« Oh Baby, Oh Baby! | Main | The Associated Press Discovers Statistics! »

February 15, 2007

Fair Weather Friend

Richard Lowry, author of Marines in the Garden of Eden, sent me the following essay yesterday while I was working.

Like me, he is disgusted beyond measure by the fecklessness of our Congress and their refusal to back our President and our troops. I submit his words for your consideration, after which I will eventually have a few things to say myself:

In our recent history we have abandoned the Kurds, Shiites and Afghanis, not to mention our shameless withdrawal of support of the Mountainyards and our friends and allies in Saigon. Lord help the Somalis that befriended America in the 90s, for we deserted them, too. The World knows that we will turn tail and walk away from what was a noble cause in Iraq because the American people are weak and are so self-centered that we withdraw when the situation gets complicated.

After twelve generations, I am ashamed at what America has become. Most Americans are so self-centered in their daily lives that they can't take the time to learn about what is really happening in the Middle East. They can't tell you who Muqtada al-Sadr is, or even if he is Shia or Sunni. They are more interested in learning who is the father of Anna Nichole's baby rather than finding a way to win in Iraq.

We are at WAR and it is time for the American people (including the members of Congress) to back our troops. It is time to drop the political mumbo-jumbo of "I support the troops, but I don't support the war." What the hell does that mean anyway? Does that mean that you have a yellow magnetic bumper sticker, but you don't want to give our brave men and women the reinforcements they badly need to succeed?

Three times that I can easily recall, the American military moved into a volatile area and cleared out the insurgents. On all three occasions, once in Fallujah and twice in Baghdad neighborhoods, our forces were stretched too thin to hold these liberated areas. So, our forces withdrew. President Bush wants a completely new strategy. He wants our military to move into Baghdad, clear the neighborhoods of ALL the violent factions and then hold so that children can safely go to school and fathers can work to support their families in peace.

No one is talking about the biggest part of the new plan. Everyone is focusing on 21,000 more troops for Iraq. The biggest part of the plan is non-military. The most important part of the plan is to bring vital services back to Baghdad's neighborhoods. We will bring reliable electricity, clean drinking water, workable sewer systems and garbage collection to Baghdad communities. But, before we can accomplish these improvements, we must bring security to the people and our military needs 21,000 fresh troops to accomplish this task.

And what will happen to the people of Iraq, if we maintain the status quo? Defeat will be certain as the country spirals into a civil war which most analysts believe will spread throughout the region. If we prematurely withdraw, this civil war will be accelerated and millions of people will die. The World will face a catastrophe as never seen in our lifetime.

If we withdraw, or do nothing, the 2008 elections will be won on the platform that the current administration bungled the war in Iraq. What these fair-weather politicians will not speak of is that they caused our defeat by withdrawing their support at the most critical point of the war. And the people of the World will not be surprised. America will have left another job undone and abandoned their friends and allies to a fate worse than death.

Richard S. Lowry is the award winning author of the best selling book, "Marines in the Garden of Eden," Berkley, New York, 2006. He is an internationally recognized military historian and author. Richard served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service from 1967-1975 and spent the time from 1975 to 2002 designing sophisticated integrated circuits for everything from aircraft avionics to home computers. Richard turned to serious writing after 9/11 and published "The Gulf War Chronicles," iUniverse, New York, in 2002. For more information on Richard and his work, visit www.marinesinthegardenofeden.com or www.gwchronicles.com.

Posted by Cassandra at February 15, 2007 04:07 AM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.villainouscompany.com/mt/mt-tb.cgi/1288

Comments

TWO THINGS. FIRST, THE OLD SAYING FOR CH46'S AND CH53'S BY THE GRUNTS WAS IF YOU AREN'T SLIPPING ON HYDRAULIC FLUID WHEN YOU BOARD THE CHOPPER THEN ITS GOING DOWN SO DON'T GET ON. UNFORTUNATELY, HELO'S GETTING SHOT DOWN IN A TIME OF WAR IS PART OF THE BUSINESS. THE TALIBAN MADE IT AN ART FORM AGAINST THE RUSSIANS IN AFGHANISTAN, SO THE INSURGENTS HAVE LEARNED WERE OUR BREAD AND BUTTER IS.
SECONDLY, MR LOWRY IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. WE IN THE MILITARY HAVE SEEN IT COMING FOR A LONG TIME.
AS ALWAYS GOOD PIECES.

Posted by: RICHARD DAUGHERTY at February 15, 2007 12:20 PM

Post a comment




Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)