Iraq as Vietnam — the enemy’s Vietnam

Ralph Peters counts the many victories since 9-11, and adds an unexpected perspective:

— Islamist fanatics have not been able to stage a single additional attack on our homeland…

— Al Qaeda is badly crippled…

— Terrorists no longer operate in freedom…

— Our enemies fear our military again…

— Iraq has become al Qaeda’s Vietnam. No end of lies have been broadcast about our liberation of Iraq and Afghanistan “creating more terrorists.” The terrorists were already there, recruited during the decades we looked away. Our arrival on their turf just brought them out of the woodwork. As for Iraq, Osama & Co. realized full well how high we’d raised the stakes. They had to fight to prevent the emergence of a Middle Eastern democracy. As a result, they’ve thrown in their reserves – who’ve been slaughtered by our soldiers and Marines. The media obsesses on the price of this fight for us, but the terrorists have been forced to pay a terrible cost in trained fighters – while alienating fellow Muslims with their tactics. Pundits will argue forever over whether deposing Saddam was a diversion from the War on Terror, but the proof of its relevance – even if unexpected – is the unaffordable cost we’ve forced on al Qaeda…

— We’ve achieved new levels of domestic security without compromising civil liberties…

— America is much stronger today than we were five years ago.

We know all the arguments and issues that counsel pessimism. But let’s focus on the positive achievements of the good guys today.

One Response to “Iraq as Vietnam — the enemy’s Vietnam”

  1. mistercalm Says:

    I think the statement that the resolution of this fight is unaffordable to al Qaeda is accurate. With them losing most of their trained frontline fighters, who are flocking to Iraq to participate in a war “completely unrelated to the war on Islamofascism” instead of mounting attacks within the civilized 21st Century world, and their second string blowing themselves up in IED factories and being slaughtered by the consumate professional soldiers we have, how much longer can they hope for a worldwide Caliphate? Once the world evolves beyond oil as its primary source of power and the Middle Easterners lose their political influence, then the Islamoboneheads will forever be lost to the 7th Century, and thus extinction.

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