Here’s your homework assignment. Name one American war, other than the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, that was about protecting the freedom of the American people. Don’t waste your time because there haven’t been any. The Revolutionary War was to gain our freedom and the War of 1812 to keep it. Other than that, our wars have been to expand or protect political and economic interest.
I know many of you will think I’m being unpatriotic and dissing our service people but that’s not my intent. I’m just trying to deny you the argument that wars are justified because they protect our freedom. While protecting freedom may someday be a cause it wasn’t for the Mexican-American War, Spanish-American War, either world wars, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan, or any of the many times we’ve intervened in the affairs of small nations of the Caribbean or Central and South America. Protecting our freedom will also not be a valid justification for America becoming militarily involved in Syria’s civil war.
Protecting America’s freedom is an age old pitch used by the P.T. Barnums who always know how to make a sucker of the public for the advancement of their personal interests. The Barnums of Vietnam included such hucksters as Dow Chemical who besides making millions from the war gave us that great movie line, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” Don’t be surprised if the pitchmen for Syrian involvement includes the Raytheon Corporation who today makes all the Tomahawk missiles. Oh, and the Navy destroyers and submarines from which those missiles will be launched, they were built by household names like Westinghouse, General Electric and General Dynamics. I wonder what sales pitches their hired guns are throwing at congress about now, just as the Pentagon is sending a fifth destroyer into the Eastern Mediterranean.
If president Obama does decide to involve America in Syria I just don’t want to hear we did it to protect our freedom. That line should be a no sale!