WASHINGTON: Is the United States purpose to police and save the world? Or did the concept of policing and saving the world come later? Is it time to stop America’s War and get out of Syria?
Perhaps James Madison can offer a point of view:
“The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans, it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”
America: Reliance on other countries in times of war
Mark Levin spoke the other day on the necessity of keeping troops in Syria. His logic went along the lines of we (the United States) could not have won any wars to date without international help. Therefore we fight to keep allies. Levine says, in fact, that we could not have won WWI without ally help.
Also, he said, we could not have won WWII without help. He even backed up and pointed out the probable absence of victory of the Revolutionary War without French assistance.
The last is also probably true, but since the United States did not yet exist the point is pointless.
Looking at the revolutionary period and the resulting constitutional convention let’s remember those words of James Madison. Words the founders, generally, saw as words of wisdom.
America: Saving the world for democracy
Regarding the above, there would not have been a WWII without a WWI. And WWI was not ours to win or lose. Somehow the fooling of American people was with the statement “Saving the world for democracy.”
At The Treaty of Versailles America is basically told to go home.
America declares war just eleven times
World War I, the war we “needed” to win in order to save “democracy” was started for a variety of reasons. The history version is the assassination of Austria Hungary’s Archduke Ferdinand started their conflict with Serbia. This was a localized internal problem between the two countries.
Germany had given clear warning that its U-boats would protect its people from starvation. This was the result of the English Navy imposing an embargo against Germany. Not just everyday items, but also everything including and beyond contraband.
This point is inserted because the sinking of the Lusitania is often cited as the reason behind America’s entry into World War I. However if we had not entered WWI, it very well may have ended in a bloody stalemate. Austria Hungary and Serbia would have been no worse off than after the thirty years war that killed nine million troops and seven million civilians.
America’s so-called Wars
Since 1812 and the declared war with Great Britan, America, via Congress, has declared war only eleven times. The wars of WWII were declared in 1941 against Japan and Germany. In 1942 war was congressionally declared against Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary. These are the last wars officially declared by Congress.
Future wars against Russian and Chinese communism, the Korean War and Vietnam War were all declared by Executive Fiat. As has been our Middle East wars and the Gulf Wars.
In hindsight, had we stayed out of WWI, would all those wars and conflicts to follow have existed? Would we not need to have a $750 Billion defense budget today for the Pentagon bureaucrats to play with.
Government’s role in America’s War
At least they had the decency to allow Congress to follow the law and declare war; unlike the contemporary view that the president, as part-time commander-in-chief, can move the military around as he pleases, Congress be damned—more wars, much easier–In any event WWI was a European War—not one for the United States.
Neocon Senator Lindsey Graham got into such a twitter over President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria that he raced off to the White House for lunch with President Trump. Graham then flamboyantly announcing that a Syrian withdrawal may be okay as we are on the ten-yard line.
Those who served during the Vietnam War well remember Robert McNamara’s famous:
“I think we see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
I know many Marines who replied, under their breath, something a bit earthier. To Senator Graham, I will self-edit my own earthy reply to him.
Neoconservative’s rush to war
However, those worshipers of the empire quickly argue that the world is much different now than in the late 18th century. Even the early 19th century. They argue that today we have Isis, Taliban, and George W. Bush’s and Dick Cheney’s Axis of Evil as well as any number of other hobgoblins. We must, they claim, keep such hobgoblins in check over there or they will come over here.
Of course, during the 18th and 19th century there were identifiable demons. You had evil actors like the Barbary Pirates or the British impressment of American seamen. There were the lunatics born of the French Revolution, not to mention the potential war-like potential of the French Revolution.
During those periods there doesn’t seem to have been any hue and cry to amend the constitution to allow for expanded armies and expanded budgets in efforts to send troops overseas to keep the bad guys away. The provision in Article 2 of the constitution states that Congress may fund an army for only two years.
It has never been on the schedule for amendment.
When you graduate from Paris Island you march in review passing the Mount Suribachi monument while the band plays the Marine Corps Hymn. If a brand-new Marine doesn’t feel something a little bit special in his gut and backbone during this, then he has no soul. But when you see these same brave men and women come back from these endless, illegal wars with their arms, legs, and eyes missing you are reminded of one thing. Washington has no soul!
There ain’t no “if.”