The Error of Our Ways



The Error of Our Ways


by Mustang

At the end of World War II, Harry S. Truman was looking for ways to switch the United States from its war-time economy to one better suited to a society that wanted —and needed peace.  Unhappily, the President’s cost-cutting measures involved a one-third reduction of the military services: Army, Navy, and Marines.  Washington, D. C. was a busy place between 1945-1950:

  • World War II veterans were expeditiously discharged
  • The Department of War was transformed into the Department of Defense.
  • The Navy Department was rolled into DoD.
  • The Army-Air Force became the United States Air Force.

New Jersey mothballed 1948

Missions and structure for all services was under review.  Within the naval establishment, one-third of the Navy’s ships were moth-balled.  In the Army and Marines, infantry battalions were forced to give up one rifle company, which meant that battalions had no combat reserve; no way to rotate company off the front lines; no way to form the battle area in depth.

In 1949, Secretary of State Dean Acheson produced a study of Sino-American relations.  Officially, this document was titled United States Relations with China with Special Reference to the Period 1944-1949. Its short title was simply, the China White Paper.  In over 1,000 pages, Acheson explained that America’s intervention in China was doomed to failure.  Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong was overjoyed to hear this news.

Then, on 12thJanuary 1950, Secretary Acheson gave an address before the National Press Club.  In his discussion of the all-important US Defense Perimeter, he neglected to include the Korean Peninsula and Formosa as places the United States was prepared to defend.  North Korean leader Kim Il-sung immediately conferred with the Soviet Union.  Would the USSR back him in reunifying the Korean peninsula?

This wasn’t the first time where America’s diplomatic incompetence caused harm to the American people —nor was it the last.

Thanks to Truman’s cost cutting and Acheson’s incompetence, war once more turned its horrid face toward America in June 1950; worse, America was unprepared to fight it.  There was no money for training, munitions for live fire exercises, fuel for military aircraft, or replacement parts for vehicles.  Military skills are perishable.  Pilots who are limited in their flight hours lose their edge in the cockpit.  Infantry units that do not regularly train with artillery and armored units lose their efficiency.  So, it should not have surprised anyone in July 1950 when the US Army’s first act in the Korean War was full-scale retreat to Pusan in southeast South Korea.  It was a very bad situation; and America’s army was in real danger of being pushed into the Sea of Japan.

Well, we know why America was unprepared for the Korean War in 1950: Truman was a Democrat and the Secretary of Defense was his shill.  But why did Truman pursue a deadly, costly, and static strategy for three years?  The effect of this muddleheaded policy was the loss of 38,000 American lives.  Did we learn anything?

Apparently not … because the US repeated this foolishness during the Viet Nam War —a conflict we never have entered in the first place.  Washington insiders tried time and again to convince President Eisenhower to send combat troops to Viet Nam in the mid-1950s; beyond providing US funds, however, Eisenhower refused to take that bait.  Under Democrat Lyndon Johnson, America gave up another 58,000 lives.

In my mind, the lessons from both of these conflicts are self-evident—and yet, George Bush and Barack Obama managed to involve and keep us in conflicts that have nothing whatever to do with “national defense.”  I keep asking, how is going to war in the Middle East in our nation’s best interests?  What are those interests, exactly?

I believe that the American people have a right to know what our interests are BEFORE getting involved in foreign entanglements … something more than telling us that it’s in our national interest.  I also think that whenever a decision is made to go to war, then our government is obliged to prosecute it with unmatched ruthlessness.  If we are going to war, then we must beat the enemy so bad that he won’t consider another war for ten more generations —and for the sake of God, get the damn thing over with.  No more pussyfooting around with the lives of our service men and women.  Short wars, if you have to fight them, are better than protracted wars.  Americans hate going more than four quarters in any contest.

If Democrats were serious about “national defense,” then why are we importing terrorist-refugees into the United States to wreak havoc here at home? Where is the sense in having porous borders where very bad people can walk through at their leisure?  Isn’t Congress and the administrative departments and agencies obliged to “defend” Americans here at home?  Note: Republicans could have fixed the southern border issue but didn’t.  Now they’re criticizing Democrats for doing nothing.  Our entire congressional structure does “nothing.”

We Americans —or at least the governments we elect— still have not learned any important lessons about our enemies.  Otherwise, we wouldn’t have been tiptoeing around the extremist issue since the early 1990s.  Rather than addressing the problem directly, our government pursues a failed static policy. How long have we been in Afghanistan? Folks, America needs a reset.

  • Let us resolve to avoid involving ourselves in the internal affairs of other nations.  If we do not want Russia meddling in our political affairs, then we should refrain from meddling in their elections (Bill Clinton).
  • Let’s stop pretending that we understand the Islamic mindset.  We don’t.
  • Let us stop pretending that our diplomats understand anything or are clever; if anything, our diplomats are incompetent or criminally malfeasant.
  • Let us be fair and consistent in our dealings with the extremist mentality.  They can do as they wish in their own back yards —but God have mercy should they ever attack, assault, or give menacing looks toward any American citizen.  Our resolve should be to terminate with extreme prejudice anyone who threatens the safety of the American people, but more than this, we should be resolved to take out the entire kitchen staff, as well.  If the extremists (foreign or domestic) do not stop this nonsense, our intention should be to completely eradicate them: lay down such waste on their homeland that no human being will be able to live there for another ten generations (or until the year 2319).

This is how you bring peace and prosperity to America.  Why have we not learned from the error of our ways?

10 Responses to “The Error of Our Ways”

  1. Kid Says:

    I have to believe there are things that keep us in Afghanistan that have nothing to do with our or even their welfare. I think the A-stan engagement (taliban training camps for al queda???) was the most idiotic thing this country has ever done. Either kill all of islam or leave it the hell alone and out of our country as well. islam has no place in any civilized country.

    I would still support crushing ISIS anytime it pops its head up.

    I look at the American government as a combination of corrupt and dysfunctional. Like our young voters, this problem is going to take a long time to solve if it even can be, which I doubt. Too much money sloshing around. Too many communists here now.

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  3. JCscuba Says:

    Great comments, David, thank you.

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  4. JCscuba Says:

    Thanks Bunker, another barn burner taking to my page and will link back. J.C.

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  5. David Montaigne Says:

    The sad reality is, America is losing (or has already lost) the ability to dominate distant battlegrounds whenever needed. Not only would the domestic culture not support foreign warfare on a scale that sends thousands of body bags home like Korea or Vietnam – but the youth today are far less equipped to mentally handle wartime conditions and even those “trained” by the military are often not trained as they once were. A drill sergeant can’t even yell at recruits anymore. Add in the vastly expanded regional hegemony of China (we are in no position to have a big war on their periphery) or even Iran (to a much lesser degree) and tell me how close our aircraft carriers can get without being sitting ducks. A lot has changed in recent decades. This RAND Corporation assessment of how the USA would fare in WWIII scenarios is bleak:

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    • Mustang Says:

      We Americans do seem to stumble through our military history, and at a tremendous cost in American lives and wealth. I do support congressional oversight of the military, but it would be a fantastic help if members of congress were smart enough to know what questions need to be asked of our service chiefs. One congressman asked the CNO if he was not concerned that Guam would capsize. And even when they are smart enough to ask the right questions, and when they are lied to by senior officials, no action is ever taken against the liar —case in point, James Clapper lied when he said that the NSA does not collect (without warrant) data from the American people. He was never prosecuted for lying to congress. Is this just another example of two sets of laws or is it a case of congressional incompetence? Neither of these is good for our Republic. If the government believes that some citizen has violated federal law, then the Constitution requires the government to seek a warrant to collect intelligence on that person. Our government needs to get back to following the Constitution.

      DoD has also placed itself within the arena of political correctness. Was it a wise decision to open combat billets to women? Was it smart to allow service members to obtain sex-change operations at the public’s expense? Once that decision was made, then the DoD was no longer in a position to discharge the tranny because he-she-it was no longer physiologically qualified for deployment. How wise was it to allow Turkey, an on-the-cusp radical Islamist state, to obtain our most sophisticated (F-35) aircraft? Did we learn nothing from selling advanced F-4’s and F-16’s to Iran before its revolution?

      As with our legal system, war ought to be just. By just, I mean not only “justified,” but also fairly imposed. As an example, I do not understand why our government’s policy in Syria focuses on regime change. Why should we care who runs any country? Neither should Americans care “how” they run it. The only thing a foreign nation needs to know is that there will be grave consequences to any and every country that assaults our country, its citizens, or its property. Other than that, we must allow all other nations to pursue their own path. The US is not the world’s policeman. Neither is the US the world’s welfare bank. I see no justification for wasting billions of our money on foreign aid, for example.

      Most Americans are unaware of the fact that at no time in history has America’s security been in greater danger than it is today. It would take Iran no more than one hour to completely shut down the US electrical grid. What would be the impact of this? It would bring the United States to a sudden and long-lasting halt. Recall the 1951 film “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” It would be just like that, only worse —much worse. No electricity = no water, no food, no transportation, no access to our bank accounts.

      What this all boils down to is who the American people elect … and as we all know, elections do produce consequences. The presidential elections matter: it is the president who appoints incompetent or corrupt heads of government. Senatorial elections matter: it is the senate that confirms all presidential appointments. House elections matter: they pass laws that allocates wasteful spending. Voters matter because they keep electing the same corrupt politicians election cycle after election cycle. And finally Americans must realize that money, like water, is a limited resource.

      The United States is now keeping company with Alice in Wonderland; as a nation, we’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. Thank you for your excellent comment, David. You managed to “fire me up.”

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I checked out wikipedia for information on the New Jersey… talk about schizophrenic and what a waste of money.

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