Thursday, September 5, 2013

US Presidents Go to War

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I came across this interesting article about US Presidents and their love for embarking on military adventures. It appears that every American president is hell-bent on projecting American military might and showing the flag at somebody else’s borders – and so, he is wont to scrambles fighter jets and order the bomb bays loaded. 

Madeleine Albright, Bill Clinton's Secretary of State, once told Colin Powell, "What's the point of having this superb military you're always talking about if we can't use it?", and the implicit answer seems to be, none at all. 

Some of the places the Americans have invaded, bombed or otherwise deployed their military, includes: 1964-1975 Vietnam; 1965-1973 Cambodia; 1983 Grenada and Operation Urgent Fury; 1989 Panama and Operation Just Cause; 1991 Kuwait/Iraq and Operation Desert Storm; 1992-1995 Somalia and Operation Restore Hope; 1995 Bosnia; 1999 Kosovo; 2001 Afghanistan; 2003 Iraq and 2011 Libya. And of course, if we believe Barack Obama, Syria is about to be at the receiving end of American missiles.

Of course, I don’t support bombing Syria but who am I to yell at the Americans to back off? And to the rest of the world, most people often view the United States of America as an arrogant bully, reserving for itself the right to rain down death from above on anyone it pleases whenever it pleases. It doesn't matter whether we think some or even all of those actions were completely justified and morally defensible.

It really doesn't matter. The Americans will thumb their noses at others. The Americans don’t care. The Americans don’t give a damn.

I am of the view that American Presidents have an addiction to war!

On Tuesday, I accompanied Sunway University Toastmaster Nurdina Kasim (left) to Jalan Gereja in KL’s Lebuh Ampang for the Allianz Toastmasters Club Humorous Speech & Speech Evaluation Contests. She was the test speaker for the Evaluation Contest and she delivered a speech that displayed her speaking prowess. Irrespective of how well she did, four contestants listened to her intently in order to evaluate her thereafter. I was also her silent evaluator.

The winners of both contests will compete at the Area P1 contests on September 15, 2013. In fact, I will also be there competing under the banner of MIM Toastmasters of Kuala Lumpur.

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