Monday, March 21, 2011
U.S. Limited Engagements in My Lifetime
I was born not long after World War II stopped. Everyone born in the late 40s, early 50s grew up with the Cold War (which was not a war, but a spookfest). Early adulthood - Vietnam. Then the list gets crazy with "limited engagements." Vietnam wasn't a war: it was a conflict. Military advisors, war on terror, limited engagement, whatever you call it, our economy is whipsawed by military activities in foreign countries. While we languish at home in a nightmare economic condition, with reduced wages, expensive healthcare, food and gas prices rising daily, we're off on another supposedly internationally-led "limited engagement," in Libya, with Congress moaning about how they were excluded from the decision. We're losing our soldiers in limited engagements that are without limits, and have no defined mission. We continue spending billions we do not have in Afghanistan and Iraq. How can we stop the war machine? Why haven't we had enough of war?