Déjà Vu All Over Again
The Democrat Leadership Hastens To Withdraw Troops. Why Does This Bring The Defeat In Vietnam To Mind?
By Perry Hicks- Special to GulfCoastNews.com
The consequences of failure are clear: Radical Islamic extremists would grow in strength and gain new recruits… For the safety of our people, America must succeed in Iraq. - President George W. Bush
For the sane, there is no question America must win the War on Terror. Defeat would mean Islamic terrorists would be able to reconstitute what in military parlance is called a line of communication girding the globe between the Western Sahara and Indonesia.
Islamists could again freely move men, materiel, plans and orders that would greatly heighten the terror threat to Europe, Africa, the southern belly of Russia, the entire Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Philippines.
Training camps could once again be established to create the next great wave of martyrs and Jihadist masterminds that would literally engulf the entire world in bloody religious war.
Because much of European countries have already been penetrated by an ever growing population of Muslims immigrating from their former colonies, the safety of the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and the Netherlands has already been compromised. Their sizeable Muslim communities provide ample cover for Jihadist operatives to move about, meet, plot, plan, and execute horrific acts of terror.
In an attempt to mount a defense, the civil liberties of the freest democracies on earth would be reduced to the subject of history books.
If the West were to be defeated, or otherwise kept busy defending their home turf from terror, then weaker nations in Africa and the Middle East would quickly fall and Israel itself would either be overrun, or in desperation would be forced to deploy its nuclear arsenal.
All of these scenarios would effectively end Western civilization as we know it. The arrival of Islam would not be just a matter of a change in religious consciousness comparable to Methodism versus Presbyterianism; or even a change in religious practice comparable to Protestantism versus Catholicism. Islam demands a complete change in culture.
The desire for Islam to overwhelm the nations bordering it cannot be denied; the history of it spans back over one thousand years. The Muslim religion has been literally spread by the sword. America’s only hope to avoid further terror attacks is to keep Jihad at bay, far away from our shores.
The Undeniable War on Terror
After the fall of Afghanistan, CIA operatives sifting through the rubble of what were the Taliban and Al Qaeda, found ample evidence of what they already knew: Iran was the focus for radical Jihad.
Iran and to a lesser extent, Syria, are manipulating, if not outright pulling, the strings of Islamic terror groups; Iran is the state that had been supplying Jihad with the sophisticated bomb technology that enables a single martyr to carry on their body enough explosive power to devastate an entire city block.
From the computer hard drives and other records and communications captured, it also became abundantly clear that the Islamists were able to travel freely throughout the Muslim world as well as ship weapons, supplies, and monetary instruments with impunity.
For these reasons, the Bush Administration took immediate steps to cut off the flow of money, identify and seize Jihadist assets, eaves drop on Jihadist communications, mark for assassination Jihadist officers, infiltrate Jihadist organizations, and break the line of communication existing literally from the Western Sahara to Indonesia.
As a result of the invasion of Afghanistan and the efforts cited above to deny Jihad money, communications, and materiel, Al Qaeda has been driven into hiding, deprived of funding, and facilities for terror training.
Contrary to recent media reports, Al Qaeda has not been able to reconstitute itself much less become more powerful. Video of Osama Bin Laden is sparse and when it does surface invariably shows him to be fatigued if not haggard. To avoid detection, Bin Laden must communicate by courier and his personal safety is always at the pleasure of local Pakistani warlords.
The Rush for Defeat
Considering what is at stake, it is unfathomable for George Bush’s political opponents to work so ardently toward America’s defeat.
Consider Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s effort today to push through an amendment to force the withdrawal of U.S. troops by next spring. The Senate push comes ahead of the report General David Petraeus, commander of the multi-national force in Iraq, is to give in September about the effectiveness of the “troop surge.”
The rush to vote for withdrawal now smacks of fear that Petraeus might come bearing too much good news. Congress had only mandated in May that Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, provide a report on their assessment of Iraq’s situation by mid-September.
However, just a month later Senator Reid (D-NV) along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the surge to be a failure.
As mad as this rush for defeat sounds, it does have a purpose: The Democrats are so hell bent to destroy what is left of the Bush presidency; they are striving to paralyze the administration by any means necessary, including the launch of over 300 congressional investigations. Their obvious hope is to give the public an image of Bush and the Republicans as corrupt losers.
Protests Aid Enemy
The Democrat’s current efforts to secure defeat in Iraq evoke for those who lived through it parallels with the Vietnam War.
In that conflict, the North Vietnamese leadership, utilizing a mixture of traditional uniformed regular army troops and militia- Viet Cong “guerilla” fighters- realized victory was theirs when the war protest gained strength.
In 2004, North Vietnamese Army General Vo Nguyen Giap was quoted as thanking the leaders of the U.S. anti-war movement for their role in securing the communist victory.
A subordinate to Gen. Giap, Colonel Bui Tin has also been quoted as crediting the anti-war movement as “essential” to the communist victory. Tin also asserts Jane Fonda’s visits to North Vietnam also gave the communists encouragement to continue the fight in the face of battlefield losses.
2004 presidential candidate and former U.S. senator, John Kerry was one of those anti-war leaders, testified to congress about war atrocities that he never actually witnessed but was only “told about,” and has been a vocal critic of the war in Iraq. Kerry was actually described by a Vietnamese war museum as a hero for the communist side.
This modus operandi repeats itself with the War on Terror. Kerry’s 2004 campaign was largely about convincing voters that Bush has failed in the War on Terror even though Al Qaeda had not been able to mount a successful attack since 9-11.
Democrats now argue that there is no War on Terror by virtue that there has been no attack since 9-11.
Of course, each one of these anti-Bush, anti-war statements can only give the Jihadists hope that if they can just keep up the attacks in Iraq long enough, America will turn tail and run.
Within some quarters, i.e. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the George Soros funded blog sites, this strategy has worked brilliantly.
Refusing to Win
Having all that said, the president’s proposal to send a “surge” of troops into Iraq, and the recent consideration of intensifying that surge, is disquieting. By the president’s own admission the Iraqi theater in the greater War on Terror has not been fought to win.
The president’s two reasons for a lack of success were: Not enough troops and rules of engagement that prevented our soldiers and marines from effectively destroying the enemy.
In other words, he had attempted to fight a kinder and gentler war where our troops were valued less than that of the enemy. While he has sent more troops into Iraq to fight the insurgency, the inane rules of engagement remain and troops are subject to court martial merely for having killed those who attacked them.
Of course, Iraq and Afghanistan are being fought similarly to the “war of attrition” tactics used during Vietnam. Under this battle plan, the root of enemy strength is never attacked; troops merely clean out one area only to move on to another. By this theory, the enemy would eventually be wiped out.
Of course, in reality the enemy merely retreats only to infiltrate back into the “cleaned” area and attack again.
Imagine this purely defensive mop-up type of combat being fought in the last war that America actually fought to win; World War II. Allied troops would have tried to remove Nazi “fighters” from Paris and Rome, but would not have attacked the very source of aggression itself, Germany.
Imagine Franklin Delano Roosevelt announcing a surge of troops but offering no plan to reduce Berlin to rubble and otherwise remove Hitler and the Nazis from power.
Imagine again, a news media that would sympathize the other side- a side that loaded innocent men, women, and children onto boxcars destined for death camps at Treblinka and Auschwitz.
Imagine an opposing political party that would offer aid and comfort to the Nazi’s in the hope that President Roosevelt’s efforts would fail.
This is the kind of aid and comfort that is being afforded to the Jihadists who have captured innocent people trying to make Iraqi lives better and, after some ceremony, record their victim’s heads being sawed off with a large knife.
This is the kind of aid Cindy Sheehan, the mother of an American soldier who died a heroic death in Iraq, gives to the enemy when she travels to Cuba so that she can protest outside the gates of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and demand her son’s killers be released.
Cindy Sheehan is the same mother, along with a good part of the Democrat Party, that is demanding that the Unites States immediately withdraw from Iraq.
Consequence of an Iraq Pullout
War protesters are delusional if they think an American pullout from Iraq will bring peace. Again drawing on our Vietnam experience as a parallel, when America pulled out of South Vietnam in 1975, there was no end to killing. The united Vietnam continued to fight with its neighbors, and China, all the way up until 1989. It is unknown just how many died.
The repression of the South Vietnamese in “re-education” camps or other facilities by their Northern victors drove over a million Vietnamese out to the Western countries alone. Over 100 thousand ethnic Chinese escaped to Hong Kong.
If Iraq were to fall to the Jihadists, do not expect reconciliation or even “re-education” camps but instead the most brutal of reprisals justified by the Koran. Blood would surely flow through the streets of Baghdad.
Much is at stake in the actions of the U.S. in Iraq. This is not a war about oil, or just a conflict to save Iraqi lives or rebuild a country in our image. What is at stake is America itself. Our nation’s very way of life is in danger and is being undermined by many of the same people who are supporting a pullout in Iraq.
Like America’s other World War II enemy, the Japanese, the Jihadists are willing to die for their cause. It took the use of devastating saturation incendiary bombing and twice the use of atomic bombs before that nation would retreat from its suicidal aggression. Even some today think that is where the conflict in the Mid East will end. It can be avoided, if the U.S. continues its current effort with a united Congress in support of the military’s current efforts.
The War on Terror is not being fought like World War II but if Congress and the anti-war activist are successful, failure, like the Korean War (which has yet to be concluded) and Vietnam, is certain.
It is time that this madness in Congress end, and the president allow our commanders to fight to win.
About the Author.....
Perry Hicks is the senior writer and Washington correspondent for GCN. He is a former Mississippi Coast resident and was a correspondent for the old Gulfport Star Journal. He has appeared on Fox News Channel. Perry has also hosted his own radio talk show on the auto industry with a mix of politics. Perry is a frequent contributor to GCN writing on stories of national importance with local interests. His articles can be found in the GCN Archive.
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