Making America Great Again Means Ending the Wars
One of the most disheartening things ever, politically speaking, for your editor was when President Bush in an interview circa 2004 or so told the interviewing reporter that the "War on Terror" didn't have an end. That it was just going to go on and on. Perpetual war. The big government dream. It was at that moment that I knew for absolute sure that Bush was no conservative.
Many people don't know that conservatives traditionally didn't support foriegn interventionism. Conservatives were cautious. It was people like Wilson and FDR who were reckless with the lives of our sons and who disregarded George Washington's warning of "foreign entanglements."
But then came the neoconservatives. The rest is very ugly history.
War is Hell. Any soldier with ptsd can probably tell you that.
“Great nations do not fight endless wars,” declared President Donald Trump to bipartisan applause belied by many of the assembled lawmakers’ actual voting records.
The State of the Union address is often where presidential promises go to die. This is especially true once at least one house of Congress is controlled by the opposition party. Let us hope Trump’s stand against forever war—unmistakable, if not as bold as I’d originally hoped—is an exception to the rule.
“Our brave troops have now been fighting in the Middle East for almost 19 years,” Trump said in the highlight of his speech. “In Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly 7,000 American heroes have given their lives. More than 52,000 Americans have been badly wounded. We have spent more than $7 trillion in the Middle East.”
Iraq was a war of choice. It was a mistake. We must never again let the neocons commit our military to open ended warfare. It's not their sons and daughters who were/are killed and wounded.