Let us take President Barack Obama as our latest example. Obama stated to the U.S. troops in Afghanistan that America would depart that war in a “responsible fashion.” He stopped short of pointing out that America had also recently departed the war in Iraq under what he termed a “responsible fashion." Essentially, Iraq was tossed back to the wolves, and now the wolves are circling their prey once again—rapidly retaking ground on which American blood has been spilled. The Obama Administration claims that it had no recourse since those currently in charge in Iraq would not agree to an American presence there. Funny, they are calling now asking the U.S. to send in air support to fend off the aggressors—quite a change of heart, huh? Maybe the Obama Administration did not really try to sustain a presence but was much happier to bring the troops home and claim victory for a “stable Iraq." Looks like those chickens are coming home to roost, so to speak.
We might look back and remember the plan that Richard Nixon used to extract the USA from Vietnam. Nixon claimed to have struck a deal which would give everyone “Peace with Honor.” Actually, it was license to leave while getting back our prisoners of war. The ink on the accords signed with the North Vietnamese was hardly dry when an all-out attack was launched on the southern regions as Americans and some Vietnamese boarded helicopters to escape. More than a decade of American blood stained that ground. Over 58,000 American soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice for that effort—they paid with their lives and any future they had back home. Think of those who survived: those who were wounded, and those who endured multiple years in POW camps undergoing harsh conditions and torture—think how they must have felt as they watched the North Vietnamese tanks roll into Saigon and knew their efforts were for naught. Nixon and company just looked the other way—after all, we had our “Peace with Honor.”
Now, there are those who will point to Iraq and Afghanistan and state, “All of this is George W. Bush’s fault—he got us into that war and Mr. Obama is just getting us out.” On the surface, that seems a somewhat reasonable assessment, but not so much when you think about it some. After the events of 9/11, the American people were eager for Mr. Bush to take action in some way and some how to punish those who would take more than 3,000 American lives. Had Mr. Bush put his hands in his pockets and walked off on his way back to the White House whistling a tune, Americans would have called for his head.
The war on terrorism is not about holding real estate or winning ground, as it is in traditional war. With terrorism, real estate is only a temporary place ideology survives and operates from until someone does something about it. In a way, it is analogous to where cockroaches hide in your home: You assume they are not there because you can’t see them, but they are living with you and plotting their expansion. On that basis, Iraq and Afghanistan had to be addressed--whether it was by the Bush Administration or by someone else, the time would eventually come. Now, rewind the tape to Vietnam. Do you realize that it was that “crooked republican” Nixon who brought down the shades on Vietnam, while you conveniently forgot that it was that “angelic democrat” Lyndon Johnson who put us there in the first place? Déjà vu?
The USA has certainly participated in enough wars to understand that you cannot “win” per se and simply go home. Look at Korea. We fought a war there in the early 1950’s—a war in which there was no clear “winner.” We still maintain a military presence in South Korea today, and for what reason? The answer is quite clear. If we left tomorrow, North Korea would overrun the south. Do you hear the Obama Administration complaining about that? What is it about South Korea that warrants our presence when we can so easily pack up and leave Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan? There does not seem to be a clear cut answer as to “why”other than to say that diminishing our presence in South Korea has no measurable “political gain” for the Obama Administration. Remember, Obama’s regime functions on the basis of “perceived emergencies and disasters” which require a short window of decision-making but at the same time allow critical considerations to be ignored to achieve desired political outcomes.
Hillary Clinton sits in “softball interviews” and tells us that the release of five Taliban terrorists in exchange for Sgt. Bergdahl is nothing that should concern Americans. She claims the real danger those terrorists represent is to the Middle East region, conveniently overlooking the fact that these are the same people who planned and carried out the 9/11 plot that killed 3,000 Americans, and who vow to kill more Americans. The struggle in the Middle East is about money and control of a haven for this zealotry—a home from which to launch attacks on the ultimate goal—those ugly Americans of the Christian faith. Off with their heads! This woman wants to be President of the United States? On what basis is she qualified for the job? That she is married (at least nominally) to Bill Clinton? That she was a token Senator from New York? That she served as a do-nothing Secretary of State whose greatest accomplishment was to get four Americans killed at Benghazi including a U.S. Ambassador? Please. This woman is not qualified to clean toilets in a New York City bus station much less lead this nation. Maybe more déjà vu is on the way if Hillary ends up in a position that allows her to get more Americans needlessly killed. Frankly, more déjà vu is certain if Ms. Clinton wins the presidency solely based on being the first woman president. We see how well this kind of “first” reasoning has served us with the inexperienced and vastly inept Mr. Obama.
The USA should by no means look at itself as a “Policeman of the World.” Such a role is not ours to assume and, over the course of time, is an overwhelming one--even for the USA--and we will surely fail at it. At the same time, we must be cognizant that the threats to our future—the threats to our existence as a people and a nation—will come from those distant lands where people who mean us harm are allowed to hide out and disseminate their ideology and hatred for Americans. Their existence is a cancer on the world. We can ignore it but it will only spread, such that by the time we do address it, the potential for a cure will be long past. That is the reality of the world. That is the déjà vu of assuming peace when others mean you harm.
From the very day this nation was established, there was someone out there wanting it to be destroyed. That threat will never die but only get worse if it becomes apparent that America will not stand and fight for its freedom and liberty. This concept eludes some who claim citizenship in this nation. They believe that liberty and freedom will continue no matter whose in charge of our government. And, they will continue to believe that right up to the moment when a sharp blade passes through their neck and their head falls into a basket waiting below. That last look on their face will be a portrait of the absence of freedom and liberty.
The reality of the world is that war will always exist. The only difference will be that technology changes the way wars are fought. The reality of the world is that we are not of one mind—never will be. We are not of one religion—never will be. The reality of the world is that we cannot tell people who have never experienced true freedom and liberty the value of it and expect them to understand it. Those people who have not experienced freedom are not going to lay down their blood and their lives to defend a concept foreign to them. Appreciation of freedom and liberty only comes about with years and years of experience. In cases where we have won that for others in the world, we have a responsibility to maintain a presence while they gain that experience. The same will be true in Iraq and Afghanistan whether Barack Obama likes it or not. We can fight them there or we can fight them here, but we will fight them—you can count on it.
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