The Bush Grand Mistake
Pres. George W. Bush did not start his presidency with any great foreign policy aspirations, but I believe that his Christian religious persuasion made him particularly suited to responding to the worldwide Islamic threat. Pres. George W. Bush’s actions quickly demonstrated that he understood the significance of Islam’s quest for world domination. Whether or not the President understood the threat prior to 9/11 is irrelevant.
The immediate deployment to Afghanistan was appropriate since the Taliban government was openly supporting Al Qaeda with safe haven and a training ground. The military attack on Afghanistan offered an opportunity to strike at Al Qaeda and set-back the immediate Al Qaeda threat. But, Al Qaeda is only a wing of the Islamo-fascist agenda and thus the Afghanistan campaign was simply the long delayed opening serious response by the U.S. to a battle that begun by Islamists hundreds of years ago. The opening U.S. military anti-Islamist gambit should have occurred when the Iranians occupied the U.S. embassy in Iran and kidnapped our citizens. Of course, hindsight is 20-20 and the U.S. was led at the time by a particularly weak donkey party member, Pres. Jimmy Carter.
Pres. George Bush clearly understands the bigger Islamists picture, and he has said so many times when stating that we are in for a long-haul in this battle against “terrorism.” But, it is a misstatement to say that we are at war against terrorism since terrorism is not a thing that can be warred against. Terrorism is a process, an asymmetric warfare technique, used by many philosophies. It is only recently that Pres. Bush has begun to correctly iterate that it is the practioneers of fundamental Islam that are the enemy. As a result of just now correctly identifying the problem, the U.S. public has not been properly informed nor prepared to accept the inevitable: we are at war with Islamists with whom there is no possibility of negotiation. The only answer to the problem is the literal suppression and elimination of the threat through both our military might and the domestic suppression by the governments of Islamic countries.
The military is good at killing people and breaking things. They are not policemen. Let them, no demand that they be given the tools to do their job properly. Read the excellent analysis by Col. Tom Snodgrass, Dealing with the Iraq Insurgency Militarily.