An American hero once said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” The torpedoes of war often sink the ship of state. Even the victorious often fall victim to the terminal bleeding of a Pyrrhic victory. Look at Britain. They lost two generations to win two world wars and the empire they fought to save died from the wounds.
Mr. President I know the pressure to go to war is mounting. To take a battle cry from the dis-loyal opposition, “Resist!” Defend us if we are attacked. Build the Wall. Secure the border. Win the war at home don’t be sidetracked into the abyss that has swallowed other presidencies. We won the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and then the protracted nation-building melted the consensus of world support we received after 9-11. To many around the world and here at home we have become the aggressors. Look what it did to the approval rating for George the Second.
War always leads to destruction. It’s supposed to. Since Truman invented the idea of limited war even the victories have felt more like defeats. Look at Vietnam. Mr. President you were elected by people who want secure borders, a rebirth of American industry, and a return to the fundamentals of the American Experiment; limited government, personal liberty, and economic opportunity. Don’t fall into the trap of a foreign war. Win the war at home instead.
Ships of State that is.
Once wars made presidents popular. Think of Washington and the Revolution, Lincoln and the Civil War, McKinley and the Spanish American War, FDR and WW II. Maybe that was because we used to win wars.
Korea ran Truman out of office. Vietnam made LBJ decide not to run. Before the Silent Coup, Nixon (who ended the war) was tarred with the Vietnam brush. With America winning once again, George the First got a bump from the 100 day Gulf One before we all read his lips. Then rounding out the results of quagmire wars George the Second after soaring in the aftermath of 9-11 ran aground on the sand bars of Iraq.
I am a non-interventionist. I believe in America First. I support the foreign policy of Thomas Jefferson, “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”
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