1 Jan 2012
by Jonathan Welsh
The United States Government puts forth great investment in developing what has come to be recognized as the greatest military ever known to man. During this process for its Officers, there is not only the physical and technical skills training, there is also grand emphasis placed on becoming a historian of warfare and military matters. There is a baptism to war philosophers such as Clausewitz and Sun Tzu, as well as modern tacticians like Patton and MacArthur. In every battle analysis, story, and anecdote that was ever taught me in my military education, there was a common thread: Fight to win!
As a young, charismatic Infantry Platoon Leader, I can honestly say that I believed the aforementioned would be the case. Our government would utilize my Soldiers and me only when absolutely necessary, and would do so with the full wrath required to dominate on the battlefield. As I led my men in combat, I held onto this “faith” and did my best to ensure that my men felt the same way. But it would be that experience on the battlefield that would also lead me to realize that, in the world of our government’s foreign and defense policies, two plus two does not equal four. I would also learn that those appointed over me must have taken a different oath than my men and I.
Imagine, if you will, that an armed group of men kicks down your door in the middle of the night, destroys your house, and then tells you they are there to protect you. What would you do? I can tell you as an American citizen, as a man, and as a father, I would do everything in my power to get that group out of my home and away from my family, even if it meant death. That group would be violating every (God-given) right I am supposed to enjoy in this country.
Now imagine that you were sent to do the same thing to someone else in another sovereign nation, even though they had never done anything to harm you, nor supported anything their nation may have done. Sound familiar, like maybe Iraq or Afghanistan, or even early America? We have become the British Empire.
THIS IS WHAT OUR LEADERS DO!
If you give credence to our system of higher education, a Political Science degree takes at least four years to achieve. With that degree, you may have a basic understanding of the principles of democracy or republicanism, but it would by no means make you an expert. While in Iraq, I served as a government liaison for two cities by day, and a door-kicking hunter by night. Kicking in doors and finding “targets” was easy. But teaching complex theory of democracy to a people who still wipe their ass with their hand is hopeless! I will tell you this, however: as uneducated and ignorant as much of the third world is, they are not stupid. They do know that they would not trade the rule of a domestic tyrant for the rule of another from across the ocean.
THIS IS WHAT OUR LEADERS DO!
Our foreign policy continues on a failed path that has produced the likes of Korea, Vietnam, Iraq-Iran, Afghanistan, and now Syrian and Egyptian instability. Think back to the last war we won, World War Two. Our nation asked its men to come forward and serve, and a cross-section of America, draftees and volunteers alike, came forward and did what was asked. A couple of decades later came Vietnam. The government told its men to serve, and look who filled the draft slots. The services were filled with lower to middle class men, many from the South. These were the people the government labeled expendable, not the Gingriches, Bushes, Romneys, Clintons and other well to do ruling class and/or so called academics.
Now we have our modern wars, where the volunteer Army is filled with people who have decided to devote their lives in service to their country. Sure, there are some folks who honestly need a stable job, but most everyone who serves today knows they will be utilized, and serves with good intentions. These are the best our society has to offer. And how has the government utilized them? It has asked them to do an impossible task that generates neither increased safety for their country, nor provides any security for another nation’s assets, which are perhaps the only logical uses of warfare. Instead, we have devoted our soldiers to driving around performing Battle Drill 0- Movement to I.E.D.
We have squandered our nation’s much needed monetary assets, and given them away to foreign nations that have proved the only rule they will ever know is that of the sword. That money has also gone to the same men who pushed the war effort in the form of stock values and dividends (Haliburton, KBR, etc.). We continue to purchase “needed” weapons and systems from the military industrial complex with no intentions of ever using them. Can anyone tell me how much good a Paladin mobile gun platform is if it is never to be utilized? How about an MLRS? How about a base in South Korea that would be overrun in a matter of minutes? What is to be gained from this lunacy, besides the absolute destruction of our nation from the interior? We have already sacrificed many of our best citizens, our monetary assets, and our good name. Hell, gas isn’t even cheap! This is, by term, the definition of insanity.
THIS IS WHAT OUR LEADERS DO!
There have been a few who have stood against this insanity for a long time. One of these men is Dr. Ron Paul. His foreign policy has been attacked and mocked by the media and members of the ruling class, and his view that our interventions do more damage than good is often laughed at. Yet, I can tell you in reality that he is spot on. I was rarely ever received with open arms while in a foreign country, unless there was something to be gained by those people (corruption rules the third world, big surprise). I was, however, asked to leave more times than I could count, and sometimes I was even shot at or bombed! As for closing our foreign presence down, Dr. Paul’s policy makes perfect sense. Take care of matters at home, hold our troops preciously, as they should be, and let those who yearn for freedom shed their own blood – no matter what they are up against – much like our forefathers did 235 years ago! All of that money dumped overseas, without positive results or stability, could be better utilized here (I am thinking national debt). Thousands of heartbreaking military funerals need never happen. There is no defense for the failed actions and results of the status quo. It’s time for radical change.
It’s time for Ron Paul to be our next President in 2012.
CPT(P) Jonathan Welsh served as an Infantry Officer assigned to 1-21 IN Regiment as a Heavy Weapon/Mortar Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer during a 15 month tour in Iraq from Jan 2004 through Mar 2005. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, three Army Commendation Medals, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Jonathan served 5 years on active duty and was in the active reserve until his retirement in 2011. He holds degrees from Washington State University in Business Administration and Political Science as well as his Pre Law Certificate.