In yesterday’s post on the subject of “victimhood” promoted by race baiting liberals, I quoted extensively from an article by Dr. Thomas Sowell. Today I find myself once again drawn to the thoughts of this American icon.
It’s always gratifying for a humble blogger when they find someone of Dr. Sowell’s stature agreeing with positions they have taken. Such was the case for me, when I read Sowell’s, Another galling betrayal, published by Human Events.
What is galling Dr. Sowell is the latest example since WWII where our government (politicians) sends our brave young men and women into war and then after winning the battles, our government (politicians) turns around and betrays the cause for which those young men and women sacrificed so much. This latest example is taking place in Afghanistan and we’ll come to that in a moment. First allow Dr. Sowell takes us through some history of our military involvements and political betrayals since WWII. Without doubt, he could have started with the Korean conflict; but he chose to start with the Vietnam War.
If you are old enough to remember the Vietnam War you should find this quote from Sowell’s article very disturbing.
Vietnam was a classic example. Years after that war was over, the Communist victors themselves admitted that they lost militarily in Vietnam, as they knew they would. But they won politically in America, with the help of Americans, including the media — as they also knew they would.
“Galling” doesn’t begin to describe the feelings I experience when reading those words. I certainly do not doubt the veracity of what the good Doctor has said. I do wish, however, he had given us a link to his source.
The war in Iraq was more of the same. American troops won that war but our politicians lost the peace. Terrorists have now taken over, and raised Al Qaeda flags, in some Iraqi towns that American troops liberated at the cost of many lives.
How did this happen? It happened much the same way it happened in Afghanistan. We insisted on trying to create a “democracy” in the Middle East — a place with a history going back thousands of years, without a single democracy.
What we created instead was a local ruler, placed in charge as a result of the blood and treasure of Americans, but independent of us, because he won an election that we insisted on holding — as if there are no prerequisites for democracy.
With American military support likely to be temporary and Iran’s military presence next door certain to be permanent, how surprising is it that Iraq’s leadership took Iran much more seriously than it took the United States?
On the most recent galling betrayal, Sowell writes:
The Afghanistan government’s recent release of dozens of imprisoned terrorists, many of whom had killed Americans, was a galling betrayal of those Americans who died defending Afghanistan against the Taliban terrorists — as well as those Americans who have returned home with arms or legs missing, or with minds traumatized beyond repair.
Sowell is not surprised by this latest betrayal:
Afghan President Hamid Karzai saw the handwriting on the wall — and what it said was that American support was temporary but the Taliban was going to be around long after the Americans were gone. He too decided that it was better to try to get on the good side of our enemies, in this case by turning loose some terrorists.
Here are two more quotes from Dr. Sowell that sum up what most of us feel:
Nothing is more foolish — and immoral — than sending men into battle to risk their lives winning victories that are later lost by politicians for political reasons.
If we can’t be serious, we have no right to send young Americans out into the hell of war.
It’s hard for me, your humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in, to believe that our government’s strategic thinkers weren’t smart enough to know that countries Iraq and Afghanistan could not easily adapt to Western style democracies. I just do not believe that they believed they could pull such a stupid idea off. So, shouldn’t we ask ourselves what was really motivating our “strategic” thinkers? Strategic natural resources come to my mind. But then, I am the proud owner of several tin-foil hats.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?