Insight from a real soldier -Mark Daily- R.I.P.
To check out his incredible blog Why I Joined click HERE
You lost me at around 2:40 with this statement, my answers would allude to vague notions of cultural tolerance (forcing women to wear a veil and stay indoors is such a quaint cultural tradition) [ethnocentric much?] I don’t agree with much of Mark Daily’s argument but I’m glad you took the time to remember his efforts for Memorial Day.
We do have an attention span on the internet and we are listening/reading/watching. Thank you.
Can you attach a link to the blog? All I found of his piece was this: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-daily16feb16_essay,1,3095349.htmlstoryhttp://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-daily16feb16_essay,1,3095349.htmlstory
I watched the entire thing and I read his blogpost on myspace. He makes a lot of valid points and encourages the anti-army left-leaning civil service nay-sayers to think outside the box. And I salute his courage and appreciate his awareness of society’s moral obligation. One point I take issue with is his assertion in defense of the Iraq war that people blamed on the Bush administration, arguing that “America’s commitment to overthrow Saddam Hussein and his sons existed before the current administration and would exist into our future children’s lives had we not acted.” And this may be true, but we should all realize that USAID and the UN have commitments to a large number of countries. Bad governance is not unique to Iraq. Consider Haiti, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, a number of countries in East Asia – each has dysfunctional economic institutions and is wrought with political corruption and lacks an effective rule of law. What separated Iraq from the rest of the equally, if not worse, corrupt countries was the US incentive to seize their natural resources. At the end of the day, the army is at the beck and call of the federal government, and Bush had every economic and political incentive to invade Iraq. Mark Daily fought a brave battle and died a virtuous man, but let us prevent any of our men from EVER having to go to war by holding the Bush administration fully accountable. There was not moral calling for a military invasion of Iraq. Our moral obligation extends to policy reform and poverty-reduction, both at home and across borders. Memorial day is a day to celebrate our soldiers and applaud their courage in the face of such horrific circumstances, but let it also be an opportunity to acknowledge the exact reasons that they ended up there. Bush called it.
Oh I forgot to note that oil consumption in the US has been significantly increasing while domestic oil production has been steadily decreasing. In 2007 alone, over 66% (two-thirds) of our nation’s oil was imported from abroad. That’s a staggering statistic…
gingy- i linked to mark’s blog. lol. guess your attention span isn’t so good after all : p
Lol, touche Quddus.
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