Of Sun and Empires

To make matters worse, rather than meeting its Constitutional responsibility to serve as a check on unbridled presidential power, Congress has aided and abetted yet another foreign interventionist adventure. It was one of those unheralded bipartisan bills, quietly passed with huge support in both houses of Congress and signed by the President in May 2010. Congress not only made it U.S. policy to: “apprehend or remove Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield … and to disarm and demobilize the remaining Lord’s Resistance Army fighters,” but also directed the president to come up with a plan and strategy to “eliminate” the threat.  

President Obama’s order is merely a continuation of the interventionist and imperialist foreign policy supported by presidents and Congressmen from both major political parties. Once again they have sent Americans into danger in a foreign land in the name of “humanitarian relief” and “national security.” I am beginning to detect a pattern. Whether it is Libya or Uganda, or seemingly anywhere the ruling elites in America care to send brave young volunteers, it is warmly wrapped in the patriotic garb of humanitarian relief and national security. 

And just how big a threat are African rebels to U.S. national security? According to Uganda military sources, the group now only has between 200 to 400 fighters, and their forces are fractured and scattered. A threat to U.S. national security? Seriously? 

To claim that less than 500 “fractured and scattered” rebels constitutes a threat to the security of our nation, as President Obama has done, is beyond ridiculous; it is a pathetic and blatant attempt to justify putting the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces in danger overseas for political gain at home. Nor is this a “humanitarian crisis.” The governments of the nations we’re aiding have checkered histories themselves. In Uganda, for example, homosexuality is a crime and the national legislature has considered making it punishable by death…

In the 19th and 20th centuries British colonialists and imperialists proudly proclaimed, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.” Today we can sadly say that the sun never sets on the U.S. military. We have spread ourselves too thinly trying to ring the world with too few troops, at a devastating economic and human cost. It is time we face the reality that America just can’t afford worldwide empire. 


Somebody should remind Cheney, Obama and the US Congress that, “ALL EMPIRES MUST FALL!”

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