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According to a recent article in “The New York Times,” President Joseph Biden is trailing behind former President Donald Trump in polls that were conducted jointly by “The New York Times” and Siena College, with Biden losing in one-on-one matchups in five critical swing states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.
David Axelrod, a Democratic strategist, wrote on X (formerly Twitter), that the new polling “will send tremors of doubt” through the Democratic Party. “Only @JoeBiden can make this decision,” Axelrod wrote, referring to whether the president would drop out of the race. “If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it’s in HIS best interest or the country’s?”
With inflation rampant and the gap between the average wage, and the average cost of living now allegedly greater than it was at the height of the Great Depression, it is no wonder that voters have soured to Biden’s failed domestic policies. But it doesn’t stop there, with the war in Ukraine dragging on and support for that war by the U.S. public waning, and now a war in the Middle East between Hamas and Israel, things are beginning to look like Biden is about to punt and drag the U.S. directly into what may be the beginnings of World War Three.
Since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas. the U.S. has increased its military presence in the Middle East with the Ford Carrier Strike Group, the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and an Ohio-class nuclear-powered submarine capable of carrying 154 tomahawk cruise missiles. The firepower from these warships is a deterrent, but it is also to help protect the 45,000 U.S. service members and contractors that are stationed in the Middle East. Most are in Kuwait, but thousands are in Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
The Pentagon has also deployed 1,200 troops to the Middle East, though not to Israel since the war began. On October 26, the Defense Department announced it was sending 900 troops, primarily for air defense, to the region. Another 300 troops; mostly ordnance disposal, communications and other support; were announced late last month.
But more important signals were picked up by military veterans (myself included) when two generals, in different branches, recently made two separate public announcements.
First, U.S. Marine Corps Major General Chris McPhillips, the commander of Marine Corps Forces Central Command (the Marines dedicated to actions in the Middle East), announced that they have canceled the annual Marine Corps birthday ball, citing “unforeseen operational commitments.”
If you have ever known a Marine, or former Marine, you will probably know that their annual birthday ball is a pretty big deal. And now, for those Marines tasked with operations in the Middle East, they were told that they will be busy preparing for operations. Marine vet Matthew Cothron wrote that “when I first saw the letter from the commanding general, I was shocked.” He added “units this large don’t do something like this without talking to higher levels of command so when CentCom does it, whew.”
Secondly, U.S. Army Lieutenant General Douglas Stitt, the Army’s top personnel officer, ordered that his roughly 10,000 man recruiting force be boosted by another 800 new recruiters before the end of the year. And “why” would the Army need 800 new recruiters on such short notice, you may ask? The answer is that the higher brass foresees the United States needing a bigger Army in the near future, and for the time being, we do not have a Draft to fill the needed quotas of new recruits.
As much as I personally do not care for Trump, I give the man credit for not getting the U.S. into any new wars while he was the president. In comparison, President Biden gives the appearance of a weak old man on the verge of full-blown dementia, that must be led around by his handlers, for fear that he will either go off script or fall down again.
This appearance of weakness in the executive office obviously emboldened Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine, and it emboldened Hamas to attack Israel. And now with Biden’s domestic agenda failing miserably, he is about to do what is now a long-standing tradition for U.S. presidents whenever their domestic agenda fails, and that is get the U.S. involved in a war somewhere.
The problem now is that the U.S. cannot risk direct involvement of U.S. troops in Ukraine, without risking direct war with Russia, the holder of the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons on the planet with 6,257 (over 700 more than in the U.S. nuclear stockpile). AND, the U.S. cannot risk direct war with Iran, as to do so, would risk bringing Russia to the aid of Iran, one of the biggest purchasers of Russian Armaments.
All of this maneuvering is happening, and our Congress has not declared our nation to be at war since 1942. As a combat veteran, I embrace the words of President Dwight Eisenhower when he said “there is no greater pacifist than the regular officer. Any man who is forced to turn his attention to the horrors of the battlefield, to the grotesque shapes that are left there for the burying squad – he doesn’t want war. He never wants it.”
I have no desire for our nation to send my brothers in arms to die for Biden’s follies. With that, I would like to see our government return to the ideals of Thomas Jefferson who declared that we should have “peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”