Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Idiocy on a grand scale.

One of the reasons -- perhaps the biggest reason -- I no longer involve myself in politics is the incredible stupidity of our so-called "leaders" and those who support them most loudly.

The best example is the USA's alleged "war on terror."

For starters, I resent those -- such as our president -- who are continually babbling about "staying the course" and how "we have to make sacrifices." They don't make any sacrifices; a solid majority of them never have made any. What they do is send other peoples' children off to make the sacrifices, and spend other peoples' money in support of their agendas.

Nor do they give necessary support to those who do put it all on the line. Our military are muzzled by a ridiculous notion that "wars" can be won without inflicting serious damage on the opposition. This comes perhaps from the equally bizarre desire to be universally loved, which we never have been and never will be. Had we employed this strategy in World War II, we'd still be fighting the Germans and Japanese.

The opponents of the way the "war on terror" is being handled are equally hypocritical. For whatever reason, they scream about the "abuses" perpetrated by American soldiers (isolated incidents when balanced against the total picture) and totally ignore the inhuman butchery of the enemy. Have Johns Kerry or McCain or Murtha, Nancy Pelosi, Teddy Kennedy or the rest of the ranting loons in D.C. denounced the brutality inflicted on their soldiers? They have not, and neither have their mindless followers among the media and the public.

There is a disconnect here that I find frightening. To the politicians and their shills, those who risk and sometimes lose their lives while defending the nation -- and those civilians who died on 9/11 -- are nameless pawns in a larger game.

It is a game that will continue to be played until the public wakes up and replaces the self-satisfied, self-important would-be leaders of the world in Washington with others who understand the true human and financial costs of their policies.

In the meantime, our soldiers are doing their duty, protecting those of us at home. They are the true heroes, not the president or members of Congress. They should be given the unconditional support they need to get the job done and come home safely.

Better still, they should be replaced in the field by those who are so willing to "make sacrifices" and "stay the course."

8 comments:

Class factotum said...

Apparently, the two soldiers who were just killed were so desecrated that their bodies will have to be identified by DNA testing.

Is the left screaming about that? Are the anti-war protesters screaming about that brutality?

Have they noticed that the other side doesn't take POWs when they moan oh-so-piously that our side makes the guys at Abu Grahb put undies on their head or that the boys at Gitmo don't have concierge service?

War is nasty business. We need to play to win. The faster we win, the faster we get it over with and the fewer of our guys who die. I really don't care how many of their guys die. And they shouldn't, either, right? Don't they each go straight to heaven and get a bunch of virgins?

MrScribbler said...

Exactly, C-F! But the "play to win" orders need to come from the top, and no one there seems to feel much urgency in the matter.

Birdie said...

how do you expect to replace those polictians when there is no one out there to replace them WITH? sad but true......

MrScribbler said...

birdie -- this country, in fact the world, is full of good people. We may have to start a draft to get those who are good but dislike politics into government.

In fact, let's draft politicians the world over into their armies and let those who really serve set the course of nations for a while....

Birdie said...

but that's just it, the good people don't want to get involved in politics... they're too smart, too! just like you don't want to get involved....
and no matter how good they are, the opposition will ALWAYS find something to bring them down... even if they have to make something up!

MrScribbler said...

birdie -- that's why I sometimes gaze wistfully at pictures of remote islands....

Anonymous said...

Strange that you should bring this subject up. Since the old one and myself have been talking about this war. Those of us who know about things. Know that war is won by who is more brutal than the other. Too many don't understand, that too win a war there are many hurt and killed. Both innocent, and those who are not. War is a messy business. I despise those who never dirty their hands or see what they have done. None of them will ever be a hero. They don't have the guts.
Roz

HarpO'Fly said...

The result when politics is a profession---as removed from "public service" as the gimme dollar guy at the MAPCO, and when the governement itself has thrown off the extreme limits they were supposed ot function under, there is no way to get a different result. People need to quit supporting the trumped up 'debates' on half defined issues and issues that don't belong under their jurisdiction.

At this point, I agree, do the job and quit ragging on the people who are trying to do just that.