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When One Is Too Much!

August 8, 2011

Source: Associated Press,

With so many topical issues confronting our way of life, it is difficult to focus on the political, technological, environmental and social aspects of renewable energy, which is of prime importance to our country. A day does not go by where the U.S. news is littered with deepening economic forecasts, higher than expect unemployment, the prospects of a 2nd and more severe recession, a dysfunctional political system, technology moving overseas, non-competitive educational standards, declining life expectancy. All of these pales in comparison to the loss of American lives in the Mideast.

Whether it is one American military fatality or casualty, the 30 Americans who died over the weekend in the Afghan Helicopter Crash, the 4792 U.S. soldiers who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom, or the 2662 Coalition Military fatalities in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan); the loss of life and limbs are irrevocable. Not like the aforementioned issues, which G-d be willing we can find the resolve and wisdom to remedy, here with these losses there is no fix. To this extent it is permanent with only the passage of time to comfort!

To honor our fighting forces, Lincoln’s words spoken at Gettysburg some 150 years ago says it the best:

“We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.”

“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.”

“….. that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

In closing, we can honor our fallen by getting out of this unwinnable war. Vietnam should have taught us so. How can a withdrawal honor our fallen? The answer lies in the well-known fact that soldiers “fight for each other” and not necessarily ideological motives.

So if we can make any sense of their final devotion to our county, it is then to prevent others to succumb to the same fate. It’s time to leave and prevent other precious lives from being lost.

The Middle Eastern world had a major distrust for the west well past Charlemagne in 778 CE. It seems highly unlikely that 8-years after the end of the war (time from end of WWII to when German and Japan became trusted allies) these countries would wave rather than burn the American flag.

In G-d We Trust

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurence Needleman permalink
    August 9, 2011 6:00 PM

    We lose 30 great men and you want to run! Where is the honor? Do you remember what happened to South East Asia when we failed to support South Vietnam after we ignominiously left the US Embassy with people desperately clinging to the last helicopter rescue in order to save their lives? Do you remember the Vietnamese “boat people” fleeing their country in order to avoid massacre? Do you remember the Killing Fields of Cambodia? Millions died! What do you think is going to happen to all of those young girls who now attend school in Afghanistan when the Taliban return after we leave? How would you have handled the aftermath of the battle of Antietam with 30,000 casualties in the first major battle of the civil war? D Day? Whether you believe a war is a good war or not, once you are in it there are consequences. And those consequences are human life.

  2. August 9, 2011 7:03 PM


    The Constitution of the United States of America guarantees to “provide for the common defense.” There is no language that stipulates or suggests to “provide for the common offense.” Without exception, secured borders and preventing any act of terrorism herein is obligatory.

    Initially the war was just, but 10-years later with no end in sight; the ends no longer justify the means. The prolonged war has done havoc on man and material. Weapons programs that would keep us militaristically superior are now in jeopardy.

    If and when the situation requires, surgical strikes by drones or Special Forces is by far more effective. That’s why the Middle East governments are so concerned about the use of drones – no American lives at stake and highly lethal. If the radicals in the Middle East want to blow themselves up in their country, the more power to them. However, if they want to do the same within our boarders, let them fear a quick and deadly retaliatory action. Far better to have the eyes of America covertly looking at them from afar, then the limbs of Americans in their street!

    Like Vietnam, who are our enemies? This was underscored time-and-time again in the Middle East. Either the Pakistani officials are stupid or downright liars. Having Osama under their noses shows this to be the truth. Do you really think millenniums of hatred to the western world would be eradicated with love in even a hundred years? Time to get real!

    Finally, the most effective overall weapon is to stop using Persian Gulf oil. Oil being their ultimate trump card! Remove this and the world will little note, nor little care who they are. Exporting U.S. dollars for the purchase of any Persian Gulf oil is the ultimate hypocrisy. It’s difficult to understand the logic and wisdom in this oxymoron. It would be far more effective for you to preach the rebirth of “Renewable Energy” than stay the course with an unwinnable war.

    In closing, we made our point, showed them the repercussions, spent +$1.2 trillion, killed Osama, and created a nightmare of American casualties, anything else would be overkill.


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