Words have meaning. Indeed, they do.
And your president’s careless words have cost us dearly in lives and in quality of life for our country.
I blame you and him for the past eight years, not for anything before or after those eight years.
In that bit of time, you both have damaged us in many areas with your words and failed actions.
From the economy, to the tearing down of the social fabric of our culture, to the failed foreign policy that has led to instability and loss of life, your words have hurt us and caused us to hemorrhage as a country.
And now, after eight years of futility, you presumptuously assume to lecture us about the meaning of words when you and your president’s incompetent, unqualified administration has buried us in Syria and Iraq because of your lack of discretion?
Let’s recall you and your president’s bumbling rhetoric on the Syrian quagmire in the fall of 2013, which started as an attack that was going to take place.
From there your words said it was more like an “unbelievably small, limited” military strike.
Your words liquefied into “We’re not talking about war, we’re not going to war.”
At the press conference in London, your words spoke of a “limited, very targeted, very short-term effort.”
Of course, Russia was quick to jump on the secretary of state’s bumbling twaddle. They’ve been at this game for a long time.
Trust but verify.
They invented the maxim.
They’re also the ones that said, “It doesn’t matter who votes, it matters who counts the votes.”
Russia understands war—it is clear that you and this president do not.
War is a disgusting, revolting business. It should not be prosecuted unless you’re 100% in it, and understand completely what you’re doing and how you’re going to do it.
If we execute a bombing raid on Syria—certainly, unequivocally, we are at war with Syria.
Like fire, war can provide certain necessary governmental purposes. Uncontrolled, or improperly prosecuted, war can burn your house down.
There are many historical references I could list—I won’t. I think we can all rationally agree on the above paragraph.
There is much counsel I could provide this administration on war, and the particulars of whether or not we should go to war with Syria, or any other nation.
Again, I won’t.
At this particular time, it would serve no value or purpose to subject this blog to war’s complicated process when it’s tied to the human experience. Other species do not have the difficulty in understanding war’s true applications as humans do.
However, if I was able to offer only one bit of advice to this administration on the subject and question of war, I can sum it up in two words.
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