Donald Hank
Security conscious Americans entrust the most vital security task of all to amateurs
By Donald Hank
February 11, 2016

Americans are funny critters. Many of us are very fussy about safety, as we should be. Most of us are careful to avoid smoking and excessive drinking; we get our exercise, watch our diet, get our check ups, etc, When it comes to our homes, very few of us would leave home with the door unlocked. Most want good fire protection and police services in their neighborhoods and many will organize neighborhood watches to protect themselves from crime and drugs. And we watch our kids to make sure they are doing their homework, not falling into drugs, etc.

Yet, irony of ironies, when it comes to our nation's foreign policy, which should stand between us and wars that can get us literally blown up or trigger a nuclear winter, our attitude is often as follows:

Our nation is wicked and deserves to be punished. So if God wants to punish us, there is nothing we can do about it.

So don't lock your door tonight. Prove that God loves and protects you.

No, of course they won't do that. But foreign policy is something they don't know the first thing about so that must be left up to God. This is reflected by the kind of questions asked of our candidates. Almost no one asked them about how a war with Russia and China can be avoided, even now that Russia has taken charge of the Syrian conflict. No one has mentioned the plight of Syrian Christians, who almost all are praying daily that Putin, and not the US, will prevail. Why? Hardly anyone one in the US knows or cares. When if comes to starting wars, it's our business. But when if comes to keeping foreign Christians safe, that's God's job.

Why don't we care what candidates will do about this desperate situation of Syrian Christians?

Why did so many candidates state on public TV recently that they would like to shoot down Russian planes in Syria and why did so many TV viewers sit there and say nothing or even question the wisdom of such an overt act of war? Why did we not care that we might see a nuclear holocaust in the next 4 years as a result of our belligerent and ethnocentric foreign policy? Do they really think war is a football game? The NH primaries reflect our almost total insouciance toward foreign policy and the threat of war. John Kasich managed to garner second place in the voting and yet he had said some very reckless things about how he would treat Russia without even attempting an explanation. Here, for example, he has said that he wants to confront Putin.

But has anyone thought whether the US should actually confront or, perhaps at first at least, dialogue with the only leader who has dealt a serious blow to ISIS? It seems all too clear that the GOP establishment candidates consider that Putin, a leader who was after all invited by the duly elected president of Syria to help defeat throat slitting terrorists, is the real enemy, while ISIS is just as Obama described, a JV team that poses little danger to US security. Conservatives chide Obama for that absurd statement, but it seems many have fallen for it. Talk about confusion!

Yet our government has so far found no way to keep ISIS and their sympathizers from pulling off mass murders in the US and Europe. They come and go as they please and so Angela Merkel comes up with a typical liberal solution: kill them with kindness by inviting hordes of unvetted Muslim refugees into Europe. Who cares if some have pledged allegiance to ISIS?

But wait! Have Russians killed any Americans in our streets lately?

Apparently a lot of people in New Hampshire think Russian terrorists are likely to start hacking us to bits any day now. Perhaps they think we need ISIS to protect us.

But more likely they have fallen prey to Neocon Russia-bashing propaganda.

You know what is really weird here? None of the candidates, such as Hillary, Carly Fiorina, Kasich, Christie, etc, who stick their chests out and crow about confronting Putin, have offered the slightest rationale for opposing him and his policy in Syria or Ukraine. They are exploiting, for their own personal gain and power, the notorious lack of knowledge and concern on the part of American voters.

Again, I remind you that the duly elected president of Syria, an Alawite (the one Muslim sect that believes in coexisting with other religions), has invited Russia to fight ISIS and other terrorists, including US-backed Al-Nusra, a branch of Al-Qaeda (you know, the JV team that knocked down the WTC on 911, 2001). But hey, according to Kasich, you're supposed to be mad at Putin for killing our terrorists! John McCain, the man who spent your money to train and arm them, sure doesn't take kindly to Putin. Kasich and McCain would get along famously. See any red flags yet?

As for Ukraine, our own Assistant Secretary of State, the Neocon Victoria Nuland, admitted in a video-recorded speech that the US spent $5 billion of your money to initiate and promote the bloody coup that overthrew a legitimately elected president in Kiev. And Soros bragged to Fareed Zakaria on national TV here:

"Well, I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now."

So the US illegally initiated a bloody coup in Ukraine and installed a new government that immediately started bombing Eastern Ukraine and is even today threatening Russian speakers in the East of that country for not cowing down to a quasi-fascist government, and Putin is evil because he protects these people? Kasich thinks so and he thinks you don't care enough to research the issue.

If you are still struggling with the propaganda that Putin is evil for opposing the new Kiev government, do yourself a favor and watch the new documentary on video titled Ukrainian Agony, here, You will never be confused again.

It is amazing how many Americans are still falling for this absurdity that somehow Russia has no business defending countries and regions that have invited him to do so out of desperation over their security (even as NATO and the US invade without asking), and how many are willing to turn over your national security to men like Kasich whose main attraction is repeating the anti-Russian slogans over and over until your brain falls asleep.

© Donald Hank


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Donald Hank

Until July of 2009, Don Hank was operating a technical translation agency out of his home in Wrightsville, PA. He is now retired and residing in Panama with his wife and daughter.

A former language teacher, he holds an undergraduate degree in French and German from Millersville State University (PA), a Master's degree in Russian language and literature from Kutztown State College (also in PA), has studied Chinese for 3 years in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center, and is self-taught in other languages, having logged a total of 8 years abroad in total immersion situations.

He is also the founder of Lancaster-York Non-Custodial Parents, a volunteer organization that provides Christian counseling for non-custodial parents.


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