This is an interesting take on the left’s anti-war hypocrisy. I think this video approaches the issue of war from the libertarian perspective. I don’t agree with all the points made in this video. But I do think some very important points are raised.
For example, I am still angry about the Vietnam war. After 15 years of war in Vietnam and some 60,000 American dead, not to mention all the wounded and traumatized, we lost the war. There was no strategy for victory. So why were we there in the first place? I find it utterly unconscionable that we put our people in harm’s way for such a long time. And for what?
Now, we have been involved in Afghanistan for over 10 years. Obama has ostensibly admitted defeat. So, after removing the Taliban, the Taliban are positioned to take control once we leave. Once again, what did all the bloodshed and suffering accomplish? It is as if we have no will to win anything anymore. And if that’s the case, then we have no business sending people to fight and die. It is immoral and wrong—as wrong as wrong can get.
Don’t misunderstand me, either. This is in no way a condemnation of our military; it is a stern condemnation of our civilian leadership who sends our finest into hell with no chance of victory. I’m more of a Sun Tzu guy than a Clausewitz guy, when it comes to the strategy of war. Like Sun Tzu states in his maxims on war, no nation benefits from a protracted struggle. So why in the hell does the U.S. insist in engaging in long, costly, protracted struggles?
One of the points raised in the video is just how we go about declaring war in the first place. Under our Constitution, as I understand it, when war is declared it is supposed to be a congressional act—meaning: the House and Senate are to agree jointly; the military is notified, then the American public. Then, and only then, does the president assume the role of Commander-in-Chief.
This process has, in effect, been circumvented by the War Powers Act, which President Obama brazenly circumvented when he commenced hostilities in Libya—an impeachable offense.
h/t: CD File