posted on Apr, 8 2007 @ 06:53 PM
Actually, I think our military is well-aware of their mission on the ground. In any war or military operation, as time goes on and events develop the
mission and the objectives will sometimes change. Obviously, some of our goals will not change and have remained the same since day one. Those
include capturing or killing members of al Qaida and remnants of the Saddam regime, developing and protecting a representative government, and
rebuilding and training a disassembled and defeated Iraqi military.
As we are now faced with the threat of a civil war, it will be our job to defeat those whose goal it is to incite such a thing. As the terrorists and
insurgents have mostly switched from targeting US forces to targeting innocent Iraqi civilians, we must defeat those threats and protect those
civilians. Since it has become apparant that weapons, training and funding of the insurgency is being imported from neighbors such as Iran and Syria,
we must do our best to install a military presense on the borders of those nations.
Those are just some of important parts of the "job" to be done by our military and government officials in Iraq. But more importantly, we must do
our best to breed an Iraqi military, government and infrastructure that is capable of taking over all of the above-listed "jobs" in a reasonable
time span so that our brave fighting men and women can return home to their families.
I, for one, have always been comfortable and understanding of our military's mission in Iraq, despite my previous defiance to the idea of our troops
serving as nation builders. But times, they are a changing! And while there may still be some confusion over our original reasons for toppling the
Saddam regime, I feel that the mission itself has always been well-defined. And so long as our military officers on the ground are able to fight this
battle in a way that they see fit, rather than in a way that career politicians and clueless political activist citizens in the US see fit, then I
have all the confidence in the world that they will achieve this mission. The American people need to understand that war isn't pretty. And this
new war against this new enemy who hides in crowds, doesn't wear a uniform, targets innocent civilians and doesn't adhere to any of the established
laws of war, is going to be long and hard. Finding and destroying these enemies of liberty is not a simple task. So long as civilians continue to
shelter them or allow them to live amongst them without reporting their location, then we will continue to see civilian casualties result from
coalition and Iraqi operations. No one wants to see innocent men, women and children die. No one wants to see American troops die. But we must not
allow those things, in their current totals, to weaken our resolve and our support for the troops and their mission. Losing over 3,000 troops is a
terrible price to pay... but its a price that we paid on single afternoons in the Pacific during WWII, or during a single battle of our Civil War. I
just ask the American people, when forming their opinions on this conflict, to put things into perspective. We can do for Iraq and Afghanistan what
our brave men and women did for Japan and Germany in the aftermath of WWII.
And of course capturing or killing Usama bin Laden is also high on our list of objectives, or at least it should be. But killing bin Laden won't be
the end-all, be-all of this war. If our relative safety at home over the past 5+ years is any indication, then bin Laden has either already been
killed or has been deemed completely impotent by our efforts. Capturing or killing him would be a huge propaganda victory for us, but it could also
be a huge propaganda victory for al Qaida if we turn him into a martyr. As much as I have a thirst for revenge over the 9/11 attacks, and all the
other al Qaida attacks over the years against ourselves and our allies, I may just well prefer a weak and ineffective bin Laden over a martyred bin