The United States is currently engaged in military conflicts in 5 different countries. Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Liyba, and Yemen has all been the site of America military action. Are these wars moral, legal, and justified, or are they just signs of the extending and ever more open America Empire? This question and more will be answered in this brief overview of the current America wars, and a clear solution to all our foreign policy problems will be presented.
The United States was attacked on September 11 th , 2001 by Al-Qaeda, a small terrorist cell comprising of no more than a few hundred members. Why did they do this, was it because they “hate our freedoms” like some claim? Why then didn’t they hate our freedoms before the end of the cold war then, why did Osama bin Laden consider the US an ally in his war against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s? Why did the US provide the Arab fighters of the Soviets with money, weapons, and military training if they hated us so much?
The simple fact is Al-Qaeda didn’t attack us because we were free, they attacked us because of what we where already doing to them. You just have to read the transcripts from bin Laden’s own speeches on the 9/11 attacks. He gave three reasons for the attacks, 1) the economic sanctions the US imposed on Iraq in the 1990s which killed thousands of civilians, 2) the presence of 5,000 U.S. military troops in Saudi Arabia, the Muslim holy land, left there after the 1991 Gulf War, and 3) the continuing support of Israel by the US. We have to come to terms that the attacks were not from some genocidal group determined to murder all Westerners, but a reactionary group determined to restore the sovereignty of their region if not by the most ethical means.
Terrorism is just like any other murder: you look for the motives. Looking at the real causes of the terrorist attacks is not somehow “sympathizing with the terrorists”, as much as looking at the real cause of an infection in your body is somehow “sympathizing with your infection”. You just can’t simply declare that all infections are evil and want to destroy humanity, so we must wage an endless war, no matter the cost, against infections. That would be silly, you would look at the cause of the infection and then try to correct that individual problem. Al-Qaeda is an infection and that’s how they must be dealt with, take away their fuel and support for them will die away to nothing. That is how the 9/11 terrorists should have been dealt with, not with a costly war in Afghanistan The Afghanistan war is a war against the Taliban, the governing organization of Afghanistan who had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, and not a war against the real criminals, Al-Qaeda.
Simply put, the War in Iraq was a senseless invasion of a sovereign state that had not attacked us. There was never any proof that their was a connection between Al-Qaeda and Iraq, nor was their ever any proof they were developing weapons of mass destruction. It was an ill considered, poorly planned and just plain unnecessary military action that resulted in the senseless death of thousands of Americans, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis none of whom were fighting the US until after the invasion. Once again, it had nothing to do with obtaining justice against Al-Qaeda for their attacks against the US.
Pakistan and Libya also never attacked us, we have no business being in either one of those nations, and we don’t need to be in Yemen either where we have special forces right now. We certainly have no need to be in Syria either where some are banging the drums of war for. We don’t need to be helping the Libyan rebels like we have been, who have actually admitted they have connections to Al-Qaeda! Those calling for aiding the Libyan rebels are actually calling for aiding the friends of Al-Qaeda. So, in a way, both Republicans, like John McCain, and Democrats, like President Obama, are aiding Al-Qaeda, which is the complete opposite of obtaining justice for the crimes committed against the US people on 9/11!
And not a single one of these wars were declared constitutionally. The Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war and the president was given the power to wage war. What that means is that under our system of government, the president cannot legally wage war against another nation in the absence of a declaration of war against that nation from Congress. As James Madison, the father of the Constitution said, “The Constitution expressly and exclusively vests in the Legislature the power of declaring a state of war [and] the power of raising armies. A delegation of such powers [to the president] would have struck, not only at the fabric of our Constitution, but at the foundation of all well organized and well checked governments. The separation of the power of declaring war from that of conducting it, is wisely contrived to exclude the danger of its being declared for the sake of its being conducted.”
The Constitution gives no branch of the government the authority to police other sovereign nations, and that’s exactly what these wars are about. Our founding fathers did not support this idea, George Washington said in his farewell address, “The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.” Meaning trade peacefully with everyone but when it comes to the affairs of other nations, stay out of them. Thomas Jefferson said America should have, “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” As to keep America out of foreign affairs all together.
Some say, “It will be embarrassing to America if we just pick up and leave. It’ll hurt the image of America.” And I say to that how many more men and women must die, how many more billions must be spent to save face? I’ve got to say that is one of the stupidest arguments I’ve ever heard. We give foreign aid to all these countries, taken from mine and your tax dollars, while simultaneously dropping bombs on them, paid with- you guessed it- yours and mine tax dollars. We are conducting a mass effort of nation building, while also blowing up their nation. It makes no sense economically, especially in a time when our country is so deeply in debt. And once again, none of it has to do with obtaining justice for 9/11.
None of these wars have any type of an achievable goal. Winning a “War on Terror” is as likely as winning a “War on Hate”. Both encourage more terror and hate the harder they are fought. The more you bomb them, the more they hate you so the harder you must bomb them. Therefore the only logical means to win a war on hate, like a war on terror, would to be to end all hate and terror (and war for that matter) by killing every person on the planet. That’s just plain silly, but that’s the only logical conclusion I can see as being a victory for the War on Terror. Those who promote such terms as “the War on Terror” don’t think through what words they choose to use.
I am calling for a return to a constitutional foreign policy, a conservative foreign policy in line with that of great America-Firsters of old like Senator Robert Taft. I am harkening conservatives back home, away from the liberal-interventionism that has so plagued the Republican party as of late. I am advocating Americans to win these wars by restoring America to it’s founders vision and returning our troops home not only from the above mentioned wars but from Germany, Korea, France, England, and everywhere else around the world they’re dying and wasting money providing defense to countries who should be paying their own way. We don’t need and can’t have an America empire if we’re going to be conservatives and follow the Constitution! For the only way to ‘win’ these wars is to restore America to it’s founders vision. To create once again the bastion of freedom it was intended to be and become the nation of “peace, commerce, and honest friendship” that Thomas Jefferson had so hoped we’d remain, and leave the welfare-and-warfare-isms’ of the liberal-interventionists behind us.