The Sun's coverage of turmoil in the Osama bin Laden raid, including the profile of Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger ("Keeping our secrets safe," May 4), was well done. I found especially mirthful Rep. Ruppersberger's rather quaint notion that all future federal officeholders — that's members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to you and me — be only current or former local officeholders.
These are his pals in the state legislature and the various county councils, composed mostly of professional officeholders. The Founding Fathers had no such idea in mind when they set up both chambers, but, rather, they foresaw that having temporary elected officials who would return to the private sector was the best way for democracy to flourish.
I believe they've been proven right by our country's history since 1945. Dutch is now the proverbial B'rer Rabbit stuck to his Pakistani tar baby that helps continue — not end — our wars in the Mideast and elsewhere. The death of Osama bin Laden will be used for three purposes now: to justify our past and current wars, to keep them going for another decade, and as the launching pad for whatever it is that those folks in President Obama's Situation Room are planning to do next.
To them, bombing or invading Syria is just a bag of potato chips. Nope, what I think what all these folks now have in mind — in concert with Israel — is the outright conquest of the entire Middle East. Egypt was first, Libya is up at bat now, Syria and Yemen will be next, and then the Saudis. Israel's goal is to gain power over all the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, while ours is to deny oil to China and its all-ocean navy. Where India fits into all this is still murky.
The opposite policy is what we should pursue: End the wars, bring the troops home, cut off all foreign aid to Israel, Egypt and Pakistan, and thus also help pay off our national debt to a wary China. We don't elevate ourselves by sleeping with the enemies of peace, imperialist Israel and thuggish Pakistan. Our main foreign policy goal now should be peace with China — rather than another 1914 style naval race — and a complete rebuilding of our financial, fiscal and fiduciary inner strength here at home.
Failing that, we are looking at the next world war to stave off our own domestic economic collapse, compared to which the bogus War on Terror will look like a polite garden party.
Blaine Taylor, TowsonCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun