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IF THERE’S A WAR SOMEWHERE, WHY MUST AMERICA GET INTO IT?

A movie called, PATTON, opens with the general admonishing his troops. “I don’t know where we got the idea that Americans hate war. Americans love to fight. When you were a kid you idolized the best boxer, the football players, the toughest wrestlers. I wouldn’t give a damn for a man who lost, and laughed.”

Well said, General. You failed, however, to note that all those fights and “put down the other guy” battles take place on American soil. That American “killer” instinct was never meant to leave our shore. When America was created, our Founders, Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Franklin, warned us not to interfere in European affairs, to avoid foreign entanglement; and sticking our nose in other countries’ troubles would lead to dire circumstances for the new nation.

And the first thing we did—and continue to do—is to get America involved, one way or another, in every foreign conflict that came up, and in so doing, told our Founding Fathers to stick it; we’re wiser than you guys; and times change…. forgetting that principles never change.

Think this is overplaying our lust for war? I don’t think so.
While the Revolutionary War created the United States, the Civil War decided what kind of nation we would be. So there is some justification for shedding some blood. But after that it was “if there’s a war somewhere, and let’s get into it.” And that is when the start of weakening our sovereignty, raping our Constitution, losing our freedoms and independence and becoming a socialist or even a dictator-led nation began.

Realistically, it started with the Mexican-American War in 1846. Mexico wanted
chunks of our Southwest territory, but we had previously negotiated for it, which made it part of America, so we fought for it. The Spanish-American War in 1898 began with action from Cuba, which we saw as a Spanish threat to our sovereignty, so we went to war and ended the threat in five short months.

But we got into our first real overseas entanglement in France. Known as World War One, lasting four years, from 1914 to 1918. It started when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, and ultimately involved seven other nations, with America coming into it in 1917—on the side of the seven “allied” nations.

World War Two, from 1942 to 1945, was America’s second foreign entanglement that was none of our business. We were sending military equipment to Europe to help fight the Germans, and in no time at all we were sucked into it to help save Europe by sending in our soldiers. We had suddenly assumed the role of “world saver”. And we were hooked.

Then came our next foreign entanglements: the Korean War (1950’s) and the Vietnam War,(60’s and 70’s) both wars waged to keep the Communists from
taking over the countries. Both wars were far from America, no threat to our territory, and, in reality, none of our business. But we foolishly made it our business and suffered huge human life and material resources for our interference.

Next came three wars, that America just had to get into: the Gulf War (1990), the Iraq War (2003), and the Afghanistan War. These Near East desert territorial conflicts were fought as a coalition (war buddies) consisting of ten nations committed to protecting each other. These nations were Kuwait, England, Saudi Arabia, France, Canada, Egypt, Syria, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and, of course, the United States, which incidentally blew a lot of dollars.

In the senseless 12-years of combat in just Iraq and Afghanistan alone, America lost 40,000 men and women in uniform killed or seriously wounded, and an estimated 400,000 more lost to post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. And all the Enduring Care, parades, shaking hands and thanking them for their service, will never give them back to us again as they were.

Only time will tell where and when the next war will break out, but if the past is any indication, America will be there, killing and dying. We still haven’t learned to mind our own business and let the rest of the world destroy itself. Looking down from heaven our Founding Fathers must think we’re insane, or perhaps wonder America, with its freedom and independence, was even worth creating at all.






IF WARRING NATIONS WANT HELP FROM US, THEY’RE OUT OF LUCK

It’s been alleged that the real way America got pulled into Europe in World War II
was not because we had ships filled of war materials ready to go, it was because we “delivered” it to them… instead of forcing them to come over here and get it. Thus, being in principled sympathy with the allies against Hitler, while remaining a non-involved neutral in the war, making it “business” transaction instead of an “innocent” help to the allies in the war against the Axis powers.

Admittedly, that is a schoolboy’s explanation of how we originally entered WW2
But the biggest forest fire in history started with a thoughtlessly discarded match; so strange things do happen. Therefore, in that context, America’s entry in what was four brutal years of war on several foreign continents easily came to pass. And all because we wanted to be nice boys and deliver the stuff, instead of having them pick it up.

Which happens to be the gist of this article. Well, not the gist, more like the vehicle that carries two rather impossible ideas across the threshold of credibility and is liable to make a third of the readers laugh, a third call it crazy, and a third demanding that I be put away somewhere where I can’t do any more damage to this great nation.

Before I proceed, give me this: these two impossible ideas, which in essence reflect an American foreign policy that at first reading appears to make as much sense as a car driving north on a southbound-only highway. But, on second reading, I hope these impossible ideas make some doable sense.

When the U.S. Constitution was written, our Founders made it perfectly clear that America was to be an independent nation, where freedom, self-determination and Christian values were unalienable rights from God, and as a unique nation we should never try to foist our beliefs on any other nation. AND, above all, to mind our own business and steer clear of all foreign entanglements… and I mean All entanglements. Yet, our stupidity won the day: We’ve been at war in the Middle East for 12 years, costing billions of dollars, many thousands of lives, a horrendous loss of resources, and all our politicians look the other way.


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MY FIRST IMPOSSIBLE IDEA

My first impossible idea is to immediately disassociate America from any foreign wars, save to defend our own nation. Disengage ourselves from wars that are not ours. Bring all our troops and armor home as quickly as possible. Also de franchise our support for the nations we still keep troops in countries we fought in 50 years ago, such as Germany, France, Spain, Africa and Japan. Use these returning veterans to fortify our home front and our borders; to let the returning young men go to work, go to school, or marry and have children. For centuries the cannibalistic part of the war world has done just fine, and will still do fine, without sharing any more American blood.
This impossible idea will, of course, shock the U.S. government beyond words, as well as any of our “friendly” nations, and dictator-led countries as well. But this impossible idea is not to save or pacify any other nation in the world. It is to save America. And all the “adjustment” it takes seems worth the effort. “Mind our own business; stay out of foreign affairs” is the smartest advice we will ever get.

MY SECOND IMPOSSIBLE IDEA

Please don’t entertain the thought that by bringing these ideas to fruition means complete and total breakaway from the rest of the world. Just the opposite. In fact, this second impossible idea may put us in contact with more nations, whether at war or not. It simply means that we now have a way to become even a more sincere and caring citizen of the world than we are at the present time. The name that best describe this impossible idea for America is, Global Humanitarian. Because that’s what we will be from now on…and ONLY that.

When a country, any country, at war or not, has dying children, hungry civilians, no place to sleep, destitute families, and no hope of any relief, America, the Global Humanitarian, will move in with what is needed, under a multilateral sign of temporary truce and deliver the goods. This is the only time American dollars will leave our shore—which is a pittance compared with how many billions it would cost if we were in the war---then we will withdraw and begin scanning the world for other places to exercise our humanitarian efforts.

We acknowledged from the beginning that the two impossible ideas are, indeed,
impossible. That being so, we must realize that a few more years of our participation in ceaseless, senseless warfare at numerous locations around the world will finally be America’s undoing. And since the possibility of this is staring us in the face, wouldn’t it be wiser to spend our billions of dollars, use a minimum of manpower, and our in-and-out speed and strength, to feed, clothe, and shelter innocent victims, than to stand by and watch the wars kill them?

If God is watching our humanitarian activities in action, my guess is that we have a spiritual ally.