Friday, October 09, 2009

US Military Brass To Take The Fall For The Loss of Obama’s War?

US Military Brass To Take The Fall For The Loss of Obama’s War?

Military Brass Expected To Fall On Their Swords To Cover Obama’s Inept Afghan War Making?

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Rome burned as Nero fiddled. So goes the myth of the destruction of ancient Rome. There was more to Nero’s rather extensive “Urban Renewal Project”, of course. Much has been lost in the mists of time, and some has just plain been invented.

But, today, if Nero decided to burn Rome, we’d have TV cameras there as he struck the match and applied the flame to the nearest drapes or, thatched roof, as the case may be.

What am I rambling on about? Well, I’ll tell you. It is just this: While Obama fiddles; American soldiers are being killed in Afghanistan.

The US military commander of Afghanistan has requested 40,000 more troops as fast as he can get them in country to fight the resurgence of the Taliban and whoever else has, and is, joining their ranks.

The Commander-in-Chief says it will be weeks before he will respond with a “Yes” or a “No.” In the meantime, more American lives are being lost and the loss of those lives can be laid at the feet of Obama! The war in Afghanistan is now “Obama’s War!” And so far, he is bungling it, like nearly everything else this inexperienced president has touched.

I’d very much like to see an amendment to the constitution which says that a candidate for President of the United States must show proof of honorable service in the military of the United States.

Let me spell it out for you as plainly as I know how. Unless you have served in the US Military, you have no idea what fighting for your country, (war), is all about. You cannot understand the inner workings of the military. You cannot understand the code of honor, which is the common thread that binds all the military services to one another and to the country.

I do not care how much propaganda those who disagree with me on this throw at you, take it from another old vet, the military is different from anything you have ever experienced in your life and there is zero comparison with anything political or the political world our Commander-in-Chief resides in at the White House.

Now: Here’s what I think is about to happen. Obama dearly wants out of Afghanistan. The delay in answering General Stanley McChrystal is Obama buying time with the blood of American patriots.

The long and the short of it is, Obama is going to pull US troops out of Afghanistan. He doesn’t care about how bad it will make America look around the world. He doesn’t care about that. He has no idea how badly the American character will suffer. He doesn’t care how such an action will damage the US military. He has no understanding of how badly the Vietnam fiasco rocked the US Military for decades. Some say the US military did not fully recover from Vietnam until Gulf War One. Many of the Vietnam vets are STILL not over it! But Obama doesn’t care. Why? Obama is a Narcissist. He cares only for himself. Everyone, and everything, else is here to serve him and his interests.

Now: Do not entertain the erroneous notion that Obama is willing to take the blame for losing a war, specifically the war in Afghanistan. Oh, NO! Obama will not lose the Afghanistan War. The US Military will lose the Afghanistan War. You can count on it. There will be Congressional Hearings and kangaroo courts much like the old “Star Chamber” proceedings where the heads of Generals will roll, but nothing will touch Obama. Obama’s henchmen on the Hill and in the Mainstream Media will see to that. All the while, though, you and I and the thousands upon thousands of soldiers and military veterans will know who the culprit was.

The American Left HATES the US Military. It has a cold, unreasonable, hatred for anything military. I have leftist friends who all but spit anytime I mention the military for any reason. Their hatred goes deep. It is primordial. It seems to come from some place deep inside the pre-caveman depths of their brains. It is pathological. They would be quite happy to see the US Military go down to defeat no matter how many American lives are lost. They hate the US Military that much.

There is no reasoning with them. I have tried. I explained that the US military was the only organization that stood between them and annihilation. I explained that the US military made their freedom possible and without the military they would not be free men but slaves. Nothing made any difference. There is simply no reasoning with them. So, I must conclude that it is something in their internal wiring. It should not be difficult to detect in Obama’s White House.

The men and women who give of themselves to defend this country deserve better. They have earned the respect of the world. It seems to me the American people could insure that the Commander-in-Chief is always a military veteran with a constitutional amendment, which would require that a candidate for President of the US always be a veteran of one of the military services of the United States. It would not insure victory on the battlefield but it would show respect for the military by providing that one of their own is always in command. They deserve that -- and more.

J. D. Longstreet



Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie said...

You have failed ask the one question that everyone avoids when discussing Afghanistan.

As Obama stated: "This isn't a war of choice; it's a war of necessity." Yet nobody can agree on the nature of the Afghan mission.

Are we there to defeat the Taliban, prevent terrorism on the streets, rebuild the country, create a democracy, encourage girls to go to school or prop up a deeply corrupt government which condones marital rape?

With each change in leadership, government or military, the goalposts move. Hundreds will die and thousands more will suffer dreadful injuries before the mess is squared away.

To quote Lenin: "You might not be interested in this war, but this war is interested in you."

Longstreet said...

When one tosses out all the “mission creep” one gets back to the original reason for US troops in Afghanistan. It was my understanding then, and remains my understanding, that our reason for invading was to get Osama Ben Laden, dead or alive, and to wipe out his band of “merry men” -- al Qaeda.

I am convinced the Afghani’s are ungovernable, don’t want to be governed by “good governance,” or bad, will take anything we offer without feeling the slightest need for reciprocating, and seem to be to be totally unappreciative of the efforts expended by our troops and yours, on their behalf, and can hardly wait for our departure.

I am afraid the Suck-up-in-Chief, we have as President, is going to get a lot of good men killed by withholding the reinforcements they need. It has happened before with the last President of the same party. I am sure you recall the incident we refer to as “Blackhawk Down,” when troops in Somalia requested APC’s for semi-safe movement through the city streets. The Commander-in-Chief at the time, Bill Clinton, refused the request and, if memory serves, we lost 18 good men in an unnecessary running firefight the intensity of which could have been mitigated had those men had those APC’s.

I am afraid we are about to see something very similar happen -- likely around one of those “static” outposts near the Pakistan border. They present fairly large, unmoving, targets and the enemy cannot miss the opportunities they present. I had thought we had learned our lesson about those “outposts” in Vietnam, but, apparently, we have not. They SOG troops could have told the brass what to expect.


Robert Garding said...

I still say that if Obama is not willing to fight this war with the idea to win it, then he needs to pull our boys and girls home so we don't lose they will be here when the war comes home to us. Then maybe, just maybe Obama will stop thinking like he is a little bit pregnant and actually fight the war to win it.


Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie said...

I could not agree more with your comments, but hunting down OBL seems to be way down the list. Rather worryingly most seem to have forgotten about him.

Al Qaeda had camps in many countries in the region, more in Pakistan than Afghanistan, and the majority of the financial backing for their ‘cause’ comes from Saudi Arabia. Most of the terrorist threats against me come from outside my own front door or Somalia.

From my time in Helmand (Southern Afghanistan) the average Afghani could not care less whether US, UK, Taliban, or Russian troops were in Afghanistan. They just carried on with their lives. The vast majority did not have the level of education to understand the complexity of the situation.

“I had thought we had learned our lesson about those “outposts” in Vietnam.” When does any army learn from past experience? I remember turning up in Iraq and I stupidly gave the same speech again in Afghanistan, about COIN. ‘Don’t worry, I lived through 30 years of the troubles in Northen Ireland. I can teach counter insurgency, we wrote the book on it, blah blah blah,’ I said. What an ass! NI is not Iraq and Vietnam is not Afghanistan.