President Reagan said, "there they go again," except this time it's the Republican candidates "going again."
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are beating the drum for war with Iran. How quickly they forget about the rush to war with Iraq and Afghanistan. Much of our national debt is due to these two unfunded wars. How does a war with Iran reduce the national debt and the price of gasoline? It seems both would skyrocket.
The wealthy Republicans rarely sacrifice anything during wartime. They don't like paying taxes to finance their wars. Romney has five sons. Will any of them sign up to fight in Iran? They didn't bother in Iraq and Afghanistan. Santorum has military age children. Will any of them defend freedom? I doubt it.
During WWII, JFK was seriously injured saving his PT-109 crew. His brother, Joseph Kennedy Jr. was killed flying a mission over Europe. George H.W. Bush was shot down over the Pacific. This was a generation that knew patriotism and sacrifice. Fast forward to today's multi-millionaire candidates. They only know how to make money and send other kids off to war. They've sacrificed nothing in defense of freedom other than the price of a bumper sticker.
Republicans love the poor because that's where they recruit their military. Today, wars are fought by poor people to protect the interests of those who sacrifice nothing. What do we have to show for it? Trillions in debt and thousands of troops and civilians dead or severely wounded. Iraq is friendly with Iran and Afghanistan is a narco-state.
In the Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) budget, Republicans want to cut veterans benefits by another 13 percent as a thank you for their service.
The Republican obsession with war should be matched by an equal zeal for sacrifice. How about inducting the draft age children of Republican politicians first and sending them off to war. It has a biblical ring to it. These are the same politicians that wave the flag talking about defending freedom and liberty. Let them put their children on the front lines first. Let's see how committed they are to defending freedom.
Ann Coulter was right when she called this lineup of Republican candidates "con-men and charlatans."
David J. Iacono