meus intuitus

Protecting the American way of Life

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Whatever happened to Osama bin Laden? The last account of his existence was in December of 2001 when he released a videotape after an intense U.S. bombing campaign.  In this video he “looked sallow, his speech was slow, and his left arm [was] immobile” according to a TIME article in 2002.  He has been silent since.  He has been silent for over seven years now.  Furthermore, during an interview in 2007, Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto stated that bin Laden was murdered by a man named Omar Saeed Sheikh.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.” Not just Saddam Hussein, but Osama bin Laden too.  By our original war on terror mission statement, we are victorious.  It is time to pack up, close a few bases, stop torturing, bring our troops home, and save the taxpayers some money.  This, however, is exactly the opposite of Obama’s plans for the middle east.

The New York Times reports “the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David D. McKiernan, was forced out Monday [by Obama] in an abrupt shake-up intended to bring a more aggressive and innovative approach to a worsening seven-year war.” Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal is the new top dog.  This move means that American operations in the middle east will be expanded—not reduced, as voters were led to believe.  Getting out of Iraq in no way meant getting out of the middle east.

We have 6000 troops in Panama, 2000 troops in cuba, 4000 troops in the Persian Gulf, 10 thousand troops in Hungary and Bosnia, 20 thousand sailors at sea, 75 thousand troops in Japan and South Korea, and 100 thousand troops spread across Europe.  That’s over 200 thousand troops deployed across the globe in areas that have not seen significant conflict for decades.  Now we are dug into the middle east.

This is our empire and its going bankrupt.

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Written by meusintuitus

May 22, 2009 at 12:05 am

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  1. I’m not in the military or an economist, so I don’t know whether or not we’re spreading ourselves thin or “going bankrupt” by having troops in several “non-significant” areas. But I agree with you that bin Laden the person either died or stopped being relevant long ago. It’s bin Laden the symbol that our government uses to rally us behind its goals in the Middle East. I think our involvement there is a mixed bag of selfish special interests, misguided foreign policy, and legitimate preservation of national priorities.

    I think we need to do SOMETHING in Afghanistan, because the Taliban still exists and is trying to destablize the region. It’s now spilling over into Pakistan which is already unstable and has nuclear weapons. That is our real, legitimate enemy…but we keep obscuring the war.

    philthepill136286

    May 22, 2009 at 6:50 am

    • The fact that you feel we need ‘something’ in an unstable area of the world, I believe, is the effect of modern foreign policy ideology that I have come to disagree with–this idea that America is some “shining city,” and the sole remaining superpower; and so we have the sole responsibility to police the world and to spread our economic and political ideologies.

      And yes, we are playing world police, and it is pricey: http://www.warresisters.org/pages/images/USvsWorld.gif

      I’ll admit, the middle east is a special region because of the oil there. We need to make sure that oil is safe because we are making slow progress towards energy independence.

      As for the rest of the world (where the vast majority of pentagon dollars go), I don’t want to pay for it. http://vis.berkeley.edu/courses/cs294-10-fa07/wiki/images/3/3a/FederalBudgetPieChart.jpg
      (The “X” indicates how much the government can cut from military spending to fully fund education and healthcare)

      meusintuitus

      May 22, 2009 at 11:55 am


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