Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Be Afraid -- Be Very Afraid
...many of the Bush era neo-cons were described in a recent Washington Post article to have attended a Romney summit back in June. Cheney himself held a Romney fundraiser at his Wyoming ranch. One can almost hear the marching feet stomping in their readiness to return to power. Can't you just feel the breath of these wolves at our door? Don't you hear the beating of their drums for war against Iran, or maybe Syria? Do you hear the engines revving up for a pre-emptive strike? What is it about war that those who have never served like so much? tends to disagree with some who would describe a future Romney administration. President Obama has gotten us out of Iraq -- a war we should never have started and one which has injured so many of our young. I believe that if we are to ever start another war that we should have a draft so that the real costs of war can be seen by all, not just the few. Currently we have a few million members in the active military and a few million more in the National Guard and Reserves. Yet these few men and women have borne the brunt of these two recent wars, returning again and again to the field of battle and enduring injury after injury until many can fight no more. We see and hear of traumatic brain injuries and suicides, of lost limbs and fractured families. But what is the real cost to us as a society and as a nation? Some say Romney has no discrete policy or that he would govern differently that campaign rhetoric. Others say he is malleable because his policies lack definition. We do know that President Obama ignored the cries on the right from those such as Senators John McCain (of bomb, bomb Iran fame) and Lindsay Graham to put troops on the ground in Libya and to create a no-fly zone over Syria, deciding to steer a wiser more measured course using international force and pressure in Libya. The UN and the US have both been stymied by Russia and China with regards to Syria whose biggest supporter still appears to be Iran. Currently we have little concrete evidence of what a President Romney might do in similar situations. But, as Election Day moves closer, look at the people positioning themselves to be in place should Romney win. These are the people who got us into the war in Iraq. Watch them closely, for if he wins, we must all be very afraid. It is my opinion that President Obama would not send us into another ill-considered war. He would not act unilaterally or precipitously; it is just not his manner. But when he did act, as he did in the killing of Bin Laden, he acted in a manner that decisively protected American lives. I cannot say he is a peace candidate as that is not how he has characterized himself; however, he has advisors who have seen and felt war and they do not seem to seek it. So in November I will stand with the one candidate who is seasoned and has been tested. President Obama has my vote, how about yours?