The only reason I fight war overseas in the Middle East is politics. You see I was a rampant supporter of the war in Iraq I saw it and still do to this day as a geopolitical win to have a base or bases sitting right there between Iran and Syria. I also thought having bases in countries straddling Iran (Afghanistan/Iraq) was a good geopolitical move as well. You see muslims aren’t going to change their stripes, they are who they are. So the ability to strike quickly and efficiently at a moments notice against “terror” was palatable to me. So what changed? The First Battle Of Fallujah
Although Fallujah had seen sporadic air strikes by American forces, public opposition was not galvanized until 700 members of the 82nd Airborne Division first entered the city on 23 April 2003, and approximately 150 members of Charlie Company occupied al-Qa’id primary. On 28 April, a crowd of approximately 200 people gathered outside the school past curfew, demanding that the Americans vacate the building and allow it to re-open as a school. The protesters became increasingly heated, and the deployment of smoke gas canisters failed to disperse the crowd. The protest escalated as gunmen reportedly fired upon U.S. forces from the protesting crowd and U.S. Army soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division returned fire, killing 17 people and wounding more than 70 of the protesters. There were no U.S. Army or coalition casualties in the incident. U.S. forces said that the shooting took place over 30–60 seconds, however other sources claim the shooting continued for half an hour.
We won that battle but we retreated, after loss of life of our military, we retreated. Why did we retreat? Politics Of The Worst Kind
“We are dealing with an isolated country with a fourth-rate military power, led by a murderous tyrant that nobody likes. And yet the [U.N.] Security Council is split. Why? It is because of the inept and bungled and cowboy diplomacy of President Bush and his senior advisers. He has spent a great deal of time in insulting our allies, in denigrating the United Nations,” said Hoeffel, one of 81 House Democrats who voted on Oct. 10 to give Bush the option for military action against Iraq.
Several Democratic senators are now seeking a new vote on Iraq to bring the question to the floor for debate before any military action. Proposals are being offered by Sens. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Robert Byrd of West Virginia, both of whom voted against last October’s resolution.
That writeup was just a small taste of the ugly that would be the Democrats on the war in Iraq. You see they had leftwing “anti-war” groups to feed going into the election cycle for the Democrats. Our soldiers were animals to these people and the Democrats fed their ferals. It is like it happened yesterday for me. I imagine that is how it must of felt to those who love our country and our military during/after the Vietnam War
Did the United States win or lose the Vietnam War? We are taught that it was a resounding loss for America, one that proves that intervening in the affairs of other nations is usually misguided. The truth is that our military won the war, but our politicians lost it
I might note we never went back to Vietnam and I’d like to carry that decision to the Middle East. We did of course prevail during the 2nd Battle Of Fallujah
coalition forces fought the First Battle of Fallujah in order to capture or kill insurgent elements considered responsible for the deaths of a Blackwater Security team. When coalition forces fought into the center of the city, the Iraqi government requested that the city’s control be transferred to an Iraqi-run local security force, which then began stockpiling weapons and building complex defenses across the city through mid-2004. The second battle was the bloodiest battle of the entire Iraq War,
So many had to die for what we had already taken, I thought my heart would never heal from the treachery of our elected politicians against these men and women fighting for their right to be free here in America. The same emotion washed over me when Obama let all the gains just dissipate to feed his bases leftwing, again politics. You probably are up to date on all the ISIS, AQ etc., etc. since Obama left Iraq but for this chick, the horrors of war are not in the battles our soldiers face on the ground. It is the battles they face as elected politicians back safe and sound here in this great nation destroy their hard earned wins. Hard earned wins by our military costs lives (I hate when people say treasure because they are invaluable). Until you have faced those anti-war zealots face to face, or helped wounded soldiers enjoy a brief moment from their pain, do not sit and call me un-American because I don’t support actions in the Middle East. Bottom line as my bio at twitter says “Whoever has his enemy at his mercy & does not destroy him is his own enemy” by picking at the edges and not going in to destroy and get out we lose the best of the best of our great nation. The only nation that should ever be built on the backs of our soldiers is the nation of the United States of America.