CRAIG GLAZER CONSIDERS U.S.A. PLIGHT AS THE WORLD'S LAST SUPERPOWER!!!
TKC Note: Tonight Kansas City's own Craig Glazer shares insight and a unique perspective on U.S. Foregin policy in the era of digital mass media. Check it:
Syria: Are you serious?
It was just a couple weeks ago that the President of the United States, the Secretary of State and many leaders here and abroad decided it was necessary to bomb Syria for murdering thousands of men, women and children with Weapons of Mass Destruction including poisonous gasses. After all, we are the world’s policemen, right? After a brief battle with Congress, the Senate and the majority of political pundits, President Obama went silent on what he felt was a mandatory response to mass murder overseas. In the end, The President seemed all too eager to get this headache behind him, so when the Russians came up with a ‘plan’ to solve the potential US retaliation, the White House simply dropped the whole thing.
During it’s brief heightened media attention, about the only thing that really happened was that oil prices skyrocketed over the simple thought of unrest in the Middle East.
Our media is in love with what appears to be at times history changing events that occur on almost a weekly basis. Mass shootings, murder in America, terrorist acts in Boston, and maybe headlines that get even more attention would include the insane interest over Miley Cyrus’ (formerly known as Hannah Montana) dance routine. What’s tragic here is that the most powerful nation on the planet, the United States, for a moment here and there really wants to do the right thing. Though I remember few political conversations at the White House over the millions of men, women and children murdered in Africa over the last twenty years. Must have been because the media didn’t find this to be good enough ratings. Hollywood was thrilled to add a new villain to hundreds of movies and television series, Middle Eastern terrorists. Thank God, how many more evil drug dealers could we have? Oh the irony. With the advent of terrorists as the bad guy, Hollywood was able to turn some drug dealers into anti-heroes, like Breaking Bad, one of the most popular shows ever on television where the hero was a drug dealer. What’s really interesting, a few decades before drug dealers and terrorists all we had for bad guys were gangsters and mobsters. Movies like ‘The Godfather’ with Marlon Brando and HBO’s ‘The Soprano’s’ fixed all that. The Mobster became the anti-hero.
What does all that have to do with Syria? It’s come to the point where everything is measured by it’s popularity and not it’s reality. The simple truth is, we are notnow nor have we ever been the world’s policemen. The United States is a warlike nation, whose success is equaled by no other prior World Power, i.e Rome, Egypt and England. What sets us apart has been America’s ability to keep nearly all the violence off our own shores for over a century now. The last major combat on US soil was the Civil War in the 1860’s, now more than a hundred years ago. I know what you are thinking, what about the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese? First off, Hawaii was not a state at that time and as horrible and sneaky as it was, when you compare it with the incredible devastation in Europe and overseas it was pretty minor. Look at the toll the war took on England, Italy, France, Russia, Germany, Japan, and other smaller countries. None of our cities were bombed and our death toll was a far cry smaller per capita than other countries involved in the Second World War.
Just after the Civil War, when America became the World’s Great Power, it’s almost uncanny how this great nation chooses its battles. Combat and all that goes with it, is America’s biggest economic weapon. We wield that stick with the kind of talent only seen by great sports star. Near perfect. You see the only people we really care about are our own. In fact, sometimes not enough, where they are concerned with individual safety abroad.
If we are not engaged with an enemy somewhere and there is no war, we will invent one. You think not? Explain the Falklands to me. What was that all about? Better yet, remember this battle cry, ‘We must stop the spread of Communism to protect our way of life and a free nation.’ This was the reason for combat in Korea and Vietnam. As we now look back on it, what did we stop? Did it matter? Communism basically doesn’t work anywhere, it dies its own death, i.e the fall of Russia.
Make no mistake, the World looks up to the American way of life, the media shows the world our beautiful homes, our famous celebrities, our beautiful women, our cars and all that goes with it. You think not? With rare exception every talented athlete or entertainer seems to find their way to the American Stage or a field to play. Why? It’s Hollywood, baby. Now it comes into play with war. Should we or shouldn’t we? Only the ratings meter seems to matter.
We have no powerful enemy. Russia and China both strive to be the next United States. They want to be just like us, not fight us. It’s true that a fourth world group of nations in the Middle East hate America. In fairness to them, the brainwashing starts at birth, they have little education and for the most part their lives are so miserable and barren that they have become the world’s greatest player haters.
In the end, nobody really wants to tangle with the strength of the United States military. To make matters worse for our enemies in the Middle East, our number one ally is Israel, who are a match for any other US enemy by themselves. Right or wrong, thank God we were born in the United States.