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Our military was created to defend the United States of America. What I never understood was why we keep invading countries from Vietnam to Iraq and accomplish nothing but making a mess of these countries instead of deploying our troops along the southern border and actually defending our country. My guess it is money as was mentioned. The Texas economy would collapse considering almost 30% of the work force is undocumented with no benefits. The Texas politicians put on a show how they are against undocumented workers but in reality their supporters reward them for all the cheap labor and the profits they reap in because of it.
Even when we deport these people(2 Million in the last 5 years) there are consequences because 130,000 where criminal gang members who have moved into Central America and set up their operations there running drugs to drug thirsty Americans and in turn we sell them weapons. They give these children a choice, join the gangs or die which is why they are fleeing here. This is why Pres. Bush signed a law in 2008 allowing children from countries other than Mexico and Canada to seek refuge here unfortunately they did not for see 50,000+ coming. A real mess with no easy solutions.
Speaking of names I did meet a person many years ago named Omar. His name was Gen. Omar Bradley and I felt honored to meet him. My Father who had great respect for him always referred to him as the GI's General.
You seem to forget who started and grossly mismanaged the Iraq war. No amount of US troops can stop the sectarian violence. Bush negotiated and signed the status of forces agreement with Iraq in 2008. This called for total withdrawal. Yes Obama tried to negotiated to leave a small force but it was Malaki that refused to give our troops immunity like he did with Bush which caused us to withdraw totally and I'm thankful for that. You don't know what it is like to do one tour in a war zone let alone 4, 5 or 6 like our troops were forced to do. Now you know why the VA is so overloaded. Israel is supported by the US to the tune of $3.1 Billion a year and has been since the late 40's under every President. That mess will go on forever until both parties get serious and stop caving in to the extremists on both sides. Bottom line the Middle East will be a mess and nothing we can do will stop that and in fact the US hasn't helped because we always seem to pick losers to support.
The statement was "Obama upset the apple cart in the Middle East not the Republicans" which is why I mentioned mostly Republicans under this circumstance. I let you add Carter, Clinton and Kennedy and what they did.
PS. I'm not a Democrat and neither a Republican anymore. They both suck..
When hell freezes over.
Mark no one has the capacity to fix it which is why it goes on decade after decade. All you have to do is look what is going on in Gaza. It just never ends.
I can only comment on one of your points because I have spent many years in the Middle East since the 1970's. "Obama foreign policy upset the apple cart in the Middle East" not the Republicans.
The Middle East has been a mess for decades way before Obama was born. It started with the creation of Israel after WW2 in the heart of Jerusalem which went against a promise made by FDR in 1944 to the King of Saudi Arabia when he gave us oil for the war effort. Jerusalem was supposed to remain an international city not in control of Israel or any nation.. In 1954 Pres. Eisenhower had the leader of Iran ousted and he was replaced with the Shah of Iran who sold us oil for weapons. This eventually caused the Iranian Revolution and the take over of the US Embassy. There was the 1967 and 1973 wars that LBJ and Nixon supported. Reagan supported Sadam in his war with Iran. Then there was Reagan's Iran Conta scandal that
followed. Reagan also supported the Taliban in Afghanistan after the Russian invasion.
Lastly the biggest foreign policy blunder was when G W. Bush invaded Iraq not Obama.
It was the most grossly mismanaged war since Vietnam which led to the sectarian warfare that continues today. It was Pres. Bush in 2008 who negotiated and signed the status of forces agreement with Malaki of Iraq that called for the total withdrawal of US troops in 2012 not Obama. There is plenty of blame to go around for the Middle East mess caused by both Republican and Democrat Administrations since WW2 but to say Obama caused it all is ridiculous. It will continue to be a mess in our lifetime and way into your great grand children's life time no matter who is President. .
I m not surprised.
Mark how many people are killed by the gov't scams you perceive? None that I know of. How many were killed or disabled by your buddy Cheney? The answer is thousands plus a few $Trillion on top of that.. That is the difference with his lies which is why he should be in jail or with LBJ. Now you know why neither G.W. Bush or S. Libby has talked to him since Jan. 2009. Maybe we should build another $750 Million embassy in Afghanistan too.
It was disgusting that he set foot in our town.
Rhys is right there is big money for a few in war. When I was in Vietnam our troops worked the mess halls as cooks etc. (KP-kitchen police) and took care of all types of services like electricians and plumbers. We did have some Vietnamese working the mess halls doing clean up duty at little cost.
In Iraq and Afghanistan it was all out sourced to a few defense contractors mainly a company called Halliburton. They were given no bid cost plus 10% contracts to provide all services. I knew a few people who took jobs in Iraq as plumbers on a one year contract. The base salary was $80K tax free for unskilled labor in the mess halls and over $100K and up based on specialty. When he arrived in Iraq he was one of 8 plumbers stationed on a USAF base. When they had a job all 8 would go out. One would work and the other 7 would watch. They would take turns over the year doing some work but there was never enough work for 2 plumbers let alone 8 but it was a cost plus 10% contract so the costs had to be inflated to maximize profit. This was why there were more civilian contractors in Iraq than our troops and this went on for 9 years. These 2 wars cost over $2 Trillion(all borrowed) with less than 1% of our population in uniform. As a comparison WW2 cost $4.1 Trillion in todays dollars with 14% of the population in uniform. There is also the case of the$100 million in cash that was flown to Iraq that is still missing. The Defense Contractors laughed all the way to the bank and our troops and their families cried all the way to the cemetery. And to make things worse the same people who got us in this mess(the darlings of the Steamboat Freedom Institute) in the first place want us to get back in. Wonder why?
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