"Every life lost in battle is a generation of lost souls and smiles...
War is not the answer.
If it were, it would have long-ago resolved the question."
Captain Steve William Laible, USAF (Retired)
Kodel Party Presidential Candidate (K-OR) 2012
"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."
(1883-1901) 23rd President
"We have come out of the time when obedience, the acceptance of discipline, intelligent courage and resolution were most important, into that more difficult time when it is a man's duty to understand his world rather than simply fight for it. No weapon has ever settled a moral problem. It can impose a solution but it cannot guarantee it to be a just one. You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself."
LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE
America MUST lead by example. Let other nations come to know us, the people. Not as pawns to our past government talking heads or policies, but as people of goodwill and intentions. Not as a Roman Empire conquering the world, one regime at a time, but rather how we are a united & prosperous people determined in our spirit to break free from our own repressive government and distance ourselves
from decades-long aggression(s).
America is the leader of the world but we are losing our footing. We are the country others want to emulate or arrive at with only their dreams. Leading by example is the most prudent path. It is the intelligent choice of an enlightened society.
Never again shall we wage another undeclared war on nations.
Not one more boot on the ground of another's civil war.
(Not to be misunderstood, if our homeland is attacked,
we will protect her with all our will, lives & might.)
Never again will we buy democracies with America's blood or sorrow.
Those warring nations have their own heritages, laws,
religions, traditions and yes, civil discourse.
-- Let them find their own way to empowerment and enlightenment
Atrocities can never be condoned; but fighting other nations' battles on their soil, at this level, is no longer acceptable.
It will break the back of this nation.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in Baghdad as the war comes to an end, that the cost of the war was "worth" it, because the United States has set Iraq on the path to democracy.
(This is the doublespeak that robs every soul and ever smile. Baghdad is not on a path to democracy.
Not then, not now, not in a thousand years...make book on it.)
[The Kodel Party does not believe it is the responsibility of the United States to set any country on the path to democracy. Its own people must decide if democracy is right for them. Are they willing to sacrifice for it, die for it? If those nations can't recognize for themselves, all that democracy has to offer, as well as its shortcomings, then we've not done a very good job, leading by example. Shame on U. S.]
LEON PANETTA: "IT WAS WORTH IT" RATIONAL STATISTICS
WAR COSTS: 4,500 Americans "DEAD" ($100 Million in Death Benefits)
WAR COSTS: 32,000 Americans "Wounded" ($10 Billion in rehab)
WAR COSTS: 100,000 Iraqi "DEAD"
U.S. Tax Dollar Costs: $800 BILLION (Operations)
These were our sons, our daughters, moms and dads. Is this really who we want to be? It's who we are because its all we know. It's 2012... (Now, 2016) it's still time to evolve.
Dennis Roler, Grants Pass Daily Courier Editor, writes this in a February 26, 2003 editorial opinion column, just three weeks before the U.S. "invaded" Iraq,
"...While money shortages in the United States close schools early and cut off medical aid to the poor, the Bush administration bribes countries with billions to help it wage an expensive, unnecessary war..."
"...This sharp contrast between the domestic and international was brought home the past week. Saturday, a Turkish official said his country had agreed to let the United States deploy troops there for a war against Iraq in exchange for $5 billion in grants and $10 billion in loans..."
[President Bush and other federal officials met with the nation's governors to tell them they'd like to help them with their severe budget problems, but there is a recession and the nation is at war.]
"...Among the doubters is Merrill "Tony" McPeak, the four-star general who headed the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm. In an interview, McPeak, a Grants Pass native [Grants Pass High School Graduate] said Bush botched building a needed international coalition against Iraq, and he voiced the feelings of many that Iraq has no connection to al Qaida, the terrorist group behind 9/11..."
"...the bureaucracies involved are so large and different in priorities..."
"...leveling a nation that has yet to be shown a clear and present danger to the United States. So far the most damning thing found by U.N. inspectors is an Iraqi missile that can travel 93 miles..."
"...The United States can't afford to be the world's policeman--or, as others could well see it, the world's bully. It needs to choose its battles wisely or risk the fate of other once great countries, such as Britain and France, that over-reached and became second-rate powers..."
[Nice to be able to take a look back and wonder if the nation which is actually being "leveled" is ours!]