Obama = Bush (and every other President of the past 60 years)
President Obama is sending 35,000 more troops into harm’s way in Afghanistan.
Dress it up any way you like (and Obama has, in many cases using similar or exactly the same verbiage as Bush did). The fact of the matter is that the U.S. has been, first and foremost, a war-mongering country, just about continually, since World War II.
That’s the country’s reason for being. To wage war and in the process pad its bona fides as an empire. Spreading democracy is a crock. Overthrowing evil regimes is a crock (we just replace ‘em with equally bad ones, than have to go in and invade again a few years later). It’s the act of war itself that drives Washington, that drives bloodthirsty politicians and greedy lobbyists and soulless pundits. It sells papers, generates billion-dollar contracts and justifies the massive war machine we’ve built up.
Extending health care to millions of Americans is a colossal waste, we’re told. Reforming a broken education system into something that can start to compete with other 1st-World nations, much less actually catch and pass them, is a luxury we can’t afford. Crumbling infrastructure projects will be dealt with — maybe, eventually, and only a few of them. Never mind that making huge strides in these badly needed domestic initiatives would cost less, in many cases, than what we flush down the toilet each year in Iraq, and soon, Afghanistan.
Looking forward to Obama accepting his Nobel Peace Prize next week. Kudos, well deserved. Maybe someone will bonk him on the head with it and knock some sense into him.
UPDATE: Forgot to point out the lovely way people like Sen. Evan Bayh justify war as a moral necessity, yet prattle on about how awesomely fiscally conservative they are. There is nothing fiscally conservative about invading another country. It’s the least fiscally conservative thing a government could ever do.
If you want to argue for spreading the glory of the great and mighty United States in the name of God, go nuts. But don’t pretend you’re for tightening budgets. You’re for pointless violence, and by extension, Beltway acceptance. That’s it.