Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, October 23, 2017
America’s Forever Wars
The United States has been at war continuously since the attacks of 9/11 and now has just over 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories. While the number of men and women deployed overseas has shrunk considerably over the past 60 years, the military’s reach has not. American forces are actively engaged not only in the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen that have dominated the news, but also in Niger and Somalia, both recently the scene of deadly attacks, as well as Jordan, Thailand and elsewhere.
An additional 37,813 troops serve on presumably secret assignment in places listed simply as “unknown.” The Pentagon provided no further explanation.
There are traditional deployments in Japan (39,980 troops) and South Korea (23,591) to defend against North Korea and China, if needed, along with 36,034 troops in Germany, 8,286 in Britain and 1,364 in Turkey — all NATO allies. There are 6,524 troops in Bahrain and 3,055 in Qatar, where the United States has naval bases.
Readings from the Prophet Amos for Monday, October 23, 2017
Five times in ten verses God complains that Israel refuses to return to him. God’s recourse is to come to them in his power and might.
Amos 4.10 – “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, Israel, prepare to meet your God.”
What will it take for our culture to return with our whole hearts to God?
Prayers for Monday, October 23, 2017
Dear God, please help our culture learn peace by returning to you.