ago the Pentagon released its Quadrennial Defense Review. It was essentially a strategy for a 20-year “long war”
and a generational battle plan designed to prepare the military for a Cold War type struggle against the forces of militant
Islam. According to the official unveiling:
the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, our nation has fought a global war against violent extremists who use terrorism as their weapon
of choice, and who seek to destroy our free way of life. Our enemies seek weapons of mass destruction and, if they are successful,
will likely attempt to use them in their conflict with free people everywhere. Currently, the struggle is centered in Iraq and Afghanistan, but
we will need to be prepared and arranged to successfully defend our nation and its interests around the globe for years to
apparent that the United States and its assorted allies are still seeking to adequately define its enemy, reach a consensus
on tactics, and achieve some sort of victory in (or graceful exit from) Iraq. In this age of round the clock news and information
it is easy to get caught up in the crisis of the moment. But it is also important that we examine the big picture in the War
on Terror and take the time to look back at some of the successes and setbacks experienced since 9-11.
exposed and virtually eliminated the Pakistani Khan Nuclear Proliferation Network which peddled nuclear weapons designs and
related technology, as well as delivery systems, throughout the world. Client states included Iran, Syria, North Korea and Libya as well as attempted sales to Saddam’s Iraq.
- Libya abandoned its advanced nuclear weapons program after the Khan network was exposed
and the US
successfully toppled the Baathist regime in Iraq. "I
will do whatever the Americans want, because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid."- Khadafi
suppression of the Abu Sayaf terrorist group in the Philippines. US Special Forces and US training helped the Philippine army to achieve significant success against
this small, but extremely violent, Al-Qaeda affiliate.
Ethiopian army defeated the Council of Islamic Courts in Somalia. The US not only provided diplomatic cover, political support, and intelligence but also
monetary support and ammunition replenishment to the effort.
disruption and prevention of dozens of large scale, Islamic terrorist attacks worldwide. There has also been the elimination
or capture of a significant portion of Al-Qaeda’s leadership as well as serious disruption of its command and control
- In an
impressive display of coordination, air power, and tactics, the United
States and its Northern Alliance allies toppled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and eliminated
it as a sanctuary state that allowed the Al-Qaeda network to train, recruit, and launch attacks from with impunity. In its
place a friendly government was created in Kabul and an indigenous army raised that has been used as a surrogate in the continuing fight against
Islamic militants in the region. NATO forces have killed thousands of Taliban insurgents in that important ‘hot spot’
in the War on Terror.
what you’ve heard, has assembled a large cast of active allies in the Global War on Terror. From Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia in Africa to the UK, Italy and a number of Eastern European countries
(who have recent memories of what it is to suffer under the boot of a totalitarian ideology), as well as Australia and Canada. There are many regional allies
in different parts of the world such as the Philippines, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, and several of the small Gulf States. Many others have provided behind the scenes help that they do not want publicized
do to internal political dynamics. And lastly, there are those ‘on again, off again’ allies such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia whose internal
power struggles, ideologies, and precarious holds on power have sometimes made them as much a hindrance as a help.
Al-Qaeda network and its allied jihadist organizations have morphed into a ‘franchise’ cell structure that is
still successfully recruiting, planning, and funding operations throughout the world. The Jihadist movement is attempting
to go ‘toe to toe’ with the West and challenge its perceived influence and hegemony across the globe.
semi-autonomous tribal areas of Pakistan have become a sanctuary for Islamic militants, a resurgent Taliban, and Al-Qaeda leftovers. It
is also the probable safe haven for Osama bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and the one eyed Mohammed Omar.
Like the Viet Cong sanctuaries in Cambodia during the Vietnam War, these Islamic militant havens are also ‘off limits’
due to political sensitivities and the precarious hold on power exercised by the Pakistani generals led by President Musharaff.
· Iraq is a stalemate with no true resolution, or outright victory, in sight. The steady
drip of casualties and spectacular civilian massacres by one faction or another has made the Iraq war increasingly unpopular as well
as fodder for critics on the home front. The Iraq war has become both a focal point, and a distraction, in the War on Terror. The increased jockeying
and use of surrogate forces among the regional countries, including Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, has muddled the already deteriorating situation. It increasingly appears that Iraq is sliding into a three was civil
war between Sunni elements, US backed moderate Shia’s and Kurds, and radical Shiite militias.
West’s continued commitment in the War on Terror is shallow and subject to the whims of popular opinion and distraction
by partisan politics. Since when are wars won by opinion polls and focus groups? The enemy’s dedication to ultimate
victory cannot be questioned, while the will of the West and its allies to achieve final and complete victory is continually
undermined by internal distractions, an unwillingness to sacrifice, and entire political movements dedicated to appeasement,
self-blame, retreat, and capitulation.
Leftist ideology of “Tolerance, Political Correctness, Diversity and Multiculturalism” continues to paralyze,
demoralize, and severely undermine the ability to both fight and win the ideological, cultural, and religious war in which
the United States, and Western Civilization as a whole, is currently embroiled.
George Bush addressed the War on Terror in his 2007 State of the Union Speech:
"A thinking enemy watched all of these scenes, adjusted their tactics, and in 2006 they struck back. In Lebanon,
assassins took the life of Pierre Gemayel, a prominent participant in the Cedar Revolution. And Hezbollah terrorists, with
support from Syria and Iran, sowed conflict in the region and are seeking to undermine Lebanon’s legitimately elected
government. In Afghanistan, Taliban and al Qaeda fighters tried to regain power by regrouping and engaging Afghan and NATO
forces. In Iraq, al Qaeda and other Sunni extremists blew up one of the most sacred places in Shi'ia Islam – the Golden
Mosque of Samarra. This atrocity, directed at a Muslim house of prayer, was designed to provoke retaliation from Iraqi Shi'ia
– and it succeeded. Radical Shi'ia elements, some of whom receive support from Iran, formed death squads. The result
was a tragic escalation of sectarian rage and reprisal that continues to this day."
of the War on Terror have been pursued brilliantly while others have been poorly implemented with disappointing results. The
dynamics are fluid and the unconventionality of the war has resulted in unexpected and unforeseen setbacks. It is a conflict
where adaptability is a constant necessity and a long term vision and sense of context is essential.
citizens of the United States and their allies around the globe must realize that they are engaged in a “Long
War” for which there are no easy answers or quick victories. The battles and foes they face differ from conflict to
conflict and from region to region. Perseverance, understanding and patience will be just as important as military and political
victories in this struggle. It is imperative to not forget the dramatic successes that the West has accomplished, and to remember
and learn from the setbacks that it has experienced. We are still at the beginning of this war, not the end, and the strategies,
successes and setbacks we face in the future will be shaped and determined by what we have both achieved, and failed to achieve,
in the past.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't
pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one
day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States
where men were free."
- President Ronald Reagan
”I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state,
not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me.
I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom
of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of
sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.”
—William F. Buckley Jr.
"Liberals want to regulate just about everything: where we live, what fuels we use, what car we drive, whether we can
drive or be forced to use government mass transit, where we send our kids to school, what doctor we see, and even to what
extent we express our approval or disapproval of others’ lifestyles. It’s hard to find something liberals don’t
want to regulate. Is that a world you want to live in?”
"At such a time in history, we who are free must proclaim anew our faith. This faith is the abiding creed of our fathers.
It is our faith in the deathless dignity of man, governed by eternal moral and natural laws. This faith defines our full view
of life. It establishes, beyond debate, those gifts of the Creator that are man’s inalienable rights, and that make
all men equal in His sight. "
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
"And if we elect a government that subverts or weakens or ends our war against terrorism, we can count on this: We
will soon face enemies that will make 9/11 look like stubbing our toe, and they will attack us with the confidence and determination
that come from knowing that we don’t have the will to sustain a war all the way to the end."
- Orson Scott Card
"In response to skyrocketing gas prices, liberals say, practically in unison, 'We can’t drill our way out of this
crisis.”' What does that mean? This is like telling a starving man, 'You can’t eat your way out of being hungry!' 'You
can’t water your way out of drought!' 'You can’t sleep your way out of tiredness!' 'You can’t drink yourself
out of dehydration!' Seriously, what does it mean? Finding more oil isn’t going to increase the supply of oil? It is
the typical Democratic strategy to babble meaningless slogans, as if they have a plan. Their plan is: the permanent twilight
of the human race. "
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go
home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains
set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."