first thing you need to know is that we are not at war. Had we been
truly at war, Congress the only body empowered under the U.S.
Constitution to bring us into a war would have declared it.
But they have not. Congress long ago stopped following the Constitution
they formally pledge to "support and defend" every two years.
president does not have the authority to bring us into war. Even that
great proponent of executive power, Alexander Hamilton wrote in 1793:
is the province and duty of the executive [President] to preserve
to the nation the blessings of peace. The legislature alone can interrupt
those blessings, by placing the nation in a state of war."
know things are far out of whack when the popular perception is to
give the president more power than Alexander Hamilton would have liked.
Bush has certainly usurped enough power to start his war (it’s not
America’s war). A congressional declaration of war would have made
this war an American war, carried it out in all our names and made
non-interventionist opinions on Iraq superfluous. But as I have stated,
I remain free to state my opinion because Congress hasn’t done this.
do I have an opinion. We shouldn’t be there.
some people out there will be accusing me of being a traitor for not
"supporting the troops." For them, I have a ready reply:
is really supporting the troops, the ones who want to keep their loved
ones home and safe, or the ones who want to send them off to die in
a war that has nothing to do with American national security?
is really keeping faith with our military? The ones who would only
send them into harm’s way when American lives and territory are at
risk? Or the ones who would trade the lives of our sons and friends
in order to transform our national defense into a ham-hocked mercenary
version of the French Foreign Legion?
who answers the latter to these questions condemns himself in my eyes.
He has sold his brothers’ and countrymen’s lives on the cheap. I am
not willing to do so. I am not so generous with the lives of other
people’s sons. I think too highly of our soldiers.
the chicken hawks who want to get our boys killed for nothing say
to me that I am not supporting the troops.
those who applaud a blatantly unconstitutional war, thereby spitting
on the Constitution, call me un-American.
really imagine their words will have bite? I know my words of truth
have stung many of them.
become the aggressors. Unlike Afghanistan (which financed and provided
safe harbor to the murderers of more than 3,000 Americans), Iraq has
done nothing against United States citizens or territory. Even Bush
administration officials will concede Hussein had no connections to
the 9-11 bombing, despite a lot of vague insinuations on other terrorist
"threats." But "threat" is the way the Bush administration
admission says that someone "hasn’t done anything to us."
war has already proven that Hussein’s military is a fifth rate power,
a power that doesn’t occupy a millimeter of foreign soil, doesn’t
even control its own territory and is not a plausible threat to any
of his neighbors. Hussein’s military remains a mere shell of the fourth
rate power that lost a military clash to Iran in the 1980s.
I’m not afraid of our troops conquering in Iraq. They’ll do that in
short order. I am, however, worried about how our soldiers will become
prime terrorist targets after the military victory, since I
expect they will be transformed into social welfare agents distributing
free government surplus cheese and administering a whole array of
giveaway programs to an ungrateful occupied nation. Our "benevolent"
occupation of Baghdad will be even less popular than the benevolent
British occupation of Boston in 1768.
one American life is worth free cheese.
the troops! Bring them home!