Have you ever played Chess? If you have, then what would your next moves be for the following "headlines"?
"If Boomers retire, the market will struggle."
"Social Security is fast becoming insolvent."
"Unemployment has caused shortfalls to Medicare and Social Security."
Retiree's have been used and are still being used as pawns.
Another set of headlines.
"Libya has new Sharia constitution."
"Egypt elects fundamentalist Muslim as leader."
"Syria experiences mass protests."
"Iraq and Iran become trade partners."
"North Korea masses troops at South Koreas border."
The U.S. military stationed in North Korea are nothing more than speed bumps. Looking at the herculean efforts from the first invasion, a second one might not be as successful. Oh, and the PC culture would definetly not be a great help.
In the middle east, the U.S. military could be considered to be "small pockets" of resistance. The logistics alone to respond to a large attack in the middle east would be a nightmare. How many countries need to be flown over to reach and reinforce Afghanistan? How about Iraq? What would be the ratios of people not participating, helping the U.S., and supporting the enemy? That alone is a scary thought.
I've supported going into both Afghanistan and Iraq, but looking at the current situation of the region and the politics in the U.S., I'm a little hesitant in the possibility of wasting the lives of military members in those areas, wasting money on destroyed or looted equipment nor do I want to provide our enemies with an easy victory.
The politicians need to make a decision. They can either let the military decide the rules of engagement and what measures need to be taken or the politicians need to bring these conflicts to an end and bring everyone home.
What I see is the politicians are going to continue screwing around with the troops and leave them in the middle east with just enough to get by, so the politicians wont have to deal with higher unemployment numbers.
Of course it could be a way of ensuring "the Legion doesn't cross the Rubicon."
Just something to mentally chew on.
Oh, if you haven't played chess, you don't jump pieces and say "King me."