Thursday, May 27, 2004

Selling defeat!

Recently, even the most strident supporters of the Iraqi war have been expressing concern over the current security situation in Iraq. This is an amazing development to me considering that we are just a little over a year from the beginning of the war in Iraq. I can only surmise that since this is an election year, certain classes in this country are scampering to make Iraq and the War on Terror look like a defeat to further their political goals. It is abhorrent to me to think that some would put political aspirations above the vested interests of this Country, but it appears there are those who do. I believe that many of the clamoring class have based their erroneous assumptions on the idea that Iraq had noting to do with the war on terror and that Iraq did no have WMD. Well there is evidence to the contrary:

1. From
The Czechs have long maintained that Atta, leader of the 9/11 hijackers in the United States, met with
Ahmed al-Ani, an Iraqi intelligence official, posted to the Iraqi embassy in Prague. As Epstein now
reports, Czech authorities have discovered that al-Ani’s appointment calendar shows a scheduled
meeting on April 8, 2001 with a "Hamburg student."

2. Al-Zarqawi is known to
be a leader of Ansar al-Islam, a group that has ties to al Quaida. Al-Zarqawi was in Iraq prior to the War
and is currently conducting operations in Iraq now.

3. The Scotsman has reported
that "SADDAM Hussein had the ability to unleash biological and chemical weapons "at short notice" on
foreign nations, according to a potentially explosive new report by inspectors.
The leaked document, written by Charles Duelfer, the new director of the Iraq Survey group, concludes
that hard evidence does exist that Saddam had the ability to wreak terror with the weaponry."

4. Saddam
information minister, Mohammed Saeed Sahhaf, often referred to in the Western press
as "Baghdad Bob," approached an official of the African nation of Niger in 1999 to discuss trade -- an
overture the official saw as a possible effort to buy uranium.

5. WMDwas most likely shipped to Syria
prior to the war:

In every battle of every war there are set backs and triumphs. When one class focuses on the set backs simply for political gain they cease being a loyal opposition and begin acting like agents of the enemy. If there is are lessons that can be taken from the Vietnam experience they are that no war can be won, regardless of victories on the battlefield, without public support. Furthermore, a select minority in key places can degrade public support by ignoring important victories while hyping, if not exaggerating, setbacks. Von Molke once said that "The plan never survives contact with the enemy" It appears that some in this country claim defeat when the plan is changed do to changing combat situations or contact with the enemy. Those so quickly to claim defeat simply because their own political fortunes are tied to the defeat of a plan or the country should not be allowed to shape the debate and overpower the ground truth of success we have experienced so far in the war on Terror(INCLUDING IRAQ!) There will be future setbacks, WE WILL GET HIT AGAIN! not do the incompetence of one, nor do to a lack of funding in domestic security, but simply because it is the nature of war. AND DO NOT BE MISTAKEN WE ARE ENGAGED IN A WAR!