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War Lovers Aren't Conservative

23 percent of the US federal budget goes towards defense, 20 percent towards social security and 19 percent towards medicare.  The programs providing support for the elderly are to a large extent people getting the money they paid into the system back.  Military spending, on the other hand, is wasted on machinery that either kills innocent people or rots in a warehouse.  The biggest government waste program is defense and the biggest welfare cases in America are the US army and its contractors.

A true conservative movement should take on the military industrial complex before it worries about unwed mothers or ending social security.

Pamela Geller on her website complains of an event at CPAC set up by Campaign for Liberty entitled “You’ve Been Lied To: Why Real Conservatives are Against the War on Terror.”

The message there was that “real conservatives” don’t support the war on terror because it is a creation of the “Israeli lobby” — which coalesces with the left-wing’s new anti-Semitism against neoconservatives.

I like how Geller accuses Islamists and leftists of trying to shut down speech by calling people Islamophobes while she refers to those who disagree with her as anti-Semites.

Karen Kwiatkowski is a darling of both the leftist Huffington Post and the anti-Semitic paleocon site Antiwar.com. In a 2006 article, she describes John Bolton as “that blubbering bundle of self-righteousness.” KK[K] wrote:

“Many in America oppose the U.S. knee-jerk, unquestioning support for Israel. Many more worry that the Israeli lobby is unusually influential in Washington, while remaining hidden and unaccountable to average Americans. Still others are alarmed that Israel’s constant war mentality has become our new American model, and that Iraq and our own borders have become our own occupied territories, teeming with terror and constituting a never-ending threat to our lives, prosperity and value system.”

Kwiatkowski is also a retired military officer. Is this type of thinking prevalent in the military? (Methinks not.) Giving her a platform at CPAC can only undermine those who are now serving. Having different points of view presented is one thing, but by hosting this event, CPAC explicitly endorsed this fringe, anti-American thinking.

That panel was, of course, a reflection of Ron Paul’s perspective. There were no counter-jihadists, no Robert Spencer, no Ibn Warraq on any CPAC panel, but they had room for this well-funded “Campaign for Liberty” presentation. The same group also had a co-sponsor booth. No expense was spared — they were everywhere. At the event Jacob Hornberger said that there were four reasons why real conservatives should be against the war on terror: because it is too costly, because it makes us less safe (he said Americans were less secure because American troops kill children and mothers and people who are simply defending their country against invaders, and have even, he said, killed a bride at her wedding), because it violates Constitutional principles, and because it is a threat to liberty.

Nothing was said about the Islamic doctrine that shows that jihadists would be waging war against the U.S. even if we did end all actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. The panel agreed with Obama, that Muslims are angry with us because of our actions, and will stop being angry with us if we change our foreign policy. This view is naïve and reflects ignorance of Islamic doctrine.

If we’re going to look to the Koran to understand Muslims, I suppose I can look for clues to Geller’s actions in Jewish doctrine.

When you draw near to a city to fight against it, offer terms of peace to it. And if its answer to you is peace and it opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall do forced labor for you and shall serve you. But if it makes no peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it; and when the LORD your God gives it into your hand you shall put all its males to the sword, but the women and the little ones, the cattle, and everything else in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as booty for yourselves; and you shall enjoy the spoil of your enemies, which the LORD your God has given you. Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far from you, which are not cities of the nations here. But in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance, you shall save nothing that breathes.

No wonder the neo-cons are so bloodthirsty!  Way to go, conservative movement.  You’ve discovered that the holy books of the Abrahamic religions are filled with stuff that sounds horrifying to modern ears.  No one has ever thought of that before.

The war on terror is a joke.  As long as somebody in a cave somewhere hates the United States and has access to a camcorder this country is supposed to continue bankrupting itself and being on a permanent war footing.