Politicians should have learned from history

Sept. 4, 2013 at 4:04 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

It does not take a genius to understand the fallacy of trying to negotiate with an enemy from a position of weakness. That is exactly the situation our beloved country now faces.

Five years of drastic reductions in the effectiveness of our armed forces combined with inept and inexcusable acceptance of insults and injuries by foreign political, military and terrorist activists (remember Benghazi - remember North Korea) have reinforced the image of the United States as a paper tiger.

Even the Obama-appointed outgoing secretary of defense, Leon Paneta, has warned that our now over-extended military would be incapable of extended military action, even as the president proposes warlike action against Syria.

Certainly, the lessons of history provided in the just-passed 20th century as shown in the instances of Pearl Harbor and the North Korean (read Chinese and Russian) attack on American and South Korean forces should be lessons on the tragedy of unpreparedness to even the most dense and self-serving politicians.

Instead of a coherent and well-planned program reinforced by a fully supported military capability, we are currently witnessing the advertisement of our military plans by a leadership guided by a philosophy best explained by what appears to be the motto of the current administration as quoted here: "When in wonder - or in doubt - run in circles, scream and shout."

I pray that God will help America.

John Caldwell, Goliad



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