By Chris Rossini
The Founding Fathers of the United States tried to make it difficult for America to go to war. They knew that if the desired result was peace and commerce, you don't give war-making powers to the President. Congress, which in theory was supposed to be "closer to the people," would have to authorize wars.
Sadly, written rules are unable to stop those who are determined for power. After years of whittling away the power of Congress, Harry Truman drove the final nail by waging war in Korea. It was done without Congressional authorization, and ever since, war has been waged on a Presidential whim.
With war comes a never-ending blizzard of lies. Power lives on lies. For a politician (and its media arms) lying is as easy as breathing-in and breathing out.
Let's take the latest events in Syria for example.
As we all know, Russia has jumped into the fray that was caused by yet another U.S. regime change operation.
If you read American media, you'd think Vladimir Putin was on a crusade to wipe out as many innocent civilians as possible. To add insult to injury, American media also finds itself defending groups like Al-Qaeda. Yes, the same Al-Qaeda from 9/11. A few of those guys had the word "moderate" slapped on them, and Americans were supposed to fall for such nonsense.
Meanwhile, Turkey's Prime Minister claims that only 2 of 57 Russian airstrikes over Syria have hit ISIS positions.
Then you have Syria’s Ambassador to Russia who claims that roughly 40% of ISIS's infrastructure has been destroyed in the bombing.
Everyone has a different story.
Of course, the truth exists somewhere, but when it comes to the general population of the countries involved, they're all getting fed whatever their governments want them to be fed. That means lies, lies, and even more lies. Very few people have the time, desire, and incentives to sift through and locate the truth. Fortunately, there are places like the Institute for Peace & Prosperity.
This is why the Founders tried to make it difficult to go to war. Once war is unleashed, the worst of the worst have free reign to exert the darkness of power. They're able to use fear to their utmost advantage.
The Founders were right. It's a shame their piece of paper with written rules didn't work out.