(Inept and Unable)

by: Bennie M. Beaver
From the very beginning, America has failed its strategy in Iraq. Almost any American would agree with this conclusion. We need to reconsider our deteriorating approach to that conflict.
Originally, the more out of control the circumstances in Iraq, the stronger should have become our American response. Once our military realized, that cleaning out an area of Iraq failed, we should have quickly intensify our efforts. We did not do that, and now, the situation is almost out of control.
What is it that we should have done, originally?
We should have completely patitioned areas of Iraq with no-man barriers. No one could move from one area to the other except byway of check points, period. If an area did not settle down, than we should remove all its citizens to camps in the nearby desert (especially, smaller towns). Once the people were removed we could completely clean and check out those areas. Certainly, it's senseless to take over an area, and then, give it back to the enemy...especially in a conflict where one doesn't know, who's the enemy. One way, or the other, you must terminate the enemy, or suffer the pangs of an endless war!
We did not do that. Additionally, we did not foil a continuing influx of insurgence and weapons; not to mention, not finding their weapons and explosives already in Iraq. Now look at the situation we're faced with.
Now we're at a new crossroads in our strategy. We can either increase our troop levels to over power a civil war or still partitioning those areas to clean them out. All the while, simultaneously, engaging Syria and Iran in talks - not because we believe those talks would be to our satisfaction - or simply, withdraw to the Iraqi borders and Kuwait to establish safe camps for Iraqi citizens fleeing a civil war.
Of course, we could stay there for the long haul. But is that the right strategy? We should stay there only if we develop a strategy to win: drastically reducing the insurgency and their weapons and explosives; separating the warring factions; continuing to improve the Iraqi security forces; improving the infrastructure of Iraq; improving our communications and negotiations with friends and enemies in the Middle East...insisting that they search out and remove those who teach hate and terrorism in the name of their faith. Teaching and brainwashing hate against other beliefs was once more understandable in a time when all faiths did the same, but wouldn't all prophets reject it in a modern world?
All this could require an increase in soldiers. If the army ask for twenty-thousand more soldiers give them fifty-thousand; if they ask for fifty-thousand send a hundred thousand (It seems that we don't have those numbers of soldiers available, so I keep hearing). We must see results within approximately six months to a year.
Alternatively, we could redeployed numbers of our troops to the Iraqi borders and Afghanistan.
Otherwise, we come home and divest ourselves of a need for oil by applying the money saved to create an infrastructure for alternative fuels, thereby, saving the earth from globle warming. Employ more money to Home Security, border security, and R/D for the development of new technologies for a war on terrorism, improve intelligence agencies and Special Forces strategies, etc. We should continue improving international relations with our friends in Middle Eastern countries. All thoses things would reduce the transfer of wealth to nations not yet ready to enter into a civilized world.
(Of course, I might add, that we would still have enough money to improve America's transportation system and go to Mars creating adventures for the young and more products and technologies for the security of Earth. With the billions of dollars already wasted in Iraq we could have been on Mar with a permanent colony manufacturing products. One way to stay ahead of an enemy is to remain far ahead in adventures, discovery, research, and development of science).
Yes, there are those who are concerned over Iran's and Syria's desires for a super state controlling Iraq and the oil (also, threatening Israel), but is this akin to Vietnam and America's fears over the communist domino effect.
America is still a super power and can project considerable force from home. Israel is still in that area, and can project considerable power in its own defense, with our continued help.
All the while, talks should continue directed towards helping those Middle Eastern nations into a modern world. That includes encouraging their reformation of beliefs and bringing them into a modern world of freedom of religion.
Well, this is my short solution to this intransigent quagmire.
BLOG: It's dishearting to listen to political pundits totally missunderstanding or missrepresenting the American peoples' reasons for ousting the republicans at the end of 2006. One lady believed that it was because Americans rejected cowboy diplomacy as a failed President George Bush stratagy to fight a war in Iraq against terrorism. I'll speak to this one issue.
BLOG: I too, voted to oust the republicans, not because of their policies to remove Saddam Hussein, but because of a failure to win the peace in a timely and finanically astute manner. It's rare to find modern Western military efforts definitively successful. It's difficult to fight a Western style war against an enemy using 7th century barbarian methodologies. In spite of this, the George Bush stratagies has disrupted much of the terrorist network and killed thousands of their leaders and supporters. You may lament, as does many Western pundits, that thousands of innocent civilians have been killed, but I would retort that, fewer have been killed than in any such war in history, largly because of Western efforts to reduce our soldiers deaths, and the deaths of enemy civilians in war. Furthermore, in the face of a remark by Ben Ladden stating that, Americans don't have the staying power to defeat them, America has demonstrated a courage, skill, and tenacity unexpected by terrorist. They now understand that the west is not a push-over. This understanding will give them pause in future conflicts. Not withstanding, that they now know, that should they successed in distroying one of our large cities with a WMD we would likely change our methods, and kill millions of them--they can't win. Also, we have learned an invaluable lesson on how to conduct such conflicts in the future.
BLOG: On the radio, a terrorist strategist said, that they plan to out last us and destroy our economy and weaken our resolve until we finally negoiate with them and acquiesce to their Muslim beliefs and Sharia Law. Of course, their interpretation of their beliefs will be just like with all theocracies in history, based on a single, or very few, leaders interpretation of those laws...no different from other theocracies and dictatorships in history. those theocracies in history are precisely why our founding fathers extablished America's checks and balanced political republic...because theocracies were famous for abusing their powers. It was only after theocracies were finally rained in that science and reason knowledge took hold and begin improving the human condition. Of course, you may choose to go back and live like man once did in the seventh century.
BLOG: War is hell, and we should do eveything in our power to end them. It may be good to remember that there is more than one way to skin a cat - as they used to say in the old South - and all out war is just one of them. Either way, it's very important to confront terrorist minded individuals and their teachers, anywhere in the world!
BLOG: I have many other differences with the republican partly including: An attempt to impeach President Clinton (At least 14 past presidents are known to have been involved in sultry affairs while president of the United States of America; some of which are believed to have been good presidents. The issue belongs in the ballot box...except for pregnancy outside marriage, obligation, and responsibility to children. But legislators are not about to pass strong laws against pregnancy outside marriage, obligation, and responsibility to children, because they, and feminist psychologist, are among the philanders. Meaning, It's child abuse, and a good reason for adoptions and years in prison and castration the third time; not a retroactive law because the laws have been different in the past. Court television demonstrates a justification for these kind of laws, whereby, many defendants brag about having as many as ten children by ten different women/men, and then, smile with a smirk on their face. The judge will say, "bad oh boy, or girl. It's as if, in the next sentence, the judge is about to ask the individual for a date; abortion (It's a personal moral decision, and a part of natural law throughout the history of life on Earth, and not an edictal power of fundamentalist interpretations of a Gods will. A stem cell or fetus is not condemned by the choice of its parent, and/or a moral choice, and vengeance, is the lords. Machophiles and feminist psychologist are among the same kind of mentality as witch hunters right out of history. They would execute scientist for stem cell research, and execute women for having an abortion. They are the kind of individuals, whom you will note, will continue creating laws advocating the execution of citizens over personal rights, until they possess absolute control. The primary reasons are that, once one passes some of those personal laws, one will need to continue passing laws until one has absolute control. Watch how they pass one law after the other, to only one end, absolute power. Observe how those new laws, effectively, end debate in a society of many opposing points of view! As a founding father once said, "When you surrender a little freedom for a little order, you may end up lossing both" (paraphrase)); flag burning (I'm 61 yrs. old and have never seen anyone burn an American flag except on T.V., primarily, in the Vietnam war era, or in recent yrs. on T.V. out of the Middle East. And they can't burn my flag, or your flag, or the flag down at the court house. They can only burn their flag) ; Terri Schiavo affair (How many times had it already gone through the (legal) courts of THAT State?); evolution vs. intelligent design (The rudiments, of which have long been determined by reasoned knowledge (science), of which there is, more appropriatedly, a design that's INTELLIGIBLE.); stem cell research (There is no loss of a consciously aware life that is evident from reasoned knowlege (science); only a loss of some fundamentalist (religious) persons' interpretation of a Gods will); alternative energy (Save our environment while removing the oil money from nations who never discovered the oil in the first place, or therefore, earned the money by reasoned knowledge in the second place; then maybe, those same nations will begin learning and earning their place in a civilized world, of which, they are entirely capable....We are all related. Their johadist views are from a historical period when all religions terrorized, unmercifully...at that time, seeming to be justified. Not anymore. It's time for a reformation. Many of those people know it, and deserve support.); globle warming (The majority of scientist believe that man is, at the least, accelerating globle warming. The arguements are over how much money, and how fast to fight back. I believe that it's time to spend more time and money than is spent at present. We should get on with the development and uses of alternative fuels, etc.); national health insurance and secure retirement benefits (Automation, artificial intelligence, and the power over it, will put the average man in the poor house and in the grave. A new age, like non-other in history, is coming.); DEGREE AND TYPE of out sourcing and free trade to non-democratic governments (Partly about securing decent wages and benefits, including, floating the value of money on world markets, etc.); border security from both parties (An invasion of uneducated and unassimilated peoples, from anywhere in the world, is dangerous. it's ratcheting up the violence level in our schools and on our streets. Even more crime and gangs are proliferating. Stop the non-sense illegal immigration. Stop rationalizing that we just can't help it because we need all those masses of illigal and uneducated and unassimilated workers...NONSENSE! Keep emigration legal and orderly.); exact types and methodologies of home security (Be sure to protect our private lives in the process.); free educations to poor children with the grades (Those children will help insure our freedoms.); more tax relief to the middle class. (Whom would purchase with all the money, resulting in increased production by the wealthy. By this, more money is filtered though the middle classes...Not the other way around.); Unions! At least with unions, we have a crook on both sides; legalize most illegal drugs. (Put the moral decisions back into the hands of individuals, even if millions died as a result of THEIR POOR MORAL decisions...still, as is true now, one is able to restrict some work while on drug; fine those who drive while on drugs; hang those who sell drugs to children. Sell the drugs only through State controlled stores, to reduce all out access, to get the price down and the crime out; reduce the number of stores until one has control, much like at the end of the nineteenth century, when heroin was being over used, the individuals, finally, on their own, decided to stop using it. If the plan is carried out properly, it would take about five to ten years to end most abuse of drugs. The public responsibility would be to use State sales to build the worlds best drug treatment centers on earth for those whom choose to avail themselves of them, or otherwise are placed in them. Of course, the final plan should be hammered out through a political process, etc.
BLOG: (01/10/2007 7:00 P.M. MST) President George Bush just gave a television report on his new plan to quell the sectarian violence in Iraq. The problem with the presidents failures in Iraq are among the following: 1. A failure to manage the peace in Iraq (failure to stop the insurgency, failure to find or stop the inflow of weapons and explosives, failure to end violence--including sectarian violence.); 2. A failure to tie America's success in Iraq only to removing Saddam Hussein and not to winning a sectarian peace; Otherwise, I agree with the president's plan as one last effort to end the sectarian and terrorist violence--with just one reservation. Like senator John McCain of Arizona, I question whether twenty-one thousand new soldiers is enough. Also, I believe that the millitary may have lost the initiative by not sending overwhelming force earlier on...Will they, or can they, do it this time. I have said before, in other articles on this web site, that America needs to squash the violence in Iraq, or withdraw to the borders and Kwait, and there, to establish safe camps for innocent Iraqis escaping a civil war. Otherwise, redeploy to Afgahinstan and home. I'll give the president this opportunity to help the new Iraqi government win a degree of peace. Without this success, America will have an even greater battle ending world terrorism and its supporters like, Iran and Syria, among others. We will, of course, still win, however, at what cost to innocent life? President Bush was elected by the American people. Lets give him another chance to successed while our soldiers are still there ready and willing to make the effort. Adult terrorist are not likely to change and must be destroyed. And the instructors of such violence must be destroyed. None of this is to suggest that there are no other ways to destroy terrorism, but this is the one at hand. Lets not negotiate and equivocate ourselves into an abysmal quagmire.
BLOG: (Sep. 2007) For the reasons I mentioned above, the war in Irag has been poorly managed. Furthermore, for the reasons mentioned above, I support the democratic party for president. I would add, that many extremist in both parties are misdirected or just plainly disingenuous to the facts in this war against terrorism. Terrorist minded individuals and the peoples who support them or don't strongely repudiate them, must be confronted head on, or the ultimate cost will be more redoubtable. History is littered with societies that become fat and weak in the face of a more violent and aggressive enemy. Still, there is more than one way to win the war. I believe that it would have been nice had we been at this point in Iraq some two years ago. Having said this we should give President Bush one last chance to succeed in Irag, I believe that General Petraeus has succeeded admirably, enough to justify staying with the generals plan, until next July. We should see equal, or greater successes by then, and/or begin backing away from the conflict. If we remain there liken to South Korea, then it should be in some agreement with our friends in the Middle East; otherwise, we should maintain a larger force in Afghanistan.
As disdainful as individuals like Thomas Jefferson (and I) had for war, he still understood, that sometimes it's unavoidable and necessary to create an even greater peace. The American people did not support the Second World War in its beginnings! The question is always alive as to whether those people were right--about not fighting the Second World War. Would you want to go back into history, and not fight the Second World War, and find out? I support the president in this one last effort, not because it's absolutely and positively guaranteed to work, but because it's the next best step to take...in my view. We'll have some time for other methods that may work better, or not! As desirable as ending all wars may be, I believe that mankind is, still, not at that point in science amd evolution. As you may have already read on this Web Site, I'm very hopeful that that time will come soon! Personally, I'm a pacifist by desire, but a realist by nature. Somehow, I believe that life is in a kind of fulcrum between reasoned knowledge, desire, choice, power, and fate. Reasoned knowledge is gaining ground over fate every day. Our fate is becoming more determinant until a day when ours--as well as all intellect in the universe--become the order of a new universe--one with our imagined God, you say. For what else is the end to an exponential acceleration of knowledge--real or imagined immortality, or oblivion? At least it speaks well for the hopes of religions. It's just a difference on how we get there; one is the high road and the other is the low road. They both hold elements of the journey. There must be a moral and ethical journey to get there by reasoned knowledge, and the high and low roads must be cerebrated together. The basic principals of religions' moral and ethical values, and reasoned knowledges' relativity are a kind of truism expected to last throughout eternity; that is true even though philosophers and various religions argue over differences, and science may discover a Unified Field Theory.
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