Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Later. Right now let's play Global Thermonuclear War.

This Veterans Day I would like to attempt to dispel the VERY popular myth that the Republican Party is the "Warmongering" party.

Ironically, I don't think the GOP minds too much being seen as quick to fight, or strong on national defense, depending on your perspective.

But the truth is we have the Democratic party to thank for getting us into the following wars:
  • World War I (President Wilson)
  • World War II (President Roosevelt)
  • Korean War (President Truman)
  • Vietnam War (Presidents Kennedy & Johnson)
Anyone want to pit the death totals of those wars against those with Iraq?

Funny, isn't it, how Republicans are seen as "Warmongers"?

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At 11 November, 2008 11:54, Blogger etoc said...

Let's nuance this just a little... Not all wars are created equal. Nor is the way in which we get into them. I'd hate to saddle either party with being the cause of involvement in World War II! That's one that was going to be hard to avoid. World War I, Korea-maybe more debatable. Vietnam and Iraq on the other hand...both parties ginned-up the intelligence to justify their course of action.

At 11 November, 2008 17:01, Blogger GUNNY said...

I feel ya, dog.

I wasn't attempting to equate them, but rather to dispel the myth started by liberals in Michigan that Republicans are always starting wars and some such.

I think it's a bogus accusation for either party, but I'm just saying.

At 12 November, 2008 13:11, Blogger Rev. said...

Just a note to add...

Under Commander-in-Chief Clinton deployments increased 400%.

At 12 November, 2008 18:10, Blogger Jade said...

Rev wrote:
Just a note to add...

Under Commander-in-Chief Clinton deployments increased 400%.

Huh? Really? Kind of hard to believe.

BTW Gunny, did you know that only 1/3 of the (English ...couldn't quite call it American then) colonists wanted to break away from England just prior to the start Revolutionary war? To think that if we had listened to the remaining 2/3 (to keep our allegiance with England), where would we be now?! Part of the UK! Scary thought, no? And certainly the casualty was higher. But honestly could we have judge the value of that war just 5 to 10 years after the war? No. The country could have easily collapsed for many reasons and many would have blamed the demise on those who desired to break away from England. In the same way the Iraq war cannot be judge this soon in history. I think it would take at least a decade to know the value of that war....

Just a reminder of the motive behind the Revolutionary war --- it was taxes. Yup! MONEY. Now would you consider that a nobler reason for going to war??? ;o) As an phrase often quoted would say, "it's the economy, stupid!"


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