The United States of America was founded after the thirteen colonies declared their independence from the tyrannical rule of the British king and the redcoats and a war was fought to make sure the British understood that the colonists were fed up with their status as serfs to the British crown. This was a just war, and people who are being controlled and coerced to live their lives under a despotic regime have every right and a genuine obligation to fight for their natural right to freedom. The founding fathers new the importance of freedom and they also knew that it was important to not get involved in affairs that did not concern the newly established government of the United States of America. It was encouraged to be friendly with the international community and to promote a foreign policy of peace. Entanglements in foreign affairs and conflicts were something many of the founding fathers strongly opposed for they knew what consequences this could bring back to the homeland. This message did not stick and it was not long before the United States government was either waging, intervening, or participating in military conflicts all over the world. This military doctrine would perdure for most of the country’s history and continues up to this day.
The United States has had about twenty one years of its entire history where it was experiencing a true peacetime period. The other two hundred and seventeen have been periods of war in some form or another. The major wars, The Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, The Civil War, The Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, The Gulf War, and most recently the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, put American casualties in the millions and take up about twenty percent of the nation’s history. All of these majors wars, by the way, barring The American Revolution, were unnecessary and were a direct result of the misguided and intimidatory nature of U.S. foreign policy. Interventionism, bullying tactics, policing, and an insatiable appetite for natural resources and military expansion can be directly linked to the wars mentioned above. If we count all the military conflicts that the U.S. has been involved in since 1776 to the present, one will find that we have been involved in some sort of violent military conflict for most of our history. I do not care to list all the conflicts and their dates since I could be here until the sun burns out, but I can tell you it takes up about ninety six percent of our history as a nation. Historians, politicians, and school teachers will tell you how wonderful and virtuous the U.S. has been over the years in spreading freedom and democracy. They will say that we are a peaceful and humanitarian nation but you can survey the people whose grandparents, some of which who were women and poor innocent children, were blown into smithereens in Nagasaki and Hiroshima and see if there is an overwhelming consensus on how lovely the U.S. foreign policy is for the rest of the world. My guess is that they will have a different opinion. Neocons and liberal academics alike hold up Abraham Lincoln to be a historic figure who is worthy of constant praise and worship. They make out like he was a benevolent and gentle emancipator whose painting should grace the dining room of every home in America so you can admire his portrait as you eat your dinner. If you happen to be eating a medium rare piece of beef when you look at Lincoln’s portrait, the blood that spills out as you cut into your tenderloin should be symbolic of the blood that Lincoln spilled on his giant continental plate that extended North to South and subjected millions to the horrors of war all in the name of preserving the Union. The Civil War cost the lives of 750,000 people and equaled about two percent of the population at that time. This statistic would be comparable to a civil war that started in America today, let’s say 2015-2019, and left six million dead. This would be utterly heinous and catastrophic to the rational thinking world. Lincoln is unfortunately remembered as a hero but his legacy should be looked at with disdain. He should be remembered as a tyrant who presided over the bloodiest war in American history and one of the most brutal wars ever fought in recorded history. World War II is looked at as another noble and patriotic war fought for freedom, but if a closer examination is taken of FDR’s foreign policy, many will come to realize that this was also an unnecessary war for the U.S. to be involved in with Europe. The Europeans should have handled Hitler and the Japanese were provoked on a regular basis by the U.S. with economic sanctions and other coercive tactics. The Vietnam War and The Korean War are two prime examples of the U.S. sticking its nose where it did not belong. Most reasonable people today would agree that these far east wars were unjustifiable and did untold amounts of damage to humanity. So what are the real underlying reasons for these wars and military quagmires? Some Americans might contend that we are a force for good in the world and our policies have liberated many countries and foreign aid has helped the poor who live in third world nations. This could not be further from the truth and the negative blowback that results from these so called humanitarian policies are directly visited on innocent Americans. The U.S. gives foreign aid to countries to appease dictators where natural resources are abundant. The liberation of countries usually backfires after the U.S. military removes one psychotic dictatorship and replaces it with another all with tax subsidies from the hardworking American taxpayer. Governments are obsessed with war since it allows them to fiscally rape the masses while at the same time spying on them and controlling their every behavior that they say could affect our “national security”. Of course, the distracted zombie like masses by into these deceptions and the uninterrupted propaganda and they willingly go along with these wars and support the tyrannical growth of the military industrial complex.
I am not saying that there is an absence of wicked political factions and religious fanatics in the world that need to be forcefully addressed and dealt with, however, these battles need to be chosen with careful consideration. The fact that many nations hate us and want to attack us is a direct causal effect of our military alliances where we choose sides in squabbles that have nothing to do with us, and our tendency to put sanctions, blockades, and embargoes on countries without blinking an eye. This can be dangerous and has brought detrimental consequences to the citizens of America over the years. There are countries who are lead and occupied by barbarians still living in the 7th century who want world wide submission to a religious theocracy and those who disagree or who are not willing to conform with this ideology will be dealt with in a brutal fashion. This is an imminent threat to freedom and our natural rights and theocracies and religious fanatics that pose a direct threat to individual freedom and liberty need to be eradicated from the planet for the sake of humanity and the rule of natural law. With that being said, defense does not have to be waged incessantly for reasons that are irrelevant to the well being of American citizens. As a libertarian, I can make a case for the privatization of military operations and defense, as many others have in the realm of libertarian philosophy. It is the only sensible way to protect our rights and freedoms without becoming war mongers and invading savages. I can guarantee you that any group of people in a territorial area that privatizes their defense services will not be at war for over two-hundred years. So while there are just wars that need to be fought for freedom, the U.S. has fought maybe three wars that fit into that category, and that’s being generous. So on memorial day when the military propagandists and politicians are trying to penetrate your consciousness every minute of the day with the message of thanks and honor for our fallen soldiers, just remember all the millions upon millions of casualties, the trillions upon trillions of tax dollars, and the current police state within the militaristic empire, and just sit back in your lawn chair with your beer and hot dog and ask yourself was all this blood and treasure for freedom? Were these wars really necessary for the preservation of our rights and liberties or were they wars started to spread and amplify political power here and abroad? I think you know my answer, now just think about yours.