Well am I the only one slightly nauseous after hearing Obama’s speech last night? He sounded like a French general in WWII. “We’ll fight, fight, fi… Oh, my look at the time. We must be leaving now. As you were.” Right. You know, it’s sad when I can say that I don’t remember in my lifetime a time that America actually fought to win a war. Obama states that we are going to put another 30,000 troops in Afghanistan. A start, certainly not enough, but a start. Then he turns around and ruins it by saying that in 18 months we will begin to draw down forces in Afghanistan. Uh, wait a minute, I thought we were in this war to destroy the enemy. At least that’s the impression I had when Bush was in office. Under Obama it seems that every conflict we are involved in we are working towards leaving, not winning.
You see, that is the difference between the wars since Korea and WWII, WWI and every other previous war. In the Revolutionary War, America was determined to win, regardless of the fact that we were fighting the most powerful army on earth at that time. Americans grabbed their guns and fought. And we fought to win. And we did. Because when Americans put our minds and all of our strength into a task, we are bound to do it. In the War of 1812 we repeated the victories of the Revolutionary War. We fought and contested for every inch of ground won or lost. And in the end, we had lost several key cities, yet we fought on. In WWI we started the war with less than 30,000 troops but through time, commitment and the overriding American spirit of ‘we are going to get this done’ we got suited up and we kicked German butt. In WWII we were still in the Depression. But we armored up, sending money, advisers and weapons to allies. Eventually we were attacked ourselves and got into the full swing of things. And you know what? It helped that we had some generals like Patton. Patton said “Your mission is not to die for your country but to make the other b****** die for his.” Not very politically correct was he? That is what we need now. Someone that will say ‘we’re going to find Al Qaeda and we are going to kill them all.’ The only thing that Al Qaeda and Islamofascists will respect is force. They see diplomacy as weakness and like sharks they attack when they sense weakness.
But since WWII, America has been locked in the military quagmire of political correctness and unwillingness to win. In Korea, we faced off against the Chinese and stalemated. That was not as bad as some will let you think. China sent massive amounts of troops to North Korea’s aid and we managed to fight them off to a stalemate. Going to war with China was a worst-case scenario and we should pray that it never comes to that, but if it does, we need to be resolute and say that we will do whatever it takes to win. A decade later though, the unwillingness to do the hard things to win left a lasting smirch on the U.S. war history. We could have won Vietnam if we had went right at them and cut the figurative head off of the North, but instead we were mostly content to play defense which ultimately led to our defeat and withdrawal.
Now, after we should have learned the lesson that we need to attack relentlessly against a ruthless enemy, Obama is telling our enemies that if they can outlast us for 18 months, we will leave and they can have the country back. Liberals in Congress wanted the same plan for Iraq but thanks to the surge, authored by brilliant General Petraeus Iraq is largely stable and will be a strong democracy when we leave. Now we need to do the same for Afghanistan. We need to focus all of our energy and power at killing off Al Qaeda and Taliban and destroying their hideouts. We need to flush them from the mountains and tribal areas like the rats they are. Use drones, use missiles, use bombs, use snipers, use blunt force, use everything in our disposal. BUT GO FULL BLOWN!!! Either destroy the enemy without recourse or take our soldiers out of harm’s way. If you send the troops to do a job without giving them everything they need to win, you are an accomplice to their death.