Mark Steyn succinctly describes the Modern American Way Of War:
…Afghanistan is winding down, at best, to join the long list of America’s unwon wars, in which, 48 hours after departure, there will be no trace that we were ever there. The guys with drones are losing to the guys with fertilizer – because they mean it, and we don’t. The drone thus has come to symbolize the central defect of America’s "war on terror," which is that it’s all means and no end: We’re fighting the symptoms rather than the cause.
This is a problem that goes back to Harry Truman, with a few exceptions — but only a very few — along the way.
The past century has often been described as The American Century, but I have long believed that to be false. That period was, in fact, The Leftist Century.
It was a time when Leftism, in various forms, triumphed in every, single nation on the face of the Earth.
It was a time when the Leftist Mindset took hold among the people in the nations of The West.
It was a time when God was replaced by the Self as the divinity and where arose pagan idols of a new kind and where a demonic cult [Islam] rose from it’s dung heap to become again a threat to all that is Good.
It was the best of times for many peoples, especially in America, but it was far more the worst of times for those who perished in the gulags, concentration camps, re-education camps, labor camps — wherever the Totalitarians housed their victims and their followers who had fallen out of favor.
In the 21st Century, the seeds of Leftism planted in The West during the past one hundred years are now pushing it towards the very worst of times.
Unlike other nations, our military does not pose a threat to freedom and liberty. In fact, they are the first guardians of our Rights. Many of the Left In America have been smart enough to understand this. So, they have sought to undermine our armed forces — as they always attack their enemies — on various fronts all at once.
Playing the long game, the Left In America has sought to exploit the strong belief, codified in The Constitution, in The United States that civilians should control the military. They don’t want our troops to achieve great victories on the battlefield and to win wars because it only strengthens our respect for our soldiers, sailors, and marines. And our warriors, unlike those in most nations, will not join in any power-grabbing coups.
When the Left In America have been in positions to provide counsel to those elected officials who have the power to start and wage wars, they have urged them to hesitate and sought to spook them into not pursuing total victory. They have also sought to promote those few officers who do not possess the American Spirit and are out for themselves.
The Left In America has been waging a long war against the American Military Ethos and now, emboldened by the election of a Committed Leftist to be Commander-In-Chief and armed with the knowledge that a large number of the American People don’t care, they have stepped-up their offensive.
The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have or will soon be lost.
What do we say to the glorious dead of the battlefield?
What do we say to the tens of thousands who have returned home crippled by our wars?
Apologies won’t do.
Only a commitment to right the wrongs we have allowed will begin to make-up for our neglect, for going AWOL on pulling guard duty for The American Republic.