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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.

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?"

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.

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