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Cal Thomas: Iraq is on its own!

Posted: June 16, 2014 - 1:25pm

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain...” (The Gettysburg Address)

No life is more wasted than one lost in vain.

After the U.S. military battled heroically to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and to eliminate the possibility that it might become a staging area for terrorist attacks, the Obama administration has created a vacuum now being filled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaida affiliate, which has overrun Mosul and Fallujah, cities liberated by American soldiers. ISIS now threatens Baghdad.

The administration’s nonpolicy policy proclaiming the war over, has given ISIS a green light to establish another terrorist state in the Middle East. Following the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, al-Qaida will likely have two states from which it can plan and execute new assaults on America, Israel, Britain and other “infidel” nations. Having declared the war(s) over and al-Qaida “on the run,” President Obama responds with empty rhetoric about his national security team studying what to do, then leaves for a trip that will end on a golf course in Palm Springs.

Vice President Biden once called Iraq one of the president’s “great achievements.”

On Friday, the president announced the U.S. would not send military forces back to Iraq unless the Iraqi government finds a way to bridge sectarian differences. Even then, he suggested, military power alone won’t bring stability to the country. Basically, the president said, “Iraq, you’re on your own.”

Imagine what the families of dead and wounded U.S. soldiers think about the sudden resurgence of al-Qaida in Iraq. They were told their sons and daughters died in a noble cause. According to “The Costs of War Project” at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, “The wars begun in 2001 have been tremendously painful for millions of people ... each additional month and year of war adds to that toll.” The Rock River Times writes, “Coalition deaths in Iraq totaled more than 4,700, with the United States sustaining more than 4,480 deaths through the Iraq War’s official end Dec. 15, 2011. More than 32,000 other U.S. troops were wounded in Iraq, while more than 134,000 Iraqi civilians were killed during the course of the official war.” The monetary cost is in the trillions of dollars. Are we now saying, “Never mind”?

The U.S. has no serious counterintelligence operation in Iraq, because it refuses to perceive a commensurate threat from a global enemy or to see the deadly purpose and scope of this enemy. It does not appreciate the scale of the upheaval among the world’s 1.3 to 1.6 billion Muslims, and the money, motives, power and near-total information control held by the Islamists who are committed to the destruction of their enemies and the subordination, forced conversion and re-education of those they allow to live. The jihadists in Iraq recently looted $429 million from Mosul’s central bank, according to the regional governor, making them possibly the richest terrorist group ever.

Our focus under this administration is unimaginatively constrained largely to the Middle East, but the growing threat of Islamic terrorism is not just there. The Islamist infiltration of schools in Birmingham, England, is an example for what is to come there and in the U.S. if they are not stopped.

The administration and much of the media try to separate “fanatical Muslims” from “peaceful” ones, but the distinction is meaningless when the fanatics have the weapons and are willing to die for their cause.

This war for the future of the planet is not over and is unlikely to be for generations to come. While it’s true we can’t be the policemen of the world, we can be its prisoners in a world ruled by Islamic fundamentalists. If Western nations don’t combine to use their moral, monetary, religious, intelligence and, yes, military power to stop this onslaught against freedom, we will lose it and never get it back.

Withdrawal from this war is a policy of surrender. What we need is a unified approach to fighting Islamic extremism by us and other allied nations. What we need is a policy that works.

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jford 06/17/14 - 10:14 am
The people who were shown to be totally wrong about Iraq before,

are the very last people to tell us what should be done now.

cheapersmokes 06/17/14 - 11:44 am
I knew it!

Just figured Jford would come up with some comments to ignore this subject since his hero is not looking at all competent on it. People we have been warned and if we chose to ignore it we will all suffer. Obama says the Muslim people have made many advances but I ask you, "How many Nobel Prizes have went to a Muslim?"

I would propose that for every death that they cause world wide we send them an equal number of US Muslims to live in a Muslim country so they can be closer to Allah akabar!

jford 06/17/14 - 05:17 pm
No, you didn't just knew it.

I did just the opposite of ignoring the subject,I specifically addressed the subject in the manner in which it should be addressed.

Those people, Cal Thomas and you included, who were proven to be wrong about Iraq in the past are the last people to be listened to now or ever again.

You belong to the crowd of people who were totally wrong before, and you're still wrong today. You and they aren't to be taken seriously.

Your 'proposal' demonstrates my point exactly.

Suss 06/19/14 - 10:50 am
Back to Advisors, like 1962

Advisors to assist in Iraq. What this will lead to is up for anyone to speculate on.

Not sure of reasons, but I don't like the idea of a force rebuild after the drawdown.

When it comes to spending on war, more is never enough.

Two articles .......

Raoulduke 06/19/14 - 02:29 pm
Swapping Citizens ?

Cheapersmokes-I do not understand your logic of sending U.S. citizens to another country.Because a death of a U.S. citizen is caused by some Muslim somewhere.We should send an American Muslim to a Muslim country to be a replacement for the American loss? Talk about religious bigotry.This type of thinking is the reason behind deep religious division. One must remember. There have been many,many wars waged because of religious beliefs.I said beliefs,not facts. I do have one question.Are you going to campaign for office as a Tea Party candidate? Your rhetoric seems to fit in with such a party. We should not have been in Iraq to start. The Iraq oil was suppose to pay for the war.Just one of many BUSH Administrations LIES.Go figure.

jford 06/20/14 - 10:07 pm
There was no logic involved.

There was also no awareness that he acts in the same manner that he condemns others for.

Logic never entered into it.

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