We give war a bum rap.
War is good.War brings people together in a common cause.War increases employment and corporate profit.
On the down side, the worst we can say is that people die; but when taken in a reasonable perspective this is not so terrible. the number of U.S. deaths from war is relatively low compared with either U.S. fatalities arising from automobile accidents or local shootings.
How about that for a piece of garbage?
On a scale of 1 – 10 for pernicious and stupid myths, war-is-good is about an 11.
War is a killer — economically, socially and or course literally.
Claiming that war is good is like arguing that the Bubonic Plague benefited Europe, because the plague reduced over-population, increased wages, and brought about better less crowded living conditions.
At one time or another, war has bankrupted virtually every great European power, sometimes twice and three times. No one has been immune.In the 20th century alone war bankrupted Russia, England, France (and they were the winners).
The truth is war is the single greatest economic cost a country can face.
No country — including the United States — is strong enough to fight a major war without requiring substantial sacrifices on the part of its citizens.The most serious failures invariably occur when government decides to go to war without requiring its citizens to pay the price through higher taxes and lower consumption, not to mention death. This was true in the 1960s and 1970s in Vietnam and equally true today in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At the very least before committing its citizens to fight a war, government has the responsibility to ensure that the war is worth the inevitable costs: Death and Taxes.
Take the war in Iraq:
Why did we go there in the first place? Was the war worth the cost?
We are told by some very reliable people that as of 2008 the war in Iraq cost $3,000,000,000,000 — an inconceivable sum of money — greater even than the cost of the recent recession.What was so important that we could afford to expend this money to say nothing of 4400 Americans lives 36,000 other combat casualties?
We were told by some very unreliable people that we went to war because
Saddam Hussein was implicated in the 9/11 catastrophe.
Saddam Hussein was part of Al Qaeda
Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction
We now know these were totally untrue. Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11. Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were enemies. Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction.
All of which leads to the next question
If the reasons for going to war were shown to be untrue, why are we still in Iraq fighting a war?
For that question, we have but one not-so-good answer:
To pull out after such an enormous expenditure of American lives and cash is unacceptable , which translates as: We are there, because we are there, because we are there, because we are there?
Take the war in Afghanistan.
This is the last place in the entire solar system you want to fight a war. If tomorrow internecine tribal warfare were declared an Olympic sport, the Afghanis would be the odds on favorites for gold.It does not take much to start a 100 year war in Afghanistan: They stole a horse (January 1873).They failed to deliver the entire dowry as agreed (March 1911, or was it April). The only thing Afghanis like more than fighting each other is to join together to fight some invading foreigners. And, the U.S. has signed up and paid billions of dollars to become invading foreigners.
Why did we go there?
We were told we went to war because Osama bin Laden was hiding in Afghanistan.
That too was totally incorrect.
As we now know, Osama bin Laden was hiding in plain sight in Pakistan, which as I understand it was our ally in our efforts to track down Osama bin Laden. Let’s face it, with friends like that, who needs enemies?
In any case Osama bin Laden has gone to his reward where for eternity he will be ministered by 70 raisins.
Osama bin Laden is dead.
Why are we still in Afghanistan?
We are there, because we are there, because we are there, because we are there?
We are now told, we must stay in Afghanistan until we win?
Okay.I will go along with that.
I think it was the late Senator George Aiken (Republican Vt.), who said it first and said it right. Let’s declare Victory and go home