WE AIN'T WHAT WE WERE
By Geoff Metcalf
May 7, 2004
The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff." --Ambrose Bierce
John Kerry is appreciated.at least by North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap.despite equivocation to the contrary.
Reuters reported that during the 29th celebration of the fall of Saigon, Giap articulated his thanks to "the leaders of the U.S. antiwar movement." He did not specifically mention the dysfunctional flip flopping Massachusetts Senator by name, but he made it clear that without the help (aid and comfort) of the Fonda/Kerry crowd, the U.S. would have prevailed in Vietnam.
In a Wall Street Journal interview, NVA Colonel Bui Tin specifically credited leaders of the anti-war movement as being "essential to our strategy."
Tin said those high profile Hanoi visits by antiwar types "gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses."
Aubrey T. DeVera once observed, "Prejudice, which sees what it pleases, cannot see what is plain." THAT factoid was personified by Fonda, Kerry, et al.
Despite what you see on the TV news, and read in the liberal press about Fallujah and Najif, the reality is U.S. and coalition forces continue to win EVERY military confrontation. However, if or when the complicit mainstream media ratchet up the antiwar rants and Americans become squishy on the imperative of taking the fight to the bad guys, the media will become exploited co-conspirators with the forces who oppose freedom.
Mark Twain said, "Noise proves nothing. Often the hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid." John Kerry is such a hen... or capon.
The Fallujah dust up is targeted to the average American TV viewer. However, it can and will only work if it is ALLOWED to work. The bad guys expect their tactics to work because they have worked against Americans before. In 1993 when Osama bin Laden told ABC America was "a paper tiger" he was right.we were. However, our recent resolve and commitment has created a new reality check for would be intimidators and they are having more trouble with the startling reality check than the p.o.-ed 19-year old Marine waiting for the brass to "let the dogs out." Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz, wrote there is a remarkable troika of war:
Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Tony Kern says this current war "will be won or lost by the American citizens, not diplomats, politicians or soldiers." And he is spot on!
Moral commitment is more important than anything. Smarter and more experienced soldiers haven't agreed on how much more important the moral is to the physical. Napoleon said it was three to one. Patton said five to one. I have seen apparently 'average' 135 pound soldiers survive Airborne, Ranger and Special Forces schools and 'superior' athletes quit for a the price of a shower and hot meal.
Soldiers like Bob Howard, Rocky Versace, Jon Cavaiani and thousands like them are honored to do your heavy lifting and bleed for you (as evidenced recently by Pat Tillman).
We fight for the hearts and minds of a people seeking freedom.but how committed are we to fight the attacks for the hearts and minds of Americans?
The bad guys are not going to go away because a gutless gaggle of pampered, dysfunctional, corrupt UN bureaucrats tell them to play nice.
Dr. Kern said what others are scared spitless to acknowledge. "We will be fighting a war of annihilation." We cannot appease them. We cannot negotiate with them. We cannot compromise (and they don't want to). The anti-American jihadists want only to kill us or die trying. We must do everything possible to expedite the later.
Americans like fast food, microwaves, headline news and Cliff notes. The conventional wisdom is Americans lack the staying power for a long drawn out and costly fight. That is what led bin Laden to conclude, "America is a paper tiger."
The multiple aggressors intend (and are prepared) to fight a war of attrition. They conclude (with lots of supporting documentation) that eventually, inevitably, Americans will grow weary of the fight and that the American (and European) media will continue to pick at the scab until it festers and some future leader will cut and run home. THEN it will start all over again...
Dr. Martin Luther King once observed (in a different context), We ain't what we ought to be. We ain't what we could be. We ain't what we gonna be, but thank God we ain't what we were."
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"Despite what you see on the TV news, and read in the liberal press about Fallujah and Najif, the reality is U.S. and coalition forces continue to win EVERY military confrontation."