By Colbert I. King
Saturday, November 4, 2006; Page A23
Comments at WaPo
“Vietnam was a quagmire. So is Iraq — even as the campaigning president keeps sugarcoating the situation like mad.”
quote How in the world could we be reliving a nightmare like Vietnam? end quote. Vietnam was a war at the periphery funded by Russia and China as Oliver North notes in a Washtimes column. Iraq and Afghanistan are wars at the peripheries. We need to fight what attacked us, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan, and now Iran. These are the main enemy homelands.
In WWII we island hopped to Japan, instead of getting bogged down in the Vietnams, Iraqs and Afghanistans. In Europe we went ashore in Normandy and went straight to Germany. We need to do this in this war, go to the main enemy homelands, Iran, Pakistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia.
There are only 2 battle plans in war, the Vietnam plan or the island hopping to the enemy mainland plan. Bush chose the Vietnam plan and now we ask what happened to us? The Vietnam plan has defeat as the outcome. We need to switch to island hopping, leave Iraq, invade Iran, surround Pakistan and blockade it to give up its nukes, subs, missiles and bin Laden and then require UAE and Saudi Arabia to abolish religious police, courts, judges, law and dress.
quote I don’t think America can afford, manpower or money, any more attempts at democratization of unwilling subjects, let alone five or six others at one time. end quote papa.soji | Nov 4, 2006 2:35:43 PM. That’s true.
We need to up our manpower to more than in 1991. Bush didn’t do that because of his father’s no new taxes pledge losing him the 1992 election. Bush Jr. wouldn’t risk that to do the right thing.
We also need a different model than occupation. Call it roving patrol. We leave Iraq, invade Iran and move on to surround Pakistan and denuke it.
Saudis and UAE can wise up and abolish religious police, law, dress, courts, retire the judges, or be cleared out. But we don’t need to occupy countries. We instead are like the police, they don’t man the crime scene, they come in, get the bad guy and leave. That has to be our strategy.
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