And so we lob more missiles at another country. By “we”, of course, I mean the President. We weren’t asked our opinion on the matter. Neither were our representatives, you know, the people who are actually supposed to be the ones who declare war.
Oh, I know, it’s not ‘war’, it’s a ‘limited action’.
And I know it’s not just this President who feels that he can unilaterally bomb the shit out of foreign countries for any reason. It sucked when the last five presidents did it. It sucks now.
Now I’m not an Assad or Putin lover or defender. Assad is a war criminal and he deserves the business end of a noose.
But maybe we should have a national discussion about whether or not we should be the ones bringing him to that noose. If it’s in our best interest. If there’s a better way to do it. If there’s a better solution for the innocent people of Syria. Like maybe letting more than 11 of them come to America as refugees.
And that’s the point, really. Our Congress should be the one making these decisions. And I know Paul Ryan claims that the 2001 AUMF allowed Bush Jr., Obama, and Trump to do whatever the fuck they wanted, but that argument doesn’t pass the bullshit test.
I don’t know…
I think the American people are so apathetic about what is being done in their name because we’re 150 years removed from the horrors of war being visited upon our own soil, we’re 70 years removed from the privations of war, and we’re 50 years removed from large numbers of flag draped coffins filled with dead conscripts coming home.
War is something that happens over there now. We all sit, fat, happy, and secure that it will never be our neighborhoods that will be shelled, our children who will never be blown to bits, and our blood that will never be spilled.
War is a news story. Nothing more. The innocent dead are easily forgotten by the time Wheel of Fortune comes on.