No Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Whatever the outcome of Presidential election, the average American will find nothing to cheer him. The indication is clear from the debates that we have been witness to. It is just a blame game in which each tries to outdo the other. There is a competition to make tall claims about improving the lot of Americans and secure the future of America. But can either party do it?

    Given the scenario, it appears well nigh impossible for any one to lift the country out of the morass it has got stuck in to. One will need courage and statesmanship to take some tough decisions to bring succor to the common man. One, US involvement in wars abroad must end. Imagine, the cost-material and human.

    Material cost runs into trillions of dollars. The fact is US has to borrow money from the market and pay interest on it to meet the cost of the military engagements abroad. An already battered economy gets battered further. The debt keeps growing by the hour. And then the human loss. Thousands of US soldiers have died fighting in wars abroad, leaving their families devastated.

    We had made a mistake by engaging ourselves in Vietnam. We thought we had learnt our lesson and that we will never ever again tread that path. But we made a mistake again. This time in Iraq. We kept shouting from the rooftop Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) but we never found any. We were responsible for making a whole people miserable. That nation continues to remain in a permanent state of conflict and misery. We lost our men in war there. And then we turned to Afghanistan. We are trapped there We talk of bringing back home our soldiers by 2014. But already there is a louder talk in one quarter that Afghanistan cannot be left to fend for itself.

    We are ready to go in to another war; this time with Iran. Republicans have made their intentions clear that they will go against Iran to support Israel and Israel keeps repeating Iran is on threshold to acquire nuclear weapons. However, it will be suicidal for US to get involved in another war.

    The common man, the average man does not see anything to cheer him in times to come. Nor will he be enthused about who occupies the White House for the next four years, beginning 2013. For him, there is no light at the end of the tunnel.


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