America must cease fighting wars. Since WWII our nation has lost wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iran, and the continuing conflict in Afghanistan. Ronald Reagan lost his “war on drugs” through ignorance and a militaristic attitude towards the victims of addiction. Will Trump lose his war against the coronavirus?
In June of 1950 Harry Truman ordered U.S. military forces to engage in the conflict between the forces of North Korea, supported by China, and the people of South Korea who had become allies of the United States. The hype about the spread of communism had risen to a level of hysteria in America and the political forces in Washington made fools of the American people. The Truth is that there was no reason for U.S. involvement in Asia. This became a war supported by politicians for their own ambitions.
On July 27, 1953, a cease fire was signed and the situation which existed in 1950 continued to be the status quo. America had lost its first major military conflict.
The beginnings of the Vietnam war began in 1955. The French failed in their attempts to maintain a stronghold in the Southeast Asia, and over the next decade the United States military replaced them. To this day no one has offered a reason why our country became involved in the region other than the continued use of a single fear tactic; the spread of communism. The Vietnam War raged on for 20 years until the capital of the south, Saigon, was overrun in April, 1975. American forces scrambled to leave the county in disgrace after more than 58,000 lives had been sacrificed and 200,000 were injured. America lost once again.
The war divided our nation between older Americans who were not drafted into the conflict and younger Americans who repeated the chant: “Hell no, no more war, what in the hell are we fighting for?” They never received an answer from their government. What we do know is that wealthy Americans and those invested in the military industrial complex became even more wealthy.
After the heinous and cowardly attacks on the twin towers in New York, the Pentagon, and the failed effort to attack the White House on September 11, 2001, George W. Bush promised that our nation’s military would seek revenge upon those who had conducted the slaughter of thousands of our nation’s mostly non-military men, women, and children.
After failing to capture or kill the architect of the attacks in the fall of 2001 in Afghanistan, George W. Bush, influenced by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, created an alternate fact. They claimed that the sovereign nation of Iraq had aided the terrorists on 9/11 and that Iraq had developed “weapons of mass destruction” which would aid Al-Qaeda in future attacks against America. Although none of these allegations were based in fact, Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq in March of 2003. Although just days later Bush landed on an aircraft carrier and claimed victory the war lasted until December of 2011. Thousands of lives were lost. The estimate of innocent Iraqi lives lost reached nearly 200,000, and U.S. losses were reported at 4.424. The economic cost was never accurately reported but has been estimated to exceed more than two-trillion dollars. America lost another war.
Our nation’s longest war began on October 7, 2001, and continues today. Its beginning was reported as an effort to capture or kill Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Afghanistan. That was a failure, and why we remain in a country which has never lost a war remains a controversy. The Russians failed in the 1990’s and if our nation’s military ever leaves, a war which lasted nearly 20 years will be declared a defeat for our nation’s military. We are not equipped to engage in military conflicts which do not conform to the battles waged in the 1940’s in Europe and Japan. Our military has become obsolete in its efforts to conduct wars in the 21st century.
In the 1980’s Ronald Reagan declared a ‘war on drugs’ in the United States. Reagan’s wife, Nancy, suggested that potential drug users “just say no.” Not a single effort was made to address the problem seriously. The DEA experienced an increase in funding. Military-style action became the only tactic used by the Reagan administration. Drug traffickers and drug users were treated equally. The root cause for addiction was never addressed. The result was an increase in illegal drug distribution and use.
Today our nation is facing another crisis. Your illegitimate president initially called it a ‘hoax.’ In the last few days, he has been forced to admit that the coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic. Although his failure to take the threat seriously has resulted in a spread of the virus infecting and killing Americans across all fifty states, he is now claiming that he is a hero. He lied about his failures once again. On Wednesday he declared a “war on the coronavirus.” He promised to increase production of much needed medical equipment, and actions which would slow or prevent the spread of the virus. As I write this, nothing has been done.
Governors of many states, including my own state of Nevada, decided not to trust this incompetent buffoon in the White House. Their actions are logical and decisive. The only question is: “Will Trump lose this war?”
The truth is that he has already failed and informed Americans will never forget his incompetence. This mentally deficient and illegitimate president is unfit to lead a nation of 330 million people. He should never have been nominated by the failed Republican Party in July of 2016.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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