Thursday, May 27, 2004

Somebody Gets It

After President Bush's speech Monday evening the Fox News program entitled "The Factor" with Bill O'Reilly interviewed former Clinton political adviser Dick Morris. Regarding Bush's speech, Morris said "What he needed to do was to make the case to the American people, in particular American women, that our security, our families depend on fighting these folks in Iraq." Furthermore, he said "all the people that would be blowing up trains and planes and buildings in the United States are gathered in Baghdad and shooting at our forces, and with every one of them we kill that's one less we have to worry about attacking you in your home."

This is exactly the point I made in my post entitled "A Blinding Flash of the Obvious" back on the 13th (see below). Now, think what you will of Dick Morris. But at least one other notable figure, an experienced Washington insider no less, sees the war in Iraq for what it is.

I'm telling you...every bombing, every gunfight, every hostile action is not "...the situation in Iraq spinning out of control..." like so many idiots in the press are quick to assume. It is in fact our enemies taking the bait and being drawn into a fight in which they are hopelessly outgunned 7,000 miles from American shores.

- The American Hawk

Saturday, May 15, 2004

I Hope They Win Gold

If this team wins the gold medal in this summer's Olympics their triumph would even eclipse that of the American hockey team's victory over the Soviet Union in 1980...

IRAQ STUNS FOOTBALL WORLD WITH UPSET VICTORY; EARNS HISTORIC FIRST TRIP TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES

Victory Guarantees Iraq Soccer Team a Place at 2004 Athens Olympic Games

Amman, Jordan -- May 12, 2004 – In a stunning upset victory, the Iraq national football team defeated Saudi Arabia tonight 3 to1 to earn a trip to the 2004 Olympic Summer games in Athens. The victory marks the first time in Iraq’s history that its football team will compete in the Olympics. In addition to defeating Saudi Arabia, Iraq needed a draw in the final game between Kuwait and Oman to qualify. The game ended 0-0 sealing Iraq’s bid.

“This means Iraq is on the right path,” said Hawar Mulla Mohammed through tears moments after the game. He had scored the team’s go-ahead, and eventually winning, goal of the game. “Our entire country deserves this incredible win. When the bus pulled into the stadium tonight we refused to think of anything but winning and now we are headed to Athens,” concluded the soon to be Olympian.

“The Iraqi team played a great match tonight,” said National Olympic Committee of Iraq President Ahmed Al-Samarrai “Simply stated this is the biggest moment in Iraqi Olympic history.”

The victory means that Iraq will send approximately 30 athletes to the Summer games – a seven fold increase from just four years ago.


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This article can be found at: Coalition Provisional Authority

Thursday, May 13, 2004

A Blinding Flash of the Obvious

The war in Iraq was a success but the post-war phase is an obvious failure.

Right?

That is what many are saying these days. This includes a lot of people to whom I listen and respect.

The problem for me though is that I couldn't disagree more. In fact, I think the "Post-War Phase" is by and large a screaming success.

Now how could I say such a thing you might ask. Especially when there are people getting killed every day! The reason is that I believe I see what is really going on in Iraq since the end of major hostilities last year and that it is exactly what the Bush Administration and the military want to be happening. To me it is so obvious that I can't believe more people don't see it.

I'll make this very clear because a lot of people seem to have a difficult time grasping these kinds of things:

WE ARE IN IRAQ BECAUSE WE WANT TO DRAW OUR ENEMIES OUT INTO A FIGHT ON FOREIGN SOIL RATHER THAN ON AMERICAN SOIL

That is, I believe, the true reason we are there in the first place. In fact, destroying Saddam Hussein, the hunt for weapons of mass destruction, rebuilding hospitals and schools, distributing food and resources...all that stuff...are very worthy goals that help sell our presence there to a largely unimaginitive world. But make no mistake, the "Post-War Phase in Iraq" and the "War on Terror" are the exact same thing. They are not just related to each other. They are the same thing.

Think about it. If you are an American, would you rather have these "foreign fighters" or Al-Qaeda scum attacking armed, armored, trained, and alert American troops in places like Najaf and Tikrit? Or would you rather have them attacking school teachers and their classrooms full of children in places like Des Moines, Detroit, and Seattle?

Sure the major terrorist organizations can attack us here and in Iraq at the same time. But it takes a lot more resources to do so. Every terrorist who is now drawn into the battles in Iraq is one less terrorist taking flight training in Florida or building an explosive belt in a basement in some rented house in upstate New York.

So you see, the "Major Hostilities" in Iraq were really just the "Pre-War Phase" and the "Post-War Phase" is really the "War on Terror." If you accept this premise, then you must agree that the Bush Administration and the military are a little more clever and capable than you may have thought.

Got it? If not, re-read this post until you eventually do.

- The American Hawk

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

It's Nothing So Noble as Hatred

Many people, including a few of those I listen to and respect, attribute things like cutting the head off a live American to hatred for Americans. There is some truth to this I'm sure. But I think that saying they do such things because they "hate" us misses their true motivation and is even dangerous.

I don't mean to condone hatred. But if you hate somebody for something it means that you have some sense of right and wrong that was so violated by somebody else's actions that you hate them for it. A lot of people think Islam is what these monsters consider when determining what is right and what is wrong. What then happens is that many Americans and others around the world suggest that if we were more aware of the fundamentals of the Islamic faith and treated its adherents in a more sensitive manner all these problems would go away. Our enemies would no longer hate us and the hijackings, beheadings, kidnappings, bombings, assassinations, quest for weapons of mass destruction, and whatever else we must now endure would come to an end.

Thus, in a sense, their hatred for us is "noble" in some sense of the word. They’re only defending their deepest principles right?

I disagree. I don't think that the core of their beliefs is hatred. Instead it is just plain ‘ole opportunism. These people are trying to create an opportunity for themselves. They want power. They want control. They want to force women into brutal submission. They want to force men who are outside their circles of power into submission. They want to pocket the billions of dollars whether from the oil industry in Iraq or the heroin trade in Afghanistan. They merely use professions of Islamic faith as cover for their more materialistic, egocentric, and megalomaniacal aspirations.

The danger is that many among us will fail to see their true aspirations. Because when we fail to do so we end up taking the wrong tack. We think that we just need to come to terms with these people. We need to “wage peace” by just figuring out how to stop violating their sense of right and wrong and then by building some kind of figurative bridge to them. If indeed these people were truly motivated by the tenants of Islam, which I highly doubt, in some twisted way making such a peace offering might work. But, once again I suggest, these people are not motivated by religious conviction. They are motivated by a thirst for power, control, and money. As long as there is a United States of America in the world, their quest for power, control, and money will ultimately be fruitless. Therefore they seek to destroy us. No amount of cultural sensitivity is going to give these people pause because they have no cultural or religious sensibilities.

This is why we must wage war.

- The American Hawk


Monday, May 10, 2004

...but why were they in Abu Ghraib?

Despite the intense firestorm of controversy over these images we have seen out of Abu Ghraib prison I have yet to hear any analysis of something that I feel is very important.

WHAT DID THE PRISONERS IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS DO THAT GOT THEM INTO ABU GHRAIB IN THE FIRST PLACE?

If we knew this we might have a better appreciation of what the American soldiers there are dealing with. It would help us understand what is really going on. Since we don't know this though it just seems like the American guards are out of control and using the prisoners like human playthings. This might be the case. But my intuition tells me there is more to understand here. I'm not saying that I necessarily condone the kind of treatment we have seen in the pictures. But on the other hand if we knew what the prisoners were in prison for we may not feel so sympathetic toward them either. In short, we might have a more balanced point of view.

Hopefully the media will see fit to examine this side of the story. If not, perhaps it will come out in the investigations that are now underway.

- The American Hawk

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