Hallee on the Issues: The War on Terror
In 2002, you would have been hard pressed to find a more patriotic American than me. I was a newlywed, the wife of a Special Forces soldier who was fighting the War on Terror on the front lines, and I was a huge advocate for our presence in Iraq. The partisan political buzz didn’t dissuade my opinions (and in hindsight, I don’t believe I was wrong) about aggressively battling terrorists on their home turfs.
But, aggressive isn’t really the word I’d use to describe what we did. The world watched, literally, in real-time as our military did their jobs the best they could do with one hand tied behind their backs. Embedded reporters fed armchair quarterbacks their hourly dose of information, ready for the criticism to spew forth from 24-hour news reports, talk radio stations, and the blogosphere. The administration did their best to keep the criticism to a low roar, and kept the hands of the military tied.
In 2004, I worked and fought and scraped to help get President Bush re-elected. Living in Tallahassee, Florida, I knew first hand that every single vote counted (unless you were military with absentee ballots, then, strangely, your votes didn’t get counted — but that’s another story for another time). I thought, honestly, that he was holding back because he needed to get re-elected. Once re-elected, he didn’t have to campaign anymore and could loose those hands that he’d tied. He won the election, his new term started and then…
…nothing. Nothing changed. We kept tip-toeing around, appeasing evil, afraid to do something wrong and therefore doing nothing right.
Here we are – TEN YEARS TWO MONTHS after the terrorist attacks on 9-11 and we’re still there. Our military men and women could not be finer – and if they could do their jobs the best way they could, without worrying about press or armchair quarterbacks or bloggers or 24-hour news channels, then we could have gone in there and been done with it. We could have made terrorists quit plotting against us for fear of retaliation.
But the simple truth is that it is impossible to win a war when you aren’t even allowed to hurt anyone’s feelings.
Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa have become great big money pits, sucking military away from their families, claiming lives. I don’t necessarily believe that we accomplished our initial objective. But I don’t necessarily believe that we should continue to just take up residence in any of those countries, either.
The fact is our leadership – at the very top and from the very first all the way until now – screwed up. And it is the soldiers who paid for their cowardice and greed in the face of judgement and criticism.
Carl von Clausewitz, a soldier in the Prussian Army in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and author of the book On War, correctly informed us that war is not an independant event, but rather that it is politics by another means. So the question is, are we executing politics by means of abhorrent warfare? Or rather are we merely practicing loathsome politics while at war?
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The only solution to this issue (and so many others!) is to ELECT RON PAUL as our next President!! He will focus on RESTORING AMERICA to the way our founding fathers intended it!! I believe Americans ARE waking up, but we just can’t let it happen too slowly. RESTORE AMERICA NOW!!! May God Bless America and all the soldiers who are just trying to do their job!
Oh my stars.
I’m a little out of the loop. I hear he’d be a good candidate but I have no idea of his stance on things like abortion, which is important to me when it comes to voting. Do you have a good website or something that tells what he stands for?
My husband (a former military man!) and I have never been very political people, but our country is in desperate need right now! Americans (myself included!) need to wake up and stop letting our freedoms be taken away more and more and more! In Sun Tzu’s book “Art of War” he talks about small changes over time so that no one even realizes what’s happening. That is happening here every day (and has been for years)!!
Phronsie, I am pro-life, too! And you’ll be happy to know, SO IS RON PAUL!! :-)
I would recommend that everyone take a look at Ron Paul and what he stands for! I think you will pleasantly surprised (as I was!) that he is an honest candidate who hasn’t wavered on his values and beliefs in the 30 years that he has been a politician. He’s not one to be “bought” by any “special interest group.” How many politicians can say that?!
Start here: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/who-is-ron-paul/
Ladies, I must gently rebuke now.
The truth is that no man alive is the answer. The answer is turning our eyes, as a nation, back to JESUS CHRIST and following his commandments. Ron Paul nor any other HUMAN is the answer to any question in this fallen world.
If you came to any other conclusion then you missed the point of Hallee’s post entirely.
I guess I obviously didn’t get that as “the point” of Hallee’s post. Sorry! However, I agree with you….no human can replace God! And I would never say or imply that! If everyone in the world would turn their eyes toward Christ and follow His commandments…..what a WONDERFUL WORLD this would be!!! :-) Sadly, that is not the case….we are living in a fallen world!
My point is that as long as we still have a (supposedly free) country, we also still have the responsibility as American citizens to see that the Constitution of the USA is upheld by the Government officials that WE ELECT! Electing the right officials is very important if we expect to keep our freedoms! And praying for our country and those officials doesn’t hurt either! ;-)
i like the post and love the comments. :) i have a lot of comments on the subject, but will keep it short with that first sentence and this: pray. pray pray pray!