You don’t always have to share much subtstance to share the truth.
Anyone who has ever served in a significant combat mission knows that there are essentially three rules of engagement/combat. Know your target; secure your perimeter, and have an exit strategy.
In Iraq we knew our target, based upon numerous (later known) false assumptions. We drove into Iraq, fought off enemy fire, and surrounded, then overthrew Baghdad and toppled Sadaam’s statue. We later found Saddaam in a hole in the ground.
Although I admire and respect Robert M. (Bill) Gates, President of my alma mater, I think he’s swimming in a cess pool full of water snakes. He surely has the toughest upcoming public administration job of anyone in Washington, and yes, he will be successfully approved by the Senate. And, for what I know about him and his past history of success, I’d have to think he, of all people, might just pull this off.
Fact is, we needed more troops. Sure, lets march to Baghdad and secure the capitol city, but where we failed is what we did/did not do thereafter.
If I had had the luxary of commanding ground troops, I would have indeed secured Baghdad first, toppled Saddaam, then I would have immediately taken another 100,000 forces and stationed them around the border, a border essentially the size of America’s California border.
This is where Rumsfeld’s policy initially failed. Instead, we bog our troops down in various cities and outposts and 55 U.S. military bases in the country, yes, 55!… all the while… the “TERRORISTS” find open borders and a reason to target(namely U.S. service men and women) as sitting ducks with a very real opportunity to not only hit our guys, but instigate, essentially, a riot, throughout the country, allying with the two major tribal factions, (God bless the Kurds, they are the forgotten peaceful citizens sitting on billions of dollars of crude) and further instigating what has now become a civil war, a civil war that our our Commander in Chief continues to downplay, yet a civil war that our Commander in Chief helped create with a failed war policy.
What? I mean, come on! I’m not a rocket scientist, but I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday. Albiet, I did fall out of a bole buggy one time when I was a kid (you cotton farmers should find humor in that!) Our administration proprogandizes the American people into believing that we are going to war based upon CIA intellegence proof of ‘this, that or the other’. Yet, ‘this, that and the other’ all proved to be false. You telling me the Central Intelligence Agency got it all wrong? I don’t think so. Something stinks here, like, well an overflowing cesspool.
We went to war in Iraq for the wrong reasons. We inititated and implemented the war wrongly. We never secured the perimeter (makes you wonder if this was a a calculated decision itself), and yes, we are still, 3.5 years later, not having an exit strategy. This war, like Vietnam, is a complete, ignoramace farce, a complete failure.
And yes, I’m a Christian, abeit I don’t consider myself a member of the “Evangelical NeoConservative Movement”. This movement is a farce in itself. Let us do what is freakin’ right. Our country moved to the “right” in the last 15 years. But what is “right”? Rush Limbaugh, can you answer that? No, you can’t. Right vs. Left, Democratic vs. Republican? Liberal vs. Conservative? What does that really mean? I truly think its all hogwash.
We are supposed to be a goverment of the people, by the people and for the people. Let us stand up and take our country and our government back!
But first, let us somehow fix this incredible screw-up in Iraq, somehow, God Help US! Then, let us take those billions of dollars and put them to better use, .. i.e…. Darfar, Africa, AIDs funding, etc.
I’m still glady stuck in the middle, and I’m still impatiently wanting fix our mounds of screw-ups! It’s gonna take a very long time, I’m afraid!
B. Jon Traylor….