|US Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island)|
Senator Reed has visited Afghanistan fourteen times. One would assume that this Rhode Island representative would go into hiding, or at least have some explanation for the nearly war-torn conditions of his own state. How many times has he visited Rhode Island in the last week, the last month, or even the last year? Senator Reed remains removed, or at least reserved, about the state of his little state. 24,000 people have left Rhode Island in the last ten years,never to return. The unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation, and the business climate is the worst. People miss the beaches and the food, but they do not miss the corruption of one-party Democratic rule.
Returning to foreign policy, Reed noted that 87% of Afghan operations are conducted by Afghan forces. The United States military leaders have been preparing for the last ten years for a more stable nation to replace the Taliban terrorism which invoked nothing but global troubles. Afghan President recognizes that the Afghans must take over full security measures in the Central Asian nation. One of the members of the foreign policy round table indicted the current administration's misguided policies. Afghanistan started out as a war of necessity. Now President Obama has plunged our troops into tribal rivalries beyond the scope of our nation's armed forces. Limited counter-terrorism is the way to go, with sparse drone attacks, much like the policy of Presidential predecessor George W. Bush.
Senator Reed did concur on one point with his Republican colleague Bob Corker, which talked about the fraught negotiations which await the US Senate over Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel. The vetting that Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel will receive from the Senate will help another of legislators determine whether to support Hagel or not. Reed emphasized his previous military experience. Martha Radditz dismissed Hagel's combat experience. The real issue will be the next two years, when veterans will be returning home, wounded and unemployed.
Reed then commented about a nuclear Iran. It will take increased pressure with other nations, he conceded, in order to keep the Islamic Republic from pursuing nuclear weapons. Reed later commented that Hagel can "speak truth to power". Rhode Island voters should speak the truth to their "powerful" Washington representatives, including Senator Reed. Taxing people to park their cars and go to the beach, leading the state down the sluggish road to serfdom and fiscal crises, the Rhode Island Democratic Party machine has not served their home state.
There is no excuse for either of Rhode Island's US Senators to be visiting a war-torn nation on the other side of the world, while Americans in their own neighborhoods are struggling to find work, fighting off heavy taxes, losing purchasing power, and facing off against a distant and unaccountable federal government. Washington is more interested in playing politics instead of making important decisions in the best interests of the entire country and respecting the United States Constitution. Senator Reed has supported the President's policies in full swing, from a wasteful stimulus which stimulated waste and fraud while providing kick-backs to Obamacare, which is taxing businesses and manufacturers of medical devices. Then there's the ill-conceived and poorly drafted Dodd-Frank law, which is hurting small banks so that they cannot offer at least measured loans to struggling businesses. Now the current President's abortive policies in the Middle East are siphoning away billions in a war that the United States military cannot win. The voters in the Northeast and throughout the country should stand up and shout "Enough!"
Senator Reed, get out of Afghanistan and get back to work. Stop talking about Chuck Hagel, stop haggling about spending more in Washington, and reform our entitlements. Otherwise, the voters of "Little Rhody" should make a big shift and withdraw from Congress, then let someone else take over and represent them, someone who cares about the man on Main Street, as opposed to the elites of Wall Street and the Providence political class. The state of Rhode Island is in a sorry state, and your party and its leaders are to blame. There is no point to defending this country from military threats abroad when Rhode Islanders are adrift in debt because of a tax-and-spendthrift legislature which ignores present realities and future obligations to pander to a past based on political demagoguery and rugged political arrogance.