It is interesting and instructive to monitor conservatives and their antagonism to anything President Barack Obama says and does, or does not say or do.
For example, in the five years Obama has been in office, the GOP and their Fox mouthpieces have demanded, at times vociferously, that America go to war with (1) North Korea, several times, (2) Libya, both before and after Benghazi, (3) Egypt, both when Morsi was elected president and during the uprising that overthrew him, (4) Syria, again several times, (5) Iran, more times than I can count, and (6) Russia, over the Crimea, and, let’s not forget, they opposed us leaving Iraq last year and the upcoming withdrawal from Afghanistan.
So, by my count, if the GOP had gotten its way, we would be involved in eight different wars right now. At the same time that conservatives beat their war tom-toms, they tell us with every breath they take how broke the country is. Now, here’s where it gets confusing; if, as they say, we are broke and can’t do many things anymore, how, pray tell, would we find the money to pay for all of the men, weapons and supplies necessary to fight even a couple of these wars they have been pleading for us to fight? Until 2001, every president and Congress in American history raised the taxes needed to pay for any wars we found ourselves in. Now, if we had indeed had the short, quick wars Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld had promised, maybe everything would have worked out fine, but we wound up in a decade-long slog flushing billions of our tax dollars down a rat-hole, and that went a long way towards wrecking our economy.
So, Republicans want us to be the world’s policeman, whether the world likes it or not? What are we supposed to pay for any upcoming wars with, fairy dust and moonbeams?
Incidentally, has anyone noticed that Crimeans celebrated their new status as Russian citizens like it was the Fourth of July? They got what they wanted, why should we waste a drop of American blood making them stay where they don’t want to be?