War


I am almost 69 years old.  I was born the February before Pearl Harbor was bombed.  I am not going to even enter into a discussion of whether or not World War 2 was necessary.  The internet is barely big enough for a discussion like that, and besides, many volumes have been written, pro and con, on the subject.

No, I want to speak to every “war” the United States has been engaged in since WW2 ended in August 1945.  The U.S. gov’t sent a detachment of U.S. Marines to the Philippines in 1947 to stamp out the Huk Rebellion.  Everybody knows about the Korean War, which began in June 1950.  In 1953, we helped the Shah return to power in Iran.  And how about the overthrow of the legally elected gov’t in Guatemala in 1953?

Then of course, the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961.

And then JFK sent “advisors” to Viet Nam.  And we all know why and how that turned out.

Then there was Grenada, invaded by the U.S. and others on 25 October 1983.  Followed, in December 1989, by the U.S. invasion of Panama.

That heroic effort was followed by Operation Desert Storm, the first invasion of Iraq, a mere 13 months later on 16 January 1991.

October 2001, Afghanistan.  March 2003, Iraq.  And we are still occupying both countries with approximately 300,000 U.S. troops.

None.  Not a one of these military excursions was for the defense of our country against a foreign invader.  It was because some capitalist-businessman got his toes stepped on by a petty tyrant in a foreign country and our government used the full forcr of our military to punish him.

Our country was never in jeopardy.  U.S. business interests led us to “make the world safe” for our particular brand economic colonization.

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