There was a time when people would talk to each other before sex and countries would engage in dialogue before fighting a war...there was a code of behavior called fair play that wanted to satisfy the curiosity as what fears we shared...what hopes we had for the future and yes this happen before people got involved...at what point did we stop talking?
What is the problem? Technology--for all the convenience it gives our lives does it simplify or destroy us the people who depend more each day? Economics--what about too much money in the hands of too few people...nope don't think so. Nobody talks not even the not so rich or wannabes. When is the last time someone had a conversation with you about Mumbai's extreme poverty or Sudan and the mass killings of whole groups of people or the aids epidemic in Zimbabwe? We Americans live in a country that has over the years lost its perspective on world power. When? How about when it fought brother against brother in our Civil War or perhaps when we blanket bombed Dresden and nuked Japan. Or when we turned our backs on Hungary, Cuba, Vietnam...was it that our might dwindled?
Those who have taken the oath to serve and protect our country know it has a lifetime shelf life. We serve until we die but that does not mean we agree with everything the "Beltway Cowboys" are saying and doing? What happens if I disagree with them? One thing is does not mean is that I abandon the guys and gals on the line? Has anyone noticed that these kids in uniform are wearing out and need help. Now they talk about a new "draft" hey maybe the Border guards will catch the out flow of folks avoiding being drafted.
Why is there such a problem figuring out new ways to save more of our troops lives. Being a good Commander does not mean using up your basic load of ammo and troopers...it can mean being more selective where you put your troops. Over the years in all our wars roads have earned hard names and the folks that traveled them had no other choice available. How is that the case today? Is jet fuel so expensive that we can't fly supplies in? What ever happened to the good old work horse Huey?
Why does Amercia ignore Africa? Did our debacle in Somalia sour us on the area? Have we noticed there are lots of folks barely staying alive and we need to help them stay alive. Is the econonmic perspective out of whack? Are third world countries expendable? Do we turn our backs to refute the belief that this is the cradle of civilization? We are a global community derived from the same primordal soup heavily concerned with economics but remiss at civil affairs projects to help those less fortunate. Do we dole out assistance based on how difficult the situation appears? Jo no ho entenc...