Now that I have passed my self imposed “be quiet” phase. I now feel somewhat comfortable enough to comment on the troop increase. Truth be told, I really don’t know if it will work or not, but my magic 8 ball says that “all signs point to no”. Im not sure given the current circumstances, what adding an additional 20,000 plus troops would do. What are we hoping to achieve overall? Personally, I believe that the additional troops would just enrage the radical elements, that use our presence as an excuse to continue their blood lust.
Furthermore, I don’t see how this increase would show Iraqi citizens that we do in fact intend on ending our occupation, or increase the responsibility of the Iraqi governments forces. I mean, as long as you have big brother around, what’s your incentive to do any work?
What’s even more interesting to me is how much lack of support this plan is getting, not just from the American public who’s been against this war for quite sometime, but from the Presidents own party. Yet, even though the American public and Congress disagree, the President presses on. What I would like to know is if the President doesnt take advice from the citizens or take into account the citizens lack of support, if he doesnt take advice from the Congress and especially those Congress members in his own party, if he even doesnt take advice from bi-partisan groups like the Iraq Study Group (ISG), then who is he listening to and agreeing with?
I think we are in for tough times if we continue a system where officials who are elected into office, do not care to represent the public whom put these officials into office. In my opinion, it appears like we are headed toward a Constitutional Crisis. Especially when you have Senators and House Members responding the way they are, yet appear to be powerless against the Executive Branch of Government.
According to CNN, in the article from which I borrowed my title today, two thirds of Americans oppose more troops. Maybe its just me, but when the American public opposes a decision, maybe ELECTED officials should listen….
A group of “treasoness, treachorous, radical, extremists” whom we consider the founders of the greatest democracy on Earth, wrote a document once to address situations like this one, where those in power no longer or would not represent the people. Those in power at the time called them anti-establishment, radicals, and maybe even terrorists, we call them revolutionaries. Maybe we should heed such words, as they are increasingly relevant today….
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America