Just in time for Christmas, The U.S. Defense Department says the first of the additional 30,000 troops (and up to 56,000 military contractors) ordered to Afghanistan by President Barack Obama have begun to arrive in the country. I cannot think of a more fitting gesture to usher in the Prince of Peace’s birthday. The WWJB (Who Would Jesus Bomb) bracelet and sticker brigade is surely rejoicing.
Dear readers, I wish to remind you of a quote from Obama’s October 2, 2002 Iraq war speech. “I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.” In Obama-speak, a “dumb war” is a war that does not materially benefit the military-industrial complex, fund the black budget through opium trafficking, or secure trans-national oil pipelines. Energy, dope, and war-profiteering is the name of the game in the nasty business of geo-politics. For the common folk, these are politically unpalatable justifications for maiming, killing, and destroying other people’s stuff. Our handlers know that we can’t handle the truth. Therefore, the ulterior purposes are conveniently concealed under the endlessly recycled “threat to national security” rationale.
Many on the Left (progressives and left-leaning moderates alike) feel utterly betrayed by Obama’s war escalation strategy. As the luster rapidly wears off Obama’s thin coat of veneer, increasing numbers of his former supporters are agonizing over his George W. Bush emulation antics (In fairness to Obama and W, the November 22, 1963 coup d’état in Dallas foreclosed the ability of one man to steer the course of the nation unimpeded). I know exactly how they feel. As a former card-carrying Republican I proudly voted for George W. Bush in 2004. I let my country down when it needed me the most, and for that, I am deeply ashamed. Please accept my apology America.
War is over, if you want it ~ John Lennon