50 years later . . .

50 years ago, I was a US Air Force physician taking care of the maimed and wounded at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver.  It was the first in a series of military adventures foisted on our soldiers by ‘the best and the brightest’ (aka our elites). None have gone well — Desert Storm, regime change in Libya, Afghanistan, you name it.

Presently President Trump is taking heat from congress and just about the entire mainstream press (right and left) for pulling our soldiers out of Syria, and ‘letting Putin win’.  Never questioned is why we were there in the first place.  We should equip anyone  in the press who wishes to defend the Kurds with a rifle (never call it a gun if you live in the barracks) and send them over.  I doubt that many have served (or would serve now)

74 years ago as a boy I saw firetrucks and cars parading around town making as much noise as possible.    It was Victory in Europe day (VE day).  It meant that one of the four uncles in our families could come home although I didn’t understand it at the time.  The other three were island hopping in the Pacific as a marine, helping guerillas in the Philippines, and running a company of MPs in China.

Just under 75 years ago the other uncle was in the Battle of the Bulge fighting against Germany.

Why in the world are we still defending Germany 3/4 of a century later?  President Trump has been criticized for offending our European allies by asking them to pay more for their defense.  They will not be sufficiently offended to stop taking our money.  It’s welfare dependency on the national level.

Defense against what?  Russia — a third world country with a first world army and educational system which is barely maintaining its population.  Europe has 3 times the population and GNP.  As Franklin said “We must all  hand together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately” (1776). If European nations won’t, so be it.

President Trump is asking questions that should have been asked long ago.  He is doing exactly what he was elected to do.

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  • Piotr X  On October 29, 2019 at 8:48 am

    “Another opinion, X years later”

    Dear Author,

    thank you for this post, as it is refreshing to read opinions from another position. And I agree that it is always good to ask a question.

    However, I must frankly say that I find it difficult to make my own opinion based on my rather limited (read: I am chemist and entrepreneur) experience in the affairs of world real-politics and military strategy. I consider myself of being an educated fellow … with all the consequences regarding the knowledge of what I do not know?

    My grandparents were in German concentration camps, in the Polish resistance, in the French resistance, and were fighting in the European theatre. Does it mean they were right, or does it mean their view of the world was 100% correct, and therefore I may derive my political coordinate system from the experiences I was told in oral form?

    We are living in an interconnected world of astonishing complexity and an illusion of control. It is hard to say who profits from what in the short and long term. It is people like Trump, Hillary, and other lower life forms that have crawled onto the political arena that are deceived and playing their dirty power games.

    I am sure the USA is greatly profiting from it’s status as a global superpower, and much evil has happened through direct on indirect involvement in other countries. Also, much evil has been prevented. I agree that the books should be balanced at the end of the day – but in order to know how this should be accomplished we need to look at numbers, and for that we need transparancy.

  • Ashutosh  On October 29, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    “Russia — a third world country with a first world army and educational system which is barely maintaining its population. ”

    Well, they still have nuclear weapons.

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