoral and unjust American government actions. There are a lot of them so it’s not a difficult task to come up with a fairly long list. Did Thomas More ever advocate for governments to be immoral and unjust in their actions? I think it more likely Thomas More would be a critique of the US government than a supporter. Repent and reform are two things Uncle Sam needs to work on right away if he doesn’t want this country to be in an endless state of war well into the future.

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        • Funny how Thomas Moore gets pressed into some modern position and places? And he died following the wrong authority in the Papacy. Btw, talk about “immoral and unjust”, one can’t help but think of Bloody Mary I, she was pressed by Rome to kill Cranmer for heresy, rather than for treason. (See Diarmaid MacCulloch’s classic: Thomas Cranmer, A Life).

          As Brit, America “ain’t” perfect, but the American Constitution (which surely came out from some of the British themselves)… with of course the Americans who were of British descent. Is still a thing of great beauty and freedom! One wonders why so many Americans are so ignorant of their own Constitution? Not to mention the fact that during the American Revolution, that the Great Awakening affected the Colonies, as we see in the great American Protestant and Calvinist theologian: Jonathan Edwards!

          But, yes sadly it is the liberal mind-set which is killing both the British and the American ideals from and of the the past. The present state of both countries is spiritually dismal! If Western freedom lasts? it will only come with a major shift in both the political and the very real Judeo-Christian renewal! But personally I think sadly we have both turned the corner and the handwriting is on the wall, Gentile Apostasy is everywhere, in Europe, the British Commonwealth, and America! It is just a matter of time before the West gets nuked, and I say this with great sadness and loss, for both freedom and Christianity! Lord have mercy! The West will be too busy licking its wounds, as Modern Israel will come under attack! (Zech. 14) But GOD In Christ does win in the end, in the “eschaton” of Christ Jesus Himself!

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        • Here is the first part of the wiki on Mary Tutor I, it really speaks for itself! (And just how could people like Thomas More have followed the Papacy is quite beyond me! Indeed our presuppositions toward/for truth really do matter!)

          Mary I (18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558) was Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death. Her executions of Protestants caused her opponents to give her the sobriquet “Bloody Mary”.

          She was the only child of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon who survived to adulthood. Her younger half-brother, Edward VI, succeeded Henry in 1547. When Edward became mortally ill in 1553, he attempted to remove Mary from the line of succession because of religious differences. On his death their first cousin once removed, Lady Jane Grey, was initially proclaimed queen. Mary assembled a force in East Anglia and successfully deposed Jane, who was ultimately beheaded. In 1554, Mary married Philip of Spain, becoming queen consort of Habsburg Spain on his accession in 1556.

          As the fourth crowned monarch of the Tudor dynasty, Mary is remembered for her restoration of Roman Catholicism after the short-lived Protestant reign of her half-brother. During her five-year reign, she had over 280 religious dissenters burned at the stake in the Marian persecutions. Her re-establishment of Roman Catholicism was reversed after her death in 1558 by her younger half-sister and successor, Elizabeth I.

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  2. Yes, I would surely disagree with Mike, and I am a Brit, (though living in America now). America, as really the enemies of the West, hate us for our FREEDOM! “Immoral and unjust policies”? Try again mate, it is our Western freedom and way of life, go anywhere these days where Radical Islam is pressuring the countries they are in, they want to rule the world, and in the name of Allah! Btw, just a question, but have you worn the American military uniform? And btw too Islam, means literally submission to God. And of course in Islam there is no separation between religion and the state. Wake-up and get a grip!

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    • And liberal and sloppy-agape so-called Christianity is not going to cut it, never has and never will!

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      • NEO says:

        Nope, we’re gonna need that old time religion, of our father’s. But you know, I think it’s still around, it never did a whole lot of talking, mostly doing.

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        • “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1: 21) And this is not just for St. Paul…true Christian’s are NOT at home in this age or world! Though sadly, as we can see in this “Laodicean” (lukewarm) church age, many so-called Christians are very comfortable on earth! (Rev. 3: 14-21) For too long in our day, pop-culture christianity has been the norm!

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        • There are NO hidden Christians on earth, but only Christians who a ARE “dead”, and spiritually “hidden” to God and this world and age! (Col. 3: 1-3) But they are part of that “light” and “city that is set on an hill [and] cannot be hid.” (Matt. 5: 14)

          I am certain however, that this is but a “remnant” today! The People of God, visible and invisible! But the great question today is: What is a Christian?

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        • “The Scripture is the womb from which are born theological truth and the Church. The Church is built on the word of the Gospel which is the word of God’s wisdom and virtue. The Word of God preserves the Church of God. The Church owes its existence to the Word and is only maintained by the same means. The Holy Spirit governs the Church only through the Word.” (Luther, LW.)

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  3. the unit says:

    Pardon for entering late. What is a Christian?…reborn=reloaded. 🙂
    To perhaps valid point light bulb on dog kicking. Why can’t cat that keeps getting under my feet and stepped on learn from that? I ain’t trying to step on it. Doc says it’s gonna one day trip me up and break me hip. Like the biting kicked dog I guess it’s just getting under my feet to trip me up because of my stepping on it. Not a cat whisperer, so can’t tell cat… I buy the cat food. 🙂
    P.S. I saw a big jar with screw on cap at Walmart… big enough for a cat. Garbage man comes twice a week. Just joking…my hip laughing. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      😀 LOL 😀

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  4. the unit says:

    Pardon for entering late. What is a Christian?…reborn=reloaded. 🙂
    To perhaps valid point light bulb on dog kicking. Why can’t cat that keeps getting under my feet and stepped on learn from that? I ain’t trying to step on it. Doc says it’s gonna one day trip me up and break me hip. Like the biting kicked dog I guess it’s just getting under my feet to trip me up because of my stepping on it. Not a cat whisperer, so can’t tell cat… I buy the cat food. 🙂
    P.S. I saw a big jar with screw on cap at Walmart… big enough for a cat. Garbage man comes twice a week. Just joking…my hip laughing. 🙂

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    • the unit says:

      I guess I getting the jittering finger problem. Must’ve hit send again. I don’t know. Song…I’m Sorry. Platters you know.
      Well anyway dittos…there is another cat that won’t leave me alone and needs the message. I guess they think they can leave their fleas here. 🙂

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      • NEO says:

        Yep, we all do that now and again 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Thanks for the understanding, most seriously. These two cats stupid liberals I think, but both really don’t like fleas too much. Fleas like free lunch though. Cats would like to drop them off to suck my blood. Just politics I think. Walmart jar is a big supercenter jar though, and could hold them both. Not compassion, but a little compression and stuffing. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          🙂

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  5. the unit says:

    Mike needs new spirally mercury fluorescent screw in light fixture avatar or something. His filament bulb done burned out incandescently. Four watts still available at Home Depot, hacked credit card still valid. 🙂

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