American Presidents at War
6 And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
It is the nature of man to build up and to tear down. What we do in our own sphere of influence can have an exponentially profound effect both near and far away; both today or into the future and beyond. Our nation was founded as a direct result of war for the freedom of mankind.
The saying “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” does not apply when it comes to war. In fact another saying declares that “all is fair in love and war”. The legacy of America’s war effort has profound effects on our nation as a whole and on the world around us.
Without going into great detail let me outline some of the wars involving the United States during my lifetime where every American president has been engaged in wars, conflicts and armed actions against an enemy power. The follow list is not all inclusive or complete by any means.
President Harry S. Truman #33, 1945 – 1953
Captain Army WWI, Judge, #37 VP under Roosevelt
Truman dealt with the North Korean invasion of South Korea by sending US troops during the Korean War (1950-53) that ended hostilities with a truce and US troops have been stationed in South Korea ever since to insure peace.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower #34, 1953 – 1961
Supreme Allied Commander, General Army WWII
Eisenhower set up Cuban exiles to attempt a coup, and sent US advisors to Vietnam during the Second Indochina War.
President John F. Kennedy #35, 1961 – 1963
LCDR Navy WWII, Senator
Kennedy dealt with the attempted invasion of Cuba by Cuban exiles which resulted in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Kennedy held firm on holding back the war brewing in neighboring Laos, then gave instructions to his trusted advisor to negotiate a plan for US withdrawal from Vietnam. Those instructions were never carried out before Kennedy was assassinated.
President Lyndon B. Johnson #36, 1963 – 1969
LTJG Navy WWII, Politician, #37 VP under Kennedy
Johnson was committed to increasing US combat troop levels in Vietnam.
President Richard Nixon #37, 1969 – 1974
LCDR Navy WWII, #36 VP under Eisenhower, Politician
Nixon signed the Paris Peace Accords (1/27/1973) officially ending US involvement in the Vietnam War.
President Gerald R. Ford #38, 1974 – 1977
LCDR Navy WWII, Politician, #40 VP under Nixon
Ford issued a blanket amnesty for draft dodgers who evaded the war in Vietnam as a means of uniting the country.
President Jimmy Carter #39, 1977 – 1981
LCDR Navy WWII, #76 GA Governor
Carter dealt with 52 Americans taken hostage in Iran and his failed attempt to rescue them before he left office.
President Ronald Reagan #40, 1981 – 1989
Captain Army WWII, Entertainer, #33 CA Governor
Reagan received the 52 American hostages from Iran. Reagan approved arming the Nicaraguan Contras. It was Reagan who sent American bombers to Libya in a failed attempt to take out Muammar Gaddafi. It was also Reagan who called out Gorbachev to tear down of the Berlin Wall.
President George H.W. Bush #41, 1989 – 1993
LTJG Navy WWII, Politician, Ambassador, Dir CIA, #43 VP under Reagan
Bush sent US troops into Saudi Arabia the Gulf War.
Bush sent troops to capture Manuel Noriega during the Panama Invasion.
President William J. Clinton #42, 1993 – 2001
#40 & #42 AR Governor
Clinton dealt with the Battle of Mogadishu (1993);
Clinton sent US troops as peacekeepers to Bosnia (1995);
Clinton sent US aircraft to bomb Yugoslavia (1999) under NATO.
President George W. Bush #43, 2001 – 2009
Captain TX ANG, Businessman
Bush dealt with the 9/11/2001 attacks on the US mainland
Bush began prosecuting the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan searching for Osama Bin Laden.
Bush captured Saddam Hussain
President Barack H. Obama #44, 2009 – 2017
Obama continued prosecuting the War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Obama sent covert troops into Pakistan and killed Osama Bin Laden
Obama failed to rescue Americans in Benghazi, Libya during the attack on 9/11/2012.
President Donald J. Trump #45, 2017 – 2021
Trump continued prosecuting the War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan targeting top level leadership of Al-Qaeda.
Trump announced no new wars and began negotiations for a planned withdrawal from Afghanistan by May 2021.
Trump dealt with the China Virus (initial Coronavirus) outbreak bringing together government, technology, medicine and industry to produce record numbers of personal protective equipment, respirators and vaccines.
Trump’s biggest war was with Congress, the media and deep state operatives.
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr #46, 2021 – Present
Senator, #46 VP under Obama
Biden hastily withdrew US forces from Afghanistan in August 2021, abandoning American citizens, Afghan SIV allies, and a fully functioning air base, weapons of war, bombs, equipment, uniforms and pallets of US currency to Taliban terrorists who overthrew the government of Afghanistan all within the first 9 months of his administration.
While Presidents set America’s foreign policy, only Congress has the constitutional authority to declare war. It’s hard to change the climate and culture of America when politicians climb the political ladder to the highest office of the land without any idea of how to effect that change.
What are the highest priorities of the President of the United States?
Protecting the US Constitution!
The Safety and Security of American citizens (at home and abroad)!
What are the highest priorities for citizens of the United States?
Standing together – united for the common good of all!
Protecting the US Constitution!
Safeguarding the rights guaranteed by the US Constitution!
The Safety and Security of our families, homes and neighborhoods!
These are not Democrat or Republican priorities, they are AMERICAN priorities. – I am the Real Truckmaster!