I’m sure that millions of Americans are as pleased, as I am, to see Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American POW, released from Taliban custody after 5 years of what must have been pure pain and misery.
The swap of Sgt. Bergdahl for 5 pieces of uncivilized trash does not bother me that much, it just gives us five more Taliban targets; and I sincerely hope we have snipers in position, ready at the first opportunity to blow the tops of the heads off of the released prisoners AND their Taliban escorts. These people, the Taliban and their sympathizers, are truly sub-human and need to be hunted like any other uncaged predator would be. That however is just a fantasy as long as we have eunuchs in the White House administration.
If the White House was staffed with real American patriots and not left leaning quasi-Americans, Sgt. Bergdahl’s rescue (or at least an attempt at a rescue leaving behind hundreds of Taliban bodies) would have taken place over 4-1/2 years ago.
Yes, Bergdahl may have been killed in an attempted rescue but, like every soldier in the past 40 years who volunteered to serve in the military (in July it will be 41 years since the draft ended) he must have realized (as I did in my day) that death is a very real possibility during an armed conflict with the many enemies of the United States. I hope every kid who is contemplating military service is MADE to be aware of that fact!
Quoting the Huffington Post : Since late 2001, “at least 2,169 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.”
It is interesting to note that in the world outside the military, during a shorter period of time (2000 – 2010) there were over 165,000 murders in the U.S.. Based on these facts, it may be suggested that it’s safer to be in Afghanistan, in the military, than in many places in the U.S.. (Perhaps that is because, in the military, you are encouraged to carry a weapon! You think?) . . . but that irreverent supposition begs the question.
Is there a better way to face our enemy than putting “boots on the ground”? You bet there is. I know that with the technology available today, we could send a missile smack dab in the middle of any Taliban (or Al Qaeda) tent, cave, stronghold or training camp. That kind of approach, however, at least in the last couple decades, has it’s drawbacks. Mainly it encourages the powerful friends of our enemies to return the favor, and right now, due to the intentional erosion of our self-defense capabilities, put in place by those aforementioned eunuchs, it may be a very dangerous strategy that we are not prepared for. We need to get prepared!
In the future, IF the U.S. military’s defense capabilities were to be restored by the American public and some real Patriots were put in place in the legislature, the White House and the Supreme Court, and if we could actually stand behind a firmly stated self-defense policy without the spokesperson’s knees knocking (a policy something like my personal “I Have No Other Cheek” Policy (see below)), we may be able, in just a few years, to instill an understand in our enemies that messing with the United States of America and our allies would be dangerous to the health of their nations.
I Have No Other Cheek, is such a simple and straight-forward self-defense policy, I reduced it to a Haiku (nonstandard):
I Have No Other Cheek
I’m a simple man
With a simple belief
Do onto others
As they’ve done to you.
Note that this is not a threatening policy that would encourage a “pissing contest” (excuse my language), it is simply a statement of personal intent and warning to those who would attempt to do harm to me or my circle of friends and family.
I repeat: Come on America, “grow a pair”
On a related note: every country in the world (not just the U.S.) needs to be rid of all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. I don’t have any idea how that might happen but it MUST happen if the human race is to survive outside of remote caves and urban shelters. I’m too old to worry about the personal consequences of that NOT happening but those of us who have extended families with younger family members should, in the words of a Hollywood script writer for the movie “The Fly, “Be afraid! Be very afraid.”