Vietnam Redux; Another Backstab In Iraq?
I will never forget the rage and overwhelming shame and sadness I felt as the last helicopter left Vietnam, after the liberal Democrats in Congress pulled the plug on our troops and turned an unbroken series of military victories into an inglorious defeat. They covered their dishonoring of 58,239 killed in action and 128,000 wounded in action by enlisting Walter Cronkite to help them spread the lie that American-South Vietnamese forces had lost the Tet offensive. Everyone now knows that the American Army won every engagement including Tet. Recent interviews with former North Vietnamese generals also confirm that a favorable peace treaty was at hand.
We now also know that the domino theory the liberal Democrats pooh-poohed came immediately into play, and millions of Vietnamese, Cambodians and Thai were then slaughtered – including some of the brave Hmong tribe we left in the lurch. I have no interest in refighting the Vietnam War. I had opposed it at the start, but I have always objected to people like John Kerry lying about it, and I take some comfort in the realization that the Vietnam War bled the communist side so much that it contributed in a major way to the eventual destruction and defeat of the old Soviet Union.
The reason I bring it up now is the prospect of it happening all over again in Iraq, and this time, it will finish us. The Democrats have made no secret of their plans to withdraw funding of the American military presence in Iraq as soon as they gain control of the House, which the polls say they are about to do.
The job of overthrowing Saddam and encouraging and nourishing a democracy in the heart of the Middle East has proven much more difficult than we expected, BUT OUR TROOPS HAVE NOT LOST A SINGLE BATTLE. Once more, it appears, the major battle for winning or losing the Iraq War will occur right here in the USA as liberal Democrats try once again to pull the plug and dishonor America. As of this date our losses in Iraq, sad and disturbing as they are, are less than half of our casualties in just one battle at Iwo Jima or at Guadalcanal during World War II.
We have largely defeated Al Qaeda in Iraq, and while it’s true that tribal and religious loyalties and blood-feuds are creating much violence there, the arrogance of those who say that Muslims cannot handle democracy is breathtaking, and is racism at its worst. It ignores the fact that most of Iraq is now peaceful and prospering. It also ignores completely the experience of Turkey which, while not Arab, is mostly Sunni Muslim with a large Shia population as well. It may well be, though, that Iraq needs an Ataturk, and Prime Minister Maliki may not be that man.
Those of you who are still in denial about the threat to America from Islamic fanatics, please turn up your volume and watch this 12 minute clip of Obsession. The similarity to Nazi Germany is astounding. One thing is very clear: we cannot reach an accommodation with these people; if we do not kill them, they will kill us.