Many people do not believe liberals are capable of fighting a war. To the contrary, I believe they are adept. The paradox is this. Most of us view war as action taken against our nation’s mortal enemies – the people desiring our destruction. Liberals view war the same way. In their view however, our nation’s mortal enemies are any who do not share their liberal-progressive-communist worldview. Generally it is conservative thinking Americans with whom they are now and have long been at war. Their energy is always, as they like to say, focused like a laser beam toward the end they have in mind. That end? Fundamental transformation if that is what you choose to call it, but it is better expressed as fundamental destruction of the United States of America we know. It is disconcerting to contemplate that people inside our republic have the same end in mind for it as those outside of it do. Liberals are at war, but it is with America.
People are simply who they are. They will always show their true colors. Liberals are patronizing when it comes to the active military and veterans. If it is campaign time, each will find a way to say something positive. But, when it comes right down to it they cannot help themselves. They will always let you know how they truly feel about the military often invoking their meme of supporting the troops, but not the war. I do not know how that conflict is going to work out for them in the near future.
Our Commander in Chief, as are many others in Washington and the media, is an Islam apologist who is always rooting for the moderate majority of the religion of peace. He has clearly shown his dislike for the military with his severe cuts and social engineering. There is no switch inside ones head that magically transforms him from that to a leader of warriors whose job it is to destroy those who threaten our country. We knew his intentions and feelings before he became our president yet we elected him anyway.
“First, I’ll stop spending nine billion a month in Iraq. I’m the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning. And as president I will end it. Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems. And I will institute an independent Defense Priorities Board to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.
Third, I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop new nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals.”
“We ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized and should never been waged, and on which we have now spent $400 billion, and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.” – Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama
To the detriment of national security, he has kept his promises. With his last election behind him, Vladimir Putin and the Ukrainians thank him for being more “flexible.”
Candidate Obama made his feelings apparent with his “lives wasted” comment and his promises to render America defenseless, but what was the troop supporting liberals saying during the war?
“Let me be clear. The violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge. The inability of American Soldiers to protect these tribes from Al-Qaida said to these tribes: We have to fight Al-Qaida ourselves.” – Senator Charles Schumer
“I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything…” – Senator Harry Reid
“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans [Soldiers] had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings.” – Senator Dick Durbin
“There was no firefight, there was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops [Haditha Marines] overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood. They actually went into the houses and killed women and children. ” – Representative John Murtha
“Shamefully we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management.” – Senator Ted Kennedy
And there is no reason… that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the – of – the historical customs, religious customs.” – Senator John Kerry
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” – Senator John Kerry
“I want to make it abundantly clear: if there’s anyone who believes that these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it. No young, bright individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of educational benefits. And most all of them come from communities of very, very high unemployment. If a young fella has an option of having a decent career or joining the army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq.” – Representative Charles Rangel
“The fact is if we are able to cut off the funding for the war, the president will not be able to conduct [win] the war.” – Senator Russ Feingold
“From New Orleans to Baghdad, this administration has made ‘planning’ a dirty word and an alien concept, and the damage to the United States has been immeasurable. Now with American lives on the line in Iraq, the least we can do is force them to draw up contingency plans to redeploy American troops in Iraq.” Senator John Kerry [discussing his and Presidential Candidate Clinton’s demand for briefings on redeployment plans]
He has to answer for his war. He has dug a hole so deep he can’t even see the light on this. It’s a tragedy. It’s a stark blunder. – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
First of all, [it is] the president’s war. He’s the one without a plan. – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
“The War on Terror is a slogan designed only for politics, not a strategy to make America safe. It’s a bumper sticker, not a plan.” – Former Senator, Former Vice Presidential Candidate, Presidential Candidate John Edwards
JFK and LBJ owned Vietnam, yet over the years liberals have framed it as Nixon’s war. I tried to show the parallels between Iraq and Vietnam in Just Another Vietnam. We now learn, just as LBJ and McNamara did for Vietnam, the Whitehouse will be doing the targeting for the president’s air campaign. Although similar, this time there is a new twist. With elections in the wings and the 2016 presidency on the line, the liberals are trying to salvage something that says they are not dangerous on matters of national defense. They realize they cannot run on their “success” in Iraq and the greater Middle East.
There is no magic switch. This is how these people feel about the country and specifically about the military. Around the services, I do not believe there is a resounding chorus of hooahs about following these liberals into a war that did not have to be.
© 2014 J. D. Pendry American Journal