Retired General John M Keane, whom I have met and respect, hit the news rather profoundly today.
Retired Army General John M. Keane just denounced Obama’s off-like-a-rabbit strategy from Iraq. Keane was the author of the “U.S. surge” that essentially won that war — though not to the point of permanent stability. We stayed in Japan and Germany for decades after winning those wars.
“I think it’s an absolute disaster,” said Gen. Keane. “We won the war in Iraq, and we’re now losing the peace.”
General Keane is not the kind of man to talk about “absolute disaster” if it isn’t literally true.
“Forty-four hundred lives lost,” Gen. Keane said. “Tens of thousands of troops wounded. Over a couple hundred thousand Iraqis killed. We liberated 25 million people. There is only one Arab Muslim country that elects its own government, and that is Iraq.”
“We should be staying there to strengthen that democracy, to let them get the kind of political gains they need to get and keep the Iranians away from strangling that country. That should be our objective, and we are walking away from that objective.”
We still have troops in Germany and other places throughout Europe. The last war there ended 70 odd years ago. We pay billions to socialist governments to keep our troops there and defend them from… I’m not sure what. Apparently we are defending them from themselves; our money to keep our troops there keeps the Euro economy afloat, or helps to, at least.
Our money could keep the only democratic Nation in the Mid-East afloat as well but Obama can claim a campaign promise fulfilled from this. You know, keep the Code Pinkers voting Democrat and all.
Those are my opinions, what about General Keane’s opinions? Is he right? Does he know what he’s talking about? Is he raaaaacist? General Keane gave a retirement speech in 2003, judge for yourself.
Today, we are a nation at war – a nation forever changed by the attack of 9/11. For the first time in my career – and the first time since WWII – we have deployed our forces directly on behalf of the American people and our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines get it. They understand the war on terrorism is all about protecting the American people. As such, I have never seen such intensity and dogged determination to succeed.
Our troops have performed magnificently in two stunning victories in two years – two vastly different operations that demonstrate our armed forces remarkable capability. But we have more to do.
I want to tell you something about this war against terror we are fighting in Iraq and around the world. The foreign terrorists, the Baath Party sympathizers, the Islamic extremists who wantonly kill Americans and innocent people from many nations, have no idea what they are up against.
Their strategic objective is the political and moral will of the American people. They want to destroy our confidence. They think they know us because they have heard of Lebanon in ‘83, or Somalia in ‘94, or the USS Cole in 2000. They think we are morally weak and we will lose our resolve. But their knowledge is superficial and their understanding is shallow.
To understand America and Americans, they need to understand the Marne in 1918, or Tarawa in ‘43, Omaha Beach in ‘44 or the Chosin Reservoir in 1950. They need to understand that a nation that produces Alvin York and Audie Murphy; John Pershing and George Marshall; Chesty Puller and George Patton; Randy Shugart and Gary Gordon; produces heroes in every generation. They are out there now… performing every day.
Our enemies are cunning, but they are ignorant and their ignorance will be their undoing. They do not know our will, our courage, or our character.
When we say we are going to win this Global War on Terrorism we mean exactly that. We don’t mean a moral victory, or victory in some abstract sense. The reality of more than 3,000 dead in New York, Pennsylvania, and in the Pentagon does not allow for such nuances.
When we say we are going to win this Global War on Terrorism, we mean we are going to destroy those who would destroy us – wherever they are in this world. We mean we are going to go wherever we have to and stay as long as we need to.
This fight will test our perseverance, our stamina, and our resolve, but I assure you, we will not be found wanting. We intend to protect America and our way of life. The people of this nation are counting on us – we will not let them down.
General John M. Keane Farewell Speech
Fort Myer, Virginia
Octobert 2, 2003
Sir, I’m sorry that America has lost it’s perseverance, it’s stamina, and it’s resolve, we’ve fallen far since you retired. I’ve got mine but many others fell for “Hope and Change.” We’re doing our best to return to what we should be after the next election. All The Way, Sir! H-Minus!