Obama’s Uneasy Relationship With The Pentagon

Do we ever want a President to have a cozy relationship with the military? I wonder if our President has kept JFK’s lessons with the military during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the back of his mind or if he is trying to not repeat the mistakes that George W. Bush made by embracing the strike first and ask questions later strategy. President Eisenhower warned us of the military industrial complex and what will military career officers counsel if not military action so I too would be hesitant and circumspect before taking action. We have been engaged either directly or indirectly militarily throughout the world since the end of World War II, despite it being the war to end all wars, doesn’t that say something?Aren’t we ready to say enough is enough? What have we gained by being the world’s superpower? I would argue not much. What has the Korean war accomplished, the Vietnam War, Reagan’s military deployments in Lebanon, secret funding during the Soveit-Afghanistan war, Iran-Contragate, the Middle East under George W. Bush, what have we to show for it? It seems that we are deliberately ignoring the saying “the definition of insanity is employing the same methods over and over again and expecting a different result” The world is not here for us to impose our will upon, we are an actor sharing a stage and it is an ensemble piece.
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