It is incredible that the U.S. once again is on the brink of invading a Middle Eastern country. It defies comprehension that once again, the excuse offered for this mindless aggression is a claim of "weapons of mass destruction" and a rogue government supposedly killing its own people. Once again, we witness the predictable charade of government spokesmen first issuing the ultimatum, "If chemical weapons are used, we must invade," and then someone (anyone who wants a U.S. invasion — it does not matter which side) uses chemical weapons, and now, "Yippee, we must go to war!"
Sixty percent of Americans say that the United States should stay out of the Syrian conflict completely; only 9 percent support an invasion. If we lived in a democracy, this would be the end of the discussion. Unfortunately, when politicians go to Washington D.C., something evil happens to their brains. They are pummeled by weapons industry lobbyists into promoting wars, against common sense, against the will of their constituents, and with no purpose in mind beyond utter mayhem, and costly mayhem at that.
Obama was elected in 2008 because he opposed the Iraq War from the outset. Like most Americans with common sense, he saw the fraudulent claims of "weapons of mass destruction" for what they were, a fabricated excuse to invade a Middle Eastern country. Like most Americans, he saw the enormously destructive impact of the war: 4,486 Americans killed and 32,223 injured, 100,000-600,000 Iraqi people killed, and the U.S. an outcast and a rogue nation in the eyes of the rest of the world. He saw that our safety was weakened by the decision to invade Iraq, which played into the hands of terrorists, and greatly amplified their appeal. The war's $3 trillion price tag now deprives us of the ability to maintain our own infrastructure, educate our children, conduct research to cure disease, or develop technology to face the problems of climate change and overpopulation that threaten the Earth.
Incomprehensively, Obama has barely left Iraq and is still in Afghanistan, but wants to start yet another disastrous war!
How can Americans take back their government from the corporate lobbyists who now dictate policy to our "leaders"? Why do we keep electing people who listen only to their rich donors? How many times will we be fooled by the same old tricks? How can Congress, who are supposed to represent us, allow yet another war to be dictated by a president, when the U.S. Constitution gives Congress alone the authority to declare war?
This is a great opportunity for the Obama-hating Republicans to take a stand that, for once, would actually reflect the will of their constituents! Sadly, we never seem to learn.
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