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Being Anti-War Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

Obama was the bomber in chief, and the drone commander extraordinaire. Though I think it is high time we had a discussion in America about war powers I think it’s a bit disgusting we are having it now after so many hundreds of thousands have been killed by us over the last 15 years. The death toll in Iraq alone is estimated to be over 500,000 people. We had better be darn sure of our motivations and the authority to act on behalf of the United States of America.

I’ve made it clear I’m anti-war. By that I do not mean we should never go to war or that I don’t support the military. By that I mean that war is terrible and we should only do it if we have to and then only with the greatest of care and though. If we are to be honest about it war with America means getting slaughtered by the hundreds of thousands. Even powerful nations don’t stand a chance. Americans themselves own over 300 million guns and the ammunition to use them. We will win even against a mighty foe. We are the only force on earth that can ever destroy us. Our own politics and attitudes are more dangerous to us than North Korea ever could be.

I am glad that we have people in positions of military authority that would resist an illegal action they are asked to do, but I wonder, where have they been? Would it surprise you to know that the last time the US officially declared war was with Japan after the 1941 Pearl Harbor attacks? The president has some power to take military action without a declaration of war. That makes sense of course. If we are attacked he has to be able to take swift action to defend us and there isn’t time to wait for congress. But those actions are supposed to be designed to take care of the immediate needs then congress must act. We have resolutions, and police actions, when what we should be doing is declaring actual war. For someone like me who is anti-war I see that being forced to do that would make it less likely we would engage around the world. Most members of congress don’t want to be though of as not defending the US but they also don’t want to be seen as war mongers so they abdicate their responsibility and thus allow a president to gain power he should not have. The president is in charge of military planing but congress decides if we go to war. We need to force them to do their job.

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