Violent video games, graphic movies, and constant chatter from the mainstream media have desensitized Americans to the horror of open warfare. Convinced of its normality by cocky hawkish politicians, many are being led down a destructive path. Mere months after escaping a decades-long quagmire in the Middle East, some are already chomping at the bit in their bloodlust.
Unnecessary wars are good only for the media, weapons manufacturers, and pompous politicians, most of whom never served in combat themselves. The immediate harm to Americans is the soaring cost of gasoline, which our politicians should be addressing instead of rushing to send lethal weapons to Ukraine. Congress should reverse the ban on new domestic oil and gas drilling which Biden announced on his first day in office and reiterated last month in defiance of a federal court order.
China can buy all the oil and any other Russian products that are blocked from being imported here. India and Pakistan also declined to participate in sanctions against Russia, so such political stunts do not affect Russia much. Venezuela, a communist regime that we are already unsuccessfully punishing with sanctions, stands to gain from a ban on Russian oil.
Not only dollars are at stake in Biden’s misguided approach. Lives are lost when Congress pours kerosene on the fire in Ukraine. Before anyone endorses entanglement by globalists in another war in a faraway land that we never promised to defend, Americans should ask the obvious questions that come with such drastic action. Are you personally willing to engage in deadly combat and possibly be killed for this cause? If not you, would you be comfortable sending your father, your brother, your husband, or your son? How many lives are worth spending in the defense of an oligarchy ranked 92nd most democratic in the world out of 176 nations by the Democracy Matrix?
There comes a time when war is absolutely justified, and I would support it wholeheartedly. However, dangerous foreign policy decisions that could lead to armed conflict should be considered with the utmost scrutiny. Rash foreign policy can have truly deadly consequences on a global scale.