Recently I and other fellow Southern traveler have been critically commenting on the August 1945 atomic bombing of Japan. This drew a litany of responses ranging from the typical Americana company line, hating the Japanese and the most idiotic being called isolationists. My Father “flew point” over Iwo Jima and Okinawa and his navy cruiser, the U.S.S. Detroit, was astern of the U.S.S. Missouri during formal Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. For those who do not know what “flying point” entailed, it was flying a Vought OS2U King Fisher Seaplane at a very slow speed over the enemy positions directing naval gun fire. It wasn’t lost on the Japanese what or who was responsible for the 16 inch shells coming down into their rice bowls and tried to stop it. He had an interesting human interest story about September 2nd1945 when he and his flight crew landed in an inland bay encountering the local Japanese villagers. I won’t elaborate further for I think it would be wasted on those who still think we should be occupying Japan. His ship was to be in the first wave had the invasion of Japanese home islands been carried out. He didn’t hate the Japanese and he thought people were imbeciles for cheering the nuclear bombing of civilians. Particularly Louisiana light brain internet fowl who never served in the military.
What is an isolationist? Is it someone who believes after more than a century of American wars none that had anything to do with preserving American freedom, or what’s left of it? The American people were misled in every run up to the conflict for the reasons going to war. “Isolationists must not prevail.” warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. “The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire.” In other words the empire must be maintained and expanded. Undeniably there is an American Empire. Understandably, Haass is upset. The CFR is losing the argument. It colluded in the blunders that have bled and near bankrupted America and that cost this country its unrivaled global preeminence at the end of the Cold War.
It was not “isolationists” who failed America. None of them have ever had power. The guilty parties are the CFR elitists, neocon chicken hawks, and liberal interventionists who set off to play empire post-Cold War and create a New World Order with themselves as Masters of the Universe.
Consider just a few of the decisions taken in those years that have Americans who can think for themselves and outside the imperialists’ box wish we could take back.
After the Soviet Union withdrew the Red Army from Europe and split into 15 nations, and Russia held out its hand to us, we slapped it away and rolled NATO right up onto her front porch. Enraged Russians turned to a man who would restore respect for their country. Did we think they would just take it? How did bringing Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia into NATO make America stronger, safer and more secure? It hasn’t and it has surely moved us closer to a military clash with a nuclear power. A clash some perfumed Pentagon generals, neo-con arm chair warriors salivate to happen. Careful you may get what you wish for and I’m not sure the American feminized, perverted socially engineered military can handle it.
In 2014, with Statist John McCain and U.S. diplomats cheering them on, mobs overthrew a pro-Russian government in Kiev that had been democratically elected and installed a pro-NATO regime. Putin responded by securing Russia’s naval base at Sevastopol by retaking Crimea, and supporting pro-Russian Ukrainians in Luhansk and Donetsk who preferred secession to submission to U.S. puppets. Crimea which had been historically part of Russia before the United States came to fruition and was stripped away in the 1950’swith a stroke of a pen by a snockered Nikita Khrushchev. Fortunately, American interventionists failed to bring Georgia and Ukraine into NATO. Had they succeeded, we almost surely would have been in a shooting war with Russia by now. A real war with a real opponent and not a bunch of rock throwing Arabs. Just how has antagonizing a sovereign nation by wringing them with hostile military forces make us stronger, safer and secure? How about securing our own border with our insidious Southern neighbor Mexico, rather than fucking with the Russians over Ukraine? Am I an isolationist for asking?
After the attacks on September 11, Connecticut born George W. Bush, with the nation and world behind him, took us into Afghanistan to eradicate the al-Qaida nests. After having annihilated some and scattered the rest, botching the elimination of Osama Bin Lander, Bush decided to stay and convert this wild land of Pashtuns, Hazaras, Tajiks and Uzbeks into another Kansas. Cheered on by the very Republicans who vilified President Clinton over nation building in Kosovo? Fifteen years later, we are still there. The day we finally leave, the Taliban will return, undo all we have done, and butcher those who cooperated with the Americans. If we had to do it over, would we have sent a U.S. army and civilian corps to hopelessly try and make Afghanistan like us?
Bush then invaded Iraq under the false premise Saddam Hussein had and was about to use Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), overthrowing him, purging the Baath Party, and disbanding the Iraqi army. The Result is a ruined nation worse off than before with Saddam with a pro-Iranian regime in Baghdad, ISIS occupying Mosul, Kurds seceding, and endless U.S. involvement in this second-longest of American wars. Most Americans now rightfully believe Iraq was a bloody trillion-dollar mistake, the consequences of which will be with us for decades.
With a rebel uprising against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, the U.S. aided the dubious rebels. Now, 400,000 Syrians are dead, half the country is uprooted. Millions are in exile overrunning Europe and clamoring to come to our shores. The Damascus regime, backed by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah, is holding on after five years. Meanwhile, we cannot even decide whether we want Assad to survive or fall since we do not know what nefarious force will fill the vacuum.
Anyone still thinks it was a good idea to plunge into Syria in support of the rebels? Anyone still thinks it was a good idea to back Saudi Arabia in its war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, which has decimated that country and threatens the survival of millions? Speaking of Saddam and Iraq anyone think it was a good idea to send U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia and evict the Iraqi’s from Kuwait in 1991? It was our very presence in Saudi that inspired Bin Laden to create al-Qaida and attack us. The ever so grateful Saudi and Kuwaiti regimes repaid us by funding the 9/11 terrorists. Well how did it work out for us in the long run?
Anyone still thinks it was a good idea to attack Libya and take down Moammar Gadhafi, now that ISIS and other Islamists and rival regimes are fighting over the carcass of that tormented land? Ask the families of the four dead Americans killed in Benghanai.
“The Middle East is arguably the most salient example of what happens when the U.S. pulls back,” writes Haass. Proposals that America might leave the Middle East, says Haass, have “contributed greatly to instability in the region.” Here is novel idea we have never tried, how about if we leave them, Middle East, the hell alone. But Hass and Hiroshima worshippers believe we should stay indefinitely and fight multiple wars from here to eternity.
Let’s not forget the laughable Arab Spring in Egypt. An ally, secularist Arab country undermined by the miscreants Obama, Clinton and neo-con hacks now in the grips of the Muslim Brotherhood. I canvassed the city alone when I lived in Cairo in 1977 and not once felt threatened. In fact the city had a plethora of beautiful and willing women. I came as a naïve boy and left somewhat a jaded but experienced young man. I take Egypt’s demise personally.
To some America’s role in the world is to demonize and corral Russia, defend Europe, from what no can explain, contain China, isolate Iran, deter North Korea, and battle those people who we refuse to identify as Muslim’s where we find them. Nor is that all. We are also to convert Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan into pro-Western puppets and protectorates. Embrace so called “free trade,” accepting the imported crap of the third world including their people, even if that means endless $800 billion trade deficits, sending what is left of our manufacturing base the way of the Hittites. Basically bleeding our country’s economy dry.
Otherwise, you are just an isolationist.