America has finally gone over the cliff. The major actors dilly-dallied for months without making progress. So now, the crisis has touched countless Americans where it really hurts. Of course, you know I’m talking about football and the NFL referee lockout.
What else could possibly capture the headlines for 3 days straight this week alone? The national debt, which topped $16 trillion recently? As Mark Steyn put it, “The $16 trillion is really just the surface. We need to pay back $16 trillion, Washington does, just to get back to having nothing.” Nope. America doesn’t really seem too concerned about that. Especially after President Obama went on “Late Night with David Letterman” and said that we don’t have to worry about it for now. He couldn’t even put a real number on the debt. That’s how nonchalant he is.
What about the war in Afghanistan? Surely America demands to be kept informed about a conflict that has cost the lives of over 2100 service members. Well, not so much. You would have to dig deep to discover that on September 14, 2012, the US suffered its worst airpower loss since the Tet Offensive of 1968. Even Fox news reported just that “Two U.S. Marines were killed, several injured in the attack on the base where Britain’s Prince Harry is stationed with his Apache helicopter unit.” Thankfully, Prince Harry went unharmed, but American firepower wasn’t so lucky:
Under the leadership of Barack H. Obama, though hardly noticed by the pro-Obama mainstream media, the U.S. Marine Corps has suffered its worst air squadron catastrophe since Vietnam, and its prized VMA-211 squadron has taken its worst hit since its defense of Wake Island in World War II.
It happened on September 14, 2012, northwest of the city of Lashkar Gah in southern Afghanistan. A team of fewer than two dozen Taliban fighters attacked the USMC’s massive Camp Bastion base there, killing VMA-211 squadron commander Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and destroying or permanently disabling eight of the ten top-of-the-line harrier AV-8B attack aircraft stationed under him. Out of production for more than a decade, these aircraft can never be replaced.
By the time the smoke cleared, roughly 7% of the total harrier fleet operated by the USMC had been wiped out on a single day by a small force of ground combatants whose most potent weapon was the suicide vest, one of which was used to breach the camp’s perimeter fence.
Is the average American outraged about the cover-up by our own government, starting with the President, of the 9/11 terrorist attack against our embassy in Libya? Apparently, US intelligence agencies knew the real story within 24 hours of the attack, but as recently as yesterday, Obama was still harping on that ridiculous video as the root of all evil, embarrassing himself and the whole country in front of the United Nations General Assembly. Still not headline worthy, though.
It seems to me–but who am I really, but just a housewife–that if Americans, and American voters in particular, were as fired up about our collapsing economy or disappearing liberties or our weakness in the world as they are about botched officiating in football games, this country might stand a chance. Will football survive this crisis? Who cares?! Will the United States survive? Meh. As long as we get back football like it’s supposed to be, America has no complaints.