November 24, 2007 | Filed Under War
This shoot first and ask questions later philosophy has gotten us into a lot of trouble and if we don’t learn to practice restraint, we are going to be at war permanently. The fact is, we have more enemies now than we ever did pre-Bush. Our own allies seem to have a hard time stomaching “the arrogant Americans” and it’s really sad when we can’t rally our own allies / friendly nations to help us fight injustice in the world.
Below is an excerpt from a very interesting article about American imperialism. The article outlines the real reason that American tax dollars are so high.
As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize — or do not want to recognize — that the United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet. This vast network of American bases on every continent except Antarctica actually constitutes a new form of empire — an empire of bases with its own geography not likely to be taught in any high school geography class. Without grasping the dimensions of this globe-girdling Baseworld, one can’t begin to understand the size and nature of our imperial aspirations or the degree to which a new kind of militarism is undermining our constitutional order.
Our military deploys well over half a million soldiers, spies, technicians, teachers, dependents, and civilian contractors in other nations. To dominate the oceans and seas of the world, we are creating some thirteen naval task forces built around aircraft carriers whose names sum up our martial heritage — Kitty Hawk, Constellation, Enterprise, John F. Kennedy, Nimitz, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carl Vinson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, John C. Stennis, Harry S. Truman, and Ronald Reagan. We operate numerous secret bases outside our territory to monitor what the people of the world, including our own citizens, are saying, faxing, or e-mailing to one another.
You can catch more of the article here: “America’s Empire of Bases.”
Amusingly enough, I stumbled upon the article off of a headline that read, “ever wonder why your taxes are so high?” I guess I never really think of war in terms of how much it is going to cost the American tax payer. My motivation for wanting to shake up American foreign policy thinking has to do with justice, American soldier’s lives, and honest political efforts overseas. The way I see it, the American people have been lied to by their president. It wasn’t just any ole’ lie, and it certainly wasn’t something as personal and seemingly trivial (now) as infidelity in the White House.
No, the President has deceived Americans, he tricked us into supporting his war. It wasn’t all 9/11 and the media either. His administration cherry picked evidence (much of which was false intelligence) and wrapped it up in a beautiful package to deliver to Americans and the world. Now, we have this war that will cost trillions. If you are worried about taxes, it isn’t just going to lay on the current generation, our children and maybe their children will be paying for President Bush’s war. What’s more, and of course the most important issue, is our fathers, brothers, cousins, uncles –aunts and mothers even– are dying in Iraq.
If it were entirely about American security, that would be one thing, but nothing could be further from the truth. September 11th is the consequence of poorly functioning government, agencies, and a history of meddling in the affairs of the middle east. Muslim fundamentalists hate us, it’s true, but they don’t hate us because we are free. These radicals can’t stand America because they believe we have been killing their children, family members, that we’ve been hurting their cultural and political interests with our excessive and overreaching policies.
Do I blame America for 9/11? Hell NO, I am still angry at what has transpired, I am angry that our friends and family died at home, but two wrongs doesn’t make a right. Will diplomacy diffuse the increasing tension between Americans and people of the middle east? My guess is no, it may never happen, but if we don’t try diplomacy and stick by international law on rules of engagement, we are no different from the people we’ve learned to hate. How are we any less of terrorists if we are engaging in first strikes and “preemptive” measures? This is especially true when we have little evidence of wrongdoing on the part of our adversaries overseas.
An honest and thoughtful president would have been much wiser about how s/he’d approach war. As for President Bush, well lets just be glad that his time is almost up. May our next President be everything that America needs right now, and more.
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