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  • How Complicated is it?

    How Complicated is WHAT?

    THE IF AND WHEN OF US SECURITY STRATEGY? ON TERRORISTS, WARS  and  FOREIGN POLICY?

    “IS SO COMPLICATED” THE PRESIDENT AND HIS PRESS SECRETARIES ARE TIP TOEING AROUND IN THE ROSE GARDEN LIKE IT’S A MINE FIELD.

    “WE DON’T HAVE A STRATEGY YET” OBAMA SAID

    AUG 28, 2014 – FEB 2, 2015?

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    Hearing National Security Strategy | Video | C-SPAN.org

    C-Span‎ – 2 days ago

    January 29, 2015 … Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, and George Shultz testified at …

    (I watched it, did you?)

    JANUARY 29, 2015 HISTORY  LESSONS FROM SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT ON  U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST WARS, TERRORISTS, STRATEGY, DIPLOMACY AND  FOREIGN POLICY

    Jan 29,2015,  Is the U.S.A. in trouble?

    “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

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    Testimony and comments by Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, and George Shultz on C-SPAN hearing on National Security.

    THE US SECURITY  STRATEGY?

    January 29, 2015 HISTORY  LESSONS FROM SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT ON  U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST WARS, TERRORISTS, STRATEGY, DIPLOMACY AND  FOREIGN POLICY.

    Jan 29, 2015 SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT

    “What are your greatest  concerns?”

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    Meanwhile back ON THE HILL …. BETTER BONE UP ON  YOUR  HISTORY  LESSONS

    “Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.”

    “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”

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    If you are concerned? 62% of AMERICAN’S ARE (continue reading)

    Don’t kill the messenger

    “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”

    I’ve spent  over 30 hours, since listening on C-SPAN, to the testimony from SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT , researching, digging up current and historical documents and facts. I have included snippets and comments from entities with very diverse and well informed backgrounds.

    HOW “COMPLICATED” IS  OBAMA U.S. SECURITY STRATEGY?

    My comment, Based on the understanding of a reasonable person?

    It could be  ESPECIALLY INSIDIOUS because of the domino effect and the feedback runaway and  wherein impacts between offending and offended countries  including  Radical Religious terrorism of sizable mass spalls off on smaller countries from allied support for the force of US military Support and weapons.

    The offending and offended country, Radical Religious entities, terrorists,  can then hit other countries, creating even more widespread refuges problems, genocide, killing of Christians, more beheadings of diversified individuals from international origin and capture, more demands for ransom, from all countries that support the war on terrorism  and if a  large allied defense  backing  US Military support, weapons, boots on the ground, sanctions and  intervention  were to occur?

    Such as between a the U.S.A. , Iran, Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, Russia,  SYRIA,  and, we must  toss in China and Africa etc. too!   Or as the result of hostile actions in space, bombing, DRONES, then the resulting POLITICA L debris cascade, ESPECIALLY INSIDIOUS because development and proliferation of nuclear weapons could be used and could render the defense of  legal borders  and sovereignty of states  essentially impossible.

    WHAT’S SO COMPLICATED ABOUT THAT?

    THE US GOVERNMENT, OBAMA,  MUST NOT OFFEND ANY OF OUR ALLYS, OUR ENEMIES, TERRORISTS, RELIGIOUS ENTITIES, NATIONALITIES, OR  OFFEND ANY OF  THE LEADERS OF ANY OF THESE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AT ANYTIME?

    “The difference between using an offending word and a non-offending word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

    YOU CAN PLEASE SOME OF THESE FOREIGN  ENTITIES  SOME OF THE TIME?

    Who knows what the future might bring? The nation seethes with ethnic, sectarian, tribal and ideological grievances.

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    More news for SCHULTZ, KISSINGER and ALBRIGHT National Security Jan. 29,2015

    Jan 29, 2015 SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT

    “WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST  CONCERNS?”

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    KISSINGER – ISIS

    Iran wants to development and use nuclear weapons to bomb Israel.

    SCHULTZ  Iran wants to development and use nuclear weapons to annihilate  Israel.

    Give Syria us military weapons “YES”  BUT, security to protect the weapons?

    SCHULTZ  SECURITY WARNING.. If there is LOOTING there is no SECURITY.

    SCHULTZ  ON  “MISSION CREEP” one objective at a time, get in, do it and get out.

    Defeating  ISIS, a revolutionary force that doesn’t recognize regional borders.

    Russia and Syria “the NO BORDERS concept and  loss of states SOVEREIGNTY by assertive domination”

    SCHULTZ EUROPEAN DEPENDENCY ON RUSSIAN OIL

    TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION

    TAKING DOWN OUR POWER GRID

    OBAMA DRAWS LINES? BUT DOES NOT FOLLOW THROUGH…

    my words… “Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightening that does the work.”

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    Jan 29, 2015 SCHULTZ  STRATEGY, DIPLOMACY and  FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC POLICY

    (his hindsight is 20/20)

    United Religions Initiative

    664 Cooperation Circles in 85 Countries – United Religions …

    www.uri.org/the_world_of_uri

    United Religions Initiative Logo. | Register | Give | The Latest | Resources … 664 Cooperation Circles in 85 Countries.

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    2009 ALBRIGHT’S  STRATEGY, DIPLOMACY AND FOREIGN POLICY

    May 19, 2006  (nearly nine years ago)

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright acknowledges that her new book “The Mighty and the Almighty” flies in the face of conventional wisdom on foreign policy.

    May 19, 2006 “DIPLOMATS IN MY ERA WERE TAUGHT NOT TO INVITE TROUBLE.

     AND NO SUBJECT SEEMED MORE INHERENTLY TREACHEROUS THAN RELIGION.”

    Albright sought to expand relations with AMERICAN MUSLIM LEADERS

    Decision makers need to do a better job of understanding RELIGION’S role in the world. She also suggests the government should use religious leaders to support and explain U.S. foreign policy.

    WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND ISLAM BETTER. I think we all have a tendency to generalize, to focus on the worst part of what is happening under the auspices, SO TO SPEAK, OF ISLAM. AND THAT’S EXTREMISM AND SOME OF THE VIOLENCE.

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    TOO BAD THE BOOK WAS NOT A BEST SELLER

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    Jan 29,2015 SCHULTZ SECURITY WARNING..

    Give Syria us military weapons “YES” , BUT, secure and protect the weapons?

    If there is LOOTING there is no SECURITY.

    LOOTING Spring 2004. April 2003, during the mayhem that followed the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime, looters entered the Iraq National …

    World affairs editor, BBC News March 19, 2008

    Vice-President Dick Cheney came to Baghdad and talked about “the phenomenal improvement in SECURITY”. That day more than 60 Iraqis were killed in bomb attacks.

    Catastrophe! Ten Years Later  2013 Looting, Destruction, and Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Iraq and the Wider Middle East

    LOOTING Apr 28, 2014 – Recently, villagers have increasingly extended their cemeteries, houses, and fields onto these significant Egyptian sites, looting them in the process.

    ISIS: The Spoils of the “Great Loot” in the Middle East

    July 1, 2014 Adding yet more warfare to the current crisis in the Middle East will perpetuate exactly what the imperial powers set out to do: TEAR AN ENTIRE REGION OF THE WORLD ASUNDER.

    By Conn Hallinan,

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    THE COMMITMENT?  

    COST OF NATIONAL SECURITY – National Priorities Project

    What counts as national security depends on your perspective.

    Some people consider wars overseas to be national security.

    http://nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/

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     Jan. 29,2015  KISSINGER QUESTIONS  ON STRATEGY 

    What do we seek to achieve or prevent?  What lengths are we willing to take to achieve.

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    Iraq War Facts, Results & Statistics at January 31, 2012 … War-Spending – About $1 trillion of US taxpayers’ funds spent or approved for spending through 2011.

    03/14/13 The Iraq War cost the United States,  MORE THAN $3 TRILLION according to the calculations of at least one Nobel prize-winning economist

    Total US National Security Spending, 2014-2015 … as the human costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ( and worldwide)  continue to grow. …

    On-Budget Federal Budget Authority is $2.9 TRILLION IN 2014 and $3.2 TRILLION IN 2015.

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    Indeed, the 62% of concerned American citizens should be asking the same questions of their president and elected representative in WA DC.

    What do we seek to achieve or prevent? 

    What lengths are we willing to take to achieve?

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    AFTER THIRTEEN YEARS OF WAR?

    THE WAR TOLL ON THE HUMAN RACE?

    THE TEN $10 TRILLION DOLLARS?

    HOW MANY DEAD AND WOUNDED WARRIORS?

    HOW MANY DEAD CIVILIAN CAUSALITIES?

    HOW MANY HOMELESS MORE REFUGEES?

    WHEN WILL THEY NAME AND IDENTIFY THE ENEMY?

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    Just asking…

    HOW ABOUT SOME  HOME LAND SECURITY? TO PROTECT AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM HOME GROWN TERRORISTS? AND PROVIDE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY?

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    COST OF CONFLICT?

    The price of conflict TO THE HUMAN RACE?

    To bring new insights to the debate on global SECURITY?

    The idea is to examine this cost, not only in terms of the deaths and casualties and the economic costs borne by the people involved, but also the social, developmental, environmental and STRATEGIC costs of conflict.

    Jan 7, 2015 – Last year saw a dramatic escalation of the MIDDLE EAST’S REFUGEE CRISIS. SYRIA’S … UP TO 13 MILLION  SYRIANS AND IRAQIS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES.

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    History

    Oct 21, 2011 – Pivotal events in Iraq from the March 2003 invasion to the December 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops

    Who knows what the future might bring? The nation seethes with ethnic, sectarian, tribal and ideological grievances.

    Jan 29,2015  Kissinger said,  A strategy driven budget, NOT  A budget driven by Strategy? (I don’t know what that means?)

    OBAMA Strategy? Aug 28, 2014 – “We don’t have a strategy yet,”

    Obama strategy?  Feb 2, 2015

    Jan. 29, 2015 SCHULTZ  avoid  MISSION CREEP, one objective at a time, get in, do it and get out.

    Sep 18, 2014 – Mission Creep, a term that has come to describe a gradual shift in objectives during the course of a military campaign, often resulting in

    Sep 23, 2014 – America’s Mission Creep To War In The Middle East. BBC. How Obama’s War Against ISIS Just Keeps Growing…

    Nov 7, 2014 – … ask Congress for $5 billion for military operations in the Middle East … suggestions that the doubling of forces amounted to mission creep.

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    My comment and question?

    THE U.S. MILITARY HAS BEEN “MISSION CREEPING”  around in the Middle East for 13 years.

    WHAT WAS THE STRATEGY?

    Middle Eastern oil has enchanted global powers?

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    JAN. 29, 2015 Overall consensus, SCHULTZ,  KISSINGER  and ALBRIGHT

    Speak softly and carry a big stick.

    Oops, About the U.S. Military  big stick?

    JAN. 29, 2015 KISSINGER THE STATE OF OUR “MILITARY POWER?” “IS NOT ADEQUATE”

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    History

    Iraq war shows limits of US power

    World affairs editor, BBC News

     March 19, 2008 More importantly, the war has shown the limits of American power. It is clear the United States can only manage to fight two small wars at a time.

    We have seen how hard it is for the Americans to deal with a few thousand lightly-armed volunteers

    Iraq and Afghanistan have stretched the US armed forces almost to breaking point. America after the invasion of Iraq is no longer the superpower it was before.

    On Monday, Vice-President Dick Cheney came to Baghdad and talked about “the phenomenal improvement in SECURITY“. That day more than 60 Iraqis were killed in bomb attacks.

    Germany’s 19th-Century Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, said that GREAT POWERS HAD TO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN THEY PUT THEIR MILITARY STRENGTH TO THE TEST. UNLESS THEY ARE OVERWHELMINGLY SUCCESSFUL, HE MEANT, THE PERCEPTION WILL BE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DEFEATED.

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    MORE Albright 2009,

    Well, because I think that in looking at what was going on in the world, it was evident that religion and the force of religion and people’s interpretation of how they saw God, really is very much a part of international relations. Rather than keeping religion and religious leaders out of things, we need their help.

    We are dealing with very basic issues of human existence. And, everybody comes with a certain amount of their own history –thousands of years of culture and history.

    She believes President Bush has alienated potential allies around the world who disagree with his religious beliefs. “GOD IS ON OUR SIDE?” (I remember  the quote, and thought at the time, boy she’s right,  that is really going to set them off)

    Albright sought to expand relations with AMERICAN MUSLIM LEADERS

    Decision makers need to do a better job of understanding religion’s role in the world. She also suggests the government should use religious leaders to support and explain U.S. foreign policy.

    Our diplomats are very well trained and they are very capable. But, they have not really focused on religion per se as a subject of study. A Secretary of State has economic advisors and arms control advisors and environmental advisors. And so, I would advocate having religious advisors that are complementing all the other advisors.

    complete text at

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2006/05/19/may-19-2006-madeleine-albright/1845/

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    HAVE I GOTTEN YOUR ATTENTION? WATCH THIS

    Hearing National Security Strategy | Video | C-SPAN.org

    C-Span‎ – 2 days ago

    January 29, 2015 … Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, and George Shultz testified at …

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    WANT MORE HISTORY?

    Behind My Back | The Art of War

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/09/11/the-art-of-war/

    Sep 11, 2013 – 544-496 BC), the author of The Art of War (孫子兵法), an immensely influential ANCIENT CHINESE BOOK ON MILITARY STRATEGY. Sun Tzu …

    “THERE IS NO INSTANCE OF A COUNTRY HAVING BENEFITED FROM PROLONGED WARFARE.

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    Behind My Back | Kilmer on the art of war

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/24/kilmer-on-the-art-of-war/

    Oct 24, 2013 – Subject: KILMER : Responding to “The Art of War” —– Original Message —– From: Representative Derek Kilmer To: phew@wavecable.com …

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    Behind My Back | INHERITING THE NATIONAL DEBT

    www.behindmyback.org/category/inheriting-the-national-debt/

    Nov 13, 2013 – “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt” Thomas …. at http://famguardian.org/Subjects/Politics/thomasjefferson/jeff1340.htm.

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    Behind My Back | NO MORE US WAR AND CONFLICT

    www.behindmyback.org/category/no-more-us-war-and-conflict/

    May 17, 2014 – Cost of Conflict is a tool which attempts to calculate the price of conflict to the human race. … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_conflict# …

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    IT’S PERSONAL

     In 1999 FIVE BLOCKS FROM MY HOME in Port Angeles WA, one of “THOSE ISLAMIC EXTREMIST TERRORISTS” with a trunk full of explosives came into my town in the USA, across the international border from Canada.

    STRATEGY ? TERRORISTS? I asked Rep. Kilmer at Port Angeles WA Town Hall Meeting  about  Unmentionable Islamic extremist terrorists?

    Rep. Kilmer did  respond, but Rep. Kilmer did not answer my  question…

     


  • Perpetual Debt of the Dead

    “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt” Thomas Jefferson Quotations 

     We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude

    There does not exist an engine so corruptive of the government and so demoralizing of the nation as a public debt.. IT WILL BRING ON US MORE RUIN AT HOME than all the enemies from abroad against whom this army and navy are to protect us.

    “Our distance from the wars of Europe, and our disposition to take no part in them, will, we hope, enable us to keep clear of the debts which they occasion to other powers.”

    No earthly consideration could induce my consent to contract such a debt as England has by her wars for commerce, to reduce our citizens by taxes to such wretchedness, as that laboring sixteen of the twenty-four hours, they are still unable to afford themselves bread, or barely to earn as much oatmeal or potatoes as will keep soul and body together.

     And all this to feed the avidity of a few millionary merchants and to keep up one thousand ships of war for the protection of their commercial speculations.” —

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    Some people consider wars overseas to be national security.

    What counts as national security depends on your perspective.

     AND? This is because the report takes into account indirect costs

     such as the price of oil?

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    Back to Thomas Jefferson Quotations 

     I say, the earth belongs to each of these generations during its course, fully and in its own right.

    The second generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the first,

    the third of the second, and so on. For if the first could charge it with a debt,

    then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation.

    Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence.

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    How much Perpetual Debt of the Dead on May 17, 2014?

    $17,475,637,718,124.28 TRILLION DOLLARS

    The estimated population of the United States is 318,236,433
    so each citizen’s share of this debt is $54,914.01.

    The 2014 United States Congress does hereby  bequeath, to all future generations of American Citizens, “The Perpetual Debt of the Dead”

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    Thomas Jefferson Quotations

     “There [is a measure] which if not taken we are undone…[It is] to cease borrowing money and to pay off the national debt. If this cannot be done without dismissing the army and putting the ships out of commission, haul them up high and dry and reduce the army to the lowest point at which it was ever established.

    There does not exist an engine so corruptive of the government and so demoralizing of the nation as a public debt.

    It will bring on us more ruin at home than all the enemies from abroad against whom this army and navy are to protect us

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     We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude

    If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds,

    Our people,  as the people of England are , must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread.

    have no time to think,

    no means of calling the mismanagers to account;

    but be glad to obtain subsistence

    by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.

    Our landholders, too, like theirs, retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs, but held really in trust for the treasury,

    must wander, like theirs, in foreign countries, and be contented with penury, obscurity, exile, and the glory of the nation.

    This example reads to us the salutary lesson, that private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagance.

    And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, and to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering.

    Then begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia, a Latin phrase meaning “the war of all against all”, ..

    which some philosophers observing to be so general in this world, have mistaken it for the natural,  instead of the abusive state of man.

    And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt.Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.

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    A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another,

    shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement,

     and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.

    This is the sum of good government.

    Read more at  http://famguardian.org/Subjects/Politics/thomasjefferson/jeff1340.htm

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    Cost of National Security – National Priorities Project

    What counts as national security depends on your perspective.

    Some people consider wars overseas to be national security.

    http://nationalpriorities.org/cost-of/

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    Cost of Conflict

    — Cost of Conflict is a tool which attempts to calculate the price of conflict to the human race. The idea is to examine this cost, not only in terms of the deaths and casualties and the economic costs borne by the people involved, but also the social, developmental, environmental and strategic costs of conflict. In most cases organizations measure and analyze the economic and broader development  costs of conflict. While this conventional method of assessing the impact ofconflict is fairly in-depth, it does not provide a comprehensive overview of a country or region embroiled in conflict. One of the earliest studies assessing the true cost of conflict on a variety of parameters was commissioned bySaferworld and compiled by Michael Cranna(1) Strategic Foresight Group has taken this science to a new level by developing a multi-disciplinary methodology, that has been applied to most parts of the world. A key benefit of using this tool is to encourage people to look at conflict in new ways and to widen public discussion of the subject, and to bring new insights to the debate on global security.

     AND? This is because the report takes into account indirect costs such as the price of oil?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_conflict#The_True_Cost_of_Conflict


     

     


  • Kilmer on the art of war

    Subject: KILMER : Responding to “The Art of War”

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Representative Derek Kilmer

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:51 PM
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    Subject: Responding to Your Message

    Dear Pearl Rains,

    Thank you for taking the time to share “The Art of War” with me. It is good to hear from you.

    As you may know, I spent about eleven hours each week on an airplane, so I’m always looking for good reading material. What’s more, hearing the views of folks in our region is important to my work. I will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress debates these issues in the future and have forwarded this article to my staff.

    I appreciate you taking the time to share this article with me. I encourage you to continue to reach out if I can ever lend a hand.

    Sincerely,

    Derek Kilmer
    Member of Congress
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    WHAT WAS DEREK KILMER RESPONDING TO?

    The Art of War
    Posted on September 11, 2013 8:36 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
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    THE USE OF THE MILITARY SCIENCES TO EFFECT OUTCOMES THAT WOULD RESULT IN PEACE.
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    A leader leads by example not by force
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    “To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill”
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    “When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. DO NOT PRESS A DESPERATE FOE TOO HARD.”
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    “THERE IS NO INSTANCE OF A COUNTRY HAVING BENEFITED FROM PROLONGED WARFARE. ”
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    “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors GO TO WAR FIRST and then seek to win”
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    “To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill”
    “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”
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    “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”
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    “Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

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    LEARNING FROM ANCIENT HISTORY?

    ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War About this author
    Sūn Wu (孫武 c. 544-496 BC), the author of The Art of War (孫子兵法), an immensely influential ANCIENT CHINESE BOOK ON MILITARY STRATEGY. Sun Tzu believed in…..

    THE BOTTOM LINE
    THE USE OF THE MILITARY SCIENCES TO EFFECT OUTCOMES THAT WOULD RESULT IN PEACE.

    AMEN

    This entry was posted in Learning From History?, NO MORE US WAR AND CONFLICT, WHAT A CONCEPT?


  • Syria’s Fast and Furious?

    FUNDED BY AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS WITH CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL
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    SYRIA’S FAST AND FURIOUS?
    Report: US-funded weapons reaching Syrian rebels
    USA TODAY ‎- 1 hour ago 9/12/13
    The weapons are not American-made, but are FUNDED and organized by the CIA. They started to reach rebels about two weeks ago, the official …

    FUNDED by American tax dollars
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    PREVIOUS FAST AND FURIOUS
    Fast and Furious scandal: Photos, Videos & Latest News about Fast …
    www.politico.com/p/pages/fast-and-furious/‎
    Includes blogs, videos, and pictures about Fast And Furious. … Judge orders mediation in Fast and Furious contempt case …. Updated: 9/12/13 8:22 AM EDT …
    FUNDED by American tax dollars
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    SYRIA’S FAST AND FURIOUS?
    CONGRESS APPROVED SUPPLY (continued below)
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    FUNDED by American tax dollars and organized by the CIA

    And the US Congress robs Peter to Pay Paul

    while the shoemakers children go barefooted?
    One often neglects those closest to oneself?

    WHILE Obama’s national security team and members of Congress have repeatedly urged the president to INCREASE DIRECT AID for the REBELS?

    WHILE American citizen’s go without funding for local law enforcement.

    WHILE funding for WOUNDED WARRIORS becomes a charity.

    WHILE 80 Percent Of U.S. Adults Face Near-Poverty, Unemployment: Survey

    WHILE THE US NATIONAL DEBT IS $16,738,158,460,368 – as of July 2013

    While American tax dollars have already paid $1.46 TRILLION for the 10 years of middle east wars and conflicts?

    WHILE, AUG. 2013 ANOTHER $660 BILLION AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE DEFENSE BUDGET?

    WHILE MORE AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT, $1.5 MILLION DOLLARS A WEEK IN FOR THE US MILITARY TO SIT OFF THE COAST OF SYRIA?
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    WHEN WILL THE US CONGRESS GET AROUND TO THE INTERESTS of AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    The 2014 United States federal budget is the budget to fund government operations for the fiscal year 2014, which begins on October 1, 2013

    Without an agreement by Oct. 1, 2013 the U.S. faces a partial or complete shutdown of the federal government.

    Shoemakers stick to your last
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    SYRIA’S FAST AND FURIOUS?
    CONGRESS APPROVED SUPPLY (continued)
    The supply of weapons was approved by Congress after the Obama administration asserted the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons on a small scale. But no progress toward physically supplying the rebels had been reported since then.
    “Some things have not been getting to the opposition as rapidly as one would have hoped,” Kerry said Tuesday.
    CNN first reported on the plan to arm Syrian rebels with small arms and ammunition in June, but officials refused to lay out a time line on delivery.
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    Obama’s national security team and MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
    have repeatedly urged the president TO INCREASE “DIRECT AID” FOR THE REBELS…..
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    WHEN DID AMERICAN CITIZENS BECOME SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS?
    (a person considered inferior in status or rights in comparison with some others)

    WHEN THE PRIORY OF THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS BECAME INCREASED “DIRECT AID” FOR FOREIGN REBELS…..

    OVER “DIRECT AID” TO THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    “DIRECT AID” definition added for emphasis
    going straight from one place or point to another

    OUR AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS GOING STRAIGHT FROM THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO FOREIGN REBELS

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    quotations from
    ROBERT BURTON. (1577–1640)
    THE SHOEMAKERS CHILDREN GO BAREFOOTED
    ONE OFTEN NEGLECTS THOSE CLOSEST TO ONESELF
    SHOEMAKER STICK TO YOUR LAST
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    CONGRESSMEN STICK TO THE US CONSTITUTION
    Official says CIA-funded weapons have begun to reach Syrian rebels; rebels deny receipt
    CNN ‎- 1 hour ago CIA-funded weapons have begun flowing to Syrian rebels, a U.S. official told CNN. But opposition groups say they have yet to receive any.
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    • Report: U.S.-funded weapons reaching Syrian rebels – USA Today
    www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/…/cia…syrian…/2802491/‎
    53 mins ago – SHARE 779 CONNECT 114 TWEET 64 COMMENTEMAILMORE. The CIA has been delivering weapons to rebels in Syria over the past two …


  • The Art of War

    THE USE OF THE MILITARY SCIENCES TO EFFECT OUTCOMES THAT WOULD RESULT IN PEACE.
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    A leader leads by example not by force
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    “To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill”
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    “When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. DO NOT PRESS A DESPERATE FOE TOO HARD.”
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    “THERE IS NO INSTANCE OF A COUNTRY HAVING BENEFITED FROM PROLONGED WARFARE. ”
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    “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors GO TO WAR FIRST and then seek to win”
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    “To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill”
    “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”
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    “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle”
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    “Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

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    LEARNING FROM ANCIENT HISTORY?

    ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War About this author
    Sūn Wu (孫武 c. 544-496 BC), the author of The Art of War (孫子兵法), an immensely influential ANCIENT CHINESE BOOK ON MILITARY STRATEGY. Sun Tzu believed in…..

    THE BOTTOM LINE
    THE USE OF THE MILITARY SCIENCES TO EFFECT OUTCOMES THAT WOULD RESULT IN PEACE.

    AMEN


  • What Difference Does it Make?

    INDIFFERENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
    Lack of interest, care, or concern
    Lack of importance or significance

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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    Syria militia says U.S. attack would be “start of World War III” – CBS …
    www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50154539n‎
    Syria militia says U.S. attack would be “start of World War III”. September 7, 2013 5:00 AM. CBS News’ Elizabeth Palmer is the only U.S. network correspondent …
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    We Can’t Count How Many Civilians Are Being Killed By American …
    motherboard.vice.com/blog/drones-drones-drones‎
    Problematically, the government can’t keep its numbers straight. … One problem with keeping track of civilian casualties is the definition of a civilian in these areas. Since the military is sometimes restricted to aerial photos of the attack zones for …

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    INDEED, HILLARY CLINTON
    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES INDIFFERENCE MAKE?

    • Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Meltdown: What Difference Does It Make …
    www.ijreview.com/…/32060-hillary-clintons-benghazi-meltdown-what-d…‎
    Fireworks erupted on Capitol Hill, as numerous Senators laid into outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding her role prior to and during the Benghazi …
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    White House calls Benghazi ‘phony’ scandal, as lawmakers seek …
    www.foxnews.com/…/republicans-press-new-fbi-director-on-benghazi-p…‎
    Jul 31, 2013 – We encourage you to be aggressive in your investigation to properly hold accountable those who attacked our compounds in Benghazi.”.
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    • News for syrian casualties

    Washington Post (blog)
    1. US figure for casualties in Syria attack much higher than others’
    Los Angeles Times ‎- 4 days ago
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    • Military Leaders ‘Embarrassed’ and ‘Repelled’ by Syria Strike Plans …
    www.ijreview.com/2013/…/77779-military-leaders-embarrassed-repelled…‎
    3 hours ago – Independent Journal Review | September 8, 2013 … General Scales concludes that a U.S. strike on Syria “would be for retribution and to …
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    • Hundreds Protest in Washington Against US Strike on Syria
    www.prisonplanet.com/hundreds-protest-in-washington-against-us-strike…‎
    Hundreds Protest in Washington Against US Strike on Syria … President’ – Russian Lawmaker. This article was posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 5:21 am …
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    • Casualties of the Syrian civil war – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Syrian_civil_war‎
    Estimates of deaths in the Syrian civil war, per opposition activist groups, vary between 83,260 and 110,375. On 24 July 2013, the United Nations put out an …
    ‎Overall deaths – ‎Combatant deaths – ‎Foreigners killed – ‎References
    Britain, France and a key opposition group cite lower numbers of dead in Syria’s alleged chemical attack than the U.S. does.
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    Even after war ends, who will care for Syria’s 2 million refugees …
    www.deseretnews.com/…/Even-after-war-ends-who-will-care-for-Syria7s…‎
    4 days ago – Even after war ends, who will care for Syria’s 2 million refugees? Print; Font [+] [-] … “It is a scene playing out across the Middle East. In Lebanon …
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    • Hillary Clinton at Benghazi Hearing: ‘What Difference, Does It Make …
    ► 1:09► 1:09
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka0_nz53CcM‎
    May 13, 2013 – Uploaded by Joe Bunting
    1/23/13 – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about ascertaining whether the Benghazi terror attack …
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    Casualties of the Iraq War – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War‎
    Iraq Body Count project, 112,667–123,284 civilian deaths from violence. … 16.1 Systematic underreporting by U.S.; 16.2 Casualties caused by criminal and …
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    Iraq war 10 years on: at least 116,000 civilians killed – Telegraph
    www.telegraph.co.uk › News › World News › Middle East › Iraq‎
    Mar 15, 2013 – The war in Iraq claimed more than 116000 civilian lives in the space of … It currently places the number of civilian deaths at between 111,687 and 122,108. … payments on the higher US national debt caused by the Iraq war.
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    • Our deadly democracy: 225,000 killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan …
    mondoweiss.net/2013/04/democracy-afghanistan-pakistan.html‎
    Apr 28, 2013 – The cost of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan are estimated at ….. they themselves say that their casualty figure (for civilians alone it’s …
    • Civilians Killed and Wounded | Costs of War
    costsofwar.org/article/civilians-killed-and-wounded‎
    The ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have taken a tremendous toll … resulting in the deaths of between at least 158,000 to 202,000 civilians.
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    • Drone Strikes in Pakistan Kill One Terrorist for Every 50 Deaths
    www.policymic.com/…/drone-strikes-in-pakistan-have-killed-thousands-…‎
    A new study by NYU and Stanford recommends the U.S. conduct “a fundamental re-evaluation” of the use of drone strikes which has led to 49 civilian deaths for …
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    WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
    • At least 1 in 5 drone strike victims a confirmed civilian – leaked …
    rt.com/news/drone-strikes-pakistan-civilian-casualties-431/‎
    Jul 22, 2013 – Leaked internal data produced by Pakistani officials documenting drone strikes on the ground reveal a high civilian death toll, countering US …
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    INDEED, HILLARY CLINTON WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

    ‎• PolitiFact | In Context: Hillary Clinton’s ‘What difference does it make …
    www.politifact.com/…/context-hillary-clintons-what-difference-does-it-m…‎
    May 8, 2013 – If the buildup doesn’t disappoint, you can expect plenty of news out of the U.S. House Oversight Committee hearing on May 8, 2013. The panel …
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    THE BOTTOM LINE
    INDIFFERENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
    lack of importance or significance, lack of interest, care, or concern


  • Cantwell on Syria

    FROM Maria Cantwell
    United States Senator

    Dear Ms. Hewett,

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the ongoing situation in Syria. I appreciate hearing from you on this matter.

    I am currently reviewing the language of the proposed legislation that Congress is debating to authorize military action against Syria. I am deeply concerned about the atrocities committed by the Assad regime against the Syrian people. I continue to support humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and military aid to moderate forces in the Syrian opposition. However, I have serious questions about the strategic goals and outcomes of a U.S. military strike in Syria. I look forward to learning more from the Obama Administration on its end goals and its strategy to avoid open-ended involvement in this conflict. At the same time, our nation must work with our allies to protect American interests in the region, including Israel.

    On September 4, 2013, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved by a 10-7 vote a draft resolution that would authorize President Barack Obama to use U.S. military force in Syria. If enacted, this resolution would prohibit U.S. troops on the ground, and would set a limited timeframe for any U.S. military involvement. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced that the full Senate will debate and vote on the resolution no later than the week of September 9, 2013.

    On August 31, 2013, President Barack Obama announced he would seek Congressional authorization for a limited U.S. military strike in Syria. The President’s announcement was made shortly after the White House released an intelligence assessment to the public which concluded with “high confidence” that the Syrian government deployed chemical weapons on its citizens during the morning of August 21, 2013.

    The United States and the international community have strongly condemned the use of chemical weapons. I have heard from many Washingtonians who are concerned about the atrocities committed and the safety of the Syrian people. I have also heard from many Washingtonians who are deeply concerned about the potential use of U.S. military force in Syria. As the United States recovers from a decade of war that has put a strain on our military families and our country, it is important that Congress and the President exercise caution in this decision. A government’s illegal use of chemical weapons on its own people is indefensible and unacceptable; however, the use of U.S. military force should not be taken lightly.

    Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as this situation develops.

    Sincerely,
    Maria Cantwell
    United States Senator

    For future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at
    http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/


  • Kilmer on Syria

    News from Representative Derek Kilmer

    Website Biography Services Media Center Issues Contact

    September 6, 2013
    Friend,

    I try to send my e-newsletters every two weeks so as not to spam you. But with the urgent discussion regarding potential U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, I felt it important to share my thoughts with you today and to ask you to send me yours.

    There is no question that the ongoing conflict in Syria has become a major humanitarian crisis and a cause of significant regional instability. This conflict, which started more than two years ago when protests against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned violent, has gone from bad to worse. In fact, more than 100,000 Syrians have died and more than two million have been displaced and now live in refugee camps in countries like Jordan and Turkey.

    In the midst of this terrible conflict, there is strong evidence from intelligence reports (from our country as well as reports from France and the United Kingdom) that the Assad regime recently used chemical weapons, brutally murdering over 1,400 Syrians – including 400 children – and having long-lasting negative impacts on surviving civilians.

    In response, President Obama has proposed a limited military strike against the Syrian government. Appropriately, President Obama has asked for Congressional authorization to take action. I have already participated in two briefings and will in the days ahead continue to seek out opportunities to review classified information concerning the attacks and the proposed response.

    I have not decided yet how I will vote regarding whether or not to authorize the use of military force. I am still reviewing the intelligence and analysis surrounding the proposed military response. And I’m actively listening to the people I represent.

    These are among the most difficult decisions our nation faces and I believe it is appropriate and necessary that we have a full debate over what action, if any, will be in the best interest of our nation. That said, I’d like to briefly share with you some of my initial thoughts.

    Let me start by saying what I do not support: I do not support sending American troops into Syria. Having just returned from Afghanistan I’m more mindful than ever of the extraordinary sacrifices that have already been made by our service members. And I return with very little appetite for seeing our nation getting entrenched in another Middle Eastern conflict.

    In addition, I do not support taking action that would start a larger regional conflict. And I do not support empowering extremist factions that may one day take up arms against the United States or our allies.

    In the days ahead, I want to do everything I can to understand the answers to some key questions and key considerations that I am weighing.

    First of all, I want to understand what success looks like and how any military action would promote America’s interests in the region and around the world.

    What will be the impact of the strike in the short, medium, and long-term? Will military action degrade the Assad regime’s capacity to use chemical weapons? In what ways do we expect military action to affect our allies in the region?

    Moreover, I want to be sure we understand the implications of choosing not to act. By waging chemical warfare against his own people, it is clear that Assad is openly defying the global community’s long-standing opposition to these deadly weapons. Assad now joins Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein as tyrants who have used chemical weapons during war. What message is sent to Assad – and to other leaders with bad intentions toward America and its allies – if they believe they can use chemical weapons without consequence?

    Finally, what role will the rest of the international community play to deter further use of chemical weapons?

    We need to be very careful about not being further drawn into a conflict that we have limited ability to resolve. While the U.S. is right to call for President Assad’s removal from office, we have to be mindful that U.S. military action alone will not solve this civil war. There must be a political solution between the regime’s supporters and opponents. The United States cannot impose that solution through military action.

    As I continue to review the president’s request, I would appreciate you sharing your views on this important issue. Please reply to this email or call any of my offices. Your thoughts matter a great deal to me.

    Thank you for reading. It is an honor to serve as your representative.

    Sincerely,
    Derek

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  • No military action in Syria

    EMAIL SENT TO Derek Kilmer, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray
    VOTE “NO” MILITARY ACTION IN SYRIA

    WAR IS HELL….. Chemical warfare is hideous.

    But, STARTING a “SOLO” United States military action in Syria,
    that could put the wheels in motion, for WORLD WAR THREE
    IS UNTHINKABLE

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    Please learn something from history.

    OVER 70 MILLION DIED IN World War 2

    It is important to note that these figures are even more scary when you break them down.

    World War 2 was split into two sides, the Allies GOOD GUYS (UK, USA) and Axis (Germany Italy and Japan) BAD GUYS

    OF THOSE KILLED, 61 million were on the Allied GOOD GUYS side and 11 million were on the Axis BAD GUYS side, so the losses where massive.

    SO THE ALLIES WON THE WAR WITH THE LOSS OF SIX GOOD GUYS
    TO THE LOSS OF EVERY ONE BAD GUY

    It is important to note that NOT all the deaths were soldiers, lots of civilians, Jews, Women and Children were also killed.
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    Something has gone amok with the US world war policy? one unfinished MIDDLE EAST WAR/CONFLICT,

    AFTER another unfinished MIDDLE EAST WAR/CONFLICT,
    AFTER another unfinished MIDDLE EAST WAR/CONFLICT,
    AFTER another unfinished MIDDLE EAST WAR/CONFLICT

    AFTER THE LOSS OF HOW MANY LIVES?

    6,668 U.S. service members have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

    No one is 100 percent certain of the number of people who HAVE died IN THE MIDDLE EAST WARS/CONFLICTS?

    It is important to note that NOT all the deaths were soldiers, lots of civilians, Women and Children HAVE also BEEN killed.

    AND AFTER SPENDING OVER $146 TRILLION AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS ON THE 10 YEAR MIDDLE EAST WARS/CONFLICTS

    ENOUGH MIDDLE EAST WAR AND CONFLICT IS ENOUGH.
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    WHAT DID THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES GAIN IN THE WAR IN VIETNAM WITH THE LOSS OF 50 THOUSAND AMERICAN MILITARY LIVES?

    It is important to note that NOT all the deaths IN VIETNAM were soldiers, lots of civilians, Women and Children were also killed.

    Pearl Rains Hewett