The pretext for escalating the U.S. war in Vietnam was the 1964 “Gulf of Tonkin incident”. There is no evidence that U.S. warships were attacked by North Vietnam. The pretext for war in Iraq was WMD. The U.S. Iraq Survey Group officially concluded there were no WMD in Iraq. According to U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, (R-Ca.) and U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Ca.), all of their colleagues in the House Republican Caucus now believe that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake.
End the wars now!
By 1968 it was clear United States was never going to win a military or a political victory in its long neocolonial war in Vietnam, but it took until 1975 for all U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Vietnam. Today we have a similar situation in the long U.S. neocolonial war in Afghanistan now in its ninth year. We are told that United States’ strategy was all wrong in Afghanistan but now is succeeding under the command of counterinsurgency experts Generals David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal. We cannot afford to wait another 7 years like we did in Vietnam to learn that there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
The consensus among historians today is that the U.S. war in Vietnam was a mistake, but American war hawks did not want to hear that in 1968. We were told of the dire consequences of an American failure. Those fears were never realized, but they did serve to perpetuate unnecessary bloodshed.
Afghanistan is known as “the graveyard of empires.” Here is the only tenable option United States has to avoid the fate of Alexander the Great, the Persians, the British, and the Soviets: End all U.S. wars abroad immediately; bring all American troops home now; and cut the Pentagon’s bloated budget by half!
The U.S. “defense” budget for 2010 is a record $709 billion. Of that total, $158 billion is being spent on U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and on the so-called war on terror. A study headed by Peter Bergen found that the U.S. air war in Pakistan (firing missiles from drone aircraft at suspected militants) has reached the limits of effectiveness and has actually become counterproductive. The Pentagon has requested another $33 billion (not included in its $709 billion budget) to pay for the surge of 30,000 additional American troops in Afghanistan. United States will spend $192 billion this year on its wars.
Ending all U.S. wars abroad immediately and bringing all U.S. troops home now would save $192 billion, but that will not be enough for United States to recover. We must actually cut the defense budget by half. The savings realized by doing this would be more that $350 billion every year.
United States spends more on its military than the rest of the world combined. Cutting the defense budget by half will still leave America spending far more than anybody else. It will not weaken our legitimate defense needs, and it will strengthen our economy which is not sustainable at present spending levels. It will not weaken America’s security because no country dares attack a nuclear armed nation like United States. Terrorism can be dealt with through international cooperation, police action, and our well established judicial system.
Failure to end unnecessary, expensive, un-winnable wars and continued deficit spending on our military will lead to an economic collapse of this nation just as it did to the Soviet Union 20 years ago. Military might and a war-driven economy are insufficient engines for economic recovery and are unsustainable over time. Peace is the only path to sustainability and prosperity. End the wars now!
Boyd thanks DQ owners
My family and I were passing through Louisville about six weeks ago. We stopped at the Dairy Queen on Highway One for an afternoon treat. We enjoyed our treats and rested for about 10 minutes then continued on our way. About three and a half hours later we stopped to buy gas. I couldn’t find my billfold. I then remembered leaving it at the Dairy Queen.
I called my cousin who lives in Louisville and asked her to go to the Dairy Queen to see if anyone had turned it in.
When she described it to the manager Taki Momin, he said he had it and gave it to her. He told her his sister Selvina Momin had found it when she was wiping off the counter. She had put it in a safe place for it to be identified!
I commend Ms. Momin and Mr. Momin for their honesty and care. In this day of uncertain times it is uplifting to know that there are still people with integrity and good character.
Thank you, Selvina Momin and Taki Momin for your service. I appreciate it greatly.
So please, people of Louisville and surrounding area, stop at the Dairy Queen and patronize these good people.
My father, Otis Bridges, was born and raised in Louisville. As a young man he moved to High Springs, Fla. He passed away on Feb. 8, 2010. We were on the way home several days after the funeral when this incident happened.
Family thankful for finding dogs
Saturday afternoon my son Trey and I were playing with our two lovable dogs when they decided to wander. Living in the country, they often walk into the woods and come back to the house in 10 minutes. We looked and waited for them to come back. Well, the older dog, Bandit came back, but my daughter Tylor’s four month old bull dog puppy Lilly did not.
We drove down the road calling her, Trey praying to find her. No luck, finally I called and told Tylor. She was at her grandparents and no one wanted to say anything. She had a friend come over and they looked for the Lilly. She called the vet’s house and Linda Pritchard suggested that we call WPEH. Thank you, Linda.
We called and Saturday night was a long night, wondering where that puppy could be. Sunday morning I got up while the children were sleeping, I started looking again. No luck. Well, then the phone rang and it was a number I did not know. Lilly! It was Mrs. Frankie Davis. She thought that they might have our dog. We piled into the car and drove up the hill and there she was, just a pretty as ever. My children were laughing and Lilly was in their arms.
Thank you Linda Pritchard, WPEH and Frankie and JE Davis.
Ginger Mitchell, Tylor Caughey, Trey Caughey, Bandit and Lilly
McDermott sees cards in future
America is being raped and sodomized by the Marxist Democrats in congress and the White House. The next step in the attack is to grant amnesty and citizenship to between 10 and 30 million Mexican nationals. Each one will get a citizenship card, a Democratic party membership card and a Obamacare card. They will be the deciding vote in future elections in transformed America with its one party system of government.
Democrats are not concerned about the outcome of the November elections. They’ll just create enough new American citizen voters from the unlimited supply in Mexico, to win. Game over America.