12 Years Since Shock and Awe

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12 Years Since Shock and Awe

Why is America still fighting on any level in the Middle East? How much longer does American blood need to spill on the sands of those deserts? What did we get out of endless war? Why is there no mass movement in the streets to end this war machine? What the hell is our government doing in our name? Where is the representation of the Populist voice of walking away from war and rebuilding America?

The runaway train that is the Pentagon keeps the war machine rolling with endless war with no opposition of merit. Maybe all of this can only happen because we have a voluntary force. If more American families had some skin in the game maybe this would not be able to happen. If there was a draft or if every American was forced to serve after high school then endless war could never happen. Nobody is looking for the answers to all of this.

According to Wikipedia: Shock and awe (technically known as rapid dominance) is a military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power and spectacular displays of force to paralyze the enemy’s perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight. The doctrine was written by Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade in 1996 and is a product of the National Defense University of the United States.

I remember sitting on my couch and watching the show called Shock and Awe. It was the best fireworks display, ever. If you would have walked up to me that day and said that twelve years later we would still be running around in the Middle East and that we would not have accomplished a single thing, I would not have believed you. That day I was filled with pride as we showed the world our resolve. Now all of these years later, all I feel is shame and anger.

Every problem in the world has a solution, yet there seems to be very little recognition of this axiom. For the past twelve years, both political parties in America fed this war machine. Both political powerhouses took our tax money and funded this anathema. Why do we let them do this? Should we all speak up like the folks did in Minneapolis, MN during the recent mayor’s press conference? When do we take the mic back from knuckleheads that are wasting all of our treasure and demand a change? Consider this blog that mic. One at a time and all together we can stop this insanity. I wanted to take this mic and remind you of that…


C. Rich
Author, Blogger, Poet

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