Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Losing Afghanistan and Losing America

What has changed?

In the battle of Antietam during the Civil War, our nation was willing to sustain 23,000 casualties in a single battle and over half a million American men (and boys) during the war. This occurred at a time when the population of the United States was just over 30 million people.

During World War II, the United States sustained just under half a million war casualties to squash a threat to the world's security.

In both of these wars (and the wars before and in between them), the United States supported the nation's war efforts. The loss of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of lives was tragic, but Americans understood that such was the reality of war.

In 2009, we no longer have the will to engage in war.

A few years ago, the tragic loss of 18 lives in Somalia and the horrid treatment of the dead and dying Americans was enough of a rallying cry to pull out. In Antietam, a single cannon shot could wipe out 18 soldiers.

In Iraq, just over 4,000 American soldiers have lost their lives from the beginning of the war in 2003 through 2009. And by 2007, America was ready to pull out. It was considered a debacle.

Afghanistan is now becoming a more and more desperate situation. Desperate from the standpoint that more and more lives are being lost on a weekly basis. And America has a low tolerance for the loss of life during war.

So what has changed?

It is my belief that America will never again be able to fight in a major military conflict. If Israel is attacked in a massive way by its islamic neighbors, America will not be there to help. If China rises up and decides to attack South Korea, or Taiwan or Japan, America cannot be counted on to defend these allies.

America doesn't have the stomach for war.

This is a direct result of 40 plus years of liberal philosophical teaching in our public education institutions. Liberals have convinced us that we haven't been on the right side of any war. Liberals have convinced us that we do not have a superior economic system or a superior political system. Liberals have convinced us that our freedoms are not worth fighting for. Liberals have convinced us that democracy and freedom and the free enterprise system aren't worth defending.

And America has bought it.

Probably not if you phrased it in those terms. Most Americans would say that they think freedom and democracy and America itself is worth fighting for. But not if it means the loss of life. Somehow, we've gotten it in our heads that we should be able to march into a country and fight a war and win it without the loss of life. And we should be able to do it quickly. Like the movies. Two hours at most. And none of the major characters, the good guys, will ever die.

That's why Obama can't decide what to do in Afghanistan. It's not a movie. It's not a sound bite. The telepromter doesn't have an easy-to-quote speech prepared.

Afghanistan will require a decision. A hard decision. One that could cost American lives.

And Obama doesn't have the stomach for that. Neither does America.


Linda September 30, 2009 at 7:19 AM  

I think we are very close to becoming a 3rd world country. How sad.

Anonymous,  September 30, 2009 at 7:49 AM  

Sadly so many people think war is a video game.We have been told by the Liberals the military has a humanitarian duty. When the actual purpose of the military is to kill people and break things.And by doing so you win wars.

Red September 30, 2009 at 8:52 AM  

See my post on social networking and you'll see what pool we have to draw from. Don't expect a generation of me-matters-mosters to take any substantial stand on behalf of someone else, let alone their country.

Miss T.C. Shore September 30, 2009 at 11:54 AM  

Red, I think you hit the nail on the head. We've grown up thinking that "I" matter more than anything else, including my country, my freedoms, my family, etc. Let someone else deal with the world problems. Me and my friends and my family shouldn't be expected to die for a cause.

I wonder, too, how much of this has to do with the loss of religious faith in America. It's a complicated argument, that maybe I'll post on someday, but I think there is a connection.

Dave Miller September 30, 2009 at 2:08 PM  

Any decision to send Americans to war is a difficult one.

To pin this on Obama and chastise him for not making a decision to escalate the war is very one sided.

The Taliban resurgence is not a new phenomenon. It happened during the Bush Admin. Why did President Bush not seek massive new deployments into this theater as this was happening?

Was it not, at that time, a grave and gathering threat?

Perhaps both leaders have been driven to a certain extent, by the political realities that you cite.

Why else would we attack a country and wage war without a formal declaration of war?

I believe that if Americans really felt our nations survival was on the line, like it was in WWII, we would respond.

If our political leadership truly believed this after 9/11, they should have asked for a formal declaration of war against Afghanistan.

Maybe then we would not be in this mess.

Miss T.C. Shore September 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM  

3000 people died. We should be in this war. Just because the politicians and liberals don't have the stomach for it, doesn't make it wrong.

Dave Miller September 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM  

Miss T.C. Shore, if this is war the politicians believe we should be in, Liberal and Conservative alike, why was no formal declaration of war forthcoming?

I contend because they did not believe America would support a war of this nature, one with seemingly endless moving objectives.

It isn't a liberal or conservative problem.

It is a political problem.

To characterize it as liberals vs. conservatives is just inaccurate.

Miss T.C. Shore September 30, 2009 at 4:24 PM  

I think you are proving the point of my post. America doesn't have the stomach for a "just and righteous" war. It doesn't matter the cause. It doesn't matter that we were attacked on 9/11.

We are on the right side of this war. We've liberated the oppressed in Afghanistan, shut down the terrorist training camps and kept Bin Laden on the run. All this, and we still don't have the political will to send in more troops? Shame, shame on us.

And why is that? Because the Liberals have taught us that all war is wrong, and that America isn't worth fighting for.

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