By The Piratearian 6 January 2012
After watching our President proclaim that our future wars will be fought with Drones, computers and in space my mind flashed back to an episode of Star Trek. “A Taste of Armageddon” was first aired in 1967 which really was the start of the Vietnam involvement for most Americans. In this episode the Enterprise comes across two planets that have been at war for a long time. However they cannot find any external signs of it. It turns out the people have “evolved” (Progressives) and no longer fight wars in “uncivilized” fashion. All their war is now fought by computer. If you are determined to be “killed” by the computer simulation you are expected to report to “disintegration” booths where you will be eliminated. The Enterprise is told not to interfere, but of course they soon become a casualty of war and are expected to turn themselves in for ‘disintegration”. To sum it up Capt. Kirk and Spock destroy the computers and tells the progressive leaders of the planets that they have to deal with it. Peace then breaks out.
I feel that his is what President Obama imagines war to be in the future. Clean, logical. He envisions a war that can be run by computer, where he would not have to risk sending men and women into battle.
The fear is, will this lead to our loss of humanity? Do we want future wars where a President just pushes buttons and people are killed? What will war be if you take the human element out of it? Why not just have the computers take over? Now some may say “Why not, then our soldiers will not need to die”. But we cannot forget that the loss of human life in fighting a war is something that restrains us from fighting wars. If there is no more risk, why not just send out robots for ethnic cleansing when we do not agree with the policies of a country?
President Obama lives in a Hollywood / Star Trek world, with a blurred line between reality and fantasy. He has almost destroyed our economy by insisting that we all go green. He is willing to destroy our traditional, industry and economy because he thinks that we must all live with green technology now, even though the technology is not yet economically feasible or able to meet our energy needs.
Now he is willing to destroy the greatest military in the world to satisfy his ego and make us “equal” with the rest of the world. His star wars vision is just a fantasy as I hope we do not go down the path as envisioned by the writers of Star Trek years ago.
He is the most dangerous man in the world today as he thinks he has all the answers, he thinks himself as an emperor, but as we know from our childhood fables, often the Emperor has no clothes.