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Our National Political War Failures

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Our post-Vietnam wars have been initiated by our duly elected officials, including the optional and preemptive wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. These wars were based on the judgment of a majority of our elected politicians. It is time for the majority of the American electorate to question the judgment of the majority of those elected politicians who voted for these wars. The evidence after nearly nine years of these optional wars is upon us.

The judgment of the Bush Regime and members of the U.S. Congress, all elected officials, instituted the now infamous "War on Terror." There have been other such wars, "War on Drugs" and the "War on Poverty". Despite spending trillions of dollars of public funds these previous wars were never won. In a recent AP story titled, "US Drug War has met none of its goals", it stated, "After 40 years, the United States' war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives, and for what? Drug use is rampant and violence even more brutal and widespread." The "War on Gangs" has not fared any better despite enormous public funds being expended.

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Hundreds of billions of dollars of public funds were spent to fix the 9/11 national security problem. Now in another recent AP report entitled, "US repeated 9/11 failures in Xmas plot" it states, "Despite a top-to-bottom overhaul of the intelligence community after the 2001 terrorist attacks, security officials repeated some of the same mistakes nearly a decade later and allowed a would-be bomber to slip aboard an airliner, congressional investigators said Tuesday." The Senate committee in its report is quoted in the AP story: "Some of the systemic errors this review identified also were cited as failures prior to 9/11."

The word "incompetence" is never or seldom mentioned in our mainstream media in connection with our government, especially in national security matters. Incompetence is not remedied by more money being spent. It is usually remedied by personnel changes and leadership in management; rarely does more money alone solve the incompetence problem. Incompetence in our mainstream media is generally an orphan and a neglected reason for governmental failures.

Since the "war on terror" has been generally accepted as an appropriate phrase by our elected officials it has taken hold and that phraseology may be applied to other national spheres. We can now claim to have "oil spill terrorism" by an oil company drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, which has caused incalculable damage to the economy and the environment. Do we need a "War on Ocean Oil Drilling"?

Continuing we may say that the economic meltdown caused by the financial industry was "financial terrorism", for it nearly caused according to the highest elected officials of the U.S. government to declare that without tens of trillions of dollars of public dollars provided to the financial industry there would have been a collapse of our economic system. A financial reporter on CNN News alluded to the "War on Wall Street" presumably waged by the president, despite major U.S. bankers being invited to the State Dinner for the Mexican president, the CNN reporter stated. Do we need a "War on Wall Street?"

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What is the purpose of government if it is not to insure the safety of the citizenry and our precious environment? The "War on Terrorism", although the most expensive of all these wars, is undoubtedly the least important for the United States and its people which possess awesome military power as proven in our defense of Europe in World War II.

It is our national domestic industries which require greater scrutiny and supervision by our government to insure the safety and security of the American people. The only purpose of a military campaign in Afghanistan should have been the capture and arrest of leaders of a terrorist organization because law enforcement did not have access to them.

As a nation we have become bogged down in fruitless military campaigns abroad by ill-equipped elected leaders whose stumbling has left the footprint of the American on a path that leads to a desert.

We now have a "War on Terror", and we have had fruitless "Wars on Drugs", "War on Poverty" and "War on Gangs"

Our elected leaders of the two political parties need to have wisdom to know where to put the resources of the citizenry to best use. On the other hand, they have shown great skill in providing public monies to both public and private institutions and organizations in the form of monetary grants or special favorable legislation in order to insure and bolster their re-election.

Maybe there ought to be a national campaign against politicians and their political parties who have no business being in the political arena because they are not competent, for they lack judgment and wisdom on what are the best policies and laws for the American people.

How many national failures can the country endure before beneficial and effective political change occurs? Maybe the nation ought to focus on a "war on incompetence" and a "war on corruption" while replacing our incumbent elected politicians by invigorating the debate beyond the narrow rut of the two similar political parties in their relationship with major corporations to the detriment of the American people in providing necessary safety and oversight laws, including law enforcement.

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What "wars" or major problems the nation ought to fight and solve is the question for our representatives now and for the future using new and effective ideas, methods and techniques for the well-being of the American people and their environment.


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Henry Pelifian has written many columns and articles on government and current events. He has published a play THOREAU based on the life, works and words of Henry David Thoreau, a war novella and short stories based on his years overseas called (more...)

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