Oct 23

Friends Don’t Let Friends Invade Other Countries

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Invade Other Countries

By Lesley Hopkins

Everyone has a friend who is wildly optimistic; they will try anything and refuse to give in at the first sign of resistance. In many situations, such a trait is admirable, but not in all of them. For instance, in a casino, such a trait is particularly unhelpful.

A casino is a roach motel for money; it is designed to make sure that money comes in but never checks out of the building. All of the games are fixed against the gambler to ensure that the house always wins in the end. Sure, some people might win a few dollars now and again, but these people are the exception. This is why when someone does win, they tell everybody they know, because it is so rare and remarkable that they came out ahead.

In such a place as a casino, optimism is not a helpful world view. With every spin and roll of the dice, the optimist is convinced they are about to make a mountain of moolah. In reality, they are about to lose all of their cash, possibly their shirt, and maybe even their house. After such a horrific defeat, a normal man would walk away, but not Mr. Optimism. He foolishly believes lady luck will shine down on him the next time he gambles.

When it comes to countries, no one is more optimistic than the United States of America. This is perfectly illustrated by its foreign policy, which seems hell bent on creating heaven on earth. According to their Department of State’s FY 2013 Financial Report, the Department’s Mission Statement is to “Shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.” In other words, the goal of the U.S. foreign policy is to make sure that there is no war or injustice in any country in the universe for the benefit of all mankind. In their eyes, they are the Guardians of the Galaxy.

This wild optimism helps to explain why the United States keeps going back into Iraq. Most countries would have learned from their previous two failed invasions, but not the United States. The U.S. Government truly believes they can change hearts and minds by bombing the living daylights out of them. The blind bureaucrats fail to see that a country cannot use force to convert another country into a just democracy. Force never works as a way of making lasting change. People might be compliant when a punisher is present, but once the enforcer leaves, they revert back to their previous ways. This occurs in every school classroom; when the teacher is in the room, children behave out of fear of punishment, but once they leave the room, chaos ensues.

A rational person would look at the evidence and say it is pointless to re-reinvade Iraq; but, sadly, U.S. Leaders are not rational, they are pollyannishly optimistic. Despite a preponderance of evidence, the politicians blithely believe the next billion dollar bet will pay off; when in reality, the next roll of the dice will result in them crapping out again.

It is time for an intervention with the United States about its Iraq gambling problem. Things are way out of control. Not only are they squandering billions of their own money on this fool’s bet, they are taking loans from other countries to continue to gamble on Iraq. The U.S. Government claims they have a fool proof plan, but they fail to realize that the odds are stacked against them in Iraq. It does not matter what they do; their actions will never bring about a just, democratic Iraq. It is time for the United States to leave the casino and go home. There is no shame in losing a bet. There is shame in continuing to lose on the same bet over and over again.


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