All those Bush hating, 'military supporters': here's your chance! Where are you? We've had a few days now of very successful air operations over Somalia, have you noticed? The leaders of Somalia are pleased that the American military is acting on intelligence from SEALS in country and taking out many high level al Qaeda operatives. Any kudos?
Hundreds were killed in embassy bombings in Somalia dating back to 1993 and U.S. airstrikes have taken care of Islamist leaders running for their lives into the interior of the country. "The leaders know they're finished," Culusow said. "They've basically told the young fighters they can go, it's over, and that anyone who stays behind should be resigned to die." Culusow is a former Islamist leader no longer in the movement.
You remember Mogadishu, don't you? Maybe you watched the movie 'Black Hawk Down' or read the book? The husband and I went to the movie and sat in a crowded theatre surrounded by the sound of grown men quietly weeping in the dark. They were all the age of the husband and I'm guessing Vietnam vets, too. The movie powerfully illustrates what happens to real people in real life when the most advanced, superior military in the world is told to retreat before the mission is completed. The movie illustrates the results from wishy-washy, stick a finger in the air to feel which way the wind is blowing, politicians making military decisions from their comfortable lofts back home.
Is there a left leaning, anti-war (but I support the military) politician left that hasn't condemned the President's speech, not yet delivered? Yesterday Ted "Swimmer" Kennedy gave a speech to the National Press Club and stated he will push legislation to deny funding for a troop surge to stabilize Baghdad. He demands the President receive approval from Congress to send in more troops.
Senator Kennedy: Please re-read Article II, Section 2:
"He shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other officers of the United States...
Senator Kennedy: Do you read anything in this about troop deployment and the need for permission granted by the Congress?
Sober up or retire, Senator Kennedy. You day is long gone.
The President is entitled to give his speech and talk to the American people. I want to know what the plan is to turn this war in Iraq around. I pray he is receiving good counsel. Many mistakes have been made. The intentions were noble. The people of Iraq deserve better than a murdering dictator. If the politicians would band together and put aside pure politics, there is still a small window of opportunity for success. The Iraqis must be forced to continue to rise up and take care of themselves and their country. They will be told we are not there for an open-ended commitment.
When the Iraqis make their own decisions and ignore the counsel of America, like over the timing of the execution of Saddam - they decided to not take the U.S. generals advice to postpone it a while - then what do they get? American liberals bemoaning the fact that Saddam was put to death. It was a decision made by Iraqis for Iraqis, not America's. No matter. It's still our fault.
The war in Iraq is not Vietnam. It is a common slogan among the crowd thinking victory is impossible. Those spouting nonsense don't seem to understand the anti-war sentiments play right into the hands of the fanatical Islamists determined to take over the world. They don't get it. It's a shame. Let the soldiers do their job. Victory is not a dirty word.
Support the troops? Support the mission. Stop insulting them with nonsensical rhetoric.