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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
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JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbFollowing the events of September 11, 2001, the United States along with the United Kingdom and some support from NATO, fought the War on Terrorism. Yesterday, we dealt with the initial thrust against Al-Qaida in Afghanistan. Two years later, the US took evidence (which may have been only partially true) that Saddam Hussein and Iraq was developing Weapons of Mass Destruction to use as a terror weapon. both within the region and internationally. The UN Security Council eventually passed Resolution 1441. With that resolution in hand, George W. Bush proceeded to prepare for the invasion of Iraq even though he did not have an Arab coalition behind him.

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The Iraq War of 2003 was named Operation Shock and Awe. It was designed to neutralize the Iraqi Republican Guard with a coordinated attack by stealth fighters, cruise missiles, and motorized heavy armor. After the initial victory over the government of Saddam Hussein, the war turned into an ongoing battle to keep the peace. The Iraqi opposition groups fought using a variety of modern weapons, and a new type of weapon — the IED, Improvised Explosive Device. These devices caused a bulk of the injuries and deaths among our service personnel.

Was this a just military action? Personally, I do not think so. Our goals in entering Iraq were not based upon the proffered discovery of Weapons of Mass Destruction. But, that is my opinion; I admonish you to examine this military action, that has lasted ten years now, to determine for yourself if it was justified. None the less, those brave men and women who have been injured, lost limbs, or have given their lives for their country should be welcomed back home with open arms and given the respect of one who has put his or her all on the line of battle.

But now let’s jump into the exploration of the Iraq War, and determine if it really fought against the spread of terrorism in the world… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
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Quotations Related to Veterans Day:

    

“This was not an act of terrorism, but it was an act of war.”
— George W. Bush

“Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it.”
— Noam Chomsky

“If Clinton had only attacked terrorism as much as he attacks George Bush we wouldn’t be in this problem.”
— Dennis Miller

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
Commentary:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbThe War of Terror started shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Virginia. We all stood in disbelief when those airliners, filled with aviation fuel and passengers, crashed into these two iconic structures. We mourned for those lives lost when the two towers collapsed with many people inside them. It was unbelievable that such a surprise attack could occur. It brought on shades of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The territorial integrity had been breached and we sought out the group behind it — Al-Qaeda.

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Unlike the First Persian Gulf War (1990) or the War in Iraq (2003), President George W. Bush put together only a loose coalition to seek out and attack Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. No attempt was made to obtain an UN Security Council Resolution to allow us to take military action in Afghanistan; we acted as if that country was responsible for the attacks. Being attacked by another country was the only legitimate grounds for taking independent military action according to the United Nations Charter, which we had agreed to by ratifying it. It would seem that we were taking illegal action, playing the 800 pound Gorilla going after a weak, third-world country.

To date, we have been fighting in Afghanistan for longer than any other war in which we have been involved. We ignored the previous experience of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1975. They fought hard to claim control of that country over the approximately ten years that they were there. We have been no more successful than the Soviets in bringing a stable government to that land of opium poppies and ancient Silk Road legacy.

What have we gained from this experience? We have found that we are hard-pressed to supply troops to two country-wide war zones concurrently. We have also found that the cost of waging two wars is very expensive. We have found that our guerrilla tactics are not as sophisticated as we might have thought. We have also realized that finding the location of a small band of terrorists willing to live with few creature comforts is beyond our intelligence agencies. But we have found that using drone aircraft, such as the Predator, can be a valuable asset in battle and surveillance.

We have finally assassinated Osama bin Laden in his enclave in Pakistan and we are now starting to drawdown our troop levels. But we will leave behind a country that is not much better off than they were ten years ago! What have we accomplished, then?

Let’s get into an exploration of the War on Terror as it has gone on in Afghanistan… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2011 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to Veterans Day:

    

“This was not an act of terrorism, but it was an act of war.”
— George W. Bush

“Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it.”
— Noam Chomsky

“If Clinton had only attacked terrorism as much as he attacks George Bush we wouldn’t be in this problem.”
— Dennis Miller

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

 

Commentary

Due to injury, this commentary will be added later. Please check back. Thank you.  GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
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Quotations Related to VETERANS

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
— Cynthia Ozick

“It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”
— Dick Cheney

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
— Elmer Davis

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