We blow cash money, baby! We act like rappers with king-size egos. We discount our own laws, norms and massive debt load. We imagine we sit on a global throne.
We kiss away about $2 billion a week in Afghanistan. We’ve spent almost $800 billion fighting in Iraq. We’re offering Iraq assistance from U.S. troops beyond 2011 to the tune of $10 billion annually. We gave Mubarak’s Egyptian regime an annual gift of $1.5 billion in military and monetary aid. The Pentagon reports that we’ve spent $896 million intervening in Libya through July 31 alone and we’ve promised an additional $25 million in aid to the Libyan Transitional National Council.
President Obama is increasingly subverting American supremacy to globalism. France fired the initial strikes in Libya and European leaders convinced him to follow suit. He claims “NATO … is the most capable alliance in the world.” So, where will he send brave U.S. troops next?
Syria? The U.S. has unequivocally called for President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Syria’s hypersensitive regime bludgeons mere cartoonists like Ali Ferzat for anti-government expression.
Iran? Iran backs countless Shiite militants that frequently target U.S. troops in Iraq. She also imprisons two American tourists.
Pakistan? Our “ally” helped us by (likely wittingly) harboring bin Laden in a fortified compound several hundred yards from the Abbottabad military academy. Then, Pakistan brazenly ignored the CIA and let China examine SEAL Team Six’s stealth copter tail technology.
Somalia? In February Somali pirates shot and killed four Americans, including two Seattle missionaries.
Karl Rove told Bill O’Reilly last week that the President “did a courageous thing by actually engaging in (Libya)…” However, given the high American casualties, expenses and the incurrence of greater anti-American sentiment, I’d say perpetually sending U.S. forces, money and weapons into the Middle East is more reckless than courageous.
As of August 23, the Associated Press reports at least 4,474 deaths and 32,175 injuries due to the Iraq war and 1,634 deaths and 13,447 injuries due to the war in Afghanistan. In late 2009 the President authorized a surge of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan and casualties have spiked. Since 2008 the U.S. has sustained nearly two-and-a-half times the number of fatalities in Afghanistan as the six previous years combined.