John Ransom

Mmmm, you can almost taste the healing going on around the world.

As the oceans begin to recede, and Pharaoh’s army gets swallowed by the Red Sea, we should pause to thank the man who gave us this moment.

That was some good healing you gave us, Mr. Post-Racial president.

I remember when you first started advocating the Afghan “surge” strategy.

“The Obama administration has taken the same attitude towards a troop surge as they have toward stimulus packages,” I wrote in 2009. “More troop surge, like more stimulus, is obviously better, no matter what the cost or the likeliness to succeed.” I called the strategy “pyrrhic” and “elusive,” serving only political ends of Obama, not the military or security needs of the Unites States:

“Having declared Iraq a lost cause over a year ago, Obama was surprised to see the surge work so well in Iraq. So like most politicians who see something work, he decided to get some surge of his own. Having opposed Iraq, Obama's surge logically will go to Afghanistan, the only war still convenient to the US under his administration.”      

Four deployments later, and Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, US Army, has allegedly massacred 16 innocent civilians in Afghanistan.

Between Koran burning, bungled planning from the administration and Obama’s King Pyrrhus act, we’ve made such progress now in Afghanistan that we’re at the point of getting kicked out. The Afghans would rather live under the Taliban than live under the failed Obama surge strategy.  

What healing!

“I was in the military, I was in Vietnam, I was an infantry guy like he was," said Bale’s neighbor Stuart Ness, according to Voice of America. "And war does terrible, terrible things to you, and I think everybody would agree that nobody would do something like that if they were really thinking clearly."

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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