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

1 Comments:

At May 13, 2004 at 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You certainly spend a lot of time thinking on this than all of us. I agree with your comments on this posting

 

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