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Advice From An Old Warrior

Updated on September 7, 2013

As I survey the political landscape, I also am conscious of my own history. I am an old war horse of 23 years who hung up my spurs in 1992, the summer of that year in fact. I went to a town hall meeting night before last where some of the folks, very few of them in fact, were doing the sabre rattling of those who had never picked one up. My Congressional representative, Joe Barton, wasn't buying it and I appreciate that. Those are our young people who Obama, having never been in harm's way himself, is talking about putting their butts in the sling in an attempt to save his own reputation and legacy.

We've been through this several times during my lifetime and former career. We seem to lose the lessons learned based upon some idiotic hard head. In this case that would be Obama. A dove's dove like John Kerry until it comes to protecting his own political skin. I'll be upfront with the fact that I have never had the least bit of respect for John Kerry, as a peer, and I never will. I hold Obama in the same vein. Neither of them have a clue.

There Is No Rabbit In The Hat

I don't need you to bring up Vietnam, nor Panama, nor Grenada. Lets put Iraq and Afghanistan aside as they were but also mere diversion and deception. Lets concentrate on the present deceiver and the deception that is about to place the youth of this nation in harm's way and why. Not one of our military recruits joined the US military with the thought, nor the desire, of going to Syria and fighting that country's civil war. Not one of those young people see any of those factions as being either friendly to the United States of America or a present threat to the national security of this nation.

In this instance the national security of this nation is NOT threatened and none of this, in the least, fits the reasons that our Constitution outlines as being justification for hostilities. It also does not authorize any President, much less Obama, to trot around the globe drawing "red lines" and sabre rattling as he has done.

The very fact that Barack Hussein Obama has openly expressed that very thought should trouble you. Here's exactly what he said at the G20 summit: "I put it before Congress because I could not honestly claim that the threat posed by Assad's use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians and women and children posed an imminent, direct threat to the United States." If what he said there is true then what is being contemplated is both unconstitutional and illegal.

I am not heartless and what Assad is doing to his own people, if that is a fact, is not right and won't ever be right. When Iran and Iraq were gassing each other that wasn't right either and so the argument goes. Let them have there civil war and lets just watch. if there are nay pieces left to be picked up then maybe then we may want to become involved.

In this particular instance we need to keep our young warriors out of harm's way until there is a direct threat to the security of our nation. Some may think I'm a war monger but that is far from the case. I always took my role in the military as being an "enforcer of the peace" and not any other way.

Politicians, with their inflated egos like Obama's, will be the destruction of the nation we hold dear. Our military has no business in Syria and we don't have a dog in that fight. That's not to say we never will but presently we do not. We have more pressing issues that need to be addressed. Little things like a national debt that is going to strangle the life out of this country while they want us to look over there at something that has more glitter - like war. War is not glamorous my fellow Americans.

If Syria becomes the undoing of Obama then he asked for it. I'm not sure just who the heck he thinks he is going around drawing "red lines" for anyone to cross. Then to further compound the situation, Assad crossed it and he moved it and so forth and so on. Then he claims he never said it. He was only speaking for "the world at large." Is the man's ego that large? Doesn't he think that some people are actually paying attention to things other than the baubles he dangles while he still remains on the campaign trail to this day?

Our nation is "war weary" but I am also "Obama weary." As a tactician one never lets the enemy know the plan. Obama telegraphs it well in advance and then expects the best. Why? Because his name is Barack Hussein Obama and the world adores him and faints at his every word? Actually the opposite is now a fact concerning the last part of that sentence. They seem him as a bumbling clown.

The Gallup poll in the chart presented above indicates that 36% of Americans polled favor taking action to degrade Assad's chemical weapons capability. Unfortunately Obama gave him at least a few weeks to hide everything in sight. How utterly stupid from an inexperienced person you thought could handle the task of being the Commander-in-Chief. That's aimed at those who voted for him and no one else. What is about to occur, if it occurs, is going to do no more than acerbate the situation.

Even more idiotic are folks like Ed Schultz from MSNBC and Bill Mayer now playing the race card about going to war and putting our young patriots at risk, They say that it is about Obama being black. How utterly ridiculous and absurd. Here's the way Schultz puts it, “I really believe that everything that we have said on this show are reasonable, patriotic reasons to be against another war, another strike, another act of war–and that’s what it is–but hatred of our first black president is not.”

I think the left has lost its koolaid drinking mind.

If we need to fight a war let it be a just war and not someone else's civil war. Take that from an old, retired warrior.

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As Always,

The Frog Prince


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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      Now if he would just leave and take a few others with him that would be great.

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      Stu 4 years ago

      Ghost, Frog, the odds of McCain being voted out are too small to measure. Anyone with his tenure is secure, no matter how bad he is, unless he gets caught up in a major scandal, or the competition is so compelling it can't be ignored. I think we're stuck with him until he decides to retire.

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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      drbj - The guy has an enormous ego for such a nothing person.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      You speak the truth, Jim. Congress most probably will not give the green light to the red line. And Assad has had more than enough time to bury any weapon (s) of his choice. Will that deter our (?) leader? Maybe, maybe not.

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      Ghost32 4 years ago

      Staying tuned, Jim, for sure.

      Note: "McBama" spent something like $18 million of his own money in his last a time when he was ahead in the polls by 20%. I don't see our state retiring him successfully, unless he either dies in office or decides to pull his own pin. Personally, though, I've been done voting for him for a while.

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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Fred - McBama needs to go ahead and retire or be retired by the voters of Arizona. Stay tuned for tomorrow's Hub. As this progresses it seems to be rich with irony - dripping with it.

      The Frog

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      Ghost32 4 years ago

      Frog: Right on, Jim. We're grounding a third of our planes already, short on funds for even proper training regimen, lack of ammo for same, etc., etc., etc. John McCain has been sabre rattling, but while I respect McCain's service and the price he paid, I would never trust the advice of any man who'd been a P.O.W. as long as he was. (Nobody's daring to say that, though I just did.) As far as I'm concerned, no man can have other men beat on him for years on end without coming out of that with a warp somewhere, and Syria looks like one of 'em.

      Anyway, you've laid it out dead right, and if we do pull the trigger on Syria, there are going to be dead on our side--and that is NOT right.

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      34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

      Excellent, as usual, FP. This Syria business, while tragic for those being murdered, is not our business. The only conclusion I draw is it's a bit of bling to distract us from the horrible situation on the Home Front. Young people who joined the Service because they remember those planes driving into the towers do NOT want to become a casualty in someone else's Civil War.

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      Stu 4 years ago

      I think Obama is following the same strategy Bush used in regard to Iraq. It's called "wagging the dog." Obama's favorability rankings are tanking, just like Bush's poll numbers were in 2003. Bush needed a big military victory to get his poll numbers up beat John Kerry in the 2004 election. The difference though is that Americans were disappointed in Bush because his Afghanistan reprisal did not wipe terrorism off the face of the map, as Bush foolishly promised on GZ 3 days after the 9/11 tragedy. Americans, at least GOP voters, wanted another war at that time. Obama simply can't see that even his own supporters in the public don't want the US to strike Syria, or if he can see it, he has some reason to strike anyway (maybe he's just to proud to admit that his knee-jerk plan to attack was a mistake). Even Gen. Martin Dempsey (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs), one of the biggest "yes men" and political whores in Washington, has been uncharacteristically blunt about the absurdity of engaging in war without any clear mission or benchmark to measure success. To no avail that we know of, he has tried to steer Obama off this course of attacking Syria with no specific goal in mind, other than more potential "nation building." And we already know how "nation building" has worked in Iraq, Libya, and Egypt; we always end up creating more allies for Iran, that are more brutal than the secular dictators that are toppled. The simple truth is that the US has no compelling security interest or moral justification for attacking Assad. And we don't know that Assad crossed any "red line." It's very possible that the 1,000 people killed in the gas attack died at the hands of the rebels who obtained some of the gas, and killed them so Assad would be blamed and attacked by the US. Given the US red line, what possible motive would Assad have for inviting a US attack upon his own forces unless it was to kill rebel combatants that posed a specific major risk to the Syrian government, and there was simply no other choice (those killed by the gas attack were civilians)? I think as usual, Obama is going to eat his own shoe. The only difference now is that he's lost the "Teflon Factor." This issue is big enough to cause crossover vote in 2014 where Democratic voters just go fishing rather than go to the polls, or vote for GOP's. I admit Obama will get far more GOP support in the Senate for an attack than from Democrats, but we have so many "low information voters" that Congressional Democrats up for reelection will be held to the arbitrary standard of "guilt by association" based on party affiliation.

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      Outstanding my friend - If this latest fiasco by our Commander in Chief doesn't clearly show how inept he really is, nothing ever will. Thank goodness most of the rest of the World didn't fall for his ego trip and jump on board with him. The fact that none of our Allies wanted to join his effort at possibly starting World War III tells me a whole bunch.

      In the eyes of some real leaders, our little Barry is showing his true colors, and they don't like what they see.

      Thank goodness other world leaders are fully aware that war is not a video game. We can't just hit the off switch when we tire of playing war. Real men and women are horribly injured or killed in a real war. The costs of supporting a war are unimaginable. I wonder how many of our elected Representatives backed away from giving their approval because they truly understand what a horrible mistake this would be, or if for once they are actually listening to their constituents and fear they many not be reelected if they vote "Yes?"

      Could it be that Barry saw this as the perfect way to divert attention away from his rapidly crumbling house of cards?

      Could it be that Barry had visions of going down in history as the President who rode in on his big white horse and saved the world?

      Or, could it be that Barry is just playing his own private video game, only using real men and women of the most powerful military in the world?