November 30th, 2009 by Ron Pisaturo
This statement, about the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, made last week by President Obama, has been replayed repeatedly on television news:
After eight years—some of those years in which we did not have, I think, either the resources or the strategy to get the job done—it is my intention to finish the job.
It seems that Mr. Obama cannot discuss any policy without blaming the prior administration. But of those eight years in Afghanistan, nearly one year has been under the Obama regime. More significantly, of the 856 Americans killed in those eight years in Operation Enduring Freedom, 283—that is, 33%—have been killed since February 2009, while Obama has been President. (Source: http://icasualties.org/OEF.)
Number of Americans killed in 2007: 117
Number of Americans killed in 2008: 155
Number of Americans killed since February 2009: 283
As in other policy areas, and as I have explained often and at length (here, for instance), the change made by Obama in foreign policy has been in the wrong direction from the disastrous Bush Administration. Bush was an American-sacrificing, sovereignty-surrendering, evil-appeasing weakling. Obama is weaker.
What would be a rational U.S. policy in the Middle East? In a nutshell, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan should have been Operation Scorched Earth; Operation Iraqi Freedom should have been Operation Recapture of Oil Assets; and our mission in Iran and Saudi Arabia should be Operation New Texas.
November 11th, 2009 by Ron Pisaturo
The day before this year’s Independence Day, in my post, Revolution, I wrote this:
It is becoming increasingly likely that nothing short of civil disobedience—and perhaps even more than that—will be necessary to save the America created by our Founding Fathers. In my judgment, the next TEA Party should be more than a verbal protest and more like the original Boston Tea Party.
Do enough Americans have the courage to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to defy a government that is changing America into a socialist/fascist/statist society? If Iranians can defy the Iranian dictators, if Estonians can stand up to the Soviets, surely many Americans can stand up to the Obama regime.
Do enough Americans have the understanding of freedom—of capitalism—necessary to know what to stand for as well as against? Probably not. But even a chance for freedom is worth fighting for.
Now, on Veteran’s Day, I am willing to walk the walk. If Rosa Parks could refuse to give up her public bus seat to a white person (and endure prison for this ‘crime’), and if American soldiers can risk (and sometimes lose) their lives in defense of freedom, then I can risk being singled out by the Obama regime for extra persecution.
I will no longer submit to the government’s dictates that I pay for the health care and welfare of others, most of whom I would surely despise if I knew them.
Beginning on January 15, 2010, I will stop paying estimated income tax. On April 15, I will file an extension, so that it will not be until September 15 that the government will have a way of knowing whether I have ‘underpaid’ income tax. Perhaps by then, enough other Americans will have withheld tax payments and made the Obama regime relent or fall.
I hope that other Americans will take similar actions. My understanding of the tax process is as follows. If one is on salary, one can update one’s W-4 form so that little tax is withheld. If one is self-employed, one can refrain from paying estimated tax. If one takes these actions beginning in January 2010, and then files an extension on April 15, 2011, the government will not know until September 2011 whether one ‘owes’ tax. By then, we will know how strong the tax revolt is, and what our chances are of winning. Perhaps by then the Obama regime will have relented or fallen. If not, and if there are not enough of us in revolt, then one can still decide to pay tax plus the penalty.
Then there are some, such as I, who are willing to risk imprisonment. Perhaps this post itself violates numerous laws.
For me, the chance for freedom is worth the risk of ‘penalty’ or imprisonment.
We cannot rely on democracy, which is what America—once a constitutional republic based on the principle of individual rights—is degenerating into. Democracy is nothing more or less than the will of the majority, whether civilized or savage.
If we wait and do nothing. by next year our freedom of speech, and our best chances for organized resistance, may be gone.
“Give me liberty, or give me death.”