“History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap” – Ronald Reagan in an address to the Nation
Jul. 22, 1943 – American forces led by General George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily.
Jul. 22, 2003 – In Paris, France, a fire broke out near the top of the Eiffel Tower. About 4,000 visitors were evacuated and no injuries were reported.
Jul. 22, 2009 – The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
Jul. 22, 2016
I understand that we (as a nation) are preoccupied with the Drama and Headlines in wake of the Convention, but allow me to zoom out for just a moment before we lose sight of the larger picture. I do intend to tie it all together, so in the meantime, you needn’t get your panties in a wad contemplating which speech was most recently copy-pasted from Wikipedia or who’s crying in the sand box because of endorsements. I assure you we will have plenty of time to cover that in the impending days.
Now, let’s rewind a week’s time to the moment I stumbled off the beach Friday afternoon to find Turkey ablaze. For those of you who still have yet to be informed, Turkey is on fire—and for now I’ll skip the joke about checking the oven.
On Friday at about 11 o’clock local time (ET ensues by 7 hrs), a coup attempt was reported in Istanbul & Ankara, Turkey. Among the graphic images were human bodies run over by cars, men beaten, Military Helicopters firing on civilians, and innocent people crawling on the ground to avoid gunfire. This, unfortunately my friends, is the REAL world in which we live.
As I partially noted, all of this was underway while I was sitting on the beach carelessly watching volleyball on the other side of the globe. Back in Turkey: Chaos echoed throughout the night as the narrow streets amplified the sound of rockets and machine guns…Meanwhile, in the States, some of my friends were casually enjoying cocktails, others at the movies, and it goes without saying that there may have been one or two of us tossing a Pokéball while these events transpired.
I note the comparison because, if nothing else, this is a reminder of how out of touch we are here in America. The life we live is sheltered, and I say this not in complaint, but with gratitude, considering, ‘last time I checked’, military tanks rolling through your neighborhood is not altogether something to boast.
Among these incidents were takeovers of Newsrooms, and F-16’s shooting down stolen military helicopters over domestic cities—not battle grounds. These are events we only witness in movies. Due to the Media takeover President Erdogan was forced to broadcast his speech to his constituents through his iPhone on FaceTime, the whole event sounds fictional!
But my Thinkers, I write you not to talk about the Politics surrounding the event, or the ramifications to the US, and I very well could, as the US base in Turkey was ordered to “Force Protection Condition Delta” (which is meant for a truly catastrophic Terrorist Attack) and President Erdogan’s moral acuteness is by no means infallible. In fact, his record hints at quite the opposite. The guy is a corrupt, crooked, bastard (CCB). And that is part of the reason this story concerns you and I (and we’ll get to that in a minute). Our focus, however, should—in this instant—be acknowledging that all of this disorder must serve as a reminder of the turbulent world which girds us.
I reiterate, this is not to berate Americans, but this case, as well as the massive Terror Attack in France last week, are signs that the state of the world is volatile. (There were also several small scale attacks this week) With China Militarizing and showing naval aggression in the South China Sea, Russia’s expansion into The Ukraine, N. Korea just this week testing ICBM(Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles) and don’t forget Nuclear Iran that looms in the near future… We are stuck in the midst of a hotbed. That goes without reference to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and the instability we face in those locations. One might acknowledge that you wouldn’t have to posses superior foresight to notice that there is only a matter of time before one of these swords crosses our nose—God forbid in the decadent wrapping paper of an ICBM.
This Presidential Season, which is unfortunately filled with Con-Victs and Con-Artists, must, among countless issues feature a serious discussion about foreign policy. No I’m not talking about mobilizing and marching into another War in the Middle East. In actuality, we don’t even have enough money to do so thanks to the last 16 years of Shopping-Spree-type-spending. We’ve witnessed this from Congress, and from Presidents that have been blatantly selfish and irresponsible on both sides of the aisle. But what we must receive from the platforms in the next two weeks—after both conventions subside— is a strategy to keep you and I both safe and build up the force that protects us, the U.S. Military. Is that too much to ask for? I hesitate to check either party’s platform for fear of what I may find.
– Security through massive Defense Budget Increases
– Insecurity through disregard of the threats at hand
Both are unacceptable to a country plagued with debt and threatened by foreign danger.
Oh Christian, stop fear mongering… Well our Military is now down to the smallest it has been since WWI, which at the time was pitifully smaller than nations like Portugal. Furthermore, China is projected to have a larger Navy than the U.S. by 2020. Keep in mind that we have dominated the Seas for over a century—we are up for a rude awakening.
May I also mention that the man who is responsible for the coup in Turkey happens to reside in America! That’s right, the man who funded and who is now being blamed for organizing the uprising resides here in Pennsylvania. Dear Thinkers, use your head. I’m sure you are able to discern that things are not advantageous for us if this be the case.
Erdegon is soon going to meet with Putin in person to discuss a strategy and I can’t help but feeling that the two of them won’t have anything great to say about the ‘Good Ol’ Land of the Free”. Keep in mind Turkey now has the second largest land army in NATO. How the heck did that happen?
The answer is that Canada, France, Germany, and Great Britain have been screwing around with downsizing and Leftist policies that effectively defunded and decimated their military strength, let alone their ability to defend themselves from Terrorism and the threats that loom—which is exactly my point! We, the American people, cannot, come November, whether it be Clinton, Trump, or Peyton Manning (who—now that he’s retired—I’m starting to think we should all vote for) sign on to either platform if they are not concentrated on keeping you and I safe. Because no Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Fireman, School Teacher, Lawyer, Developer, Medical Doctor, or Salesman wants to live in disarray. Only you and I can ensure our safety at the ballot box. We must demand it out of our self centered politicians.
We deserve peace and safety. You and I don’t want to worry about Terror, we have enough stress in our daily lives…We deserve domestic tranquility—and guess what, this is only achieved through absolute strength. Nobody steals Milk Money from Chuck Norris. And when someone attempts to inflict harm on us, the youth are the individuals who have to answer the call. They alone pay the price in combat. Protect our young men and women. If you are my age (draft age), you carry all the more incentive to drop the dainty peace-sign, protesting, anti-military, disposition and listen to me. Peace is wrought through deterrence. And we ought to be wise with today’s “Milk Money”, for it renders tomorrow’s ability to safeguard such funds. This type of Realism will provide for a prosperous future—a country that is so impregnable and forceful that outward evils will shiver in their caves with nightmares and teddy-bears. Do not vote for anything less.
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