John Ransom

Tacitus X wrote: Silly excuse for a column. It doesn't take any more "guts" for a politician to send others to fight than it does for him to show "compassion" by giving someone else's money away.-- Rand Paul and the Gutless Generation

Dear Comrade X,

It takes a lot of guts for the president of the United States to send kids off to die. Look how much trouble Obama-- a silly excuse for a president-- had in sending the Seals in to kill Bin Laden: a no-brainer if there ever was one. Obviously, Obama’s not a pantheon to courage, and he certainly has no trouble spending other people’s money.

Lincoln’s biggest threat wasn’t the Confederate Army, but the “peace” coalition put together by...wait for it…Democrats -–again wrong on the issues; Roosevelt ran his campaigns saying he wanted to keep us out of World War II, possibly the most popular war in the country’s history; Truman took a beating over North Korea and Democrats thereby lost the presidency; Lyndon Johnson’s presidency was impaled on the tragedy of Vietnam; Nixon’s vehement opposition was stirred up by his vigorous use of bombing campaigns in North Vietnam and Cambodia. Were they brutal? Yes. Were they effective? No. Were they absolutely legal under the laws of war. You betcha, as Sarah Palin would say. George Bush I and George Bush II each pushed for Gulf wars that ended up affecting their presidency very negatively.

And don’t get me started with the War of 1812, the Mexican War or the Spanish-American War.

I know one thing for sure about politicians: They typically do what’s in their own best interest. War rarely works out well for the people who are the strongest advocates of it, especially as the images of war shot in high definition have been more ubiquitous.

“War, which used to be cruel and magnificent has now become cruel and squalid,” said Winston Churchill about the shift from courage and tactics to technology to prosecute wars.

Churchill fought Pashtuns in Afghanistan, Dervishes in Sudan, Boers in South Africa, the Germans in two wars, the communists whenever he could. And despite being the savior of that island home known as England, as soon as victory was secured, the people dispensed with him.

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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