Sure, we train to kill. We train to close with and destroy our enemies using firepower, maneuver, and shock effect. We don’t train on how to build schools or put out fires or shovel snow. As far as floods go, anyone can fill a sandbag, but how many organizations can coordinate the logistical requirements to move hundreds or even thousands of people to a new area until it is safe to go home? If your answer is the red cross, who do you think they call? And is there any other organization that has the assets to do it?
(A side note here… Everyone thinks that VP Cheney, et al, is evil because he made so much money through Halliburton/Kellogg, Brown & Root. (Here we just call it KBR). This is the company that provided the military logistical support through
The Presidency, for one. We fired the winner of that war and replaced him with the Jackass that lost
The military also changed. Uncle Bill drastically reduced the size of the military. It takes a village to raise a child? Maybe. But it definitely takes the right people with the right equipment to feed/equip/move/train/and support a soldier. The military got smaller. We pushed the loggies into the Reserve and National Guard; their equipment deteriorated and wasn’t replaced, we deactivated entire divisions (and most of the logistical support is at the division level). VP Cheney and the Boys saw this and formed a company (Kellogg, Brown and Root) and financed it with their own money, to be able to provide worldwide logistical support to US forces around the globe.
They saw an unfulfilled need and they figured out a way to tailor an organization that would be able to respond to the gummints call when the gummint said “Oh shit, we cut too far back.” Its pure capitalism and I love it. Sure it’s expensive. Do you know what we pay these guys when we’re not deployed? Zero. But when we need them, we hire them. And they provide. During Desert Shield, soldiers were rationed food and water because we had to set up supply lines to get the goods to the soldiers. I went to dinner tonight and had a choice between Braised Beef, Ham, Cheeseburgers, Corndogs, Egg rolls, and Spaghetti. I chose a Strawberry soda and a Gatorade to drink. (I hate drinking water, fish pee in it). I could eat as much as I wanted. I seldom eat MREs, unless I know I won’t be back to the base camp for a couple days (yes, they’re that bad). The point is, stop bitching about KBR. Either the men deserve the best or they don’t. Name ONE OTHER COMPANY that could provide like KBR does. I’m sure the Army would love you. Then they could start a bidding war and drive the cost down. But I bet you can’t name even one.
Where was I? Oh yeah. Soldiers and helping. Nobody asks why over here. We have a job to do. Terrorists attack us, we kill them. They attack the Iraqi Army or Police, we help them kill the terrorists. (Stop calling them insurgents. Insurgents are Members of a political party who rebel against established leadership. A Terrorist is a label for one who personally is involved in an act of terrorism. Terrorist tactics may also be used by dissident groups or other non-state actors to achieve political ends or for purposes of extortion. Terrorism: The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence against people or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives. It may be splitting hairs, but I can see the difference.
The bottom line is that we see that we are helping these folks and most, if not all of us, want to help them. It doesn’t matter that they’re not American. It doesn’t matter that they look different, live different, or believe in a different God. (Or form thereof, if it’s the same god, after all.) They are in need, we fill that need.
So what does this have to do with Nation building and Why Iraq is worth it? We could find poor, starving, huddled masses in just about any state in the union. Why is it so important to be here in
We destabilized the entire region. Foreign Fighters are coming into
Well, in the finest of Arab traditions, they could always invade and seize the oil fields (see Iraqi invasion of
So what are we doing here? Democracy is the key. People here (including [gasp!] WOMEN!) Voted in the last election. What would a democratic, oil-rich, America Loving country do to the demographic in the
Can you imagine what would happen to Islamic fundamentalism if democracy spread from nation to nation? Democratic societies tend to force people to think for themselves. (Okay, the loony left is excluded.) Thinking for yourself leads to things like freedom. It’s a self-licking ice cream come. One feeds the other. Fundamental Anything tends to be bad, or at least weird. Didja ever see those folks in
Man, I gotta lay off the caffeine; I can’t stick to a single tangent here.
Getting back to (de)stabilizing the middle east. So all the people see the New Iraq as a place to breathe free. And the DickTaters get ousted, and the Green robe of Islam they hide behind gets pulled away, and people start really reading their Qu’ran (Here we go again—Most Arabs learn to read and write by memorization. These folks have amazing memories and memorization skills. But the part they lack, almost to a man, is the ability to say “So what does it all mean?” Their analytical skills are incredibly weak. So sure, they know their Qu’ran. But they don’t have a depth of understanding of it. So they turn to their religious leaders to give it meaning. Same thing with our priests and pastors, except for the most part we’re just too lazy to try to figure out what JC and the Boys were trying to say, and why, and in what context that applies to us. Sit, Kneel, Stand, Sing, eat the wafer, drink the wine, genuflect, shake hands, compliment the pastor, get in the car, and get to the game! Sound like church to anyone?
Sixteen hundred fifty-five words and I haven’t gotten to the point. If democracy and capitalism works here, and spreads, then Islamofacism will fade. As people become free to choose and are no longer bound to follow a religion dictated by their governments they will become more open to different interpretations of the same teachings. (See Baptists, Mormons, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Methodists etc.) As capitalism grows and people gain greater buying power through increased income, they are much more likely to follow leisure pursuits. This leaves less time to dwell on why the
It’s (in a way) like the reverse of the domino effect espoused by Kissinger and others 40 years ago. Except communism doesn’t work, and so far, I can’t think of a capitalist democracy that is worth a damn failing.
I think that the reason the Lefties can’t figure this is that they can’t think strategically. They think tactically. It’s a way we differentiate in the military. Tactical solutions affect the here and now. He does this, I do that, the end result is this. Strategic solutions go much further into second and third order effects. Global impact vs. Local impact.
I may be looking at a logical conclusion where there was no logical solution when we started this great adventure, but it seems to make sense to me. Maybe POTUS had this in mind all along. Or maybe he’s a backwoods