Tuesday :: Mar 17, 2009

19 Months Can Be A Long Time

by paradox

I have been ordered to do other things lately and I’m very busy today, but before I leave the house I wanted to re-iterate some basic points to my acceptance of Obama’s Iraq war timetable of 19 months. A fierce critic of the war all these years leaves me with an obligation to explain my obeisance to Executive here.

It may surprise many but for those who earn it I am very loyal to leadership and actually follow orders from such humans. Did I go to Harvard and run for President? The war should end tomorrow but extremely powerful forces want it to continue as long as possible, given the limitations presented President Obama in the matter 19 months will have to do, the world is an imperfect place. My role in it is to be helpful to my people, and I’m positive in this case supporting President Obama is the right thing to do for peace in Iraq.

It’s hard, I do not wait well. Our Army and Marine Corps is alarmingly busted in equipment from all the tours overseas, but the state of our personnel is what’s really horrifying, suicide rates skyrocketing among active personnel for a tiny corps of Americans who have been forced to bear so much of our sacrifices. Our people desperately need to come home and heal, and my heart is burdened with them every day as they’re out there hurting, their families in a different hell of waiting that makes me ashamed of my petty impatience.

From a fiduciary standpoint this insanity saps my forbearance, yes. Essentially a 19 month wait is approximately $300 billion dollars tossed to the winds of insanity, pain, death’n destruction the payout for a vast treasure that could have been immediately applied here at home. Way to go.

Most disturbing of all is the moral compass of the country—if there is such a thing—continually pointed toward institutional violence and war as it strives to be a better place. Currently there is a pathetic acceptance evolution on American employment of torture and how to move forward, yet even if we resolved that perfectly we’d still be a people with good moral standing as it continually blew apart Afghan women and children at weddings with 1,000 ordnance from the heavens. Can we really be a great country pulling that little trick? I doubt it.

Yet despite all this I still support President Obama and the long, long wait for peace in Iraq. At the very least the end is finally nearing, not close yet, but definitively there. How easy the world would be if all our issues had clear end dates, you know? Not an optimum scenario in any sense, but we could be in a much, much worse space on this right now.

Acceptance does not mean cheerfulness. It does not mean blind loyalty to a young administration grappling with a blizzard of difficult problems. It will not lead to a sunny outlook on life.

Used to be America is a peace was a treasured and heavily applauded line at every State of the Union address. I remember a time when horrible guilt and shame for useless insane violence did not crowd our news every day, when we dreamed and played and did not actively kill humans around us for pathetic failings. We seemed to have gotten so used to it so easily, it’s vastly disturbing.

As long as we are at war I will never feel basely at peace as an American, we can’t be the country we profess to be while at war, it doesn’t work. There is a chance we can get back to a better place, and for that precious chance the best thing to do is wait. Stay patient, serve your duty, and wait for our people to finally come home.

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