In 2004, I was in Iraq. Part of our mission was to hunt Zarqawi, and the rest turned into a place called Fallujah. While operating within two miles of Fallujah (weeks after the Blackwater contractors were slaughtered), I recieved a book called “And End to Evil” by David Frum and Richard Perle.
If you are not familiar with those two individuals, here is your chance to research them via Google or research method of choice.
I just had a dinner at my house with some old Marine friends. I decided to dig this book out to quote them various paragraphs.
What I learned from quoting this book in 2007 is that this administration is completely moronic, and has been since its inception. A book written in 2003/4 proves it.
Let me give you a hint of their mindset in 2004.
“In Iraq, U.S. forces overthrew Saddam Hussein’s entire regime with half the troops and in half the time it took merely to shove Saddam out of Kuwait in 1991. It did not matter: The gloomsayers were unembarassable. Having been proven wrong when they predicted the United States would sink into a forlorn quagmire in Iraq, they reappeared days later to insist that while military victory had been assured from the beginning, the United States was now losing the peace: There was looting throughout the country; the national museum had supposedly been sacked…”
“Now the pessimists are quivering because the remnants of the Baath Party have launched a guerilla war against the allied forces in Iraq.”
“Confederate soldiers terrorized their neighbors, robbed trains, and killed Union soldiers. Was the Klu Klux Kloan a “national resistance”? Was Jesse James”.
"Like General Barry McCaffrey, they predicted a military disaster in which the United States could potentially suffer, bluntly, a couple to 3,000 casualties’.
I do not need to quote more here. If you would like to pick up the book, you can. But rest assured, that these were the men deciding the course of our nation. These were the men deciding our “War against Terror”. These were the men who advised Bush, Cheney and the rest.
In 2002, my good friend worked at CentCom. He remembers finding information that indicated that Zarqawi was in the north of the country, hiding. He was completely and utterly outside of Saddam’s radar. When they requested clearance to kill him, the Bush party response was “No, lets use that later to try and pin Saddam to terror.” Today, several of my comrades are dead as a result of this decision.
Yesterday, Cheney used the same old speech. Saddam had links to Al Qaeda because Zarqawi was operating in Baghdad.
I want to indicate something very personal to me. When I operated in Iraq, families would come out and throw rocks at us. They…bluntly put…hated us. They hated us not because they were terrorists, but because we were doing more damage to their families than Saddam ever…ever…ever did. As of this date, I have lost over thirty close and personal friends in the “War on Terror” in Iraq. I have been drenched with the blood of my brothers…I have been covered in their courage…brain particle by piece of bone.
For those of you who voted for Bush in 2004…I say “Shame on you”. For those who are under the age of 30 who voted for him and cower in your homes typing on this forum…Shame on You.
The military is currently recruiting criminals to fight this war, stretched as they are. If they are willing to recruit criminals, they will recruit you. Pick up a rifle and fight. Walk the walk.
Britain is fighting in Helmand Province, Afghanistan…with two helicopters and severely undermanned. They are fighting the real “War of Terror”. Again, pick up a rifle and fight.