The last of the troops have pulled out of Iraq at long last. Some will even make it home to celebrate the Holidays with their families.
President Obama did the right thing. But for the wrong reasons.
For Obama, exiting the war was never about completing the mission and then leaving. Rather, it was about re-election. He promised an immediate end to the war as Candidate Obama. His decision to pull out was based entirely on his political condition, not the future of the Iraqi people. His ambition simply outweighs the concerns of the little people in Iraq.
That is a shame. This is the second time we have ended a war under less than honorable conditions in my lifetime.
But pulling out of Vietnam and Iraq were both the right thing to do. For in both wars we had lost sight of any goal. There simply were no exit strategies. And we had no will to win … whatever it was we were trying to win.
And in both cases, we have the liberals to thank for muddling the wars beyond anything worth fighting for.
But in the 1970′s we lived in a different country. We were a strong voice of freedom and Democracy in a world filled with Communism, Socialism and rotting societies falling victim to far left ideology.
But America is no longer that outstanding example of what Democracy and freedom can bring to a nation. There is no longer a clear contrast between the US and countries where freedom is in short supply and oppression is the law of the land.
America is still the greatest example of Democracy and freedom that exists in the world today, but we are only a shell of our former selves. Hardly an example of a nation others would want to mirror.
President Obama and his Progressive minions have attacked religious freedoms, marriage, the sanctity of life and morality. Capitalism is cursed. Open markets are viewed with spite. The wealthy are the new villains. Banks that loan money with terms completely disclosed are cast as the bad guys when a sour economy or poor financial judgement causes default and foreclosure.
Growing up, we were taught that hard work and smart investments were the pathways to fortune and success. That the wealthy had followed the same road and were an example of what we could achieve if we worked for it. The rich were revered and honored for their success.
And we all believed that we, too, could do the same. And we had hope. And we knew who to blame if we failed – ourselves. And failure only pushed us to try harder.
Now, those who were once shining examples of success, to be studied and emulated have become hated. It does not matter how many they hire, how generous they are with philanthropic ventures or how much good they do in the world. The Progressive view is that they are evil. We should all take their wealth from them as they must have gained their wealth, not through hard work and perseverance, but with unfair advantage and ill treatment of the common folk. By abusing the poor.
No, America does not need to build nations in our current image. We are no longer worthy. We have drifted from the solid foundations we once had and now live on a financial time-bomb. All of our good intentions manifested in ballooning social programs and entitlements will continue to erode our basic freedoms. And Progressives demand more and more.
It is time for America to make a decision. Do we continue down the path to a national implosion, or do we alter course and move back to a time when hard work and self reliance were the daily motto.
We need to build our nation before we ever think of rebuilding another. And perhaps then we will have something worth sharing again.