Blankenburg for Congress

Stop the endless foreign wars

Summary

The politicians have wasted trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives on pointless wars in the Middle East and elsewhere. Politicians of both parties are to blame. And the consequences have been disastrous. It's time to fundamentally change the direction of our foreign policy.

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Middle East

Americans don’t understand the Middle East. Our efforts there have been disastrous for America, Middle Eastern countries, and Europe. It’s time to stop meddling in their affairs. And Israel is a wealthy, technologically advanced country. They don’t need us interfering with them.

NATO

NATO was created to protect Europe from the Soviet Union, which hasn’t existed since 1991. Our NATO allies have never carried the burden of their own defense, relying on America taxpayers instead. And over the last 25 years, NATO has become the aggressor in Europe, slowing expanding right up to Russia’s border. NATO should be disbanded.

China

China has become increasingly hostile to America, our allies, and our interests. But China is not trying to defeat us militarily. They are trying to defeat us economically. Their Belt and Road initiative has enabled China to gain control over strategic resources like ports and waterways, oil, and critical minerals and metals like lithium, cobalt, platinum, uranium, and rare earths. And China’s BRICS alliance is a direct threat to the petrodollar and the international trading system. The best way to deal with China is to decouple our economies.

Border

Our most immediate concerns are the mounting problems at home, including the invasion at our southern border. Fixing America must be our top national security priority.

Background

I am a U.S. Air Force veteran. I was stationed at Pope AFB, in Fayetteville, where we supported the important missions of the 82nd Airborne, Army Rangers, and other groups at Ft. Bragg. I proudly did my part to help protect America from the communists during the Cold War. I have always supported a policy of peace through strength. But that is not what we have today. After the end of the Cold War, America’s foreign policy became largely dysfunctional. Instead of peace through strength, the politicians of both parties embarked on a set of pointless, and reckless military escapades that weakened America at home and abroad.

W. Bush used 9/11 as an excuse to bring “democracy" to Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11. Saddam Hussein was not a nice man. But he had done a great job of suppressing the radical Islamists in Iraq. Hussein also kept Iran busy with a regional war for 8 years, which decreased Iran’s ability to cause trouble elsewhere. But W. Bush decided to depose him. And today, Iraq is run by Shia Muslims who are allies with Iran.

W. Bush also told us that he could use the U.S. military to force western democracy on medieval goat herders in Afghanistan who have never brushed their teeth. Bush’s delusions caused him to lose focus on Osama bin Laden, who escaped to Pakistan. Instead, he committed the U.S. government to a costly nation-building exercise in Afghanistan, which lasted 20 years. And his policies were a miserable failure, given that the Taliban is back in power.

Bush also tried to force western democracy on Gaza. He coerced the Palestinians to hold elections in Gaza in 2006, over the objections of the Palestinian Authority and Israel, who were afraid that Hamas would win. Hamas won 46% of the vote, which was the largest share. Then they murdered rival politicians and took control of the government. The Israeli and Palestinian people have been paying the price ever since.

Of course, Barrack Obama did his part to wreck the Middle East as well. Muammar Gaddafi was also not a nice man. He had been responsible for many acts of terrorism over the years. But he was recently cooperating with America on anti-terrorism activities at the behest of his western-educated sons who wanted to open Libya to investment and trade with the west. But Barack Obama decided to depose him. Today, Libya is a failed state, where Muslims openly run slave markets that buy and sell black men for $500 apiece.

The results of America’s policies in the Middle East have been disastrous. Trillions of dollars have been wasted. Countless lives have been lost. Much of the Middle East lies in ruins. And millions of Muslims fled their homes and flooded into Europe, where they have disrupted European societies with escalating crime, rioting, and more.

Today, there are powerful forces in the United States who are trying to get us into a shooting war with Russia. Such a war could easily spiral out of control and lead to a nuclear holocaust. They are trying to do this by conflating Russia with the old Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was the headquarters of international communism, which was an enemy of individual liberty, the market economy, and religion. They also funded revolutions around the world. Today the Russian people are freer and more prosperous than at any time in their history. They have a mixed market economy. The Eastern Orthodox Church is flourishing. And Russia isn't sponsoring any revolutions anywhere. So why are the warmongers beating the war drums against them? Money and power.

It's time to fundamentally rethink how we keep America free and safe.