posted on Oct, 1 2005 @ 10:44 PM
the politicians have a bad tendency of not listening to their highly trained military leaders. since vietnam (when the communications technology
started becoming advanced enough), wars have been fought not by the military leaders trained to fight the battles (and incidentally, during wwII did
a magnificent job of it on their own), but by orders of the politicians in washington. commanders on the ground are second guessed on a daily basis.
during the first gulf war, we were not far enough removed from vietnam for this to be a factor. the generals and admirals of desert storm were the
leiutenants and ensigns of vietnam....they knew the high price of letting the politicians run the war from washington, and made damn sure that they
understood if the task was going to be done, it would be done right. but now, its back to the old "we cant hit that target because of the
international implications...nevermind that it might be where the arms and manpower are coming from." therefore, i dont believe that just because
the military leaders are declaring an inability to get the job done under the current circumstances, that the politicians are going to let them do
things their way.
now let me stop at this point and say that i am a veteran who honorably and proudly served his country for four years. i also voted for bush in the
last election. having said that, i dont believe we entered the war in iraq for the right reasons (i am an independent who only voted republican
because the other guy couldnt seem to make a decision about anything....one minute he's for the iraq war, the next he's against...but he wouldnt say
a damn thing about what he would do to rectify the situation...visions of somalia kept running through my head....one president starts the process,
another f's it up royally and gets our boys slaughtered). however, now that we are there, i do believe that leaving at this time would send the
wrong message to the insurgents...because regardless of the reasons why we are there, we are there. and our being there has caused every radical
muslim with the balls to fight to chose to come in to iraq and confront us there. if we run away now, we will never be able to win this war on
terrorism. the terrorists will look at us and say "they ran in 83 when we bombed beirut....they ran in 93 when we massacred them in somalia....they
are running again.....if we keep it up, we will completely push them out of the middle east...then it will be ours to remake as we chose."
i would say let the military leaders make the decisions. they are the ones on the ground who know what is going on and what is best to help iraq be
able to make it on its own. furthermore, if we want iraq to survive as an independent nation, we cant let the rest of the middle eastern world
percieve it to be a puppet state of the united states. let them make their own decisions. believe me, they won't kick us completely out until
they are confident that they can make it on their own.