"That is my rant for this Sunday. No politics. No weather. Just this never ending drip, drip, drip of having to get US involved in stuff we should not have to. Since it is Sunday, can I get an AMEN on that?"
Anybody getting tired of this yet? Having to stage our troops and assets off the coast of some war torn hell hole, just so we can do something about a despot or dictator who is abusing his neighbors or worse yet, his own people? Some are saying, "Thank God! We have the United States to come in here and sacrifice THEIR blood and treasure to right this wrong!" Other are crying "Hegemony!", and demanding we leave at the next possible exit. Still others, the taxpayers and/or the the ones who have children serving in harm's way, are asking, "WTH? Again???"
Now, I like Rand Paul. I don't agree with him on everything, but he and I are locked at the hip on this issue. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 is a joke which is not funny. All this law did was to reiterate the provision in our Constitution that it is the Congress which shall declare war. If the Congress sees fit, as it did in 1941 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it authorizes the President to go to war. To declare war. To me, when you lob 105 cruise missiles into another country, that is kind of like war.
I am former military. I am not a dove. I hate tyrants. That being said, I also am growing very tired of us, that is the US, being played for the patsy. To find out that Putin is doing parlour games with this "gas killer" Assad, does not surprise me. However, to find out that Putin is even considering a nuclear exchange with us for teaching Syria a lesson, is mind blowing. RUSSIA SHOULD BE HELPING US, NOT FIGHTING US!
And how do we budget for this? 105 cruise missiles are not cheap. Nor are the assets needed to launch them. What I put on social media earlier, is we should deduct the cost of this operation from our UN dues. And why not? This is their mess, not ours. If Russia is just going to sit on the Security Council and use it's veto power to block common sense resolutions, get rid of them. Uninvite them from being a member. All they are right now is just a turd in the punch bowl.
Thank God not one drop of American blood was spilled during the attack. I am still miffed that we lost 150 combat troops during Desert Storm, and almost 4,000 in freeing Iraq. Why is it ALWAYS us? No - I am really getting fed up.
Our President is on the right track however - every country needs to pony up what their dues are for NATO or the UN, no matter how paltry. Plus, it is time for China, India, and yes Russia, to start supplying troops to fulfill the UN charter. If countries are unwilling or unable to do that, time to throw the UN in the dust bin of history - right next to the most worthless League of Nations.
That is my rant for this Sunday. No politics. No weather. Just this never ending drip, drip, drip of having to get US involved in stuff we should not have to. Since it is Sunday, can I get an AMEN on that?